BALL Events Archive

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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
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
Wise Practices in Indigenous Education: A Framework for Reconciliation
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Current educational practices in Canada originated in the church-controlled practices and colonial governments of the early white settlers.  Wise practices in education acknowledge a more diverse way of knowing and being.  The Truth and Reconciliation Commission asks us to respond to the legacy of Residential Schools in Canada by introducing an inclusive Indigenous perspective in mainstream education.

Oct 28 2019
Special TTAG/BALL Presentation - Footprints in Time: Painting Georgian Bay
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Special TTAG/BALL Presentation - Footprints in Time: Painting Georgian Bay

There are no on-line ticket sales for this lecture.  Tickets may be purchased at the Tom Thompson Art Gallery, or in person at TTAG ticket sales table prior to BALL lectures and during the coffee break..

Oct 7 2019
The Magic Hand of Bach
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Sweetwater Music Festival Artistic Director Mark Fewer showcases the genius and intimacy of J.S. Bach through an analysis of his original musical manuscripts.  This lecture will focus on the D Minor Partita for solo violin, which includes the famous Chaconne.  Using a PowerPoint presentation, Mr. Fewer will highlight areas in the musical score that may have been mis-interpreted over time, as well as information in the handwriting of Bach that never made the transition to "editions".  A full performance of the D Minor Partita will conclude the lecture.

Apr 30 2018
Income Inequality: What Governments Can Do
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Many are concerned about rising income inequality. Our attention to this issue has been stimulated by recent books: The Price of Inequality by Joe Stiglitz (a Nobel laureate in economics) and Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty (that reached the New York Times Best-Sellers list - a first for an academic economist). Our concern has also been raised by the Occupy Movement which drew attention to how much better the top one percent of income earners has fared in recent years. Is there anything governments can afford to do that can address inequality? In this lecture, Dr. Scarth explains how globalization has made it harder for governments to respond to this challenge, but since he identifies strategies that can make a
difference despite this constraint, his conclusion is one of optimism.

Oct 30 2017