Fall Lecture Series 2018

September 26 – Opera 101

Iain Scott, Lecturer, Broadcaster, Writer, one of Canada’s leading experts on Opera

Who is afraid of opera? Perhaps, lots of people. And yes, it does need three essential prerequisites: exposure, time, and money to be enjoyed to its fullest potential.

But for many people who have retired and now have the time at least to give it a chance, it can be one of the most rewarding of all the arts because it has so many intriguing dimensions.

Iain will give us a lighthearted introduction.

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October 3 – The Future of Primary Care: How will the quality of care agenda help you?

Dr. David Kaplan, Chief of Clinical Quality, Health Quality Ontario

A strong primary care system is the bedrock of any successful
healthcare system. This is particularly true for an aging population with growing health needs.
Ontario’s health care system has been steadily evolving over the past 20 years in respect of who is involved and how those individuals are compensated.

Now the focus is increasingly turning to ensure we are achieving the 6 dimensions of quality: Patient Centred, Timely, Safe, Effective, Efficient, and Equitable.

Dr. Kaplan will present a broad level look at the performance of Ontario’s primary care system and what the future looks like.

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October 10 – Sustainable Tourism and Ecotourism: Navigating with confidence and ethics

Dr. Agnes Nowaczek, Professor, Niagara College

Navigating through the multitude of competing ‘green’ messages from the tourism industry isn’t easy. While both academics and industry practitioners debate where they stand on the continuum of sustainability, we can take some ownership, as travelers, to spend our money with businesses that support our values.

In this talk, Dr. Nowaczek will aim to equip the average traveler with better understanding of sustainable tourism and ecotourism, with key examples around the world. She will link some of these examples with Niagara’s planning and management of the ever-increasing numbers of tourists to key attractions.

The lecture will bring together research from academia, industry practice, and a degree of self-examination from each traveler.

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October 17 – Music that Moves Us: From Rhythm to Social Behaviour

Dr. Laurel Trainor, Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, McMaster University; Director of LIVELab, McMaster University; Research Scientist, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Hospital, Toronto

Rhythms are powerful because their regularity enables us to predict when important information will occur next. Dr. Trainor will talk about how rhythms shape our perception, how they are processed in the brain, and how rhythm processing develops in children.

She will describe brain studies that explain why music makes us want to move in time to its beat, and show how moving in synchrony with others affects our willingness to cooperate with those people, even in infancy.

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October 24 – Truths and Myths about Genetically Modified Organisms

Dr. Rene Van Acker, Professor and Dean, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph

In Canada, farmers have been growing Genetically Modified (GM) crops for over two decades. These crops form a substantive basis of the commodities used in much of our processed food, yet many people remain skeptical or even fearful of GM crops and the technology that allows for the creation of GM crops.

Dr. Van Acker will explain the history and technical details of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and will discuss fears over this technology, providing truths and dispelling myths. He will also provide a glimpse into future genetic technologies and how these might impact the future of agriculture and our food supply.

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October 31 – How Are the Great Lakes Doing?

Nancy Stadler-Salt, Great Lakes Coordinator, Environment and Climate Change Canada

What makes the Great Lakes great? And how are the Great Lakes doing?
Nancy will explain the current environmental conditions of the Great Lakes, whether conditions are getting better or worse, and how Canada and the United States go about assessing the lakes.

This information is key in order to know where to put efforts to protect, restore and improve conditions and also to know what is stressing the ecosystem.

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