Fall 2019 Lecture Program
All lectures take place at the Schwartz Reisman Centre from 1:30-3:30 PM
*A Voyage into the Heart of Hate,
Oct 3, 2019, Bernie Farber
Bernie M. Farber explores the history and root causes of the unprecedented rise in white supremacist extremism in Canada and world wide.
Speaking to both the power of words and actions, Mr. Farber will examine the recent increase in extremist violence and hate-motivated murders in Canada and the United States. From the seeds of genocide planted during the Holocaust and watered once again years later in Rwanda, the Sudan and the former Yugoslavia, the talk will cover the evolution of modern hateful extremism. The address will also look at solutions and remedies that utilize dialogue and community building as critical elements for staving off the dangerous effects of racism and extremism.
*This talk replaces the originally scheduled lecture “Think You Don’t Have Biasis? Think Again” by Tanya De Mello, LL.B (who had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances).
You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby – Or Have You?
Oct 10, 2019, Dr. Sheila Ager
Dr. Ager examines the role and treatment of women in the ancient world and will draw comparisons with the position of women around the world today.
There are some striking contrasts between antiquity and the modern world – but there are some even more striking similarities between the status of women in ancient civilizations and that of millions of women in the world today.
Hollywood and History: The Distorted Mirror
Oct 17, 2019, Geoff Pevere
From the very beginning, the movies have plundered history for the raw material of storytelling. But that’s not the same as saying Hollywood sought the truth. On the contrary, the movie business was notoriously selective and promiscuous in its use and treatment of history.
How and why did this happen and what has been its impact on our understanding of the world around us?
Understanding Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)
Oct 24, 2019, Judith Wahl, LL.B.
At this presentation, you will learn what Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) is, who is eligible to receive it, where it is available and the limitations on access.
You will also learn the process that must be followed by health practitioners when proceeding with MAID and whether a health practitioner or a health facility may refuse to provide MAID even if a person is, by law, eligible.
Possible future additions to the law will also be discussed, including making MAID available by advance consent, to children and to persons who have mental health disorders.
Brexit: The Lost Bet of David Cameron
Oct 31, 2019, Dr. Olivier Courteaux
Three hectic years after a slim majority of British voted to leave the European Union, the “Brexit” saga rages on, unabated. Those who once claimed that “getting out of the EU can be quick and easy” have long been proven wrong. What is more, British politicians’ inability to grapple with their deep divisions on the matter of Brexit, not only forced Teresa May to step down, thus increasing the chances of a ‘hard Brexiteer” to become the next prime minister, but has paved the way to a political earthquake.
This talk proposes to shed a new light on Brexit, now scheduled for October 31st, and answer key questions: Why did former PM David Cameron call the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU, thus triggering the Brexit mess, in the first place? Why has Teresa May’s painfully negotiated deal with Brussels failed to gather enough support? And what will be the lasting consequences of Brexit for the UK and for the EU?
Fake News - Real Conversation
Nov 7, 2019, Suanne Kelman
Fake news is as old as the serpent in the Garden of Eden. Suanne Kelman discusses the world’s unfortunate collision of new technology, cynical and corrupt politics and the consumerist approach to information.