Canada Globe 2  Sept. 8:  CANADA IN THE WORLD IN 2017

 When Justin Trudeau became Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister in 2015, he boldly announced to the world “Canada is back.”  Based on the initial responses of Canadians at home and leaders abroad, his message was well received.  But what did it really mean?  This lecture explores Canadian foreign policy beginning with an overview of critical national interests and concluding by exploring a series of contemporary challenges.

Adam Chapnick, PhD, is a professor of defence studies at the Royal Military College of Canada.  He is located in Toronto where he also serves as the deputy director of education at the Canadian Forces College.  He is the author or editor of 7 books, including The Middle Power Project; Canada and the Founding of the United Nations and The Harper Era in Canadian Foreign Policy.

 

 canstockphoto388255Sept. 15:  WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS REVISITED

 Wrongful convictions still plague the criminal justice system.  Who is not familiar with the names Donald Marshall, Guy Paul Morin, David Milgaard and Stephen Truscott?  The object of this lecture is to look at issues leading to wrongful convictions and reflect on how they might be eliminated.

James Lockyer is the preeminent wrongful conviction lawyer in Canada.  He has successfully represented each of the men referred to above and many more.  He is the founding director of the Association of the Wrongly Convicted.  He holds honorary Doctorates of Law from five Canadian universities and a sixth from the Law Society of Upper Canada.  His many awards include the Advocates Society Award for his work in criminal justice.

 

  canstockphoto31894272Sept. 22:  GUTS … THE INSIDE STORY

 Factors that interfere with the delicate ecological balance of the ‘gut microbiota’ are creating an epidemic of chronic disease leading to a new paradigm in restorative medicine, Microbial Ecosystem Therapeutics. This lecture is an update on the micro-ecology of the human gut, emphasizing its importance to health and introducing some surprising recent findings.

Emma Allen-Vercoe, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Guelph.  She is a microbial ecologist who has created the “Robogut’, an in vitro model of the gut.

 

St Peters  Sept. 29: THE ARCHITECTURE OF POWER: BUILDING ROME’S BASILICA OF ST. PETER

This illustrated lecture will discuss the conception of a new basilica by Pope Julius II.  Bramante’s design, with its references to ancient architecture, was both a tribute to St. Peter and a monument to the ambition and power of the pope.  But, after his death, subsequent popes and architects changed that vision resulting, after 120 years of construction, in the church we see today.

Kenneth Bartlett is Professor of History and Renaissance Studies at Victoria College, U of T.  He is the author of several books including: The Experience of History (2017).  He has produced five video series, most recently The Smithsonian Guide to Essential Italy.  Recipient of multiple teaching awards including the prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship, he was also a finalist in the TVO Best Lecturer Series in 2007.