Episodes

  Grandest Challenge Symposium Pt 2 featuring James Orbinski

November 4, 2012

Our second installment of The Grandest Challenge Symposium features James Orbinski, author of An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action in the Twenty-First Century. Following Dr. Orbinski's lecture he is joined in conversation by moderator Gillian Findlay.

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  Grandest Challenge Symposium Pt1 including James Maskalyk

November 3, 2012

Taking its name from the book The Grandest Challenge: Taking Life-Saving Science from Lab to Village, this symposium includes the book's authors, Dr. Abdallah Daar and Dr. Peter Singer as well as James Maskalyk. Maskalyk is the author of Six Months in Sudan: A Young Doctor in a War-Torn Village.

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  Iain McGilchrist on the divided brain's impact on our world

October 27, 2012

Dr. Iain McGilchrist is a renowned psychiatrist and author. Drawing from his book, "The Master and his Emissary", McGilchrist explores how the divided brain is shaping modern civilization. His lecture was delivered at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, on March 7, 2012.

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  Don Kurtz on Stellar Seismology

October 20, 2012

Don Kurtz, of the University of Central Lancashire, discusses asteroseismology in a lecture entitled Songs of the Stars: The Real Music of the Spheres. He explains how sound waves are helping to locate distant Earth-like planets, study solar storms and explain what happens in the core of stars.

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  Rebecca MacKinnon on Internet Freedom and Security

October 13, 2012

Rebecca MacKinnon, co-founder of Global Voices, discusses her book Consent of the Networked which examines issues of internet freedom and security. MacKinnon looks at Internet regulation in China, how Social Media affected the Arab Spring and the fight over SOPA.

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  Northrop Frye on The Shape of the Bible

October 7, 2012

Renowned literary theorist, Northrop Frye, delivers the second lecture in his famous course on The Bible and Literature.  The lecture is entitled "The Shape of the Bible".

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  Northrop Frye on An Approach to the Bible

October 6, 2012

Renowned literary theorist, Northrop Frye, delivers the first lecture in his famous course on The Bible and Literature.  The lecture is entitled "An Approach to the Bible".

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  Chris Turner on How to Thrive in the Sustainable Economy

September 30, 2012

Chris Turner discusses his book The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy. Citing German energy policy and business examples such as Walmart, Turner explains how sustainability makes excellent business sense.

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  Andrew Coyne on Post-Economic Politics in Canada

September 29, 2012

National Post columnist, Andrew Coyne, presents a lecture entitled Post-Economic Politics in Canada.  In Coyne's opinion, the state of the economy, contrary to popular belief, will not be the defining issue in our public policy debates.  His lecture was produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada and was delivered at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto on May 14th, 2012.

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  Dr. Marc D. Lewis on Memoirs of an Addicted Brain

May 26, 2012

Dr. Marc D. Lewis discusses the story and the science behind his book Memoirs of an Addicted Brain. Lewis is a professor at the Behavioral Science Institute, part of Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Lewis's book documents the years he spent addicted to drugs including morphine and heroin, and links his first-hand drug experiences to his current behavioral science research into the interaction between drugs and brain chemistry.

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