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Come once a month and listen to experts in their respective fields speak about topics that relate to issues we are facing in our lives, our community, and our world.

The lectures are held live on Zoom and run for one hour. Recordings are available on YouTube.

Register through our Events Calendar.

The 2021 Halton Hills Lecture Series schedule:

A conversation for caregivers with Judy Shone

Thursday, January 21 at 10:00 am

Over half a million Canadians are living with dementia, and family members often jump into the role of caregiver with little warning or knowledge of the disease. Judy Shone fell into this category, and her experiences led her to the belief that no caregiver should walk their path afraid or alone. 

Judy’s latest book, Did You Hide the Cookies?, shares her candid reflections and personal experiences of being the solo caregiver to a loved one. She joins us to discuss her journey as a caregiver and the emotional chaos that accompanies caring for a loved one with Alzheimer disease, COPD and anxiety.

This event is moderated by Danielle Arbour, Public Education Coordinator with the Alzheimer Society of Hamilton and Halton.  

Tracing Black Lives in Guelph, 1890-1945

Tuesday, February 2 at 7:30 pm

This lecture examines the social life and aspirations of Black men, women, and children from 1890 to 1945.  Through telling and retelling of stories of marginalized Black figures in Guelph, the lecture seeks to disrupt the erasure of the historical and contemporary Black presence in southwestern Ontario and raise awareness about the intimate lives of Black people, their vibrant communities, diverse voices, and cultural narratives. 

Jade Ferguson is an associate professor in the School of English & Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. Her research and teaching areas include Black art, literature, and activism. Over the last three years, she has worked closely with Guelph Black Heritage Society on a series of community engaged projects on Black voices and stories in Guelph that can be found at blackpastinguelph.com 

Enslavement in early Ontario, 1760-1834

Wednesday, March 17 at 7:30 pm

This lecture examines the research done by Natasha Henry on the enslavement of African men, women, and children in Upper Canada between 1760 and 1834. Her research also focuses on the development of biographical narratives with a goal of ensuring the humanity and contributions of these slaves are honoured and their memory acknowledged.

Natasha Henry is an educator, historian and curriculum consultant specializing in the development of learning materials that focus on the African diasporic experience. She is the author of Firsts (2014), which was awarded the Gold Medal Moonbeam Children's Book Award for Multicultural Non-Fiction as part of the Sankofa Black Heritage Collection. Natasha is also the author of The African Diaspora (2015), Early Societies: Africa, China, and Europe (2013), Talking About Freedom: Celebrating Freedom in Canada (2012) and Emancipation Day: Celebrating Freedom in Canada (2010). Natasha has written several entries for The Canadian Encyclopedia on African Canadian history. Natasha has developed the educational resources for several exhibits and web-based projects on the Black experience in Canada, including the CBC miniseries The Book of Negroes. Natasha is a PhD student in history at York University.

Engaging the Jane-Finch Community

Tuesday, April 6 at 7:30 pm

Paul Nguyen will share highlights about how he used his filmmaking to engage at-risk youth and to break negative stereotypes about Toronto's Jane-Finch neighbourhood. Paul Nguyen is an award-winning activist and filmmaker from Toronto's Jane-Finch area. In 2004, he created Jane-Finch.com to change negative stereotypes about his community. Within a short period, his grassroots project became a national success story.

Paul is a recipient of the Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism, William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations, Heritage Toronto Award, Canadian Ethnic Media Association Award, National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada Award, and the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship. In 2012, Paul was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Prime Minister and Governor General at Rideau Hall for 'fighting stereotypes and acting as a role model and mentor for at-risk youth'. In 2015, he returned to Rideau Hall as a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal. In 2017, Paul received the Governor General's Sovereign's Medal. In 2018, he was a recipient of Canada's Volunteer Award. Paul is featured on Noteworthy Canadians of Asian Origin for Asian Heritage Month by the Government of Canada.  

Exploring the Birds of Ontario

Wednesday, May 5 at 7:30 pm

If you enjoy bird watching, then this is the presentation for you! Everything from the small backyard visitors that we all know and love, to some of the largest birds like the Bald Eagle and Great Blue Heron. Check out rare visitors to our area like the Painted Bunting and Northern Hawk Owl. Watch an owl family grow up and leave the nest. Learn how you can enhance your birding experience. See both still images and video of these fascinating and colourful characters and more.

David T. Chapman started doing photography at the age of 16. He is self-taught in the art of photography and has been pursuing his career professionally since the age of eighteen. He learned at a very young age from his father to appreciate his environment in the surrounding countryside. He enjoys taking photographs of weather phenomena, especially lightning, as well as scenery and nature. David likes to seek out unusual examples of nature such as albino robins, ice crystal formations and frozen water droplets. 

To date he has found multi-petalled Ontario trilliums, the highest of which had 33 petals. David is also a professional speaker and enjoys entertaining and educating a good crowd. His main areas of expertise are Weather/Aurora Borealis, Local Interests and Ontario Scenery of Ontario, Birds and Wildlife

The 2021 Halton Hills Lecture Series is made possible through the generous support of our partners.