Learn Out Loud Lecture Series at the Schwartz/Reisman Centre
Join us for an engaging, experiential speaker series and be inspired by thought leaders as they explore an eclectic range of topics. Spark your curiosity and expand your mind as you learn about Israel, current events, history, Social Media, health, environment, finance and more.
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Indigenous-Jewish Relations: how Jewish Communities can Contribute to Reconciliation on Turtle Island
Since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report on the residential school system, ‘reconciliation’ between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people has become an increasingly prevalent subject of discussion and action amongst diverse segments of civil society and governments. But what does ‘reconciliation’ mean? Who must be engaged in this work and how? This talk will explore how Jewish Canadians can make meaningful and unique contributions to these national efforts, as well as better understand and work on our relationship(s) with Indigenous Peoples.
About the speaker: Pippa Feinstein is a lawyer, mediator, and researcher based in Toronto. She has her own legal practice and works exclusively with non-profit organizations on a broad range of public advocacy work. In her personal capacity, she has worked with Jewish organizations and shuls (including her own, the First Narayever Congregation) on promoting greater recognition of, and bridge-building with, Indigenous communities.
The impact of Stress on Wellbeing and the Utility of Mindfulness
This 90-minute session will outline what happens to the body and mind when exposed to stress, the importance of managing our stress, and the utility of mindfulness meditation to foster wellbeing. Dr. Fiocco will provide an overview of research in the field of stress and aging, discuss mindfulness as a skill that is trained through formal mindfulness practices, and she will end with a brief mindfulness practice. The session is meant to be interactive and individual perspectives are welcome throughout the session.
About the speaker: Dr. Alexandra J Fiocco is an Associate Professor in Psychology at Ryerson University and is Director of the Stress and Healthy Aging Research Lab. She has expertise in the field of stress research, aging, and mindfulness meditation. Dr. Fiocco is a certified teacher of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR). She not only facilitates mindfulness-based interventions for her research with older adults, but also offers the 8-week MBSR program in the community.
A History of Nuclear Energy in Canada and its Potential Futures
How did Canada become a global nuclear energy leader? Why does Ontario rely on nuclear energy for the majority of its electricity? What’s the relationship between nuclear energy and nuclear weapons and where does Canada sit on that continuum? This talk will explore the history of nuclear technologies in Canada, their current use and development, whether nuclear energy can help to address climate change, and what the future of nuclear energy could look like for Canada and beyond.
About the speaker: Pippa Feinstein is a lawyer, mediator, and researcher based in Toronto. She has her own legal practice and works exclusively with non-profit organizations on a broad range of public advocacy work. For almost a decade, much of this advocacy has concerned the nuclear industry and regulation. Ms. Feinstein is pursuing a PhD in Law at Osgoode Hall Law School, focusing on the relationships between Canadian nuclear regulators, civil society, and Indigenous Peoples. She is also the founder and coordinator of the Nuclear Transparency Project, a Canadian-registered non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and facilitating informed, holistic, and equitable public discourse about nuclear energy.
Social Media in the Age of Populism and Disinformation
In the age of social media, disinformation and fake news aimed at changing the course of politics, such as rise of Neo-Nazim and anti-Semitism in Europe, and QAnon, conspiracy theories and Donald Trump’s legacy, it is important for us to understand the relationship between media, communication, and power. The lecture is designed to introduce the audiences to a range of topics in media, communication, and culture, which are key in understanding the current political climate. We explore the rise of populism particularly in the Western democracies in relationship with various media and communication strategies aimed at shaping public opinion. The lecture will also cover a range of media literacy tools to help the audience cope with the rise of fake news, disinformation, and propaganda on social media platforms.
About the speaker: Maral Karimi born in Iran in the interregnum between the 1979 revolution and the war with Iraq in 1981. The violence, volatility and vengeance that she witnessed and that touched her life made her acutely aware of the political conditions of the world surrounding her at an early age. Those conditions gave rise to questions that she then carried into her adult life and sent her on an academic quest in search of answers. Maral is pursuing a PhD in Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto, specializing in media and communication studies with a focus on Iranian politics, where she is interested in examining the role of media in general and political communications in particular in social movements, especially revolutions and mass uprisings. Maral is the author of the book The Iranian Green Movement of 2009: Reverberating Echoes of Resistance (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) based on her dissertation for her Masters of Arts degree at York University in Toronto. She is a regularly invited to speak about Iran in the media including BBC World, Aljazeera, CBC, CTV, and a variety of other English and Persian broadcast, print and online platforms. How
Artificial Intelligence is shaping our Everyday Life
There are so many amazing ways Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are used behind the scenes to impact our everyday lives. AI assists in every area of our lives, whether we’re trying to read our emails, get driving directions, get music or movie recommendations. In this talk, we will cover first a brief history of AI and the recent developments in Machine Learning and AI. After we will talk about, how AI is shaping our everyday life with different applications. I will show some real-world examples and use cases in AI. Lastly, we will discuss the Moral and Ethical Implications of AI.
About the Speaker: Zekiye Erdem is a Professor at Ryerson University. She has a Ph.D., M.Sc., and B.Sc. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. She is also working as a senior data scientist consulting AI start-up in MaRS Discovery District. She is the lead instructor of several big data courses at Ryerson University, Data Science Program. Her current research interests are in the areas of machine learning, data visualization, multi-objective optimization, and audio signal processing.
The Middle East on the Move: Forwards or Backwards?
Prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Middle East was showing signs of progress toward increased co-operation and renewed hopes for regional stability. The normalization of relations between Israel and many Arab nations paved the way to an even greater level of operation and collaboration and the emergence of a Middle East Union of mainly Suni nations and Israel. A union modeled after the European Union and a balancing power to the Russian-backed Shia block headed by Iran. As is the case in the region, things unraveled in the Spring of 2021 with renewed hostilities and military conflict between Israel and its nemesis Hamas. In this talk, we will evaluate the conditions on the ground and the prospects of a return to a more optimistic outlook. This is a region that suffers not only from ethnic, religious, and tribal conflicts but also is threatened more that any other part of the world with the effects of climate change, regional underdevelopment, population displacement, poverty, and famine. Will the Middle East finally leverage its potential to achieve peace and prosperity for all its inhabitants or will it sink deeper into conflicts and wars? – that is the question! About the speaker: Amnon Zohar is a retired hi-tech business entrepreneur. Born and educated in Israel, he is a graduate of the Israeli Military Academy for Computer Sciences. Post retirement Amnon studied Political Science at York University and International Relations at Tel-Aviv University. He is a speaker and lecturer at several Life-Long Learning institutions in the GTA specializing in Global Affairs with an emphasis on the political and social environments of the Middle East.
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