2019-20 PERSPECTIVES

Sept 6: THE LIFE OF A CONCERT PIANIST

The oh-so-glamorous life of a concert pianist revealed. This presentation takes us backstage to experience the high-strung, travel-laden, cosmopolitan life of a modern concert pianist.

Daniel Wnukowski is an internationally recognized Polish-Canadian concert pianist. He has a M.Mus from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (London, UK) and a B.M. from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins Institute.  He is the founder of the Collingwood Summer Music Festival and the pan-Canadian outreach project, Piano Six “New Generation”.

Sept 13: DEVELOPING A WINNING MINDSET

The winning mindset of successful athletes involves three qualities: confidence, mental toughness and effective management of thoughts and emotions. Resiliency is one component that helps overcome significant obstacles. We will learn about the mental preparation strategies that are often used by elite athletes on their road to success.

Paul Dennis, BPHE, B.Ed, MA, PhD, has spent 20 years with Toronto Maple Leafs as their player development coach and as a consultant to NBA’s Toronto Raptors and Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC.  He is currently an advisor to the Ontario Hockey League and Hockey Canada.

Sept. 20: THE ARCTIC IN THE MODERN ERA

Part One of this presentation will look at the physical Arctic, and the first peoples to occupy its vastness. The second part will focus on the modern Arctic. The Inuit are confronted by the headwinds of western culture and climate change. Despite these challenges, they are determined to gain a future homeland that is truly theirs.

Peter Middleton is a retired Outdoor Educator with a passion for the Canadian Arctic. His travels, as a guide to the Arctic, spanned nearly five decades, and provided him with a wealth of direct experience and perspective. Global challenges, both to the ecology and the Inuit culture, are particular areas of interest. Peter has presented to the GTLLI on two previous occasions.

Sept 27: CANADA: A NATION OF INNOVATION

Innovation is the basis of a strong economy. This presentation describes an ‘Education for Innovation’ initiative supported by the Rideau Hall Foundation and intended to cultivate and celebrate innovation in Canada. We will hear about Canadian innovators and the learning activities used to promote innovation mindsets in youth.

Dr. Maria Cantalini-Williams was a full Professor of the Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University and is presently an instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University. She leads the Education for Innovation project and has authored many academic publications and teaching resources.

2019-20 SPRING COURSE

CANADIAN FOREIGN POLICY: 1968-PRESENT

In 2015, Justin Trudeau declared that Canada was back on the world stage. Stephen Harper said the same thing in 2006. So did Paul Martin in 2003.  Is Canada an international player or has Canada been neglecting its global responsibilities? This course examines the foreign policy of our last six prime ministers and explores the impact of their decisions on how Canadians see themselves and their place in the world.

March 27: Pierre Trudeau, 1968-1984

The new Prime Minister pledges to re-imagine Canadian foreign policy and announces that Ottawa will recognize the People’s Republic of China. President Nixon forces Ottawa to reconsider the Canadian economy’s reliance on trade with the United States. Canada joins the G7. Trudeau returns, after a brief Conservative interlude, and launches a global peace initiative meant to promote nuclear disarmament.

April 3: Brian Mulroney, 1984-1993

Brian Mulroney pledges “super relations” with the United States, and successfully negotiates the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement. The Cold War ends, resulting in a rare period of great power harmony and international activism. Canada emerges as an environmental leader, but the Department of National Defence is left in a sorry state.

April 17: Jean Chrétien, 1993-2001

Canada continues its activist ways on a limited budget. Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy’s human security agenda sees his country leading global efforts to ban anti-personnel landmines and to protect civilians caught in the midst of armed conflict. Canada clashes with the United States over softwood lumber and split-run magazines, but the two states cooperate in Kosovo. This lecture ends with the events of 9/11.

April 24: Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin, 2001-2006

Jean Chrétien seeks to leave a legacy in Kyoto and Kananaskis. Canada says “no” to the second war in Iraq. Paul Martin says “no” to ballistic missile defence. In spite of these disagreements, Canada and the United States cooperate in Afghanistan and in efforts to launch a G20.

May 1: Stephen Harper, 2006-2015

Under Stephen Harper, Afghanistan takes centre stage. Canada withdraws from the Kyoto accord. The softwood lumber dispute is resolved, but the Keystone Pipeline issue is not. Canada becomes more outspoken in its support for Israel. The Conservatives launch an initiative to promote maternal, newborn, and child health. The Canadian Armed Forces intervene in Libya and against Daesh.

May 8: Justin Trudeau, 2015-???

Canada is back, but then Donald Trump arrives. NAFTA is renegotiated, but the process leaves bruises. Canada pledges to reinvest in national defence and to actively pursue its Feminist International Assistance Policy. Clashes with China and Saudi Arabia are noted and followed around the world. This lecture is subject to change…

 

Adam Chapnick is a professor of Defence Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada. He also serves as the Deputy Director of Education at the Canadian Forces College. He holds a BA from Trent University, an MA in International Affairs from Carleton University, and a PhD in History from the University of Toronto. He gave a popular GTLLI lecture in September, 2017.

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