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A-Z List of Speakers

Jonah Allen, International Relations;  Life After Trump and a Biden Foreign Policy Looking Forward – A brief discussion of the most recent events in Washington followed by remarks on the myth of the US as a “city on the hill” plus a discussion of Biden’s likely domestic and foreign policy priorities.

Ian Burton, Geography; Environment; Social, economic and policy dimensions of Climate change, especially impacts and adaptation – Adaptation to Climate Change. Describes what is know about the threats and risk of climate change. The fact that mitigation of emissions reduction cannot prevent change (perhaps considerable impacts) and the much more needs to be done to develop and apply adaptation policies and measures in Canada and globally. I have been actively engaged in Adaptation research for decades, and have been a Canadian delegate to meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and an author with the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Howard Eisenberg, Psychology & Medicine, Stress Management, Cognitive Enhancement, the Primacy of Consciousness, See YouTube video – “Ramp Up Your Brain Power”.

Linda and Michael Hutcheon, Comparative Literature and Medicine – Working together on Opera, Operatic Cities of the World. The history of opera is a history of major European and North American cities. Take a tour and learn about musical theatre on the way.

Paul Hwang, Medical Science, Paediatrics & Medicine; Neurology & Clinical Neurophysiology (EEG), Epilepsy, Recent developments in Epilepsy – Recent developments in Epilepsy; Historical review of our concepts of epilepsy: methods of diagnosis, therapy and rehabilitation.

Martin Klein, Africa, History of Slavery – Conflict in the Sahara; Slavery in African History; The impact of slavery on the Modern World; 1. Conflict in the Sahara would deal with impact of the invasion of Muslim jihadists into Sahara and Sahel countries; 2. Slavery in African history would deal with African Slavery and how it has shaped the situation in Africa today 3. The third subject would deal with the importance of slavery globally and what that means for our understanding of modern history.

Candace Kruttschnitt, Criminology; Women Offenders; Penology.

Helen Lenskyj, Sociology, history, politics of sport – Olympics, gender, sport; Critique of Olympic industry, discrimination based on sex/gender, negative social and environmental impacts.

Trevor Lloyd, History: Modern British History; and British Empire – A 50-minute History of the British Empire from 1558 to the Present Day; or talks on aspects of British History, Politics and Current Events from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth. People going overseas from England with no government support before 1650; a long period of coastal trade and settlement up to 1750; a period of American discontent and separation and, at just the same time, a period of enthusiastic expansion up to 1820, including moves inland on a scale not previously experienced; a period of adjustment of constitutional relations and avoidance of expansion up to 1870; a period of competition among European states for territory in Africa that lasted until the First World War; a period of British involvement in the remains of the Ottoman Empire and of constitutional adjustment following the war up to the beginning of the Second World War; an application of the principles of constitutional change worked out between the wars as a way to wind up the British Empire with a minimum of constitutional dislocation.

David Milne, Political Science; Small Islands – Big achievements: Can small territories beat the large? This is a PowerPoint presentation of the speaker’s islands odyssey from Prince Edward Island to Malta over a period of 45 years. It also looks at several North Atlantic island success stories.

Susan Pfeiffer, Anthropology/archaeology; Skeletons in Cupboards: A Global Perspective on the Study of Human Remains and their Repatriation – This talk is about when and why the dead are disturbed, and what happens next. Burials get disturbed by accident or by plan. Society is becoming more responsive to the argument that some skeletons in museum collections were unethically collected. Groups representing descendants are motivated to seek repatriation for many reasons, including cultural restitution. I will discuss the planning and execution of a large-scale repatriation in Canada. My core argument is that researchers and descendant communities need to become strong partners, to tell new stories about the lives of the ancestors.

Joanne Rovet, Pediatrics, Thyroidology, Endocrine Disruption, Brain Development; Plastics and Human Health –  I examine why and how plastic exposure is harmful for human health with an emphasis on endocrine disruption.

Peter Russell, Politics; Why We Need a Federal World Government – The threats of nuclear weapons, climate warming, mass migration and pandemic indicate the urgent need for an effective and democratic global governmental governing authority.

John Stewart, Public Health, Environmental Toxicology and Preventive Medicine – Vaccines How they really work and the role of essential vitamins and mineral in maintaining great health. Presentation of understandable mechanisms of vaccines and how they reinforce your immune system.

Barry Wellman, Social networks, community, internet – Networked individualism in the Covid era; I discuss the transformation of thinking about community from neighbourhoods to social networks.