Themes and past presenters:

2008/2009 - Theme: “Youth in Society”

  • October 9, 2008- Dr. Amanda Zavitz and Shannon Maheu, “Student Disengagement and Disaffection”
  • October 30, 2008- St. Leonard’s Society, A panel presentation, “Alternative Justice for Youth”
  • November 30, 2008- Anton Allahar, Award-winning Scholar, “Youth and Globalization”
  • January 9, 2009- Dr. Kathleen Dindoff, Psychology Professor, “Critical Thinking among Youth”
  • February 5, 2009- Dr. Jean-Marc Hachey, Best-selling Author, “Global Career Skills”
  • February 26, 2009- Grahame Russell, Director of Rights Action, “Corporate versus Human Rights”
  • March 26, 2009- Dr. John Laporta, CEO of Thames Valley Children’s Center, “Leadership Skills”

2009/2010- Theme: “Global Citizenship”

  • September 17, 2009- Yves Engler, Political Activist and Author, “Canada on the World Stage”
  • October 9, 2009- Penn Kemp, Writer in Residence, UWO, “Courage my Love”
  • October 29, 2009- Alan Borovoy, Canadian Civil Liberties, “Threats to Canadian Civil Liberties”
  • November 26, 2009- Jim Stanford, Economist CAW, “Making Economics Work for Us”
  • January 21, 2010- Robert Lovelace, Former Co-Chief of Ardoch Algonquin First Nation, “Justice Indeed”
  • February 18, 2010- Paige Desjarlais, Student Advocate, “36 Hours in Gaza”
  • March 18, 2010- Linda McQuaig, Award-winning Journalist/Author, “Trouble with Billionaires”

2010/2011- Theme: “Power and Transformation”

  • September 30, 2010- Social Science Faculty, SLLS, “Interdisciplinary Power and Transformation”
  • October 21, 2010- Dr. Tina Fetner, Sociology Professor at McMaster, “Attitudes towards Homosexuality”
  • November 11, 2010- Andrew Judge, MA Sociology UWO, “Building Power through Relationships”
  • December 2, 2010- Koto Kimura, G20 Protester, “Challenging Power in the G20 Protest”
  • January 20, 2011- Dr. Scott Veenvliet, Psychology Professor, Fanshawe, “Spiritualism and Transformation.
  • February 10, 2011- Bev Coulson, OPP, “Power through Knowledge and Awareness”
  • March 17, 2011- Judy Rebick, Best-selling Author and Political Activist, “Transforming Power”

2011/2012 Theme: “Unnecessary Illusions: Truths and Realities about Society”

  • September 15, 2011- Dr. Tim Pychyl, 3M National Teaching Award Winner, “Procrastination and Power”
  • October 13, 2011- Dr. Monda Halpern, History Professor UWO, “Historical Illusions”
  • November 17, 2011- Dr. Natacsha Wesch, Sport Psychologist, “The Illusion of Sport”
  • January 19, 2012- Diane Hill, Aboriginal Speaker and Leader, “Quantum Physics of the Mind”
  • March 8, 2012- Maude Barlow, Internationally renowned Author and Activist, “Global Water Crisis”

2012-2013 - Theme:  "Social Science in Praxis"

  • September 27, 2012 - Mitch Rothstein, “Resiliency in Work & Leadership: Bouncing Back from Adversity in your Career”
  • October 18, 2012 - James Bartleman, “Ontario's Forgotten Native Children”
  • November 29, 2012 - Gail Dines, “Sex(ism), Identity, and Intimacy in a Porn Culture” 
  • January 17, 2013 - David Wolfe, Head of the CAMH Centre for Prevention Science, "Media Violence and Kids"
  • February 14, 2013 - Lorraine McNeil, Professor of Anthropology at Fanshawe, "Bonobos in a Human World"
  • March 21, 2013 - Sister Sue Wilson, Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada; Federation Office for Systemic Justice, "Human Trafficking"

2013/2014- Theme: "Education in Question"

  • October 3, 2013- CBC Documentary, “Generation Jobless”
  • October 31, 2013- Megan Walker, Director of the London Abused Women’s Center, “Violence and Education”.
  • November 28, 2013- Grahame Russell, Director of Rights Action, “Mayan Qeqchi people VS Hudbay Minerals”.
  • January 30, 2014- David Heap, Professor of Linguistics, UWO, “Education Inside and Outside the Classroom”
  • February 20, 2014- Dr. Anton Allahar, Professor of Sociology UWO, “Ivory Tower Blues”.
  • March 20, 2014- Darius Marshini, Student Activist and Protester, “Generational Conflict at the Tipping Point”.

2014/2015- Theme: “Conceptualizing a World beyond Violence”

  • September 25, 2014: Katrina Craig, Fanshawe Psychology Professor, “Forensic Psychology: Explaining Violent Crime”.
  • October 30, 2014: Dr. Mohammed Boabaid, Muslim Resource Center, "Learning to End Abuse".
  • November 27, 2014: Dr. Henry Giroux, Professor of Sociology McMaster, "A World beyond Violence in Media".
  • January 29, 2015: Dr. Steph Guthrie, Social Media Critic, Feminist and Activist "Cyber- Bullying and Beyond"
  • February 19, 2015: Ajamu Nangwaya, Ph.D.
  • March 19, 2015: Bob Brym, Professor of Sociology University of Toronto, "Violence against Women in 137 Countries".

2015/2016

  • September 24, 2015: Trix VanEgmond, Mental Health Education & Promotion at the Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex Branch, "Stop the Stigma: Myths and Truths about Mental Illness"
  • January 21, 2016: Katrina Craig
  • February 11, 2016: Mojdeh Cox
  • March 17, 2016: Kamal Al Solaylee
  • March 24, 2016: Jeff Perera

2016/2017

  • September 29, 2016: Matt Farrell, Fanshawe College, "Is Politics Broken? An alternative perspective"

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