By Mike Keenan.
The good folks at Lifelong Learning Niagara have announced their upcoming Spring Lecture Series, Wednesdays from 10 AM to 12 PM, May 2 to June 6 at the spacious Armenian Community Centre, 156 Martindale Road in St. Catharines. Registration begins in March. You can sign up on their website at – http://lifelonglearningniagara.com/contact-us/
This series has consistently been high level in quality and extremely informative, allowing listeners to ask questions and keep up to date on world issues.
It starts May 2 with – “The Right Road is Straight Ahead: The Legacies of Canada’s Peacekeeping Past” With author Dr. Colin McCullough, Adjunct Professor, McMaster University and Ryerson University. He will delve into how Canada’s response to the Suez Crisis of 1956 and Lester Pearson’s Nobel Peace Prize in 1957 shaped Canadian understanding of UN peacekeeping as an expression of our national identity. Should we re-engage in UN peacekeeping?
On May 9 it’s – “Movies for the Masses: The National Film Board, ‘the eyes of Canada’” with Joan Nicks, film critic and historian. Formed by an act of parliament in 1939, the Film Board (NFB) established a pan-Canadian identity and ideology, wartime film propaganda the immediate goal. The long-term vision was the social use of documentary, post-war, in a changing cultural climate. This talk will be illustrated with film footage.
May 16 features – “The Lives and Deaths of Stars” with Dr. Michael Reid, researcher, lecturer and public outreach coordinator, Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto. He will use images from the latest telescopes on earth and in space to document the lives of all types of stars. He will show how we have all come from stars, depend on stars for our survival, and may someday return to the stars. You will be able to exhibit star status after this talk!
May 23 will focus on – “Access and Privacy in the Digital Age” with Brian Beamish, Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. We will learn about the importance of public access to government-held information, the promises and pitfalls of big data, and how to protect your personal information online. Hopefully, there will be no Russians in the audience!
May 30’s talk is – “How Free Trade with China May Impact Canada’s Domestic and International Politics” with Dr. Charles Burton, Associate Professor, Political Science, Brock University. There is debate over whether economic integration with China to sustain and promote Canadian economic prosperity in the face of uncertainty over relations with the United States comes at too great a political cost to Canada.
The last word is on June 6 – “Medical Cannabis – What’s it all about?” With 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. She will lead you through an informed discussion about risks and concerns perhaps just in time for some late planting in your garden!
Membership is $10 per year and runs from September 1st to August 31st.