BALL Events Archive

Title Description Date
Intelligent Machines: Are We Ready?
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Robots and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are already having a major impact on our lives. Lecturers in this series will give their professional perspectives on what we can expect today and in the future.


                                                                          Series Cordinators: Joan Irvine,

Carol Mair, Gord Edwards,

Lynne Celhoffer, Bill Celhoffer


Mar 5 2020 to Apr 9 2020
The Mongolian Chronicles – Eagles, Demons & Empires
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This lecture series is based on Allen Smutylo’s recent travels to Mongolia. The talks will include excerpts from his forthcoming book – tentatively titled, Eagles, Demons and Empires: The Mongolian Chronicles – other written accounts, historical research, avian biology, original artwork, a full-length film, photographs (personal and historic), and creative musings.

Series Coordinators: Joan Irvine and Gord Edwards


Jan 16 2020 to Feb 20 2020
Building Resilience in Our Changing World
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Our earth has entered a period where human activities are destabilizing planetary systems, including climate. The effects of this change are global, long-term and uncertain. Universities, research institutes, governments and communities are exploring how best to build resilience and adaptation to cope with the coming changes. What are some key findings?

                                                              Series Coordinators: Gord Edwards and Judy Mapleson


Oct 31 2019 to Dec 5 2019
Imagining Now: English Canadian Fiction in the 21st Century
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In the last third of the 20th century, Canadian writing burst into full flower: Margaret Laurence, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje and so many more.  This course will look at Canadian fiction since 2000.  What’s old? What’s new? Who’s writing now?

Feb 22 2018 to Mar 29 2018
Through the Lens of Local Photographers
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Everyone sees the world differently. Five local photographers will explore their interests in the areas of art, nature, portraiture, agriculture and travel. Members of the Owen Sound Camera Club will present the final lecture. This series will introduce you to the passion of photography and will provide some valuable tips on taking excellent photographs.

Photo Credit: Willy Waterton

Jan 4 2018 to Feb 7 2018
Sustainability and Tourism Along Our Shores
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Sustainability and tourism are becoming topics of concern in our area. This series, presented by a variety of knowledgeable speakers, focusses on the good, the bad, and the ugly along the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay.  

Photo Credit: Ed Nanni

Oct 26 2017 to Dec 7 2017
Reflections in the Hall Of Mirrors: American Movies and the Politics Of Idealism
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American movies have come to echo the secret aspirations and dashed expectations of the country’s deeply divisive elements. This series examines how key American movies from the last sixty years reflect the political and cultural ideals of their time. The series starts by considering movies made in the early sixties when John Kennedy, newly elected President, announced a New Frontier. The series concludes with a look at movies made after Barack Obama was elected in 2008, amidst a new wave of idealism.

To view the list of film clips presented during these lectures, visit Reflections in the Hall of Mirrors Filmography.

Sep 14 2017 to Oct 19 2017
Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven
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The Group of Seven, also known as the Algonquin School, was a group of Canadian painters formed in 1920. Believing that a distinct Canadian art could be developed through direct contact with nature the Group of Seven is best known for paintings inspired by the Canadian landscape.  They initiated the first major Canadian artistic movement.


Mar 2 2017 to Apr 6 2017
Beauty and Belief: Art and Philosophy in Eastern Cultures
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Beauty and Belief is an exploration of the connections between art and spirituality in South and East Asis, mainly within Hindu and Buddhist traditions.  It investigates the creation and symbolisim of religious art and its use in community and private practice.  Along the way, the series explores a variety of art forms including ritual objects, paintings, sacred space, poety and other media, uncovering the intriguing links between art, ritual, philosophy and spirituality.  

Jan 12 2017 to Feb 16 2017
The Poet and the Astronomer Seek Meaning in an Expanding Universe
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“The world is large-

                                    It contains multitudes.

                                    I look with all embracing eyes

                                    And tell you what I see.

                                    Do I contradict myself ?

                                    Very well, I contradict myself.

                                    If you are not bedazzled yet

                                    Look differently, and marvel !”

“Leaves of Grass”

Walt Whitman


Modern scientific discoveries have shed considerable light on the questions of how did it begin and how did we get here? However, it is only when science, concerned with “knowing” and poetry, concerned with  “feeling”, converge, do we come closer to a complete picture of ourselves and our place in the Universe. These components of our human experience are not mutually exclusive but complementary. No wonder the night sky is the hunting ground for scientists, theologians, philosophers and poets.

Oct 20 2016 to Nov 24 2016