Spring Lecture Series 2020

The lecture series has been cancelled

Dr. Michael Reid, Researcher, Lecturer & Public Outreach Coordinator, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of TorontoDr.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, Dr. Reid will explore these and many other intriguing aspects of black holes using pictures and analogies to make the science accessible to everyone.

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

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.

Dr. Reid 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.

Dr. Dan MadarDr. Dan Madar

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.

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

Dr. Madar earned a BA in International Relations from San Francisco State University and his Masters and Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Toronto.

He was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, Harvard University Center for International Affairs, Brookings Institution and taught International Relations in Brock University’s Department of Political Science from 1970 to 2012.

Dr. Madar is the author of three books, one of which was short listed for the Donner Prize.

Dr. Lydia HatcherDr. 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, 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

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.

he author of three books, one of which was short listed for the Donner Prize.

Dr. Adam ChapnickDr. Adam Chapnick

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.

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

Dr. Adam Chapnick is a professor of defence studies at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC). He is located in Toronto, where he also serves as the deputy director of education at the Canadian Forces College.

He holds a BA (Honours) from Trent University, an MA in International Affairs from Carleton University, and a PhD in History from the University of Toronto. He joined RMC in 2006 and currently teaches courses in Canadian foreign policy and strategic decision-making at the federal level.

He is the author or editor of eight books, including A Small Power on a Large Stage: Canada on the United Nations Security Council (2019) and The Harper Era in Canadian Foreign Policy (2016).

He is also a regular commentator in the public realm. In 2013, he wrote a weekly on-line column on national politics for the Toronto Star. Additional commentaries have been published in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen, the Calgary Herald, and the Hill Times. He has appeared as a foreign policy expert on CTV News, the Agenda with Steve Paikin, and CBC radio, and has testified as an expert witness before the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence.

David NewlandDavid Newland

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.

David Newland, Writer, Speaker, and Musician

David Newland is a writer, speaker, and musician based in Cobourg. He travels widely in the Canadian Arctic and beyond as an expedition host and Zodiac driver with Adventure Canada.

David’s new album NORTHBOUND explores the myth of the Northwest Passage.

Karim HamasniKarim Hamasni

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.

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

Karim Hamasni is the Team Lead for Crypto Asset Innovation at RBC Global Asset Management. He prides himself on being a ‘geek’ that fully immerses himself in the latest technologies.

He joined RBC in January of 2016 after winning two, back-to-back, RBC sponsored Hackathons. In 2017 Karim was the technical lead of an internal RBC hackathon, where he and his team won the Most Disruptive and People’s Choice awards for their Blockchain project.

Karim has been interested in cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies since 2013, and once ran a small mining operation. His YouTube channel, where he teaches algorithm design and cryptography, has over 15,000 subscribers and over 1.3 million views.

Karim holds a BA in Political Science from McMaster University, a Diploma in Computer Programming from Niagara College, and an H.BA of Science & Mathematics in Computer Science from Brock University.

Spring Lecture Series 2021

Wednesdays from 10 AM to 12 PM
April 28 to June 2, 2021
Lectures held at:
Armenian Community Centre
156 Martindale Road
St. Catharines, ON L2S 2X9
Lecture Series is cancelled

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