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**All Speakers Series Cancelled Due to Covid 19

effective March 13 until further notice**

On the second Friday of the month, at cSpace, 1721 – 29 Ave SW, Room 310, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Guest speakers will enlighten, inspire and entertain us on selected topics in the arts and humanities.  There will always be time for questions and discussion after the presentation.

Free for members, $5 charge at door for non-members. Guests are welcome. No registration required. Free parking available on the north side of the building and plenty of on-street parking.

Suggestions for speakers are welcome.  Please contact: Carol Gerein; Pat Hogan or Marje Wing 

Coming Presentations 

Thursday, April 9th, 2020 **Day changed for this month only**

Maxwell Bates: His Art, Life and Legacy

Speaker: Nancy Townshend

Maxwell Bates contributed uniquely and profoundly to Expressionism, one of the major international art movements of the twentieth century.  Born and brought up in Calgary, Bates lived here altogether for forty-one years.  He is known for his iconic painting Prairie Woman 1947; his landmark St. Mary’s Cathedral; his miraculously surviving Prisoner of War Notebook (1940 – 1945); and his compassion and empathy.  Bates’ figurative work – of prairie people, workers, café scenes, cocktail parties, fortune tellers, chess players, families, puppets, scarecrows - play out his grand Expressionist world view.      

Please join Nancy Townshend as she presents her insights into Bates’ fascinating art, life and legacy.  Nancy co-curated the major exhibition, Maxwell Bates:  At the Crossroads of Expressionism (2004 - 2006) with over 90 artworks. She curated the Virtual Museum of Canada website Maxwell Bates: Artist, Architect, Writer; with 160 artworks (2003 – 2008). As well, Nancy is the author of Maxwell Bates: Canada's Premier Expressionist of the 20th Century (Calgary:  Snyder Hedlin, 2005), and A History of Art in Alberta 1905 - 1970 (Calgary: Bayeux Arts, 2005).

Date: Thursday,  April 9 **note change of day for this month only**
 Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
 Place: Room 310, cSpace

Free for CALL members; guests welcome with a $5 fee

Friday, May 8th, 2020


The First Nations as Viewed by Fifteen Influential Non-Indigenous Canadians, 1840s to 2020

Speaker: Dr. Donald Smith

Photo Courtesy of  Mary Murphy 

Donald’s talk will present current and past opinions of the record of Canada’s first prime minister toward the First Nations. In the spirit of reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples, Macdonald’s shortcomings have become very obvious.  Most impressive is the tenacity of the First Nations to retain their identities in face of non-Indigenous Canada’s constant determination to replace them.  In his presentation, Don will be transporting us to another time and place, to the age of John A. Macdonald himself.

He will use a power point presentation based on the first of nine chapters of his new book planned for Fall 2020 release by the University of Toronto Press.

Don Smith, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Calgary, taught Canadian History from 1974 to 2009. He obtained his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and his M.A. from Université Laval.  His wife is Nancy Townshend, who incidently is our April presenter in the Arts and Humanities Speaker Series. Don’s publications include three biographies of Long Lance, Grey Owl, and Honoré Jaxon; two histories of the nineteenth century Mississauga First Nations, and a history of Calgary, CALGARY’S GRAND STORY. In June 2013 he was made a member of The Order of the University of Calgary. He received the 2016 Calgary Award for Education in the Community Achievement Category in June 2017.  

Date: Friday, May 8th
 Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
 Place: Room 310, cSpace

Past Presentations 

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