- Town Hall
Wilfrid Laurier University is pleased to partner with the Town of Milton and the Milton Public Library to present the sixth
Laurier Milton Lecture Series.
For more information, contact the Milton Public Library at 905-875-2665.
|Date||Speaker||Title and Abstract|
|October 8, 2014||
Dr. Rhoda Howard-Hassmann
Extraordinary Progress and Glaring Gaps: Women's International Human Rights since 1970
|November 12, 2014||Dr. Mark Humphries, Department of History, Faculty of Arts||
The Shell Shock Enigma
|January 14, 2015||Dr. Christopher Alcantara, Political Science, Faculty of Arts||
Can Property Rights Substantially Reduce Aboriginal Poverty on Canadian Indian Reserves?
|February 11, 2015||Dr. Jennifer Long, Anthropology, Faculty of Arts||
Immigration and Settlement Programming in Southwestern Ontario
|March 11, 2015||
Dr. Lee Willingham & The Laurier Singers, Faculty of Music
Community Music at Laurier
|April 8, 2015||Dr. Sonnet L'Abbé, Laurier Writer in Residence||
The Pleasure of Metaphor - A Reading and Lecture
|April 22, 2015||Dr. Ken Maly, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Faculty of Science||
Exploring the Fourth State of Matter: The Design and Preparation of New Liquid Crystalline Materials A liquid crystal is a state of matter with properties between that of a solid and a liquid: it exhibits some degree of molecular ordering (like a solid), yet still maintains some fluidity and allows molecular motions (like a liquid). The unique properties of these phases make them useful in a variety of applications, ranging from display technologies to solar cells. In this lecture, I will provide a brief introduction to this class of materials and explain what types of compounds display liquid crystalline phases and how these materials can be used in electronic devices. I will also highlight some of our research efforts that focus on the design and preparation of new liquid crystals using techniques in organic chemistry.
|May 13, 2015||Dr. Sarah Wilner, Marketing, School of Business and Economics||
First Person Simulation: Using Immersion to Communicate Consumer Experience
Note: Some or all of the lectures may be filmed and televised on TVCOGECO.
Wilfrid Laurier has long supported the public role of academics to bring their knowledge and thinking outside of the classroom. The Laurier Milton Lecture Series provides a wonderful opportunity to engage in a public dialogue with citizens of Milton on a broad array of important topics.
The presentations showcase a range of the current research being conducted at Laurier, and include members of four different Faculties, representing eight different University Departments/Programs.
Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann is Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights, jointly appointed to the Department of Global Studies and the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Her most recent books include Reparations to Africa (2008) and Can Globalization Promote Human Rights? (2010), as well as her co-edited Economic Rights in Canada and the United States (2006) and The Age of Apology (2008). She maintains a website on political apologies as well as a blog, Rights&Rightlessness, which can be accessed at http://rhodahassmann.blogspot.com
Mark Humphries is the Dunkley Chair in War and the Canadian Experience at Wilfrid Laurier University and director of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies. He has published five books and more than a dozen article on the social and operational history of the First World War, including a book of Arthur Currie's personal papers and tactical studies on training and doctrine in the Canadian Corps. He is currently finishing the first detailed study of shell shock in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
Ken Maly obtained his BSc in Chemistry at Queen's University. He stayed at Queen's for his PhD studies, and then went to the Université de Montréal for an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship. He began his independent career at Laurier in 2006 as an Assistant Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011. He is currently serving as Associate Dean (Priorities & Planning) for the Faculty of Science at Laurier. Dr. Maly's research interests are in using synthetic organic chemistry to design and prepare new materials and to understand how changes in molecular structure influence the properties of the resulting materials
Christopher Alcantara is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University. His main research interests are in the fields of Indigenous-settler relations and politics, territorial governance in the Canadian north, federalism and multilevel governance, public policy and administration, and more recently, Canadian voting behaviour. He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters, as well as two books, Negotiating the Deal: Comprehensive Land Claims Agreements in Canada (UTP: 2013) and Beyond the Indian Act: Restoring Aboriginal Property Rights (MQUP: 2010), the latter of which was coauthored with Tom Flanagan and Andre Le Dressay. His research was a finalist for the Donald Smiley Prize in 2014, the Donner Prize in 2011 and the McMenemy Prize in 2013 and has won the J.E. Hodgetts Award for best article in the journal, Canadian Public Administration, and the David Watson Memorial Award for "the paper published in the Queen's Law Journal judged to make the most significant contribution to legal scholarship."
Jennifer Long is a sessional faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario specializing in migration and ethnic relations. Her research concerns first-hand experiences of immigration and settlement processes from the perspectives of newcomers and settlement service providers. Dr. Long also runs a consulting practice (JP Long Consulting) and works with clients to develop qualitative research and to deliver training on intercultural relations.
Dr. Willingham is an Associate Professor in the Music Faculty at Laurier. Lee arrived at Laurier in September, 2004, to coordinate the music education and choral programs. From 1998 to 2004, he was on the faculty of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, teaching in the preservice program in music education. Prior to that, he taught in the public high school system, and was coordinator of music for the Scarborough Board of Education. He is the founding director of the Bell'Arte Singers of Toronto, and conducted the choir for twenty years. Willingham served as the principal of the OISE/UT Summer Music program for a number of years, providing certification programs for teachers in music. Currently, Dr. Willingham coordinates the graduate program in Community Music and directs the Laurier Centre for Music in the Community. A contributor of chapters, papers, and articles to a number of publications, Willingham was for ten years the editor of the Canadian Music Education/Musicien éducator au Canada he co-edited the book, Creativity and Music Education. He is a past president and Honourary Life Member of the Ontario Music Educators' Association. Willingham has guest conducted many choirs, most recently in Budapest, Hungary, and Regina, Saskatchewan. He has given papers in conferences this year in Hungary, Salvador and Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Sonnet L'Abbé, Ph.D. is the 2015 Edna Staebler Writer-In-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is the author of two collections of poetry, A Strange Relief and Killarnoe, both published by McClelland and Stewart. She was the 2017StartsNow! Artist-in-Motion in 2013 and is the 2014 guest editor of Best Canadian Poetry. She is now at work on Sentient Mental Flower Book and Sonnet's Shakespeare, her third and fourth collections of poems. L'Abbé has reviewed fiction and poetry for the Globe and Mail, and has taught writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Sarah Wilner is Assistant Professor of Marketing and a seasoned marketing professional, with two decades' experience in public-sector marketing management prior to returning to academia. Dr. Wilner's primary research focus is on the intersection of marketing and consumer behavior in the context of product design and development. She is interested in how managers interpret consumers' wants and needs in order to develop products and services for them, and the market dynamics that result. Currently, she is examining design's role in changing the cultural meanings of stigmatized consumption practices; firms' product design and development processes; the role of empathy in product development and issues related to sustainable new products and services.