Fall 2017 Lecture Series
Time to Protect Your Privacy, Before it’s Taken Away From You
Oct 19, 2017 1:30 to 3:30 PM
Privacy is presently under siege. What kind of information does the government have on us? What about the private sector? Who can access what information? Who is tracking us? And for what purpose? Should we be paranoid?
With the growth of social media, wireless devices, ubiquitous computing and online connectivity, people are being led to believe they have no choice but to give up their privacy. That is not the case!
Dr. Cavoukian will outline a privacy framework called Privacy by Design that will enable our privacy and freedom, to live well into the future. We must reject the zero-sum, either/or model of privacy vs. security. We can and must have both! Privacy by Design enables win/win models which allow us to preserve our privacy and benefit from data analytics/security.
Dr. Cavoukian will also speak about what we can expect regarding the privacy of our health records, court records, bank information, purchase records, etc. Audience members will leave with several concrete steps to take to protect their privacy.
Tomorrow’s Weather: Warmer, Wetter and Wilder
Oct 26, 2017 1:30 to 3:30 PM
More and more people are asking: What's happening to our weather? It's almost as if extreme weather has become the new norm. A majority of experts suggest that we are witnessing run-away climate change and that extreme weather may be the most telling and significant proof of an overheated, out-of-control planet. On the other hand, could we simply be going through some rough times and bad weather luck?
What we are seeing is not just a warming up but a destabilization of historic weather patterns and a change in the statistics of weather. What is for sure is that we can no longer assume that yesterday’s weather will apply tomorrow. Coping with more variable and extreme weather will take more ingenuity and adaptability – something Canadians are good at.
News and the Crisis of Legitimacy
Nov 2, 2017 1:30 to 3:30 PM
From allegations of bias in reporting, to the rise of “fake” news, to the ubiquity of opinion in social media, ever-greater numbers of people today are growing concerned with what qualifies as legitimate news. It is a valid concern.
Democratic societies function best when informed citizens make decisions based on the best available evidence. Our era, however, seems to be affirming the wisdom of rapper and producer Kanye West when he tweeted that “feelings are the only facts.”
The problem is one of authority. In an era when anyone with a Smartphone can create content and communicate it instantaneously, who gets to decide - or has the authority to decide - what matters? This messy state of affairs will continue until we agree to a new methodology, argues Dan Dunsky, and is one of the central fault lines running through early 21st Century western societies.
Great Songs of the Folk Revival
Nov 9, 2017 1:30 to 3:30 PM
The folk revival of the 1950s and 60s was driven by great songs that came from a variety of sources, not all of them "folk" in the pure sense.
In this fascinating and tuneful presentation, Dr. Mike Daley tells the stories and sings the songs of this great era. Songs include "Blowin' In The Wind," "Goodnight Irene," "Tom Dooley" and many more.
The New World (Dis)order: Conflict in Ukraine Ushers in New Cold War
Nov 16, 2017 1:30 to 3:30 PM
This lecture will focus on the root causes (mostly ignored or unknown now by our media & politicians) of the civil war in Ukraine and how it has evolved, uncontrolled and perhaps unwittingly, into a global issue dividing East and West.
Largely as a result of what began as a domestic conflict, Russian and NATO troops now face each other throughout Eastern Europe in a new Cold War that could easily turn into a hot one.
Black will conclude with a general overview of the results of sanctions imposed on Russia and the accompanying demonization of Russia generally and Vladimir Putin specifically.
Location Of Lectures
Lectures will take place in the Shirley Auslander Hall at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre (SRC) located at 9600 Bathurst St. (southwest corner of Bathurst/Lebovic Campus Drive, just North of Rutherford Rd). Parking is free. Get directions here.