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November 13, 2018
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Halton Hills Lecture Series

Halton Hills Lecture Series

Discover new ideas. Challenge your opinions. Explore current events.

The Halton Hills Public Library is thrilled to present our second-annual series of topical, timely, and thought-provoking lectures in our community.

Each month, experts in their respective fields will host a lively discourse with the audience about topics that relate to issues we are facing in our lives, our community, and our world.

All lectures will be held in the John Elliott Theatre, and will run from 7:30 – 8:30 pm.

Pick up your FREE tickets at the John Elliott Theatre box office.

For the full 2018-19 Halton Hills Lecture Series Schedule please see below: 


2018 Lectures

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Bringing Lucy Maud Montgomery home to Norval: Past, Present, Future

From 1926-1935 one of Canada's most beloved authors, Lucy Maud Montgomery lived in Norval, Ontario in the Presbyterian manse where her husband was minister. In her journals and photography, Montgomery documented her love of Norval and her Norval period was particularly productive-she wrote five novels, many short stories and poems and over three volumes of her personal journals.

Panel presentation: Dr. Mary Rubio, Professor Emerita of English at the University of Guelph and Lucy Maud Montgomery scholar; Jessica Young, MA Literatures of Modernity; Matthew Rowe, vice president of the Prince’s Charities Canada. 


Wednesday, November 14th, 2018


To be determined.

Special Holiday Lecture: Saturday, December 8th, 2018

David Leask: The Role of Music and Emotion in Celebration

Join us for an interactive, workshop, holiday-themed  performance with International Award-winning Singer Songwriter David Leask.It has been said that, “A song is an emotion.” David will talk about songs and their role in people’s lives, particularly how they find context during different emotional moments: love songs - falling in love,  being in love, falling out of love; wedding songs; major life events such as immigration;  relationships songs such as Mother - child,  Father – child, and funerals; and of course, birthdays, Christmas and New Years.

This presentation is fully interactive and gathers examples from the audience of the musical soundtrack to emotional moments in their own lives. Open yourself up to the world of songcraft and demonstrate how the elements of a song such as melody, harmony, lyrics and prosody can elicit different emotional responses.

David Leask is a gifted songwriter, teacher, and award-winning performer.

  2019 Lectures

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

We're Not Racist We're Canadian: An Exploration of the Theme of Race and Racism in the Canadian Story

This highly engaging presentation will consider legalized, systemic, and personal racism in relation to various racialized groups, in hope of broadening our capacity for living well into our national vision of genuine multi-culturalism.

Dr. Wendy Fletcher is the President and Vice-Chancellor of Renison University College, having served in this role since August 2014, and is also Professor of Religious Studies and Social Work. She has recently co-authored a book with Dr. Kathy Hogarth, entitled A Space For Race: Decoding Racism, Multiculturalism, And Post-Colonialism In The Quest For Belonging In Canada And Beyond.

Offered in partnership with the Canadian Federation of University Women – Georgetown                                                                                               

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019


Join the Ontario Genealogical Society for an evening exploring the past. Current OGS President, Steve Fulton, will encourage, bring together, and assist those interested in the pursuit of family history and to preserve Ontario genealogical heritage.

Steve Fulton, President and head of the Technological Support and Innovation Committee (TSIC) of the Ontario Genealogical Society (OGS).

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Understanding Groundwater: How the Water Cycle and Depletion Affect our Local Resources

Celebrate World Water Day a little early this year, and learn about the issues facing our local community’s groundwater.

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Seed Saving and Biodiversity

Organic, heirloom, heritage… what are the implications of saving and replanting these types of seeds? Join us as we explore the ways in which plant diversity can help us as we adapt to the local effects of climate change.

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For additional information please contact:

Lee Puddephatt
Community Librarian
905-873-2681, ext. 2544


The 2018/2019 Halton Hills Lecture Series is made possible through the generous support of our partners.