Fall Lecture Series 2016

September 28th, 2016 – India’s Rise and Implications for Canada

Kasi Rao, Vice President of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada; Senior Advisor (India) Bennett Jones Law Firm

Learn about long term implications for Canada due to the intersection of India’s economic reforms and its increasingly important and strategic role in world affairs.


October 5th, 2016 – Human Stem Cells: Biology and Applications Toward the Clinic

Dr. Mickie Bhatia, Canada Research Chair in Human Stem Cell Biology; Scientific Director of the Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute (SCC-RI); Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University

Human stem cells provide the potential to model disease and regenerative organs. Dr. Bhatia will discuss progress in the area, limitations, and future directions to the clinical reality of stem cell applications.


October 12th, 2016 – The Arab Spring That Never Came

Dr. Atif Kubursi, Emeritus Professor of Economics, McMaster University

Dr. Kubursi will discuss the many existential developments and challenges, such as economics, secularism, democracy, price of oil, refugees, and terrorism.


October 19th, 2016 – If These Walls Could Talk – Murder and Mayhem, Art and Architecture High Above Italy’s Amalfi Coast

Cynthia Venables, Art & Cultural Historian; Painter & Photographer

Experience, see and feel this wonderful place through the many unique images that will illustrate the story and make the history tangible.


October 26th, 2016 – Mosquito Surveillance for Arboviruses: Lessons from West Nile Virus and Plans for Zika Virus

Dr. Fiona Hunter, Brock University Level 3 Containment Lab; Medical Entomologist; Professor

Mosquito surveillance for arboviruses (arthropod-borne viruses) is an important component of Public Health response and preparedness. After discovering which mosquito species are driving an arbovirus outbreak, it is possible to determine when and where a new outbreak will occur.


November 2nd, 2016 – Art, Literature and the Poetics of Ageism

Dr. Andrea Charise, Assistant Professor of Health Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough; 2014 Polanyi Prize for Literature

Dr. Charise explores how the invention of population at the end of the eighteenth century helped fashion the “aging population” into a major character in the cultural landscape.


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