Canadian Women: Musical pioneers

Friday, 26 April 2019

Speaker: Elaine  Keillor

Lecture title: Canadian Women: Musical pioneers

Lecture Summary

womenInMusicI suspect that you, like most of us who took music lessons, had a woman as a teacher. Teaching music was one of the few professions a woman could follow. Frequently she could pursue teaching in the family home and thus manage to look after children and household duties at the same time. In this presentation, I wish to tell stories of pioneering Canadian women who pursued musical careers as composers, opera singers, instrumental performers, and even conductors. They prepared the ground for the blossoming of female songwriters, composers, and performers after 1950.  Thus, today we are not surprised to see Tania Miller conducting the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.

Bio: Elaine Keillor

Elaine Keillor
Elaine Keillor

Elaine Keillor, C.M.for over six decades held the record for being the youngest to ever receive the ARCT degree, She went on to pursue a performing career as pianist and collaborative musician throughout Canada and in the United States, Europe, and Asia. After being the first woman to obtain a PhD. in musicology from the University of Toronto, she taught at several universities including Carleton. Her research largely focussed on Canadian music and as a musician, she endeavoured to bring alive particularly the compositions produced by women. For more on her research and performing career, consult www.elainekeillor.ca

 

Social Enterprises: What are they and why do they matter?

Friday, 29 March 2019

Speaker: Edward Jackson

Lecture title: Social enterprises: What are they and why do they matter?

Lecture Summary

week-11-social-enterprise-with-marcus-coetzee-6-638A social enterprise is a commercial business that sells products and services that improve the well-being of citizens, especially those facing social or economic challenges.  A mobile money platform in Asia priced for low-income customers, a home renovation company employing ex-convicts in an inner city, a rural ecotourism operation that treads lightly on the earth—these entities take many forms around the world and are attracting young people seeking to align their values with the way they make their living. Social businesses often benefit from grants from governments or foundations; is such support fair or effective?  Do these organizations displace private entrepreneurs? In general, why do they matter?  How can the value and scale of social enterprises be maximized to the benefit of Ontario towns?  And what is needed to make that happen?  This talk will draw on experience with social enterprises from around the world and will focus in on businesses and strategies that are relevant to Eastern Ontario.

Slides: Social Enterprises

Bio: Edward Jackson

Ted Jackson
Edward Jackson

Ted Jackson is a professor, consultant and author who advises foundations, development agencies, universities and governments on social enterprise, impact investing, local economic development, program evaluation and campus-community partnerships.  A former tenured faculty member in public policy and an associate dean (research and graduate affairs) at Carleton University, he is currently president of E. T. Jackson and Associates, a consulting firm, and evaluates programs on youth employment, small-business financing, and international scholarships in North America, Africa and Asia.  Born in Ottawa, he spent his high school years in Kemptville, where he played Junior B hockey, basketball, football and fastball.  He is a volunteer with youth projects in Ottawa and Kingston and serves on the boards and committees of several international-development non-profits.  His other interests include golf, fitness, travel, jazz and poetry—and two young grand-daughters.

 

Radiation and Human Health

Friday, 25 January 2019

Speaker: Don Wiles

Lecture title: Radiation and Human Health

Lecture Summary

nuclear-wasteHumans have been exposed to nuclear radiation for millions of years and seem to have survived. Illustrations will be given to show how radiation can interact with human flesh and how the effects can often be counteracted.  Some examples of extreme cases will be given.  Current evidence indicates that there is a lower limit, below which radiation is not harmful.  In fact, small animal research indicates that below the safe limit radiation is actually beneficial to human and animal health.  Finally, a summary will be given of my own exposure to radiation, including my own gamma-ray spectrum

Slides: Radiation and Human Health

Bio: Don Wiles

Don Wiles
Don Wiles

Starting in Port Hope Ontario, I became exposed to large doses of radiation, and ingested considerable quantities of radium-226.  I also got a ‘radium burn’ on two fingers.  At MIT, I was useful in helping to calibrate a device for measuring radon in human breath.  Somehow I have survived.