Fall 2018 Lectures
Gut Health: The Inside Story
Sept 27, 2018 1:30 to 3:30 PM
Did you know that your gut harbours a vast super-city of microbes that is responsible for a good deal of your health? These invisible microscopic organisms (invisible to the naked eye) make up an entire virtual organ that, until recently, we have largely ignored to our great detriment.
Only in the last few years has science finally started to scrutinize the world of this ‘gut microbiota’ and unlock its secrets. What we are finding may surprise you.
In this lecture, Dr. Allen-Vercoe explains the importance of your gut microbes, debunks some myths, and provides some tips for keeping healthy.
How To Be A Smarter Consumer
Oct 4, 2018 1:30 to 3:30 PM
You buy a phone that stops working in the second year and no one will help fix it because your warranty has expired. You buy a five-year service plan for your refrigerator, only to find it's worthless when the supplier goes out of business. You call your cable TV company and you're left on hold for an hour or more waiting to speak to a real person.
Enforcing your rights as a consumer isn't easy. Companies often use misleading information and slick marketing pitches to sign you up for long-term deals. Then, when you try to get out early, you're hit with large penalties.
Ellen Roseman has been writing a consumer column in the Toronto Star since 1999. She knows the tricks and traps that lie in wait for those who don't pay close attention. She'll use her experience as a consumer advocate to explain how to protect yourself from being deceived and defrauded.
The Fab Four ... From Inception to Beatlemania
Oct 11, 2018 1:30 to 3:30 PM
In February 1964, four mop-topped lads called the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show. The result was a phenomenon known as Beatlemania, and it still resonates today.
Dr. Mike Daley explains the rise of the Beatles from humble Liverpool roots to worldwide fame and performs several of their best-known songs
A Canadian Genocide: Canada's Historical Treatment of its Indigenous People
Oct 18, 2018 1:30 to 3:30 PM
The panel, moderated by Bernie Farber, will center on the concept of Indigenous genocide as historically committed by Canada - consistent with the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
We will explore the historical antecedents that led to genocide as defined under Article 11 of the 1948 UN Convention on the Prevention and Prosecution of Genocide.
We will take the audience on an historical journey through the enacting of the Indian Act of 1876; examine the residential school system, state sponsored kidnapping of First Nations children and willful starvation of thousands of “Plains Indian”; assess nutritional experiments carried out on First Nations children in the late 1940s; look at the Sixty’s Scoop where children were taken and placed in “white” foster homes; and finally discuss the poverty, alcoholism and drug addiction in First Nations reserves.
This is not a happy history. It is, however, a history that we must share, discuss and find ways to move forward.
Russia, the West, Iran and Israel: Assessing the New Middle East Chessboard
Oct 25, 2018 1:30 to 3:30 PM
The Middle East, a strategically vital region, is becoming ever more volatile. Russian and Iranian involvement has deeply impacted not only the regional states but also the West. Add the problems of the Iran nuclear agreement (the JCPOA) from which the U.S. withdrew and we have an enormously complex situation where the parties are playing three dimensional chess.
To clarify, to separate myths from reality there is a need for dynamic analysis and as such here we will examine context, motives and goals.
Frank Lloyd Wright: First American Starchitect
Nov 1, 2018 1:30-3:30 PM
Frank Lloyd Wright’s career spans 90 years and several eras in American architecture. He rose to fame early in the 20th century with his “Prairie Style” houses, embodying his daring vision of a truly AMERICAN architecture, distinct from the imitations his contemporaries were making of European styles like beaux-arts and Victorian.
He went on to create an unequaled succession of architectural landmarks: the Johnson Wax headquarters, Falling Water, the Guggenheim Museum, Marin County Civic Center, etc.
We’ll look at some remarkable (and some contentious) highlights in his meteoric career.