Spring 2019 Lectures

Multi-Topic Series

 

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.

Dr. Adam Chapnick  is a professor of Defence Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC). He is located in Toronto, where he also serves as the deputy director of education at the Canadian Forces College.  He holds a BA (Honours) from Trent University, an MA in International Affairs from Carleton University, and a PhD in History from the University of Toronto. He joined RMC in 2006 and currently teaches courses in Canadian government and strategic decision-making, critical thinking and writing, and Canadian international policy.  He is the author or editor of seven books, including  The Harper Era in Canadian Foreign Policy  (2016),  Canada’s Voice: The Public Life of John Wendell Holmes  (2009), and  The Middle Power Project: Canada and the Founding of the United Nations  (2005).

Dr. Adam Chapnick is a professor of Defence Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC). He is located in Toronto, where he also serves as the deputy director of education at the Canadian Forces College.

He holds a BA (Honours) from Trent University, an MA in International Affairs from Carleton University, and a PhD in History from the University of Toronto. He joined RMC in 2006 and currently teaches courses in Canadian government and strategic decision-making, critical thinking and writing, and Canadian international policy.

He is the author or editor of seven books, including The Harper Era in Canadian Foreign Policy (2016), Canada’s Voice: The Public Life of John Wendell Holmes (2009), and The Middle Power Project: Canada and the Founding of the United Nations (2005).

 

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.

Dr. Myriam Nafte , a forensic anthropologist, is an active advisor and consultant for criminal casework across North America. She received a Specialized Honours BA in Medical Anthropology from York University, a BEd degree in Science from Brock University, and completed an MA and PhD in Physical Anthropology at McMaster University.  Currently, Nafte is an instructor at McMaster University where she teaches upper level courses in health and illness. She continues to research the use of human remains as material culture, documenting their transition from cadaver to objects of power, identity and capital. Nafte is the author of numerous articles and books including  Flesh and Bone: An Introduction to Forensic Anthropology, Crime and Measurement: Methods in Forensic Investigation, The Skin of Murder Victims: Fingerprints and Other Evidence  [editor], and the forthcoming  Trophies and Talismans: The Traffic of Human Remains .

Dr. Myriam Nafte, a forensic anthropologist, is an active advisor and consultant for criminal casework across North America. She received a Specialized Honours BA in Medical Anthropology from York University, a BEd degree in Science from Brock University, and completed an MA and PhD in Physical Anthropology at McMaster University.

Currently, Nafte is an instructor at McMaster University where she teaches upper level courses in health and illness. She continues to research the use of human remains as material culture, documenting their transition from cadaver to objects of power, identity and capital. Nafte is the author of numerous articles and books including Flesh and Bone: An Introduction to Forensic Anthropology, Crime and Measurement: Methods in Forensic Investigation, The Skin of Murder Victims: Fingerprints and Other Evidence [editor], and the forthcoming Trophies and Talismans: The Traffic of Human Remains.

 

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.

Dr. Franco Gallippi completed his PhD thesis, Calvino: Reader of Leopardi and Galileo, at the University of Toronto in 2007. He was an Assistant Professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, where he taught Italian language, literature, and cinema for four years. He is presently teaching at the Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto, and is a public lecturer at Hot Docs and various continuing education associations based in Toronto.

His publications have appeared as chapters in books, and in academic journals in Italy, Canada, and the United States. His most recent project is a book on the Italian writer Italo Calvino.

 

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.

Doug Saunders  is an author and journalist of Canadian and British citizenship. He is the international-affairs columnist for the  The Globe and Mail  and served as the paper’s London-based European bureau chief for a decade, after having run the paper’s Los Angeles bureau. He writes a weekly column devoted to the larger themes and intellectual concepts behind international news, and has won the National Newspaper Award, Canada’s counterpart to the Pulitzer Prize, on five occasions, as well as the Schelling Prize for Architectural Theory, the Donner Prize and the National Library of China Wenjin Book Award.  He has also written extensively from East Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East and North Africa. He is the author of the books  Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World (2011),  The Myth of the Muslim Tide  (2012) and  Maximum Canada  (2017).

Doug Saunders is an author and journalist of Canadian and British citizenship. He is the international-affairs columnist for the The Globe and Mail and served as the paper’s London-based European bureau chief for a decade, after having run the paper’s Los Angeles bureau. He writes a weekly column devoted to the larger themes and intellectual concepts behind international news, and has won the National Newspaper Award, Canada’s counterpart to the Pulitzer Prize, on five occasions, as well as the Schelling Prize for Architectural Theory, the Donner Prize and the National Library of China Wenjin Book Award.

He has also written extensively from East Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East and North Africa. He is the author of the books Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World(2011), The Myth of the Muslim Tide (2012) and Maximum Canada (2017).

 

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.

 
Dr. Aileen Burford-Mason,  PhD, is an immunologist and cell biologist and an expert in evidence-based nutrition. Formerly Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, her many research papers have been published in leading medical and scientific journals.  Aileen maintains a busy downtown practice in orthomolecular nutrition, an approach to health and healing that uses diet and nutritional supplements for healthy aging and the prevention of disease. She also teaches popular continuing medical education courses for doctors and other health care practitioners on the evidence-based use of diet and nutritional supplements in clinical practice.  She is author of two best-selling books –  Eat Well Age Better   (2014) Dundurn Press,  and  The Healthy Brain   (2017) HarperCollins Canada.

Dr. Aileen Burford-Mason, PhD, is an immunologist and cell biologist and an expert in evidence-based nutrition. Formerly Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, her many research papers have been published in leading medical and scientific journals.

Aileen maintains a busy downtown practice in orthomolecular nutrition, an approach to health and healing that uses diet and nutritional supplements for healthy aging and the prevention of disease. She also teaches popular continuing medical education courses for doctors and other health care practitioners on the evidence-based use of diet and nutritional supplements in clinical practice.

She is author of two best-selling books – Eat Well Age Better (2014) Dundurn Press, and The Healthy Brain (2017) HarperCollins Canada.

Single-Topic Music Series

 

Leonard Cohen

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.

Dr. Mike Daley  holds a Ph.D. in music from York University and has taught undergraduate courses at Guelph, McMaster, Waterloo and York Universities as well as acclaimed later-life courses at York, University of Toronto, Ryerson, George Brown, Learning Unlimited in Etobicoke and Later Life Learning in Mississauga.  Mike has published scholarly articles on American popular music in international journals and has been invited to speak at academic conferences from Normandy to Nashville. Mike has also toured the U.S. and Canada as a musician with Jeff Healey, the Travellers and others, and has appeared on dozens of recordings as a guitarist and singer. Presently Mike and his wife Jill are leading music-themed tours to New York, Nashville, St. John's and New Orleans.

Dr. Mike Daley holds a Ph.D. in music from York University and has taught undergraduate courses at Guelph, McMaster, Waterloo and York Universities as well as acclaimed later-life courses at York, University of Toronto, Ryerson, George Brown, Learning Unlimited in Etobicoke and Later Life Learning in Mississauga.

Mike has published scholarly articles on American popular music in international journals and has been invited to speak at academic conferences from Normandy to Nashville. Mike has also toured the U.S. and Canada as a musician with Jeff Healey, the Travellers and others, and has appeared on dozens of recordings as a guitarist and singer. Presently Mike and his wife Jill are leading music-themed tours to New York, Nashville, St. John's and New Orleans.