Talk by Dr. Kerri Finlay for Darwin Day 2013 at the University of Regina
Archive for the lecture Category
The first Darwin Day talk by Frank McDougall on the Evolving Landscapes of the Cypress Hills Uplands of South-West Saskatchewan and their effect on the flora and fauna of the area.
Sunday, March 24, 2013 11:30 AM
906 Central Avenue, Saskatoon, SK (edit map)Head for the side banquet room
We will have a guest speaker to discuss the history of eugenics in Canada. Amy Samson is a PhD Candidate in the U of S Dept of History. Amy’s dissertation examines the relationship between eugenics and gendered organizations and occupations within the context of Alberta’s sexual sterilization legislation.
Here’s a brief bio:
Amy Samson is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests include medical history, the history of eugenics and sexual sterilization, moral regulation, and women’s paid labour in twentieth century Canada. Amy’s dissertation, which is generously funded by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, examines the relationship between eugenics and gendered organizations and occupations within the context of Alberta’s sexual sterilization legislation.
Amy is an interesting and enthusiastic speaker. In summary:
Throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries various North American and European jurisdictions introduced eugenic programs designed to improve the human race by controlling reproduction. These programs ranged from better baby contests, baby bonuses, and the distribution of child welfare literature to segregation, coercive sexual sterilization, and restrictive immigration legislation.
This talk will examine the origins and various applications of eugenic thought, focusing particularly on Alberta’s sexual sterilization legislation. In place from 1928 to 1972, Alberta’sSexual Sterilization Act resulted in the sterilization of more individuals considered “mentally defective” than any other jurisdiction in Canada.This talk will also consider the more recent emergence of “neo-eugenics” or “new eugenics.”
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 starting at 7:00 PM
3130 8th Street East, Saskatoon, SK (edit map)In the travel alcove
One of the best selling science fiction writers, Robert Sawyer is promoting his new book at McNally Robinson.
McNally’s Event is here
or on facebook
Lets go to the reading and maybe go to the bar after. Most likely Moxie’s next door.
CFI Regina is having a meetup on human reasoning April 11 at 7pm . For more Info.
Hey everyone! I’d like to invite all of you to come to Bushwakker on Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m. to take part in a discussion with Dr. Chris Oriet on the topic of human reasoning.
In this talk, Dr. Oriet will discuss a variety of topics, including how and why people form beliefs and the fallibility of human reasoning. This is a rich and exciting area of Cognitive Psychology and I’m very excited that he has agreed to lead this discussion. Naturally, understanding how people reason is inextricably linked with the goals and objectives of the CFI.
His talk should take approximately 45 minutes, followed by a 10-minute break, and another 45 minutes where he will help to engage attendees in dialogue. Make sure to bring your thinking caps – this is a great opportunity to try and grapple with a complex topic in an interactive and informational forum.
The talk will be located in the Arizona Room at Bushwakker, which is located to the left as soon as you walk up the staircase. The event is free to everyone, but as usual in order to help pay for the room I would ask for a small $5 donation so that we can continue doing these sorts of events in the future. We have the room booked from 6 p.m. onwards.
While this event will not be publicly advertised, you are welcome to invite any of your friends that you think might be interested in this timely topic.
Dr. Oriet holds his Ph.D in Experimental Psychology from the University of Waterloo. He is currently employed at the University of Regina as an Associate Professor and as the Experimental and Applied Psychology graduate program coordinator.
Dr. Oriet’s current research largely focuses on attention and its relationship with human information processing and perception. You can find more information about him on the UofR website: http://www.uregina.ca/arts/psychology/faculty-staff/faculty/oriet-chris.html.
Regina mayor Michael Fougere has proclaimed Feb. 12 as Darwin Day in Regina. The main Darwin Day celebrations will be held a few days earlier on Saturday Feb. 9 and the U of Regina. Go here for details.
The text reads:
“… :I Michael Fougere, Mayor of the City of Regina, do hereby proclaim the day of February 12, 2013 as Darwin Day in Regina, and in issuing this proclamation, ask our citizens to recognize this day.”
The next Saskatoon Freethinkers meetup is a presentation about Aids in Africa.
AIDS in Africa
|When:||Sun 25 Mar 10:30 – 12:30 (CST)|
|Where:||Venice House (906 Central Avenue, Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7N 2G8)|
We are welcoming a guest speaker for this meetup, Jenny Neal. Jenny is part of Grandmothers for Grandmothers, a non-denominational organization dedicated to alleviating the plight of grandmothers in Africa as they care for children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. They aim to increase awareness and motivate others to donate to the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which in turn provides support to African grandmothers and widows enabling them to develop income-generating activities to support themselves and provide the basic necessities for the many orphaned children in their care. If you don’t know much about Stephen Lewis, read more here. Jenny is especially involved with the Grandmothers Advocacy Network working on issues such as reform of the CAMR legislation by the Canadian government so that generic medicines can be sent to Africa.
We encourage everyone to make a donation to the Stephen Lewis Foundation (a secular, registered Canadian charity). If you’re able, they have a campaign to “Give a Day” – donate one day’s pay. Feel free to leave a comment on this event if you’ve made a donation (of any amount).
Jenny will outline the devastating impact HIV/AIDS has had on Sub-Saharan Africa and discuss some of the factors that have contributed to these high levels of infection. She will also talk about some of the positive developments that have recently taken place and the fact that it would be possible to live in an AIDS free world if only there were political will. Up to date statistical information is available at UN AIDS.
It seems that some solutions are working in some places and not in others – Africa is not homogenous. There is a history of economics (e.g. access to drugs), politics (e.g. AIDS denialism), religion (e.g. condom use) and myths (e.g. sex with a virgin will cure AIDS) interferring with the battle against HIV and AIDS in Africa. Interestingly, WHO/UNAIDS recommend that male circumcision be considered an efficacious intervention for HIV prevention in countries and regions with heterosexual epidemics, high HIV and low male circumcision prevalence.
Jenny recommends that everyone read 28 stories of AIDS in Africa by Stephanie Nolan. It combines personal stories of 28 very diverse people living in different countries in Africa and the impact AIDS has had on them. Every story also includes information on the situation in that country so the reader can learn a tremendous amount about all aspects of the disease.
I am a mother of three and a grandmother of four beautiful children. I spent most of my working life teaching Biology at the University of Saskatchewan. Since retirement I have become very involved with the Grandmothers 4 Grandmothers group here in Saskatoon. This group supports the work of the Stephen Lewis foundation (SLF) which funds over 300 projects in Sub – Saharan Africa. These projects support grandmothers and others living with HIV/AIDS and the orphans in their care. I have spent 4 separate years in Africa, in Kenya and Zimbabwe (when my children were young) and more recently 2 years in South Africa. Two years ago I was lucky enough to be chosen to go to South Africa and Swaziland with the SLF and 42 other grandmothers from all across Canada. We visited projects supported by the SLF and took part in a historic conference and March involving grandmothers from 15 different sub-Saharan African countries.
FYI: Dick Neal, who has spoken twice at our Darwin Day events is Jenny’s husband.
I have mixed feeling about “The Great Courses”. I like the lectures they have to offer but I am really tired of their constant emails and catalogs they send out. Get on their mailing list at your mailboxes peril.
The next Philosophy in the Community is Feb. 8 at 7:00pm
Professor Leslie Howe
Søren Kierkegaard was the first existentialist philosopher and a trenchant critic of the superficialities and excesses of modernism. His critique of modernity has made him a favourite of postmodernists but he would have given them equally short shrift. This talk will present an overview of Kierkegaard’s critique of triviality, bombast, and pusillanimity in philosophy, religion, and society, a critique that remains as pertinent to us as it was to 1840s Europe.