Durham College Lecture Series – Winter 2017

Durham College Lecture Series – Winter 2017

Whitby Public Library [Central Branch]  ­‑ Winter 2017


January 20, 2017

Presenter: Kathleen Stewart

Title: Interview Like a Pro!

Description:  Learn winning interview strategies to handle challenging questions like a pro and discover free, helpful online resources.


January 27, 2017

Presenter: Joanne Arbour

Title: If It Can Happen to Them, It Can Happen to You – Wrongful Convictions in Canada

Description: Popular shows including Making a Murderer are highlighting various cases and reasons for wrongful convictions.  We will explore and examine the various causes of wrongful convictions through studying some of Canada’s most notorious past cases such as David Milgaard and cases involving the infamous Dr. Charles Smith. 


February 3, 2017

Presenter: Greg Murphy

Title: How the French Impressionist Painters saw light and colour.

Description: The bright colours in an impressionist painting blend at a distance and create the illusion of sunlight sparkling on the surface of water and other surfaces. How does this work and why did the impressionists paint that way? This presentation will help you understand how we see colour (especially daylight) and how that knowledge will help you take better photos and paint better images. No need to bring anything but your enthusiasm. 


February 10, 2017

Presenter: Anna Rodrigues

Title: Street Art and Social Justice: When Walls Speak, should we Listen? 

Description:  Street art can be considered a form of communication but not everyone sees it that way. Isn’t it vandalism and illegal? How is it different from graffiti and tagging? In this session, gain new insights on street art as you learn how social justice issues can be taught through the stories found on the walls of the world.


February 24, 2017

Presenter: Rick Tidman

Title: Technology in Healthcare: Past, Present and Future.

Description: Join me as we discuss the marvels of technology in healthcare. We’ll take a trip through a brief history of the evolution of medical device technology and I’ll speak to some of the key developments. Medical technology has a story of advancing in step with the practice of medicine and scientific discovery, beginning with historical battlefield triage, but this unified relationship is no longer holding true. Advances in medical technology are driving change across the healthcare spectrum. We can only speculate what this new century has in store for technology in healthcare, but at the current rate of advancement and a bit of imagination we’re in for an incredible ride into uncharted territories. Healthcare may not be quite to the Star trek level of sophistication, but we’re getting close!


March 3, 2017

Presenter: Jeff Zakoor

Title: Lessons from a Marketer and Tips on How to Become a More Savvy Consumer

Description:  This interactive session will explore some of the ways marketers use to reach their target audience with the ultimate goal of creating consumer loyalty. Through a better understanding of these marketing strategies, it is hoped that you will become a better consumer with more purchasing power in your wallet!


March 24, 2017

Presenter: Stephen Forbes

Title: The Filter Bubble – How Social Technology Defines our Perspectives

Description: The internet is not going away in the near future, and it is certainly not finished evolving. As we engage with search engines and social media software, humanity must continue to reflect on how this technology affects us as individuals, families and communities. Join us for a light introductory discussion on the concept of "the filter bubble", which serves to describe a phenomenon where our online activities create an echo chamber around us, only showing and telling us things that we approve of, while hiding from us less desirable or challenging thoughts. Learn how this bubble can prevent us from hearing new ideas or engaging with political dispositions different from our own, potentially eroding the social fabric required for a healthy democratic society. It isn't all doom and gloom though, as we will also touch on actions we may take to minimize our own filter bubbles while still engaging with and benefitting from the technologies. 


March 31, 2017

Presenter: Neil Gonsalves

Title: The Simple Art of Complex Thinking

Description: In an increasing complex world, it seems there are always too many factors to consider when making decisions. Sorting facts from catchy sound-bites has become a full time job for some. In this presentation, we will take a light hearted approach to simplifying the process, build everyday strategies to enhance our mental agility and focus on developing critical thinking skills that can be transferred to multiple settings in professional and personal life.