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Canadian Perspectives Lecture Series Fall 2012


Date: 10/11/2012 to 11/8/2012
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM


The Canadian Perspectives public lectures, organized by the Associates of University of Toronto Mississauga  and University of Toronto Mississauga, are designed to inform and educate, offer a historical perspective on current issues, and introduce new ideas and technologies that shape lives. Funds generated through this lecture series support scholarships for University of Toronto Mississauga students.  



Extraordinary Lives: Inspiring Women of Peel
with Gail Crawford

Thursday, October 11, 2012
Historian Gail Crawford shares intimate portraits of the extraordinary lives of women who have had a significant impact on the development and character of Peel.

Gail Crawford is a native of Nova Scotia who received her Master's Degree in History from the University of Toronto. Over the years, she has undertaken research and writing projects on a number of heritage and cultural themes.

The book "Extraordinary Lives: Inspiring Women of Peel" will be available for purchase at this lecture. Profits fund the Canadian Federation of University Women Charitable Trust that provides post-graduate fellowships and awards to top Canadian women pursuing studies in their chosen field.

A Life in the Theatre: From Stage-Struck Kid to Stage-Driven Adult.
Over 50 Years and Counting
with Richard Ouzounian (Toronto Star)

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Richard Ouzounian shares his life journey that inspired 40 years of professional work in the arts including writing, directing or acting in over 250 productions, serving as Artistic Director of five major Canadian theatres, being Associate Director of the Stratford Festival of Canada, and
serving as Harold Prince's assistant on the original Toronto production of The Phantom of the Opera.

Ouzounian is currently Theatre Critic of the Toronto Star, Canada's largest daily newspaper, as well as the Canadian Theatre Reporter and Critic for Variety, "the bible of show business".  He was the host of CBC's weekly radio program on musical theatre called Say It With Music as well as the Creative Head of Arts Programming at TVOntario.

Inside Camp-X
with Lynn Philip Hodgson

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Delve into the secret details of one of the most important WWII top-secret spy schools in the world—right here in Canada on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Hodgson, the best-selling author of Inside Camp-X was a successful businessman for thirty-five years. As the Founding Director of the Camp-X Historical Society and volunteer at the Camp-X museum in Oshawa, he now writes and speaks to share his knowledge of Southern Ontario's rich historical heritage. Hodgson has appeared in "Family Secrets" a documentary on Global TV across Canada and on History Television in "The True Intrepid". In 2004 Hodgson was awarded the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Ontario Heritage Foundation in appreciation of a lifetime of volunteer work to identify, preserve, protect and promote Ontario's heritage.

Books by Hodgson will be available for purchase at the lecture.


The Locavore's Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet
with Professor Pierre Desrochers
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Today's food activists think that "sustainable farming" and "eating local" are the ways to solve a host of perceived problems with our modern food supply system.  But after a thorough review of the evidence, U of T Mississauga associate professor, Pierre Desrochers has concluded that these claims are mistake.  Based on his controversial book, The Locavore's Dilemma, Desrocher discusses the history, science and economics of food supply to reveal why eating globally, not only locally, is the way to save the planet.

Forensic Anthropology - The Pickton Case
with Professor Tracy Rogers, Ph.D

Thursday, November 8, 2012 

The investigation of serial killer Robert Pickton's property in Port Coquitlam, B.C. in 2002-03 was the largest in Canadian history.  It marks the first time that civilians trained in forensic anthropology were utilized on a large scale to assist in a criminal investigation. Dr. Rogers, the primary Forensic Anthropologist for the Pickton investigation, explains the role of forensic anthropology in locating, documenting, recovering, and analyzing human remains from crime scenes. Forensic Anthropology is the application of anthropological skills and theory, particularly those relating and analysis of human remains, to resolve legal matters. 

Tracy Rogers, Ph.D, is the Director of the Forensic Science Program at U of T Mississauga and Associates Professor of Anthropology.  She has been actively involved in case work since 1998 and is currently a consultant to the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service.  Rogers publishes regularly in leading, peer-reviewed journals and is a regular reviewer for both the Journal of Forensic Sciences and Forensic Science International.


Time: 10:00 a.m. - Welcome and Introduction
          10:05 a.m. - Lecture Begins
          10:50 a.m. - Coffee Break
          11:10 a.m. - Question and Answer
          11:30 a.m. - Conclusion
           Lunch will be served after the Question & Answer on October 25.
           All times are approximate.

Place: Erindale United Church
           1444 Dundas Crescent
           Mississauga, ON  L5C 1E9
           For directions to the church please view this map.

Parking: Free parking is available in the church parking lot. Accessibility spaces are available.

Series pass is available for $55/person and includes lunch on Oct. 25 (Best value)
         Individual lectures $12/person
         Lunch after lecture on Oct. 25 $8/person
         Students are free with a valid student card

To Register

Online: Click the "Registration" button at the top of this page to order tickets and pay by credit card.

By Mail:
Send your completed form and payment (cash or cheque payable to "U of T Mississauga" to DV-3135, U of T Mississauga, 3359 Mississauga Rd. N., Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6)

In Person:
Drop off your completed form and payment (cash or cheque) at the registration desk on the day of the lecture.
Contact Information
Melissa Heide
[email protected]
Date & Location
Date: 10/11/2012 to 11/8/2012
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Erindale United Church
1444 Dundas Crescent
Mississauga, ON  L5C 1E9

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