Spring Lecture Series 2020

April 29 – Black Holes

Dr. Michael Reid, Researcher, Lecturer & Public Outreach Coordinator, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto

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

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, Dr. Reid will explore these and many other intriguing aspects of black holes using pictures and analogies to make the science accessible to everyone.

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May 6 – The Post-Cold War World: Change and Instability

Dr. Dan Madar, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Brock University

The end of the Cold War brought a major structural change in the international system: the collapse of the former Soviet Union and the rise of China. Both are dissatisfied powers, and both regard military means as available resources.

The effect is rising insecurity in their adjoining regions in Europe and Asia. This represents a major change from the 1990s, when it was hoped that both countries would democratize and join what was expected to be an emerging global democratic peace. Together with an unpredictable American president, what prevails instead is worrisome instability.

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May 13 – Dealing with Pain as a Senior

Dr. Lydia Hatcher, MD, CCFP, FCFP, CHE, D-CAPM, Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, McMaster University; Chief of Family Medicine, St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario

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.”

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May 20 – Canadian Trade Policy for Dummies

Dr. Adam Chapnick, Professor of Defence Studies, Royal Military College of Canada (RMC); Deputy Director of Education, Canadian Forces College

In 2018, the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement 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? And what about all of those other trade agreements that Canada has signed?

Dr. Chapnick 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.

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May 27 – What Way Does Your Compass Point?

David Newland, Writer, Speaker, and Musician

Featuring personal photographs, songs and stories inspired by northern journeys, this performance speaks to the Canadian fascination with the north during a time of immense change.

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June 3 – Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains

Karim Hamasni, Lead, Crypto Asset Innovation, Royal Global Asset Management

Most of us have heard of Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology. In this presentation, Karim covers a brief history of money, introduces Bitcoin and how it works, followed by an overview of the next generation of Blockchains and Smart Contract platforms that may drive commerce in the future.

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