BALL Events Archive

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The Geo-Politics of the War in Ukraine and its Aftermath
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Dr. Johns' talk will build on the previous discussion of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It will provide an update on the state of the conflict and discuss how the war may end. It will also examine the new geo-political realities that will result from the conflict and discuss the long-term damage this war may do to the traditional international order.

Note:  This lecture is a substitue for the 6th lecture of the " Intelligent Machines: Are We Ready?" lecture series.  BALL members who purchased tickets for that series do not need to purchase a ticket for this special lecture and can use their Zoom link from that series to attend this lecture.

Apr 7 2022
The Invasion of Ukraine and its Consequences
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This presentation will address the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine. The talk will examine the causes of the invasion, the situation on the ground, possible outcomes and scenarios and what all this means for the geo-political order moving forward. 

Mar 14 2022
The Invasion of Ukraine and its Consequences
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This presentation will address the unprovoked Russian invasion of Ukraine. The talk will examine the causes of the invasion, the situation on the ground, possible outcomes and scenarios and what all this means for the geo-political order moving forward. 

Mar 7 2022
Le Grand Dérangement: A Forgotten Chapter in Canadian History
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The Expulsion of the Acadians, the forced removal of over 12,000 men, women, and children from their homeland in the mid-18th century displaced an entire people to the far corners of the world, and forever altered the course of Canadian history. Yet, it is barely covered in schools, and all-but-forgotten in the minds of most. This lecture will explore this misunderstood tragedy, focusing on how it came to happen, how it affected the Acadian people who suffered through it, and why it rarely shows up in history books. Particular focus will be given to where the Acadians ended up, and how this event shaped their lives then, and that of their descendants now.

Oct 18 2021
Truth and Reconciliation
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Our scheduled lecture for Thursday Sept 30th was cancelled because the speaker is not available.  

In place of that lecture,  BALL has been able to arrange a Special Lecture by Trish Meekins, who presented "Indigenous History" last year as part of the History of Grey and Bruce lecture series. 

Please join us on September 30th, which has been declared a federal holiday, as Truth and Reconciliation Day or Orange Shirt day.  Find out the tragic legacy of Indian Residential Schools in Canada and the United States, otherwise known as Turtle Island.  We will look at when and how these schools got started and the impacts that it has had on our Indigenous peoples of Canada.

Thank you Trish for being able to prepare on such short notice!

Purchasers of the "Considering the Town Square" lecture series can use the same Zoom link for the scheduled lecture to attend this lecture.

 

 

Sep 30 2021
The Pleasure of Puzzles

Mechanical puzzles provide beautiful challenges that can involve assembly or disassembly, geometric arrangement, and logical and spatial thinking. Puzzle solvers have to find creative solutions to problems that at first seem impossible.  Puzzles encapsulate in microcosm what many scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and other professionals do every day. 

Apr 5 2021
Tom Longboat’s Legacy: A History of Athletic Excellence and Agency
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A one-time re-play of this lecture will be available to ticket purchasers on Tuesday Apr. 13th, 2021, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm , using the same Zoom link as for the original lecture.

Dr Forsyth started to research the Tom Longboat awards in 2000 while beginning her doctorate at Western University. This history of the awards is built upon the stories that people shared with Dr Forsyth. She had many people and organizations help her along her journey and encouraged her to produce her book, ‘Reclaiming Tom Longboat’.

Apr 5 2021
Our Quantum: Present & Future
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Quantum mechanics shook the field of physics when it was proposed, dramatically changing our understanding of the world underneath us.  It has also dramatically shaped society, providing technology from lasers to MRI machines.  In this talk, we'll discuss and demystify what  we know about quantum so far, and how quantum information and quantum computing provide a new frontier in science.

Registrations for this lecture are closed.  The cut-off for registration was 24 hours prior to the start of the lecture to allow time for the e-mailing of invitations to the Zoom Webinar.

 

Oct 19 2020
Protect Your Money
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Protect Your Money will provide information about fraud prevention and making more informed financial decisions.  You will learn about:

  • common frauds and scams, warning signs of fraud
  • questions to ask before you invest
  • available resources

Registrations for this free lecture closed at 10:00 am on Wed. Oct. 7th in order to allow time for the Zoom Webinar invitations to be e-mailed out.

 

Oct 8 2020
A Presidential Election Unlike Anything We Have Seen Before.
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This presentation will examine what a presidential election during a pandemic may look like. It will discuss the campaign strategies of both parties and examine their strengths and weaknesses. The presentation will also briefly explain the Electoral College and examine which states will be most important to watch on election night. The talk will conclude with a discussion of the down ballot races and who may control the Senate and therefore the Supreme Court.

This is a FREE lecture, but you must register for it in order to receive an e-mail invitation to the Zoom Webinar.  Only one registration is required per household. Click here to register.

Sep 10 2020