The New World (Dis)Order

The “end” of the Cold War persuaded many people that a new world order, dominated by free market economies and Liberal Democracy, was in the works. Instead we have a world in universal disorder. Why?

Series Date: 
Thursday, September 12, 2019 to Thursday, October 17, 2019
Price: 
45.00 CAD
Product variations: 
Title:
The New World Disorder: A Brave New World of a Different Kind
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Date: 
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in December 1991, Western pundits and politicians gloried in what they perceived as victory in the 50-year Cold War. Governing principles of liberal democracy and global free markets appeared to have won the day. But have they? The world now seems driven by populism, nationalism, separatism, mass immigrations, internal divides and terrorism. Can this spiral downwards be reversed?

About the lecturer 

J.L. (Larry) Black

J.L. (Larry) Black was a Distinguished Research Professor and is now Professor Emeritus of Carleton University in Ottawa. With degrees from Mount Allison, Boston and McGill Universities, he has published over 50 books on the USSR and present-day Russia, and Canadian-Russian relations. The most recent of these is Putin’s Third Term as Russia’s President, 2012-18 (London: Routledge, 2019). (55)

Title:
Brexit and the EU: Ripple Effects of an International Divorce
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Date: 
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM

The United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union has been a major area of debate. The history of the UK’s relationship with Europe, the referendum campaign and subsequent negotiations is the focus of this talk, as is the meaning of Brexit for the UK and the rest of the EU. As negotiations to date have illustrated, breaking up is not only hard, it will have long lasting consequences.

About the lecturer 

Michael Johns

Michael Johns is Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. He recently finished his term as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts. His research focuses on issues of social cohesion in the European Union with particular interest in intra-EU migration and minority rights. (49)

Title:
The #MeToo Movement and a New Women’s Revolution
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Date: 
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM
Location: 
Bayshore Community Centre

A new wave of feminism has reached our shores, a wave that is distinctive from past efforts to secure gender equality. Armed with powerful access to social media, the #MeToo movement has clarified women’s complaints about harassment in the workplace and armed them with a legitimacy and dignity rarely afforded in the past. What is the aim of #MeToo? The answer is nothing short of a revolution. 

About the lecturer 

Alanda Theriault

Alanda Theriault is a graduate of the Masters of Arts program in Philosophy at McMaster University where she specialized in ethics, feminist philosophy, and the history of ideas. Currently, she is an instructor at Georgian College Barrie in the Liberal Arts, teaching on the philosophies of globalization, gender and critical thinking. (51)

Title:
Our Weather
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Date: 
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM

Extreme weather seems to be the new norm. Most experts suggest that we are witnessing run-away climate change and that extreme weather may be the most telling and significant proof of an overheated, out-of-control planet. We are seeing not just a warming-up but a destabilization of historic weather patterns. Coping with more variable and extreme weather will take ingenuity and adaptability — something Canadians are good at.

About the lecturer 

David Phillips

David Phillips is Senior Climatologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada. Employed with Environment Canada’s weather service for 50 years, David studies the climate of Canada and promotes awareness and understanding of meteorology. He has published several books, and two bestsellers: The Day Niagara Falls Ran Dry and Blame It on the Weather. (50)

Title:
Donald Trump and the New Disorder of American Politics
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Date: 
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM

At the time of this talk it will be almost one year until the next US Presidential election. It is therefore a good time to reflect on the Trump presidency and how his rise fits into the larger populist movements around the world. We will also consider how this administration’s “America First” policies have fundamentally changed politics within the US and around the world.

About the lecturer 

Michael Johns

Michael Johns is Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario. He recently finished his term as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts. His research focuses on issues of social cohesion in the European Union with particular interest in intra-EU migration and minority rights. (49)

Title:
Baring the Bear: Some Consequences of Demonization in this Disordered World
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Date: 
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Time: 
10:00 AM
12:00 PM

Vladimir Putin has been the most powerful person in Russia since 2000. His success at resurrecting Russia from political chaos, poverty, and national humiliation has made him popular at home. But he is demonized in the West for the annexation of Crimea, and for actions that he probably had nothing to do with. This simplistic blame-casting has permanently altered global trade patterns, political alliances, and domestic politics.

About the lecturer 

J.L. (Larry) Black

J.L. (Larry) Black was a Distinguished Research Professor and is now Professor Emeritus of Carleton University in Ottawa. With degrees from Mount Allison, Boston and McGill Universities, he has published over 50 books on the USSR and present-day Russia, and Canadian-Russian relations. The most recent of these is Putin’s Third Term as Russia’s President, 2012-18 (London: Routledge, 2019). (55)