- Town Hall
Wilfrid Laurier University is pleased to partner with the Town of Milton and the Milton Public Library to present the fifth
Laurier Milton Lecture Series.
|Date||Speaker||Title and Abstract|
|October 9, 2013||
Dr. Simon Kiss
Where Did All The Baby Bottles Go? Chemophobia, Precaution and Politics in Canada's Decision to List BPA as "Toxic"
|November 13, 2013||Dr. Cindy McMann |
Department of English and Film Studies, Faculty of Arts
Superhero Comics and Why We Should Care About Them
|December 11, 2013||Dr. Peter Eglin |
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts
Globalization and the University
|January 8, 2014||Dr. Shohini Ghose|
Department of Physics & Computer Science, Faculty of Science
From the Big Bang to Black Holes: Canada's role in the global quest for the stars
|February 12, 2014*||Dr. Lee Willingham and the Laurier Singers |
Faculty of Music
Re-established in 2006, the Laurier Singers, directed by Dr. Lee Willingham, is a
|March 12, 2014||
Dr. Anthony Cristiano
The Incidence of Screens: an Extension of Human Abilities or a Historic Distraction?
|April 9, 2014||Dr. Amy Clements-Cortes |
Music Therapy Program, Faculty of Music
Don't Forget the Music Please
|May 14, 2014||Dr. Rhoda Howard-Hassmann |
Department of Global Studies, Faculty of Arts
|Extraordinary Progress and Glaring Gaps: Women's International Human Rights since 1970 |
This lecture discusses progress and problems in universal women’s rights since 1970, focusing both on the international law of women’s rights and on developments in Canada. It discusses ongoing debates about women’s rights, such as the meaning of cultural relativism; women’s position in religion; and debates about such matters as abortion, prostitution, and traditional practices. It also discusses new women’s issues such as the effects of globalization on women and whether humanitarian law sufficiently takes into account the interests of women and girls.
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 five different Faculties, representing eight different University Departments/Programs.
Simon Kiss is a political scientist in the Journalism and Leadership programs at Wilfrid Laurier University. His research focuses on the role that the media plays in politics and the policy process and environmental politics. Before joining Wilfrid Laurier, he was educated at the University of Alberta and Queen's University and did a post-doctoral fellowship at the John F. Kennedy Institute Of North American Studies at the Free University of Berlin. His current research project on the politics and science of the regulation of BPA has led to articles in Mass Communication and Society, the Review of Policy Research and the successful application for a $56,000 grant from the Social Sciences Research Council of Canada, leading a group of researchers from WLU, the University of New Brunswick and Yale University to investigate risk perception in the Canadian context.
Cindy McMann is a sessional instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University in the Department of English and Film Studies. She completed her doctorate at the University of Calgary, and specializes in the study of 20th century American literature. Her most recent research focuses on magic and the occult in mid-20th century American women's poetry. If she could have one superpower, it would be telekinesis. Dr. Peter Eglin BA (University College, London), 1968; PhD (UBC), 1975 Peter Eglin has taught Sociology at Laurier since 1976. His teaching and research have focused on crime, suicide, human rights, membership categorization, the university and the responsibility of intellectuals. His books include The Montreal Massacre: A Story of Membership Categorization Analysis (with Stephen Hester, 2003) and Intellectual Citizenship and the Problem of Incarnation (2013).
(BA (University College, London), 1968; PhD (UBC), 1975) Peter Eglin has taught Sociology at Laurier since 1976. His teaching and research have focused on crime, suicide, human rights, membership categorization, the university and the responsibility of intellectuals. His books include The Montreal Massacre: A Story of Membership Categorization Analysis (with Stephen Hester, 2003) and Intellectual Citizenship and the Problem of Incarnation (2013).
Shohini Ghose obtained her PhD in physics in 2003, and held an Alberta Ingenuity Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Calgary before joining Wilfrid Laurier University. She is an award-winning researcher in quantum information science, and is affiliated with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo. She is a passionate educator, and recently co-authored Canada’s first introductory astronomy textbook. A driving force behind creating Laurier’s Centre for Women in Science, she serves as its first Director.
(ARCT, BMus, BEd, MMus, DEd [Toronto]) 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.
Dr. Cristiano teaches contemporary media courses at the Laurier Brantford Campus, in the Department of Journalism and Contemporary Studies. He is the author of the 2008 book Contemporary Italian Cinema: Images of Italy at the Turn of the Century and the director of a number of experimental films. Works includes La risata (The Laugh) screened at the Atlantic film Festival in Nova Scotia, and on Bravo! New Style Arts Channel, A Matter of Style screened at the VertexList Gallery Brooklyn, New York, and at the USF Verftet Bergen, in Norway, and A Self-Conscious Mise-en-scene screened at the New Zealand Film Archives, Wellington - New Zealand. He recently released a compilation of ten short films made in ten years (1998-2008) available in rental video stores and specialized video stores, FACETS Multi-Media.net.
Amy is Practice Advisor/Senior Music Therapist at Baycrest Centre in Toronto, working with clients in the hospital and nursing home and supervising internship placements. At present she is a sessional instructor in music therapy at Wilfrid Laurier University. Amy is Past- President of the Canadian Association of Music Therapy, and Clinical Commissioner for the World Federation of Music Therapy. Amy owns and operates Notes By Amy: Music therapy and performing arts services.
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.