Upcoming Speakers

Sep 2017

In Defence of Science: Nancy Baron, Science Communications Expert

In Defence of Science: Nancy Baron, Science Communications Expert

Date/Time
29 Sep 2017
7:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Location
ArtSpring

A war on science is underway in the United States. Nancy Baron, one of the most skilled champions of science in the US, joins the Salt Spring Forum in discussion on Friday, September 29th at 7:30 PM at ArtSpring.

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Oct 2017

Are Human Rights Really Universal? – Forum Members Salon with Professor Jack Donnelly, University of Denver

In our world of deep inequalities are human rights really universal? Jack Donnelly joins us to discuss this critical issue on Friday, October 6th at 7:30 PM.

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The Uses (and Abuses) of History: Margaret MacMillan, World-Renowned Historian

Margaret MacMillan joins the Salt Spring Forum for a highly anticipated conversation at ArtSpring on Friday, October 13 at 7:30 PM. Tickets for this exciting discussion will go on sale at 10 AM on Monday, October 2nd at ArtSpring.

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The Galloping Gourmet: Graham Kerr, Celebrity Chef

The Galloping Gourmet: Graham Kerr, Celebrity Chef

Date/Time
22 Oct 2017
7:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Location
ArtSpring

Graham Kerr is best known for his exuberant cooking on the classic television show The Galloping Gourmet. He is now an expert in nutrition and healthy eating – and joins the Salt Spring Forum for a wide-ranging conversation about all things food!

This event is a fundraiser for The Root, which is the SSI Farmland Trust’s innovative farm centre project. The Root will function as a storage, processing, and distribution facility for local farm produce – and will increase local food production.

Stay tuned for details! Tickets will go on sale soon.

*The Forum’s fall series is proudly presented by Country Grocer.

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Why Philosophy Still Matters – Mark Kingwell, Philosopher & Bestselling Author

Philosopher, critic, and public intellectual Mark Kingwell is a Professor of Philosophy and Fellow of Trinity College at the University of Toronto. He has lectured widely to academic and popular audiences across the world.

Kingwell has authored or co-authored eighteen books, many of which became national bestsellers. His most recent books are the companion essay collections Unruly Voices (2012) and Measure Yourself Against the Earth (2015), and a new work called Fail Better: Why Baseball Matters (2017).

His writing has also appeared countless magazines and newspapers including Harper’s, Adbusters, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and many others.

Tickets for this event will go on sale in early October. Stay tuned for details!

*The Forum’s fall series is proudly presented by Country Grocer.

**Speaker Photo Credit: Mark Raynes Roberts

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Nov 2017

Denial: From Climate Change to Conspiracies – Stephan Lewandowsky, Psychologist

Although scientists long ago settled on the conclusion that human activities are causing climate change through the emission of greenhouse gases, a small but vocal number of dissenters remain unswayed by the evidence.

What causes people to reject scientific evidence? What contributes to climate change denial and to conspiracy theories in general?

To help us understand and address these issues, the Salt Spring Forum welcomes Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, who is a cognitive scientist at the University of Bristol.

Lewandowsky’s most recent research interests examine the potential conflict between human understanding and the global climate. He has published extensively on how people respond to corrections of misinformation and what determines people’s acceptance of scientific findings.

From 2006 to 2008, Lewandowsky was Associate Editor of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. He has contributed many opinion pieces to the global media on issues related to climate change “skepticism” and the coverage of science in the media. In 2016, he was appointed a fellow of the Center for Skeptical Inquiry for his commitment to science, rational inquiry, and public education.

Tickets to this event will go on sale in mid-October. Stay tuned for details!

*The Forum’s fall series is proudly presented by Country Grocer.

Stephan Lewandowsky on the rejection of climate science:

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Dec 2017

New World Disorder: Michael Doyle, Former Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations

Michael Doyle is a University Professor at Columbia Law School. He is a renowned scholar of global constitutionalism and areas relating to international affairs.

Doyle served as vice president of the International Peace Academy from 1993 to 1994; director of the Center of International Studies at Princeton from 1997 to 2001; assistant secretary-general and special adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan from 2001 to 2003. He was appointed member and chair of the board of the United Nations Democracy Fund in 2006, ending his tenure in 2013.

Tickets to this event will go on sale in early November. Stay tuned for details!

*The Forum’s fall series is proudly presented by Country Grocer.

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