LECTURE SERIES | SOMAR SPEAKERS SERIES

Somar Speakers Series (formerly Alberta Buzz)

In partnership with Mount Royal University (MRU) and  the Alberta Global Forum at MRU — free. An ongoing forum addressing issues of current interest to Canadians, Albertans and Calgarians.

A limited number of parking passes are available to CALL members for these events. Please contact tseiler@ucalgary.ca for more information or access to the parking passes.

Because of the limited parking situation, attendees might want to carpool.

2014

    • Thursday, September 18, 12:30p.m. “75 Years of Fission!” Dr. Jeremy Whitlock, Manager of Non-Proliferation and Safeguards at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL). Mount Royal University, Room T-143.
    • For more information, click Dr. Jeremy Whitlock

      • Monday, March 10, noon-1:00 p.m.  “The War on Science”  Chris Turner, journalist and author. Mount Royal University, Room A-341. For more information, click Chris Turner
      • Thursday, February 6, noon-1:00 p.m.  “Deja vu all over again: How Alberta hit the Deficit Ditch.”  Dr. Ted Morton is a political scientist at the University of Calgary.  He has held a number of portfolios in the Alberta government, including Minister of Natural Resources, Minister of Energy and Minister of Finance.  He also ran for the leadership of the Alberta Conservative party in 2008 and 2011. Mount Royal University, Room A-341. For more information, click   Dr. Ted Morton
      • Monday, January 27, 6:00-7:30 p.m., “Sochi Olympics: The Politics of Sport.”, Panel discussion with Mark Tewksbury, Olympic gold medalist and Kristina Grove, four-time speed-skating medalist. Mount Royal University, Room EC1060 (Ross Glen Hall), Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning.
      • Wednesday, January 29, 1:30 p.m, Ken Dryden will be available for a Q and A. Ken was the goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens for eight seasons. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and winner of the Vezina Trophy. Ken is also a lawyer, a former federal cabinet minister, and co-author (with Roy MacGregor) of The Game and Home Game, among other best-selling books.
        Mount Royal University, Room T107.

      2013

      • Monday, November 18, 12 noon-1:00 p.m., Crosses, Hijabs and Turbans: Quebec’s Equality Charter”, Dr. Antonia Maioni, Dept. of Political Science and Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University. Mount Royal University, Room EA 3001/3003.
      • Thursday, October 31, 12 noon-1:00 p.m.,  Alberta After the Floods”, Dr. John Pomeroy, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources, and Director, Centre for Hydrology, University of Saskatchewan.  Mount Royal University, Room EA 3001/3003.
      • Tuesday, October 22, 7-8:30 p.m.SPECIAL ALBERTA GLOBAL FORUM PANEL Alberta at a Crossroads: Debt, Pipelines and Floods with panelists Roger Gibbins, Jack Mintz, Deborah Yedlin and Bill Whitelaw. Moderated by Marc Chikinda.  Mount Royal University, Moot Court, Room EA 1031.
      • Thursday, March 14, 12 noon-1 p.m., “Red Squares, Fair Share and Boycotts: Government Communications during the Quebec Student Strike of 2012″ Dr. Thierry Giasson is an Associate Professor in the Information and Communication Department at Université Laval, Quebec City. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Montreal. Dr. Giasson’s work currently focuses on new forms of political communication on the Internet and political participation and civic engagement in Quebec and Canada. Mount Royal University, The Knuckle, Room EA3001/3003.For a more information, please download this PDF file, click here.
      • Wednesday, March 6, 7 p.m., “Idle No More and the Future of Aboriginal Life in Canada” Dr. Cora Voyageur , Department of Sociology, University of Calgary and Dr. Heather Devine, Department of History, University of Calgary. Mount Royal University, Moot Court, (EA1031).For a more information, please download this PDF file, click here.
      • Thursday, February 28, noon – 1 p.m., “Our Future is our Past: Looking at the Alberta Budget” Dr. Ron Kneebone, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Calgary,  Mount Royal University, Room EA3001/3003.For a more information, please download this PDF file, click here
      • Tuesday, January 22, 12 noon-1 p.m., “Mothers Making a Difference” Debbie Bell, CEO and President of HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) Canada, will explore the alarmingly high prevalence of Canadian mothers who live in poverty and its impact on society. The presentation will include a discussion the HIPPY program and its’ breakthrough methodology that is proven to build bridges to the larger community.    Mount Royal University, Room EA3001/3003.

      2012

      • Thursday, November 22, 12 noon-1 p.m., Ground and Pound: The Role of Drama in the Rise of the UFC
        Popular Culture specialist, Dr. Bart Beaty, Department of English, University of Calgary, will discuss the growing popularity of mixed martial arts promoted by the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
        Mount Royal University, Room T107
        For a more information, please download this PDF file, click here.

        • Thursday, November 8, 12 noon-1 p.m., Panel on Sports Journalism in Canada
          Roy MacGregor, author and sports writer; Tom Maloney, Sports Editor for the Globe & Mail, and Christopher Waddell, Director School of Journalism & Communication, Carleton University Mount Royal University, Moot Court (EA 1031)
          For a more information, please download this PDF file, click here.

          • Tuesday, November 6, 12 noon – 1 p.m., The U.S. Election
            Dr. Richard Davis, a political scientist from Brigham Young University, will speak at Mount Royal University, Room EA 3001.
            For a speaker profile please download this PDF file, click here.