Spring 2019 Lectures
Canadian Trade Policy for Dummies
May 2, 2019 1:30 to 3:30 PM
This is a lecture on Canadian Trade Policy for people who don’t like or understand economics but think it’s important to know more about things like NAFTA/USMCA…
In 2018, the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) dominated the headlines. Would there be a new deal? Would President Donald Trump impose additional tariffs on Canadian manufacturers?
It’s clear that the situation was critical, but how many Canadians actually understood what was being negotiated, or exactly why any of it mattered? What about all of those other trade agreements that Canada has signed and the impact of the evolving situation with China?
This lecture will help you understand how trade policy works (and doesn’t work), and why it plays such a significant role in the Canadian economy and, by extension, in all of our lives.
Forensics in Crime Solving
May 9, 2019 1:30 to 3:30 PM
Forensic investigation is a largely misunderstood field. The work of civilian scientists versus police is quite distinct from one another.
In this lecture, I define the evolving field of police forensics with an overview of the protocols governing crime scenes, warrants, security, and the processing of physical evidence. Much of my research and training has been in the identification of human remains in various forms of trauma and/or decomposition. Due to the nature of the physical evidence I process, it has been my experience to work alongside both police and forensic scientists as part of a team.
Along with the important procedures, I will discuss some of the most challenging cases of my career.
Please note: Some of the images are graphic and reflect past casework. The sole purpose of using these images is for teaching only. They are not posted on websites or shared through social media and/or text messages.
Italian Food: Pane, Amore e Fantasia (bread, love and dreams)
May 16, 2019 1:30 to 3:30 PM
It is said that most people eat to live, while in Italy people live to eat. In this lecture, Franco gives the audience a taste of Italy by savouring some of the most famous dishes in the Bel Paese. From a simple plate of “pasta e ceci” (pasta with chickpeas) to an elaborate “timballo di maccheroni” (Macaroni Timbale), Franco will examine ingredients, regional differences, and the identity and history of a people that never ceases to talk about food.
The presentation follows the order of the dishes of a meal: antipasto, primo, secondo, dolce, and caffè. Each dish corresponds to an ingredient, providing important information, historical and current, about how key ingredients are produced in Italy, and what goes into preparing some of the most famous dishes.
Risotto, for instance, is a northern Italian dish, but rice arrived in Italy with the Arabs who settled in Sicily. How did it get to northern Italy? And the famous “espresso” coffee? Who are the best coffee makers in Italy? Did you know that there are over twenty coffee universities around the world, and a famous Italian family founded the very first one? These are only two of many items that will be discussed during the lecture.
Small Country: Canada’s Under-Population Problem
May 30, 2019 1:30 to 3:30 PM
Are 35 million Canadians enough? That’s the question asked in MAXIMUM CANADA, the bestselling book by Globe and Mail columnist Doug Saunders. During most decades of Canada’s first century, more people left Canada for other countries than arrived as immigrants. Saunders asks whether the resulting low population density is bad for Canada’s economy, culture and development, and looks at ways to avoid those mistakes as our population triples during the next century.
The Healthy Brain: How To Make Sure Your Brain Lasts a Lifetime
June 6, 2019 1:30 to 3:30 PM
The brain is a complex, hard-working organ. It is also a very hungry organ, using nutrients at ten times the rate of any other organ. If it’s to function well, it needs careful feeding. The food needs of the brain include glucose as well as the vitamins, minerals, essential fats and amino acids. These are the raw materials needed to maintain the brain’s structural integrity and to create the chemistry that controls mood, memory, focus and concentration.
This talk will describe the type of diets and supplements that help build healthy brains and maintain them into old age.
Single-Topic Music Series
May 9, 16, 30, Jun 6 1:00-3:00 PM
Leonard Cohen is one of the great literary and musical figures in Canadian history. From his affecting and skillful early poetry and novels to his stunning and enduring music, Leonard Cohen's work continues to fascinate. Two years after his death at 82, his work is as relevant as ever - his keen observations and impassioned writing and composing still resonate today.
In this four-week course, Dr. Mike Daley tells the incredible life story of Leonard Cohen in detail, using the best available research. Mike will select some of Cohen's best poetic, prose and lyric work for deeper discussion, but we won't forget about his music - the memorable melodies, Cohen's haunting Spanish-style guitar playing and his laconic vocal delivery.