Fall Lecture Series 2021

Lectures will be offered virtually via Zoom webinars from 10 AM to 12 PM on Tuesdays from October 5 to November 9, 2021.

Lectures are subject to change without notice.

Michael Johns
October 5th, 2021
The Erosion of Trust in 21st Century Politics
Presented by Michael Johns
Dr. Michael Johns will examine the decline of trust in modern society generally and in politics specifically. He will discuss what happens in a democracy when people do not trust the government, experts and each other.

The presentation will look at how we measure trust in a society and what these results show here in Canada and around the world. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of how we can improve the overall level of trust in society and the consequences if we don’t.

Dr. Michael Johns is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Politics at York University. Previously he was an Associate Professor of Political Science at Laurentian University. He held the positions of Vice Dean of Arts, Chair of the Department of Political Science, Acting Chair of the Department of Marketing and Management at Laurentian and Honourary Visiting Research Fellow at Cardiff University.

Dr. Johns received his PhD from the University of Maryland and holds a Master’s degree of Arts in Government and Politics from Maryland and a Master’s degree of Science from the London School of Economics in Comparative Politics.

Dr. Johns has taught courses on International Relations, Comparative Politics, European and American Politics as well as Federalism and Electoral Systems. His research focusses on the role the European Union plays in the promotion and protection of minority and migrant rights.

Sarah Milroy

October 12th, 2021
Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment
Presented by Sarah Milroy

Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment is a major exhibition of Canadian women artists that coincides with, and offers commentary on, the centenary celebration of the Group of Seven.

The exhibition will gather more than 200 pieces of art by a generation of extraordinary women painters, photographers, sculptors, architects and filmmakers from a century ago – pioneers who opened new frontiers for women artists in Canada – as well as works made by their Indigenous female contemporaries working in traditional media, for a cross-country snapshot of female creativity in this dynamic modern moment.

Sarah will share the development of this groundbreaking exhibit.

Sarah Milroy is a highly-respected and well-known public figure and champion of the art of Canada working as an independent art critic, curator, and essayist.

Sarah served as The Globe and Mail’s Chief Art Critic from 2001 to 2011, having started working for The Globe as a freelance contributor covering the visual arts in Vancouver in 1996. Before that, from 1984 to 1996, she worked with the journal Canadian Art, latterly as Editor and Publisher. Canadian Art was recognized as Magazine of the Year in 1996.

A contributor to more than a dozen books on art, Sarah is one of both historic and contemporary Canadian art’s most knowledgeable and vocal champions. She currently serves as the Chief Curator of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Michael Reid
October 19th, 2021
Black Holes
Presented by Michael Reid

Black holes are among the most fascinating objects in the universe. They have mysterious powers: super-strong gravity, the ability to slow time itself, and maybe even the power to access other universes.

Where do these curious objects come from? What would it be like to fall into one? Do they pose any threat to Earth?

In this talk, we’ll explore these and many other intriguing aspects of black holes using pictures and analogies to make the science accessible to everyone.

Dr. Michael Reid is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto and Public Outreach Coordinator for the Dunlap Institute.

He specializes in making astronomy concepts accessible to everyone, both through astronomy classes for non-specialists and through numerous events and programs for the general public.

Lydia Hatcher

October 26th, 2021
Dealing with Pain as a Senior
Presented by Dr. Lydia Hatcher

As we age we may be unaware of our hidden health risks. We do fewer activities, exercise less, may gain a little around the middle and not hear or see as well as we used to. Other parts of our body may also not work as well as we’d like. Unfortunately, we have more health issues as a normal part of ageing.

We can’t change our age, genetic risks or gender risks but we can modify many of our behaviors that lead to healthier aging, coping better with pain issues we are dealing with and hopefully, fewer illness related events.

Lydia will give you insights into how you or your loved ones can apply healthy lifestyle choices around pain and illness. She will discuss how to avoid frailty or manage it more safely if it is a concern. She will also give you guidance in pain management in both young and older seniors. To quote Maurice Chevalier, “Old age is not so bad when you consider the alternative.”

Dr. Hatcher graduated with her MD in 1982 from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She received certification with the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Canadian College of Health Service Executives and holds a Diplomate with the Canadian Academy of Pain Management.

Dr. Hatcher has received the Canadian Psychiatric Association’s Mental Health Awareness Award. As well, the College of Family Physicians of Canada awarded her a fellowship.

Dr. Hatcher has been doing pain management for over 25 years. Her focus is on a bio-psycho-social approach to pain management.

Dr. Hatcher is a medical inspector for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. She chairs a subcommittee for the National Opioid Use Guideline Group and was on the expert panel for the 2017 Canadian Opioid Guideline. She is a member of the Canadian Pain Society and the International Association for the Study of Pain. And is on the BoD of the Canadian Academy of Pain Management. She is primary investigator at the McMaster Cannabis Research Centre for a number of clinical trials.

Dr. Hatcher is an Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at McMaster University.

Myriam Nafte

November 2nd, 2021
Forensics in Crime Solving
Presented by Myriam Nafte

Forensic investigation is a largely misunderstood field. The work of civilian scientists versus police is governed by areas of specialty that are quite distinct from one another.

In this lecture, Myriam will 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 her 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 she processes, it has been her experience to work alongside both police and forensic scientists as part of a team. Along with the important procedures, she will discuss some of the most challenging cases of her 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.

As a forensic anthropologist, Myriam Nafte 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, Myriam 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.

Myriam 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.

Olivier Courteaux

November 9th, 2021
Ian Fleming, the secret lives of James Bond’s father
Presented by Olivier Courteaux

His name was Ian Fleming. Born in wealth, the young Ian lived a life of privilege, indulging in ski trips in Switzerland, women and fast cars. Until the outbreak of the Second World War in Europe…!

Soon recruited by the Naval Intelligence Division, he rose quickly through the ranks while elaborating the most daring of plans. In 1945, he moved to Jamaica where he built a house, Goldeneye, where he embraced a literary career almost by chance, releasing ten or so James Bond, starting, in 1953, with Casino Royale.

Bond “was a compound of all the secret agents and commando types I met during the war,” he admitted. Mixing exotic adventures, intrigues, torture, seduction and eroticism, Fleming redefined the espionage genre. By the early 1960s, thanks to “double-o-seven”, he had become a man of influence.

Olivier Courteaux received his B.A. in history, M.A. in war and conflict studies, and Ph.D. in contemporary international relations from the University of Paris-Sorbonne.

He has lectured at various Canadian universities, including Ryerson and the Royal Military College of Canada.

He is the author of The War on Terror: the Canadian Dilemma (2009), Canada Between Vichy and Free France, 1940-1945 (2013) and Quatre Journées qui ébranlèrent le Québec on Charles de Gaulle’s famous 1967 “Vive le Québec Libre” (2017). He is currently working on his latest book, The Empress Eugenie at Suez, 1869: France and Egypt during the Second Empire.

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10 AM to 12 PM
February 15 to March 29
(No lecture on March 15)

Lectures to be Virtual
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