Fall Lecture Series 2015

September 16th, 2015
Russia: A Path to Understanding

Dr. David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, Professor of Russian History, Brock University

What you should know about Russia’s past to understand the way it behaves today. A discussion of how persistent factors in Russian history continue to shape Moscow’s politics in the twenty-first century.


September 23rd, 2015
Three Major Classical Works: What Makes These So Special?

Bradley Thachuk, Music Director of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra

Learn about the programming process a conductor goes through in the selection of works for a symphony orchestra’s season.


September 30th, 2015
Embracing Vanprastha: Perspectives on Aging from the Hindu Tradition

Dr. Karen Trollope-Kumar, Family Physician and part-time faculty member in the Department of Family Practice at McMaster University

An insight into the concepts of aging from the Hindu tradition, including the third stage of life, Vanprastha, seen as a time for exploration of new horizons and for giving back to society.


October 7th, 2015
Good News for Our Third Act: We Just Get Better!

Dr. Caitlin Mahy Director of the Developing Memory and Cognition Lab at Brock University

Although physical and cognitive declines accompany aging, several abilities remain stable and even improve with age. Current psychological theories of aging positively will be discussed in relation to changes that we experience with age.


October 14th, 2015
Exploring Wilderness in the 21st Century

Adam Shoalts, Professional Explorer and Adventurer

Listen to an explorer discuss some of his most recent expeditions, including to the High Arctic, and what it’s like to be an explorer in the 21st century.


October 21st, 2015
Shaw’s Women and Their Costumes

Rita Brown, Retired Head of Costumes at The Shaw Festival Theatre

Hear how the wonderful costumes seen on the Shaw Festival’s stage come to fruition and bring to life characters from different elements of women whom Shaw knew.

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