Lectures at 10am, Crossroads United Church, 690 Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd

Series B - Controversy & Conflicts in Contemporary Politics

The last 20 years or so have seen some remarkable changes on the political scene in Canada and the world. The rise of populism in North America and Europe is seen by many as a threat to democracy. Attempts to re-write history have given us a new phenomenon known as the politics of memory.  The resurgence of religious politics has left its mark on a variety of countries on four continents. The Brexit referendum in Great Britain and the advent of Donald Trump have made trade policy a major issue in international relations. The maintenance of security in post 9/11 world has posed challenges to the civil rights of citizens. These are all topics worthy of serious reflection, and it is to that this series of lectures is dedicated.

Series A  - Evolution: From Historical Roots to Biological Puzzles.

Charles Darwin’s book, “The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection” published in 1859, represented a seminal event in science. Today all biology is viewed through the lens of evolution. In this 5 part series we will explore the theory of evolution beginning with its historical roots and ending with the biological puzzles not easily accounted for within the framework of classic evolutionary concepts.

Series B - Great Cities of the World

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From the 19th Century onwards, urbanisation has become one of the hallmarks of modern civilization. Tens of millions of people have left the countryside to migrate to towns and cities. In the process, towns have become cities and great cities have become megalopolises. Many have fascinating histories. Most are major centres of political and cultural activity. Many are significant generators of economic progress and technological innovation. Some combine all of these characteristics. This series of lectures will examine the historical evolution of five major cities, as well as the factors that give rise to cities..


Series B - Current Issues In Public Policy

2017winter b public policy 360pxAs Canada moves further into the new millennium, there are several policy issues that must be dealt with if the country is to prosper in the challenging circumstances in which it finds itself.  Our demographics are changing as our population ages and the relative size of working population declines.  Inequality is increasing as middle-class income-growth stagnates while the one-percenters flourish.  In an increasingly uncertain international setting, we are challenged to modernize our military forces, but our track record for military procurement is abominable.  And, as climate change emerges as the most serious global threat, we must ask if our policies in this area are both sufficient and correct.  Finally, we must enquire if our first-past-the-post voting mechanism is the best way to obtain political answers to these challenges.  These are the challenges addressed in this series.


Series A  - Canada at 150

canada at 150 360pxIn 2017 Canada marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Anniversaries mean different things to different people. For some they are fairly unimportant since they merely represent the passage of time. For others they are occasions for displays of pomp and patriotism. For yet others they provide an opportunity to reflect on the past, the present, and the future. This series of lectures will be devoted to such reflection.


Looking into the Future: New Directions?

A crystal ball 360As Margaret Mead once put it, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that has.” But to do so, they need to be informed before they can be active and “Be Prepared!” To this end, Later Life Learning celebrates three decades of pursuing knowledge and insights by turning to experts for their reflections on current issues.

Links to some of our speakers should you wish to learn more 

Learn about us and our Coordinator Natalie Holland here.

Series A - Fall 2016

Carolyn Harris http://www.royalhistorian.com

Instructor, University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies, Historian & Author 

David Lyonhttp://www.sscqueens.org/people/david-lyon

Professor of Sociology and Director & Principal Investigator, Surveillance Studies Centre and “Big Data Surveillance” Team Project, Queen’s University

Gilles Larochelle, Kingston’s Chief of Police  Profile

Charles Pentland, Professor, Political Studies, Queen’s University.

Profile on Queen's University

Alan Broadbent, Chairman & CEO, Avana Capital Corporation, Chairman & Co-Founder, Maytree Foundation

Series B - Fall 2016

Frank Daley: Founder of Dropout to Dean’s List & Self- Knowledge College; and Author

Terry Haynes: MBSR Teacher, Oasis Institute, U Mass Medical School

Pamela Dickey Young: Professor & Graduate Co-ordinator School of Religion

Bev Illauq

Beverly Illauq an educator, has broad teaching experience, including 20 years of teaching school in the Baffin Region of Nunavut.  She first taught a similar course in Inuit Language, Culture and History as a sessional instructor at First Nations University, University of Regina, in Saskatchewan, where it was well received. As the mother of an Inuit family, Bev notes that learning Inuktitut is not only fascinating but life-changing, as well. Can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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