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Our FREE Spring Speaker Series starts April 12, 2021!  You will be contacted with registration details if you are a paid up member of TALYR.

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Upcoming events

    • April 12, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • May 17, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom virtual meetings

    Spring 2021 Speaker Event Series 

    All Spring 2021 speaker events will be conducted virtually using Zoom software

       April 12

    Tom Vassos

    A Fascinating Tour of the Universe
       April 19

    Rona Maynard

    Your Discovery Years: Finding Joy in  Retirement  

       April 26

    Shermeen Beg

    An unrivalled city: Constantinople at the time of the Italian Renaissance

       May 3

    Mike Daley, PhD

     The Elvis Presley Story 

       May 10   

    Charles Mathewes, PhD

    Evil, Memory, and Redemption after COVID
       May 17 Lynne Golding

    A Romp Through the Roaring 20’s




    • April 26, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom virtual meeting

    Shermeen Beg

    Shermeen Beg completed her undergraduate degree in architecture from the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan and her graduate degree in architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She has practiced architecture in the United States, Pakistan and Italy. Prior to moving to Canada Shermeen was an Assistant Professor at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture and taught design studio and theories of architecture courses to undergraduate and graduate students. 

    For the past 5 years, Shermeen has been a regular instructor at the LIFE Institute at Ryerson University and has been a guest speaker at the Vaughan Library, Rotary Club, Elspeth Heyworth Centre and Aga Khan Museum amongst others. 

     Shermeen likes to describe herself as a storyteller, combining her passion for architecture, history and travel in each of her talks.

    An unrivalled city: Constantinople at the time of the Italian Renaissance

    The city of Constantinople was weakened and sparsely inhabited at the time of its conquest in 1453. Inspired by the Renaissance in neighbouring Italy, Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II gathered Italian artists at his court and in doing so positioned the Ottoman empire onto a global stage. 

    This illustrated talk covers the siege of Constantinople and artistic and architectural achievements of the 15-17thcenturies, that allowed for Istanbul to emerge in its place as a magnificent city with a world-famous skyline.

    This event is part of the Spring 2021 Speaker series. 

    • May 03, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom virtual meeting

      Mike Daley, PhD

    Mike Daley is a guitarist and singer based in Toronto. A professional musician for over 30 years, Mike has toured Canada, the United States and England and has recorded extensively in a variety of musical styles. He is a longtime member of Fraser/Daley with bassist Alec Fraser and is also proud to work with a variety of bands around Toronto including the Tom Waits Appreciation Congregation, the Travellers and others.

    Mike and his wife Jill Daley also play and sing classic pop and jazz standards in a violin/acoustic guitar duo. In past years, Mike contributed guitar and vocals to Jeff Healey's Jazz Wizards, the Killjoys, Justin Rutledge, Simply Saucer and Suzie Vinnick.

    Mike holds the position of Assistant Music Director at Church of the Redeemer in Toronto.

    The Elvis Presley Story

    Elvis Presley defined rock and roll in the 1950s with hit records like “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Love Me Tender” and scored hits well into the 1970s like “In The Ghetto” and “Suspicious Minds.” Dr. Mike Daley's lecture on the King of Rock and Roll tells the story of a life filled with triumphs, tragedies and unforgettable music.

    This event is part of the Spring 2021 Speaker series. 

    • May 10, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom virtual meeting


    Charles Mathewes, PhD

    Charles Mathewes is the Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia.  He spent much of his childhood in Saudi Arabia, and was educated at Georgetown University and the University of Chicago.

    He is the author of Evil and the Augustinian Tradition and A Theology of Public Life, both with Cambridge University Press; Understanding Religious Ethics from Wiley-Blackwell; and The Republic of Grace, from Eerdmans.  Among other edited volumes, he was the Senior Editor for a four-volume collection on Comparative Religious Ethics: The Major Works for Routledge Publishers.  From 2006 to 2010, he was Editor of The Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the flagship journal in the field of religious studies, and was the youngest Editor ever appointed to lead that journal.  He was Chair of the Committee on the Future of Christian Ethics for the Society of Christian Ethics, the inaugural Director of the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion, and from 2010 to 2020 he served on the Theology Committee for the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church.  

    With his wife Jennifer Geddes, he served a four-year term as Co-Principal of one of UVA's residential colleges, Brown College at Monroe Hill.  Today he lives with his family outside Charlottesville, Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    He is currently co-directing a major grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, on "Religion and its Publics."  

    Evil, Memory, and Redemption after COVID

    Historically, pandemics have been events that significantly affected societies, influencing not just peoples’ surface opinions and judgments, but altering their deepest assumptions and shaking their understanding of human relations and humanity’s relationship to nature and the moral order as a whole.  Will that happen with this pandemic?  How might our ways of living alter in its wake?  How do we think about responsibility, accountability, and the nature of suffering after COIVD?  How will we remember this moment, and how will we relate our situation after it to our situation before?  Mathewes will discuss how previous pandemics have affected peoples’ lives, and propose some ways to reflect on how the current pandemic might change our lives going forward.

    This event is part of the Spring 2021 Speaker series. 

    • May 17, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom virtual meeting

             Lynne Golding

    Lynne Golding obtained a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Victoria College at the University of Toronto, before studying law at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She is the Leader of the firm’s Health group. Lynne has an active corporate/commercial practice based principally in the health industry.

    In her spare time, Lynne is an author of historical fiction. The Beleaguered, a Toronto Star and Globe & Mail best-selling book, is the second in her Beneath the Alders trilogy. The historical fiction series, set-in small-town Canada in the first decades of the twentieth century, was launched with the publication of The Innocent, in the fall of 2018. The Mending, the final book in the series will be published in 2021.

    A Romp Through the Roaring 20’s

    Reflections on the decade based on the fact and fiction of The Mending by its best selling author, Lynne Golding. In the 1920’s, Canadians try to recapture their pre-war life of innocence. They are not able to.  As society deals with Spanish flu, returning injured men, a shrinking and then roaring economy, temperance and bootlegging, and a surplus of single women, a different, possibly better, life emerges. 

    This event is part of the Spring 2021 Speaker series. 

Past events

April 19, 2021 Your Discovery Years: Finding Joy in Retirement
April 12, 2021 A Fascinating Tour of the Universe
February 08, 2021 Ten Events That Shaped Our National Character
February 01, 2021 The Future of Publicly Funded Healthcare in Canada: Do We Need a Private Option?
January 25, 2021 Delivering Health Services to Remote Areas – One Plane at a Time
January 18, 2021 Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada's Arctic
January 18, 2021 FREE Winter 2021 Speaker Event Series (via Zoom)
November 09, 2020 Mozart - The Musicians’ Musician and Everyman's Composer
November 02, 2020 Is cannabis a cure all?
October 26, 2020 Human Trafficking: Hidden in Plain Sight in Our Backyard!
October 19, 2020 New Approaches for Treating Cancer
October 05, 2020 Hong Kong, China and the deep roots of the ongoing crisis
September 21, 2020 To See, To Be, To Do: The Landscape of the World's Religions
September 14, 2020 Forensics in Crime Solving
April 06, 2020 The (not so ) Young Persons’ Guide to the Orchestra
March 30, 2020 Publicly Funded Healthcare in the Future
March 30, 2020 CANCELLED Speaker Event until FALL 2020
November 04, 2019 Rush to Danger - Medics in the Line of Fire
October 28, 2019 A Tale of Two Museums: Louvre of Paris, Victoria & Albert of London
October 21, 2019 The Symphonies by Beethoven – the Universe in Music
October 07, 2019 The Fall of the Roman Empire and Why it Matters Today
September 23, 2019 Does Canada really have an immigration problem? Here are the facts
September 16, 2019 True story of Courage and Survival at Auschwitz
September 09, 2019 On the Disruptive Technologies of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Virtual Reality
May 13, 2019 Full Disclosure: Beverley McLachlin, former Chief Justice of Canada
May 06, 2019 120 Years of Fear and Fascination with the Automobile
April 29, 2019 Forbidden Fruit: Banned, Censored, and Challenged books from Dante to Harry Potter
April 23, 2019 TALYR Members Only - REGISTER NOW! Dr. Brian Goldman: The Power of Kindness in Healthcare
April 23, 2019 Non-TALYR Members - PURCHASE NOW! Dr. Brian Goldman: The Power of Kindness in Healthcare
April 15, 2019 Truth and Reconciliation - what does it really mean for Canada ?
April 08, 2019 Maintaining the Best of Both Worlds
April 01, 2019 The Road to Marylake
April 01, 2019 Spring 2019 Speaker Event Series - Sold Out
November 05, 2018 Does the Punishment fit the Crime? How Judges Sentence Offenders in Canada
October 29, 2018 End of WWII
October 22, 2018 How to Protect Your Privacy Before it’s Taken Away: Embed Privacy, by Design
October 15, 2018 Wrongful Convictions in Canada
October 01, 2018 Surnames and History
September 24, 2018 Use of Music in Film
September 17, 2018 Ridgeway 1866: The Hidden History of Canada’s First Modern Battle and the Last Battle Fought in Ontario.
August 06, 2018 Fall 2018 Speaker Series - SOLD OUT
May 14, 2018 Perspectives on the Federal Government
May 07, 2018 Bomb Girls: Trading Aprons for Ammo
April 30, 2018 Richard III: Monstrous or Misunderstood
April 23, 2018 Gardens: A Microcosm for the World’s Environmental Health Issues
April 16, 2018 Engineering Moneyball in Hockey, Baseball and Beyond
April 09, 2018 Orphan 32
February 26, 2018 Spring 2018 Speaker Event Series - PURCHASE series beginning February 26th at 9:00 am
October 30, 2017 Designing a good community to live in
October 23, 2017 Triage for Extinction – Which Species should we Save?
October 16, 2017 The Amazing Universe
October 02, 2017 The United Nations in the Modern World: Blessing or Burden
September 25, 2017 Where Ideas Come From
September 18, 2017 Canadian Fascination with Weather
September 11, 2017 The Symphonies of Mozart - the evolution of genius
July 31, 2017 Fall 2017 Speaker Event Series - SOLD OUT!
May 15, 2017 The Great Lakes: A History of Water Quality and Water Politics
May 08, 2017 Shakespeare – Confronting the Vexed Authorship Question
May 01, 2017 The Great American Songbook 101 - Dissecting the American Songbook
April 24, 2017 Canada on the World Stage: Past, Present and Future
April 10, 2017 Understanding Japanese Society and Culture
April 03, 2017 Bees, Importance and Diversity
October 31, 2016 The Result of Rebellion: North American Political Prisoners in van Diemen's Land
October 24, 2016 Come from the Shadows: Tales of Ontario Archaeology
October 17, 2016 Brazil: Past and Present
September 26, 2016 The Great Escape: A Canadian Story.
September 19, 2016 Dancing on the Edge: Athleticism and Emotion
September 12, 2016 How Music can Impact Health
August 08, 2016 Fall 2016 Speaker Event Series
May 16, 2016 Tin Pan Alley: the Art and Business of the Popular Song
May 09, 2016 Is War still a Rational Option for Conflict Resolution?
May 02, 2016 Why Canadian History is Not Boring!
April 25, 2016 St Petersburg and the Hermitage: Wonder and Opulence
April 18, 2016 Taking it to the Top: The Supreme Court of Canada and the Cases it Hears
April 11, 2016 Food Insecurity, Consumerism and the Corporatization of Food
November 02, 2015 We Animals: Jo-Anne's Journey and Adventures as an Animal Rights Photographer
October 26, 2015 Footbridges as Philanthropy: Bringing Social Change to a Walking World
October 19, 2015 Sir Winston Churchill - A True Renaissance Man
October 05, 2015 How to become an opera buff in under an hour!
September 28, 2015 Ontario’s Opportunities in a Changing Climate
September 21, 2015 The Russia-Ukraine Affair – “my lie is truer than your lie"
August 03, 2015 Fall 2015 Speaker Event Series
May 25, 2015 The Greater Golden Horseshoe in the 21st Century
May 11, 2015 Modern Middle East
May 04, 2015 Happiness
April 27, 2015 Dimensions of Aging: Realities, Intervention, Prevention
April 20, 2015 Produced and abandoned: the best films you have never seen!
April 13, 2015 Innovation in China's Development
November 03, 2014 Pursuit of the Real
October 27, 2014 Prisoners of Tehran
October 06, 2014 Loving Water
September 29, 2014 The European Union: Innovation from Crisis
September 22, 2014 The Aging Brain: Opportunities & Challenges
September 15, 2014 The Play's the Thing - or Is It?
May 26, 2014 Our ailing Parliamentary Democracy - Can it Recover?
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