Lecture Me! a series


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The UTM Office of the Dean, Experiential Education Unit and Mississauga Library System are proud to present Lecture Me! a series of lectures by UTM Faculty

The Lecture Me! series highlights research from different departments by UTM 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 through a hybrid model providing audience members with the option to attend the lecture in-person at the Mississauga Library or virtually through the Virtual Library - Webex platform by the Mississauga Library System typically on the first Tuesday of each month from 7:00-8:15pm.

Registration is required for in-person attendance for all talks through the Mississauga Library. The registration links for each talk can be found in the table below. Please note that the virtual library link can be found at the bottom of the Mississauga Library's registration page. *An Active Net account must be created to register. However, you do not need to be a Mississauga resident to register for the Active Mississauga account.

For any issues relating to registration, please contact customer service at 905-615-4100 or email rec.info@mississauga.ca.

Information on the 2024-25 season is coming soon!

DateFaculty NameDescriptionEvent Registration
Tuesday, September 10, 2024
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Professor Julius Haag

Department of Sociology

Policing at a Crossroads: Racial Justice, Community Safety, and Police Practices in Turbulent Times

Across Canada, police services are going through a period of crisis unprecedented in modern times, including declining public trust and confidence, calls for defunding, and ongoing pressure to address systemic anti-Black racism. In this presentation, we will explore these issues through the lens of policing in the GTA. First, we will review the nature and extent of some key problems faced by our local police. Next, we will discuss the impacts of police practices on public trust and confidence in the police and why this is vital to the police mandate. Lastly, we will critically examine policy responses to these issues, such as race-based data collection, training, oversight mechanisms, and alternative first responders.

Tuesday, October 8, 2024
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Professor Madeleine Mant

Department of Anthropology

Skeleton Keys: Bodies, the Archive, and Lived Lives

Bioarchaeological (the study of human skeletons from archaeological and historical contexts) engagement with questions of marginalization and social disenfranchisement is critical to questions of social justice in the examination of past lived lives. Examples of how marginalization may become embodied in the skeleton, the process by which individuals or skeletal collections may themselves become marginalized, and how archival sources can reveal bodies pushed to the edges of dominant narratives will be discussed.

Tuesday, November 5, 2024
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Professor Kate Maddalena

Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology

Pseudomedical Psychedelia: examining the rhetoric of "nootropic" supplements 

This talk will describe a trend in popular interest in psychotropic substances like psilocybin, ketamine, and amphetamines, all of which are touted as “nootropic” drugs on social media and in marketing materials.  We'll look at two examples of gendered framings of such substances—one in "bromeopathic" grind culture and the other in the mommy-blogger world. Ultimately, we'll see how both bros and moms frame these drugs as ​tools to help them be more productive contributors to the circuits of capital.

Tuesday, February 4, 2025
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Professor Anna Thomas

Department of English & Drama

"Poetry is Not a Luxury": Resources for Survival in Black Women's Writing

In this talk, I will explore how Black women writers have turned to poetry in order to navigate both chronic and critical difficulties in life. With a particular focus on Audre Lorde, whose essay 'Poetry is Not a Luxury' inspires the title of this talk, I will share how poetry enables the exploration of the self and the other, the individual and society, and between 'feeling,' and 'reason.' I will also demonstrate how close reading - a methodology for critically engaging texts central to literary studies - can attune us to ever-expanding meaning, can reward re-reading, and can help us navigate our own everyday conditions of life.
Tuesday, March 4, 2025
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Professor Ruth Speidel

Department of Psychology

Centre for Child Development, Mental Health, and Policy

Pathways to Kindness: Nurturing Prosocial Development in Early Childhood

Children show exceptional potential for kindness and care, or prosociality, from a young age. This early positive potential is important because prosocial development impacts well-being, social harmony, and peace positively at the individual, community, and global level. In this lecture, I will explore the factors that help children grow into caring individuals and how adversity, like trauma and stress, can affect this growth. The lecture will focus in on several early social-emotional capacities and factors of early relationships that serve as protective foundations for prosocial development. Finally, I will discuss efforts from our research at the Centre for Child Development, Mental Health, and Policy that aim to nurture prosociality from an early age.
Tuesday, April 1, 2025

Professor Kevin Coleman

Department of Historical Studies