Somar Speaker Series

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.

Some free parking is available for CALL members attending this event, as per the following protocol: Park in the East Gate Parkade or in short term Lot 2. (MRU Parking Maps are available at MRU Parking Map ).

Take a ticket upon entering the lot, and then collect a prepaid ticket at the event (4 free tickets will be available) to leave the lot free of charge. A map of the campus buildings is available at MRU Interior Map

Please contact for more information or access to the parking passes.
Because of the limited parking situation, attendees might want to carpool.


  • Friday, January 29th, 12:00 noon, "Public Art in Calgary" Lisa Hickey Besserer and Robin Murphy. Mount Royal University, Room EA3001, "The Knuckle".For more information, click  Public Art in Calgary


  • Friday, November 27th, 12:00 noon, "Alberta's Wild Ride: What the polls tell us about Alberta's changing political climate" Janet Brown, Pollster. Mount Royal University, Room EA1051.For more information, click Janet Brown
  • **NEW DATE** Friday, October 30, 12:00 noon, "The NDP in Power" Don Braid, Columnist, Calgary Herald. Mount Royal University, Room EC1130.For more information, click Don Braid
  • Thursday, October 15, 12:00 noon, "Seeing the Election through Election Ads" Jonathan Rose, Professor, Dept. of Political Studies, Queens University. Mount Royal University, Room EA3001.For more information, click Jonathan Rose
  • Friday, October 2, 12:00 noon, "Fractured Land" Inside the critically acclaimed documentary about energy development and First Nations, with filmmakers Caleb Behn and Damien Gillis. Mount Royal University, Room T107.
For more information, click Fractured Land
  • Wednesday, March 25, 12:00 p.m., "Alberta, Oil and Cinderella: When the Clock Strikes 12." Roger Gibbins, Past President of the Canada West Foundation and a consultant to business and governments. Mount Royal University, Room T223.
For more information, click Roger Gibbins
  • Monday, March 2, 12:00 p.m., "The Chosen One: Jim Prentice and the Future of Alberta" Gary Mason, national affairs columnist for The Globe and Mail. Mount Royal University, Room EA 3001/3003.
For more information, click Gary Mason
  • Tuesday, February 10, 12:00 p.m., "Technology and the End of Privacy" Tom Keenan, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary. Mount Royal University, Room EA 3001/3003.
For more information, click Tom Keenan


  • Tuesday, November 4, 12:00 noon. "The Media Practices and Practicalities of Protest Camps" Patrick McCurdy, Assoc. Professor of Communication, University of Ottawa. Mount Royal University, Room EA3001.
  • ** CANCELLED ** Friday, October 17, 12:00 noon "Inside Alberta Politics" Don Braid, Calgary Herald columnist. Mount Royal University, Room EA 3001.
For more information, click Don Braid
  • Thursday, September 18, 12:30 p.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.
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