It’s important to keep our minds stimulated. Here’s Lifelong Learning Niagara’s lineup:
September 25 – Rush to Danger: Medics in the Line of Fire, Ted Barris, Award-winning Journalist, Author and Broadcaster. Ted will recount compelling stories from his 2018 book, Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid Against Nazi Germany about the role of Canadians in the famous 1943 attack on the Ruhr River dams that powered Nazi Germany’s industrial war production. Ted will also introduce his latest book Rush to Danger: Medics in the Line of Fire. He will retrace his father’s World War II experience as a medic and share stories of medics ranging from the US Civil War through the 21st century wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
October 2 – LANDER: From Avro to Apollo, Shelley Ayers, Director, Writer, Producer. Shelley, in collaboration with her Director of Photography, Mark Foerster, recently completed the documentary LANDER: from Avro to Apollo. It shines a spotlight on a Canadian engineer and his contribution to the design and engineering of the Lunar Module that took Neil Armstrong to the moon 50 years ago. We will be treated to a special showing of this short film.
October 9 – Deciphering Election Polls, Livianna Tossutti, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Brock University. Public opinion polls are expected to provide straightforward answers to important questions at election time: “What are Canadians thinking about political parties, their leaders, and the important issues of the day?” When polls are conducted in a biased or non-scientific way, the results may lead to misinformation. This talk will highlight what you need to consider when evaluating the credibility of polls.
October 16 – Harnessing the Power of the Immune System to Fight Cancer, Dr. Michael Levesque, Medical Head of Systemic Therapy, Walker Family Cancer Centre and Assistant Professor, Dept. of Oncology, McMaster University. Dr. Levesque will review the evolution of drug therapies for cancer with increasing abilities to discriminate malignant cells from normal cells of the host. Although chemotherapy still has its place for the treatment, and even cure, of many cancers, the past two decades have witnessed rapid development of new treatments that capitalize on our better understanding of cancer biology and the interplay between cancer and the immune system.
October 23 – Identifying Real vs. Fake Science News, Fiona Rawle, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education, and Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Dept. of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga. It’s important that we all stay up to date on science and health breakthroughs. News about science is all around us, but how can you decipher real vs. sensationalized vs. fake science news? In this session, Dr. Rawle will take you on a journey exploring some of the most egregious examples of fake science news, and guide you in how to identify news you can trust.
October 30 – Feeding the World in 2050: How Great is the Challenge? Spencer Henson, Professor, Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Guelph. This presentation explores the challenges that the world faces in achieving food security in a manner that is sustainable and meets the needs of the poor. It examines the role that Canada can play in addressing these challenges in partnership with developing countries around the world.
Lifelong Learning Niagara (LLN) was established in early 2015 as a not-for-profit third age learning organization managed by a volunteer Board of Directors and became incorporated in July, 2015. By the Fall of 2017, LLN had over 200 members and over 300 people attended the Fall Lecture Series.
Lectures are held at the Armenian Community Centre, 156 Martindale Rd., St. Catharines, ON L2S 2X9
More information is available at their website: https://lifelonglearningniagara.com/
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