Public Lectures at The King's University

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Public Lecture - John A’s Severed Head and the Politics of Public Memory

October 26, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual

Around the world statues have been pulled down or vandalized in protests against the way that these monuments tell the story of our shared history. Similar controversies have surrounded movements to re-name streets, schools, and neighbourhoods. These events and the public responses to them have generally generated more heat than light, but they do clearly show a need to think deeply about how the way we tell our histories shapes our identities, our institutions, and even our public policy. This lecture will reflect on the challenges of “public memory”, and will suggest a way of deciding how we should tell our stories in public spaces that goes beyond a cycle of provocation and counter-provocation.

This public lecture is presented by Dr. Micheal DeMoor. He teaches in the Politics, History, and Economics Program at King’s and is Dean of Social Sciences.

Public Lecture - Christian University Education in Times of Pandemic

November 02, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual

There is a deep commitment to justice that runs through our veins as an institution and as a community of learners. If you have been following the public lecture series, justice is more than righting wrongs (which is important). It speaks to the very core of how we experience life together as a university community. So, how do we understand justice in a university context? How do we know we are on the right path, particularly in this time of pandemic and in our present context? Each university has its own culture and language. Much of which is implicit and needs to be examined from time to time. In this lecture, we will explore how justice is understood at King’s, and ways we are pursuing our vision to help build a more humane, just and sustainable world.

This public lecture is presented by Dr. Melanie Humphreys, President of The King’s University. In her eighth year as President, Dr. Humphreys is dedicated to cultivating a safe inclusive environment of mutual respect, where all may belong and flourish.

Public Lecture - Educating for Complexity, Change, Uncertainty, and Resilience: Lessons from a Pandemic

November 09, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual

Educators and students alike had to learn what emergency online learning was when the pandemic hit half-a-year and what seems like a lifetime ago.  Since then many educators have reflected on how to teach and learn online or in hybrid modes, but there has been much less deep reflection on what we teach and learn, especially in light of the massive disruptions caused by the pandemic.  Should we “get back to normal” as quickly as we can once a vaccine is widely implemented, or are there fundamental ways we should re-examine education to better equip students for resilience and thriving in the midst of uncertainty, fear, complexity and change?  This lecture will draw on and extend reflection on these questions in the domain of science education.

This public lecture is presented by Dr. Peter Mahaffy, who is a 3M National teaching fellow and Chemistry professor at King’s. He also directs the King’s Centre for Visualization in Science, which provides interactive learning resources to see and understand science.

Public Lecture - Crisis Response and Competencies in a Troubled World

November 16, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual

Crises can be sudden, disrupt routines of systems, and make significant lasting impact on people’s lives and property, thereby creating high levels of uncertainty. A crisis is marked by chaos, time constraints, ambiguity, and remarkably unusual circumstances with limited or conflicting information. Managing any type of crisis is a delicate and sensitive issue as there are many unanticipated and unexpected circumstances, as we see in the COVID-19 pandemic. Given these pressures, the demands of a leader in a crisis can be unique and require a different set of abilities typically not used during day-to-day leadership. In this lecture, Dr. Glory Ovie will be exploring competencies needed to manage a crisis.  

Dr. Glory Ovie is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at The King’s University. Her research is currently looking at the intersection between teaching and learning, and mental health and well-being. Her research interests include diversity, inclusion, and crisis response and mental health of leaders in post-secondary institutions. She is an educator and a published researcher within her field of study.

Public Lecture - Why is Sex Such a Big (Moral) Deal?

November 23, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual

Issues of sexual and gender diversity (SGD) generate a disproportionate amount of controversy and emotional intensity relative to other issues of moral concern. How can people with differing views stay at the table and navigate conversations and decisions about SGD without dividing or disintegrating families and churches? In this talk, Dr. Heather Looy will suggest some psychological barriers to constructive dialogue among Christians, and some ways to overcome them.

Public Lecture - A Canadian Culture Born on Foreign Shores

November 30, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Virtual

Without reference to any other country, how would you define the culture of Canada? Some turn to mixtures such as multiculturalism, trans-culturalism, or inter-culturalism, but before long these turn into evasions when their proponents realize that they cannot invoke a fusion to describe combined elements that remain undefined. Others insist on defining Canadian culture by what it is not; only the invocation of foreign characteristics, generally presented in a derogatory manner, can lead to a proper recitation of what is ours.

It is the duty of all immigrants to change the countries in which they find themselves. By doing so, they can develop culture for the benefit of citizens who have not taken the time to consider the places in which they are born. Students from other countries will learn language, laws, and quotidian customs; almost all do so without giving it much thought. Meanwhile, most Canadian students continually deprive themselves of opportunities to learn languages, social practices, and methods of thinking and communicating that could vastly improve their lives. Dr. Marco Katz endeavours a style of teaching that helps immigrants create, and citizens accept, new ways of living.