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    • August 05, 2019
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    • November 04, 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Aurora Cultural Centre
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    Fall 2019 Speaker Event Series 


    • September 23, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Aurora Cultural Centre


    Sadiya Ansari 

    Sadiya Ansari is a Toronto-based based journalist, focusing on issues around race, immigration and multiculturalism. Her work — including essays, features, Q&As and books reviews — has appeared in the Guardian, Chatelaine, Toronto Star, Maclean’s, VICE, HuffPost Canada, Globe and Mail, Flare, Reader’s Digest and more.

    She holds a Masters of Public Administration from Queen’s University and a Masters of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

    Does Canada really have an immigration problem? Here are the facts

    The system that admits newcomers to Canada is complex — and often the subject of misconceptions. This lecture will unpack Canada's immigration system ahead of the election, where immigration will no doubt be high on the political agenda.

    There will be an overview of the current system, including historical context of immigration to Canada, what our current immigration levels are, and how they break down into categories (economic, family, refugee, etc.). The lecture will also take some time to break down the major party platforms on immigration, and how they compare to the existing system. 

    This event is part of the Fall  2019 Speaker series. Register for the Fall 2019 Event Series.

    • October 07, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Aurora Cultural Centre


    George Hewson

    George Hewson, has a B.A., M.A. in History from York University and a B. Ed. in History and French from University of Toronto.  He is a museum instructor and has taught courses for the George Brown Seniors on a number of subjects such as Japanese Culture and World History Survey.

    A generalist with a  multiplicity of interests, George has lectured across Canada on East Asian history and philosophy. Not content to focus solely on one area of the world he has also acted as a guide and museum enrichment consultant in Rome and Pompeii.

    The Fall of the Roman Empire and Why it Matters Today

    After briefly tracing how Rome was able to build one of the greatest empires in human history, there will be an analysis of the various factors that led to its demise after centuries of success.

    This event is part of the Fall  2019 Speaker series. Register for the Fall 2019 Event Series.

    • October 21, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Aurora Cultural Centre


    Rick Phillips

    Rick Phillips is a busy broadcaster, podcaster, freelance writer and reviewer, panel moderator, lecturer, consultant, concert host and music tour guide. He presents a variety of Music History & Appreciation courses at such venues as the University of Toronto, York University, the Royal Conservatory of Music and George Brown College. Often a juror in the classical music categories for the Juno Awards, he is the author of “The Essential Classical Recordings – 101 CDs,” published by McClelland & Stewart.

    From 1994 to 2008, Rick was the Host and Producer of SOUND ADVICE, the weekly guide to classical music and recordings, heard across Canada on both CBC Radio One and Radio Two every weekend. Affiliated with the CBC for 30 years, working in Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto, his career spanned production to management to on-air. He holds a B. Mus. from McGill University and a M. Mus. from the University of Toronto.

    The Symphonies by Beethoven – the Universe in Music

    Beethoven (1770-1827) once said, “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.” That belief is perhaps no better illustrated than in his nine symphonies. They are the most famous and frequently-performed symphonies ever composed - often likened to other great masterpieces of art, such as the plays of Shakespeare or the sculpture of Michelangelo. But what makes them so legendary, and what can they express and communicate to us today, in our busy, hectic lives, two hundred years later?

    In this lecture/demonstration, we’ll look into Beethoven’s life and times, their impact on him and his art, and his powerful skills and methods of musical communication and expression through his wonderful world of the symphony.


    This event is part of the Fall  2019 Speaker series. Register for the Fall 2019 Event Series.

    • October 28, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Aurora Cultural Centre


    James A.S. Thompson

    James A.S. Thompson is a continuing studies instructor at several later learning associations in the GTA. He was educated in the museum field, at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and later received his M.A. in Museums Studies from Manchester University, UK.  

    As James is passionate about continuing studies, he also continues to promote museums. James is a committee member at the Royal Ontario Museum, and also served two terms on the Spadina Museum/Colborne Lodge/Mackenzie House advisory board appointed by the City of Toronto.


    A Tale of Two Museums: Louvre of Paris, Victoria & Albert of London

    Join James A.S. Thompson for a look at the origins and histories of two of the great museums of the world - The V & A  in London and the Louvre in Paris.  In addition to discovering some of the world renowned artifacts in each museum, James will address how the V & A and the Louvre define English and French culture and history. 

    This event is part of the Fall  2019 Speaker series. Register for the Fall 2019 Event Series.

    • November 04, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Aurora Cultural Centre


    Ted Barris

    Ted Barris is an award-winning journalist, author, and broadcaster. For more than 40 years, his writing has regularly appeared in the national press – Globe and Mail, National Post, as well as magazines as diverse as Legion, Air Force, esprit de corps, Quill and Quire, and Zoomer. He has also worked as a host/contributor for most CBC Radio network programs and on TV Ontario. He is a full-time professor of journalism and broadcasting at Toronto’s Centennial College.

    Barris is the author of 18 bestselling non-fiction books, including a series on wartime Canada.  Just a few of these are: Juno: Canadians at D-Day, June 6, 1944Deadlock in Korea: Canadians at War, 1950-1953Victory at Vimy: Canada Comes of Age, April 9-12, 1917. In June 2014, The Great Escape: A Canadian Story won the 2014 Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award (shared with astronaut Chris Hadfield).  His latest book to be released in August 2019 is Rush to Danger - Medics in the Line of Fire.

    In 2011, he was one of 19 civilians presented with the Minister of Veterans’ Affairs Commendation. The citation reads: “Ted Barris has made such exemplary contributions by generously giving of himself, and so both benefiting veterans and making manifest the principle that Canada’s obligation to all who have served in the cause of Peace and Freedom, must not be forgotten.”

    Rush to Danger - Medics in the Line of Fire

    Ted Barris explores his father’s wartime experiences as a medic leading up to the Battle of the Bulge in 1944–45, along with stories of other medics in combat throughout history.   

    Barris’s research reveals that this bloodiest of WWII battles was shouldered largely by military medics. Like his father, Alex, medics in combat evacuated the wounded on foot, scrounged medical supplies where there were seemed to be none, and dodged snipers and booby traps on the most frigid and desolate battlefields of Europe. While retracing his father’s wartime experience, Ted will also provide stories about the life-and-death struggles of military medical personnel during a century of service.

    In this unique front-line recounting of the experiences of stretcher bearers, medical corpsmen, nurses, surgeons, orderlies, dentists and ambulance drivers, Barris explores the evolution of battlefield medicine at such historic engagements as Fredericksburg, Batoche, the Somme, Vimy, Singapore, Normandy, Falaise, Bastogne, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan.

    This event is part of the Fall  2019 Speaker series. Register for the Fall 2019 Event Series.

Past events

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 Non-TALYR Members - PURCHASE NOW! Dr. Brian Goldman: The Power of Kindness in Healthcare
April 23, 2019 TALYR Members Only - REGISTER 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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