BALL Events Archive

Title Description Date
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
Peace: Its Meaning and Achievement
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Project Ploughshares is an unwavering beacon for peace in the world.  Several of the outstanding “voices” associated with this organization, share their expertise regarding the complex and ever-changing realities that are part of the challenges that constantly confront the pursuit of peace in the world. 

Sep 8 2016 to Oct 13 2016
Our Beautiful Baffling Brains
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The human brain is the source of our thoughts, perceptions, actions, and memories. It confers on us the abilities that make us human, while simultaneously making each of us unique. In this golden age of brain science neuroscientists are making significant leaps in understanding the brain. Advances in neuroscience over the last decade allow us to envision a comprehensive understanding of the brain in action, spanning molecules, cells, circuits, systems, behaviour, and even thought.

Note: No Lecture April 7, 2016

Mar 3 2016 to Apr 14 2016
Let There Be Light
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In celebration of the International Year of Light (2015), this series celebrates the science and scientists who over the centuries have unlocked the secrets of light. 

A key messenger informing our understanding of both the universe and subatomic world, light is also the basis of our most important sense - vision. Little wonder, then, that our world is a rich visual environment and that so many current technologies are optically based.  John guides us through the history and nature of this remarkable phenomenon using demonstrations, and explores the many ways light affects our lives.

*Note: All lectures incorporate demonstrations to illustrate the principles presented.  Lasers are a part of these demonstrations.

Jan 7 2016 to Feb 11 2016