Talk Dates & Details

2022/23 Season Announced

Dr. Laura Chasmer

29-Sep-22 | Laura Chasmer

Living with the changing flammability of forests

Dr. Tiffany Prete

27-Oct-22 | Apooyak'ii, Tiffany Prete, Sociology

The Kainai Stolen Children Era 

Dr. Saurya Das

24-Nov-22 | Saurya Das, Physics & Astronomy

Our Universe: its beginning, flow and end

Dr. Habiba Kadiri

26-Jan-23 | Habiba Kadiri, Mathematics & Computer Science

Resilience in Mathematics

Dr. Chris Burton

23-Feb-23 | Chris Burton, History

Identity and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

David Logue

30-Mar-23 | David Logue, Psychology

The Science of Birdsong

Dr. David Hobbs

13-Apr-23 | David Hobbs, English

What Do We Do

Previous Year's Talk Dates & Details

Dr. Katharina Stevens

23-Sep-21 Katharina Stevens, Philosophy

Arguing Without Being Cruel: What Morality Has to Say About How We Should Give Reasons

28-Oct-21 | Leroy Little Bear, Indigenous Studies

The Comeback: The Parallel Experiences of the Blackfoot and the Buffalo

Dr. Alain Takam

25-Nov-21 | Alain Takam, Modern Languages & Linguistics

Translating in a context of official bilingualism: What happens to the minority language?

Dr. Habiba Kadiri

POSTPONED | Habiba Kadiri, Mathematics & Computer Science

Resilience in Mathematics

Dr. Julie Lee-Yaw

POSTPONED | Julie Lee-Yaw, Biological Sciences

The secrets of salamanders: what can amphibians teach us about environmental change and resilience?

With special thanks to our talk sponsor:

Dr. Saurya Das

POSTPONED | Saurya Das, Physics & Astronomy

Our Universe: its beginning, flow and end

Glenda Bonifacio

Sep 24 '20 | Glenda Bonifacio, Women & Gender Studies

Communities and disasters: associative acts and total escape?

Gail Michener

Oct 29 '20 | Gail Michener, Biological Sciences

Love Them, Despise Them, Study Them: Perspectives on an iconic prairie animal.

Elizabeth Galway

Nov 26 '20 | Elizabeth Galway, English

What’s So Childish about Children’s Stories? Exploring the Complex World of Literature for Young Readers.

Trevor Harrison

Jan 28 '21 | Trevor Harrison, Sociology

The Promise and Peril of Populism

James MacKenzie

Feb 25 '21 | James MacKenzie, Anthropology

Being Maya: Reflections on Ethnicity, Religion and Place

Trushar Patel

Mar 25 '21 | Trushar Patel, Chemistry & Biochemistry

How not to get viral: Understanding the communication between viruses and humans

With special thanks to our talk sponsor:

Hillary Rodrigues

Feb 27 '20 | Hillary Rodrigues, Religious Studies

COMBATTING DELUSION: Gleanings from the Hindu Great Goddess and Eastern Sages

Jan 23 '20 | Carly Adams, Kinesiology & Physical Education

"Hey, why don't we have a bonspiel?" Oral Histories, Sport, and (re)Imagining Community

Nov 21 '19 | Jackie Rice, Mathematics & Computer Science

The Benefits and Risks of Artificial Intelligence

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Oct 24 '19 | Matthew Tata, Neuroscience

How to Talk to Your Robot: Using Cognitive Neuroscience to Make Robots That Can Hear

Sep 26 '19 | Louise Barrett, Psychology

Supercharged Apes and Supersized Minds: How to Think Like an Animal

Hester Jiskoot

Mar 21 '19 | Hester Jiskoot, Geography & Environment

Glaciers — A Hot Topic

With special thanks to our talk sponsor:

Tom Johnston

Feb 28 '19 | Tom Johnston, Geography & Environment

The Geography of Circumstance

Jan 24 '19 | Alexander Darku, Economics

The Building Blocks of Africa's Development: Resources, Politics, and Economics

Amy Shaw

Nov 22 '18 | Amy Shaw, Canadian Studies

‘A Devil-May-Care Sort of Swagger’: A Case for Remembering Canada in the Boer War

Maura Hanrahan

Oct 25 '18 | Maura Hanrahan, Geography & Environment

Creating Heroes and Claiming the North: Captain Robert Abram Bartlett in the Arctic

Sergio Pellis

Sep 20 '18 | Sergio Pellis, Neuroscience

A Journey Through the Fields of Play

Catherine Kingfisher

Mar 22 '18 | Catherine Kingfisher, Anthropology

Locating Happiness: Beyond Individualism

With special thanks to our talk sponsor:

Tom Robinson

Feb 15 '18 | Tom Robinson, Religious Studies

Sex, Drugs, Jesus, and Gin

Jan 25 '18 | Paul Vasey, Psychology

Beyond the Binary: What the West Can Learn from Non-Western Approaches to Gender Diversity

With special thanks to our talk sponsor:

Rene Barendregt

Nov 23 '17 | René Barendregt, Geography & Environment

Global Climate Archives in Mud and Rock: The Magnetic Recorder is Always On [Somewhere]!

Jo-Anne Fiske

Oct 26 '17 | Jo-Anne Fiske, Women & Gender Studies

Remarkable Husbands and Unusual Fathers: Understanding the Great War a Crucible of Tenderness and Nurture

Sep 21 '17 | Ute Kothe, Biochemistry

From the Beginnings of Life to Modern Medicine: Why RNA Matters

Mar 23 ‘17 | Stacey Wetmore, Chemistry & Biochemistry

DNA Damage, Repair and Disease: How Computers Can Help Us Understand

With special thanks to our talk sponsor:

Kent Peacock

Feb 16 ‘17 | Kent Peacock, Philosophy

Alberta in the Anthropocene

Jan 26 ‘17 | Janay Nugent, History

Converting a Nation: family, religion, and Calvinism in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Scotland

Goldie Morgentaler

Nov 24 ‘16 | Goldie Morgentaler, English

How Dickens Invented Christmas — and Why it Matters

Roy Golsteyn

Oct 20 ‘16 | Roy Golsteyn, Biological Sciences

Flower Power: A scientific Search for New Medicines in Prairie Plants

Sep 22 '16 | Kevin McGeough, Archaeology

'I Met a Traveller From an Antique Land': The Archaeology of Progress, Decline, and Collapse

Reg Bibby

Mar 17 ‘16 | Reg Bibby, Sociology

Beyond the Gods & Back: The Return of Religion in Canada

Shawn Bubel

Feb 25 ‘16 | Shawn Bubel, Archaeology

Prehistoric Bison Hunters in Southern Alberta: Excavations at the Fincastle Site

Harold Jansen

Jan 21 ‘16 | Harold Jansen, Political Science

The Impact of Digital Technology on Democratic Citizenship in Canada

Jennifer Copeland

Nov 26 ‘15 | Jennifer Copeland, Kinesiology & Physical Education

Sitting, Standing and Stepping: The Health Implications of Our Daily Behaviour

Nov 19 ‘15 | Craig Coburn, Remote Sensing

Understanding the Complexities of Imaging the Earth: The Challenge of Image Calibration

Oct 22 ‘15 | Olga Kovalchuk, Biological Sciences

Epigenetics of Health and Disease: From Personalized Science to Personalized Medicine

Sep 24 ‘15 | Craig Cooper, History

Catching the Crook in Classical Athens

Mar 19 '15 | Michelle Hogue, FNTP / Chem & Biochemistry

Two-Eyed Seeing: A Different Vision for Teaching Aboriginal Learners Science and Mathematics

Feb 26 ‘15 | John Harding, Religious Studies

Buddha’s World Tour: Global Buddhism in the Modern Era

David Naylor

Jan 22 ‘15 | David Naylor, Physics & Astronomy

Why Invest in Space Exploration

Nov 20 ‘14 | Ian MacLachlan, Geography & Environment

Changing Livestock Geographies and Global Meat Consumption: What are the implications?

Oct 23 ‘14 | Patrick Wilson, Anthropology

Indigenous Territories and the Rights of Nature in Amazonian Ecuador

Dr. Robbin Gibb

Sep 25 ‘14 | Robbin Gibb, Neuroscience

The Forgotten Parent: The Importance of Fathers and Their Experience on the Brain Development of Their Children