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CFI Saskatoon: Philosophy for Children

Posted in Event, lecture, Saskatoon on March 8, 2014 by saskskeptic
Sunday, March 16, 2014
11:30 AM
Venice House
906 Central Avenue
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2G8

PHIL 398 Philosophy in Education: An Introduction to Philosophy for Children was the pilot course which introduced philosophy for children to U of S undergraduate students and a grade five/six class at Hugh Cairns VC School in the winter term of 2013.

Philosophy for Children (P4C) introduces children to philosophy through thought experiments, reasoning games, and children’s literature. The Department of Philosophy at the University of Saskatchewan aims to advance P4C in the Saskatoon Public School Division through a new experiential learning course, Phil 267 Philosophy in Education: an Introduction to Philosophy for Children. This course brings undergraduate students together with elementary school children in an public school classroom to explore the big questions.

Guest Speaker Erin DeLathouwer, Program Coordinator, Philosophy for Children: a new program at the U of S that brings undergraduate students together with elementary school children in a public school classroom to explore the big questions.

Saskatoon Darwin Day Poster

Posted in Event, lecture, Saskatoon on February 5, 2014 by saskskeptic

2014_0212-Event-Poster-Darwin Day-letter

2014 Darwin Day Celebration-Survival of the…Happiest?

Posted in Event, Feed Your Brain, lecture, Saskatoon, science with tags , on February 5, 2014 by saskskeptic

Saskatoon Darwin day celebration is Feb. 12, 7:00 to 9:30 at the Francis Morrison library 311 – 23rd St. E., Saskatoon, SK.

February 12th is the birthday of Charles Darwin, and “Darwin Day” is a global celebration of science and reason. This will be the 6th celebration in Saskatoon and the 4th year that the Saskatchewan Minister of Education has recognised February 12 as Darwin Day in Saskatchewan!

The University of Saskatchewan Freethought AllianceSaskatoon Skeptics and Centre for Inquiry Saskatchewan are proud to host the annual Darwin Day celebration in Saskatoon on February 12 at 7pm.

Come and help us celebrate Darwin’s 205th birthday with a presentation followed by a discussion. Our speaker this year is U of S Dept of Anatomy and Cell Biology Professor Julia Boughner:

Survival of the…Happiest? The evolutionary use of happiness, Darwin-style

Human culture is arguably as important as human biology for our species’ survival and success. In an age when a lot of us have more resources than our ancestors ever did, many of us still find it difficult if not impossible to be happy. Based on Darwin’s own suggestion that “the vigorous, the healthy, and the happy survive and multiply” this talk explores the evolutionary benefits of happiness in the 21st century.

Birthday cake and coffee will be available in the foyer following the event. Note that no food or drink is permitted in the theatre.

Schedule of Events (subject to change):

6:30 pm Doors open

7:00 pm Introduction & Presentation

8:30 pm Birthday Cake & Coffee

9:30 pm Pub Discussion (anyone interested can join us for further discussion & cheer – at nearby The Woods Ale House)

You are welcome to attend all or any part of the event.

Donations are welcome and appreciated. Suggested donation: $10 (not required). Charitable donations to the Centre for Inquiry Saskatoon are eligible for a tax receipt if contact information is provided.

Come out for an evening celebrating science!

CFI Regina Darwin Day Lecture

Posted in lecture, Regina, science with tags , on April 19, 2013 by saskskeptic

Talk by Dr. Kerri Finlay for Darwin Day 2013 at the University of Regina

Saskatoon Darwin Day 2013 Lecture-Darwin Day 2013-The Evolving Landscapes of Cypress Hills

Posted in lecture, news, Saskatoon, science with tags , , , , on April 19, 2013 by saskskeptic

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.

CFI Saskatoon: “Safeguarding the mental health of our people:” Canadian eugenics/neo-eugenics

Posted in Event, lecture, Saskatoon, science on March 20, 2013 by saskskeptic
  • 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.”

Skeptics In The Bookstore

Posted in Event, lecture, Saskatoon, Skeptic on March 20, 2013 by saskskeptic