Lecture Me! a series

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The UTM Experiential Education Office and Mississauga Central Library are proud to present Lecture Me! a series of lectures by UTM Faculty

The Lecture Me! series will highlight research from different departments by some of our top faculty members in a way that is approachable and fun for the whole family. This multidisciplinary series will feature a different faculty member each month who will deliver their presentation to the community about their research.

The events will be hosted at the Mississauga Central Library located at 301 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W. on the first Tuesday of each month between 7:00-8:30pm. Parking is free after 6:00pm and there is no fee to attend!

Registration is not required and guests are welcome to sign-up should they wish. The event is general admission only.

Lecture Me! Schedule 2017-18

Date Faculty Name Talk Title Talk Description


Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Professor Scott Prosser The Magic of Molecules: A Story of an Enzyme which Devours Pesticides This talk will explore the strange world of protein catalysts called enzymes. Proteins do everything in our cells from structure to transporter, receptor, or super catalyst. How do they do it? Chemical and Physical Sciences
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Professor Chris Petrakos The Joke's on Them: Laughter and Social Boundaries in Klondike Miner's Tales, 1886-1896 This talk will explain the role of laughter in developing and contesting relationships during the 1890s' Klondike gold rush by studying miners' tales taken from this fabled time in the North. Historical Studies
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Professor Robert Reisz Dinosaur Teeth and What They Can Tell Us About Their Life and Times Dinosaurs evolved many different systems for acquiring and processing their food, ranging from serrated daggers to grinding batteries.  Surprisingly, most dinosaurs were plant eaters, and it is in the herbivores that we see some of the most spectacular evolutionary innovations. Biology
Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Financial corporations now dominate our food system & strategies for resistance

This lecture will examine how financial corporations have become major players in the global food system, through a mixture of corporate financial services, lending, and commodity market speculation; and outlining multi-scale strategies for community resistance and for greater consumer food sovereignty.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Professor John Percy Misconceptions about the Universe: From Everyday Life to the Big Bang In this profusely-illustrated, non-technical, light-hearted presentation, Professor Percy will gently "correct" a wide variety of "heavenly errors"--from basic concepts (such as the cause of the seasons), to exotic black holes, to the birth of the universe. Lots of time for Q&A! Chemical and Physical Sciences
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 Professor Fiona Rawle Deciphering Real vs Fake Science News In this session, we’ll explore how to decipher real vs fake science news stories, and to identify sensationalized science news. We’ll also explore how to make sense of science in the context of the most popular science news stories. No science background is necessary to attend.  Biology
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Professor Chris Koenig-Woodyard Monster Studies: Loving and Hating Vampires Vampires enthrall us--simultaneously repulsing and terrorizing us as they mesmerize. This talk explores a pivotal moment in the history of vampire stories: the publication of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend in 1954. Matheson's novella marks the mid point between the predator Dracula of the late 19th century and the more sympathetic and romantic vampires of the early 21st century (found, for instance, in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series). English & Drama
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Professor Alexandra Gillespie Medieval Books - Torn, Fetid, and Dripped On Is it possible to derive historical meaning from the grubby fingerprints and torn leaves that scholars find inside medieval books? Can surviving medieval manuscripts be matched to contemporary accounts of the mistreatment of books - those of Geoffrey Chaucer, whose Wife of Bath famously tears leaves from her husband's book; or those of the fourteenth-century bibliophile Richard de Bury, whose medieval reader's "nails are stuffed with fetid filth as black as jet" and whose "nose, running from the nipping cold, drips down" onto the pages before him? This paper takes dirty medieval manuscripts - imagined and real - as the starting point for an argument about book use, value, and reading practices in England in the later Middle Ages. English & Drama

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