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September 22, 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 partner with the Town of Halton Hills and the University of Guelph to present a series of topical, timely, and thought-provoking lectures in our community.

Each month, one of the University of Guelph’s leading academics will engage in 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 Halton Hills Lecture Series Schedule please see below: 



Topic: Why Conflict Resolution Fails

Ian Spears

Why are there so many wars in Africa and the Middle East? Why are they so difficult to resolve? What gets in the way of conflict resolution? Religion?  Ethnicity?  Corrupt government? This presentation accounts for the persistence of wars in these regions by looking at the ways in which countries in these regions were formed, and both the challenges and dilemmas that confront contemporary leaders, belligerents and peacemakers as a result.

 Ian Spears, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph.  He is the author of Civil War in African States: The Search for Security (Lynne Rienner, 2010) and co-editor with Paul Kingston of States Within States (Palgrave: 2004).

Topic: The Guelph Family Health Study: Understanding contributing factors to healthly habits in families with young children

David W.L. Ma

Obesity in adults and children is a global epidemic problem. To date, tackling the problem of obesity and related health issues after its development has not been successful. Intuitively, prevention is a solution to obesity, however, effective programs and approaches are needed.  The Guelph Family Health Study (GFHS) is one of the largest active studies testing a prevention program in families with young children. The goal is to develop the long term evidence that a home-based approach is feasible and effective for the prevention of childhood obesity. Preliminary findings and observations from the GFHS will be shared in this presentation.

David W.L. Ma, Ph.D. is a Professor and University of Guelph Researcher Leadership Chair in the Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences. He is also the Director of the Guelph Family Health Study, which is developing and testing ways to help families maintain healthy behaviours over many years. By the age of five or six, kids will form eating, exercise and sleep habits that can last a lifetime - habits that can significantly lower your child’s risk for disease now and in the future.


Guelph Family Health Study Cookbooks

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Topic: Lucy Maud Montgomery and the 100th Anniversary of WWI

Explore the University of Guelph’s new archival exhibit including Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Rilla of Ingleside (first published in 1921) and other novels, stories and poems and how they reflect Canadian perspectives of WWI. Materials for the exhibit will be drawn from the distinguished Lucy Maud Montgomery Collection, which includes first editions of her novels, the original manuscript of Rilla of Ingleside, and Montgomery’s archives and personal library and effects.

 Melissa McAfee, MLIS, is the Special Collections and Rare Books Librarian at the University of Guelph McLaughlin Library. She has worked on numerous digital humanities projects, collections, and exhibitions, including the cross-departmental Scottish Chapbooks Project.


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Topic: Has Feminism Succeeded?

Feminists have been fighting for equal rights for women for over a century.  And yet, women still make less than men and sexual harassment and sexual assault continue to be major issues.  In what ways has feminism succeeded?  Where has it failed to achieve its goals?  What can the movement do to create equality in the future?

 Catherine Carstairs, Ph.D. is a Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Guelph.  She is the author of Jailed for Possession: Illegal Drug Use, Regulation and Power in Canada 1920-1971 (University of Toronto Press, 2006), the co—editor with Nancy Janovicek of Feminist History: New Essays on Women, Gender, Work and Nation (UBC Press, 2013) and the co-author with Bethany Philpott and Sara Wilmshurst of Be Wise! Be Healthy: Morality and Citizenship in Canadian Public Health (Forthcoming, UBC Press, 2018).


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Topic: Communities in a Changing Climate: Societies, Science and Politics

Dr. Barry Smit is an internationally recognized expert on climate change impacts and adaptation. He is University Professor Emeritus in Geography at the University of Guelph. His research and practice span more than 30 years. He has authored over 150 scientific papers and 4 books. As a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), he was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (2007). Among his recognitions, he is a recipient of the Order of Ontario and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

You can find the full press release here: Press Release

For additional information please contact:
Lee Puddephatt
Community Librarian
905-873-2681, ext. 2544

The 2017/2018 Halton Hills Lecture Series is made possible through the Seniors Community Grant Program

and the generous support of our partners.