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Over the years, TALG’s lecture series have covered subjects from current events, economics, history and politics, to medical issues, scientific and technological breakthroughs. We have looked at the natural world, and the world of the arts – architecture, art, literature and music. We have considered national and regional topics from the Canadian perspective, and ‘armchair travelled’ to other countries and time periods.

Our speakers have introduced us to important individuals, taken us to interesting locations, engaged us in timely issues and opened our minds to ideas we may never have considered.

Click on a category below, to see some of the lecture series that TALG has offered in this topic. Lecture series are in order as they’ve been offered (with year indicated in brackets), starting with the most recent and working back.

The Arts

  • Canadian Architecture and Architects (2021)
  • Great Films (2020)
  • Write Now: English Canadian Fiction in the 21st C  (2018)
  • Canadian Art: Coast to Coast to Coast  (2017)
  • A Whirlwind Tour of English Canadian Writing (2016)
  • Authors, Books and E-Readers (2011)
  • Mass Media: Truth and Consequences  (2006)
  • The Joy of Art (2004)
  • The Materials of Music (2002)
  • Listening to a Symphony Orchestra (2001)

Canadian Perspectives

  • Living Next to Uncle Sam: U.S. Influence on Canada and Vice Versa (2018)
  • The Indigenous People of Canada (2016)
  • Moral & Ethical Dilemmas: Choices Canadians Face  (2015)
  • Issues for Canadians (2014)
  • Canada’s Role in International Affairs (2012)
  • Challenging the Status Quo: Canadians Who Made a Difference (2010)
  • Canada-U.S. Relations: Past and Future Outlook (2009)
  • Canada’s Arctic: Continuing Challenges  (2009)
  • Canada: Its History & Relationship with Other Countries  (2009)
  • Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples (2008)
  • Canada Past, Present and Future – An Intimate Look at Our Country (2003)

Interesting People, Places & Things

  • Extinct Cultures and Civilizations (2019)
  • On and Off the Beaten Path – Get Your Passports Ready! (2018)
  • Travel Beyond the Ordinary (2013)
  • Venturing to Countries off the Beaten Track (2012)
  • Exploring the Changing Character of World Cities (2011)
  • The Celts: Their Art and Culture  (2009)
  • Great Adventurers who Changed the World (2006)
  • Beer, Wine & Spirits (2005)
  • The Arctic (2005)
  • Archaeology – Digging into Our Past (2004)
  • Birds in Science and the Arts (2003)
  • Luminaries and Legacies of the 20th Century (2002)

Beyond our Borders

  • China’s Belt & Road Initiative (2021)
  • The Russian Century, 1917-2017 (2017)
  • Spotlight on South America (2016)
  • The Lasting Impact of the Ottoman Empire (2016)
  • Understanding India (2015)
  • China: What Next?  (2013)
  • The Middle East and North Africa: Hopes & Fears  (2012)
  • Latin America Today: Behind the Headlines  (2010)
  • Afghanistan (2008)
  • Africa: In Transition  (2008)
  • European Union: Model of Success?  (2008)
  • China: The Next Superpower  (2007)
  • Iraq and the Middle East  (2005)
  • Our South American Neighbours: A Mural and a Mystery  (2003)
  • China – Its Place in the World (2002)
  • Africa: the Dark Continent?  (2001)
  • Europe and the European Union (2000)

Ideas, Ideologies &  Issues

  • Media Literacy (2021)
  • Populism (2020)
  • Global Health Issues (2020)
  • Climate Change, Catastrophe and the Tides of History (2019)
  • The Future of Religion (2019)
  • Issues of Social Justice (2017)
  • World in Motion: Int’l Migration & Refugee Challenges  (2017)
  • Planet Earth: How are we doing as Stewards?  (2015)
  • Understanding the Muslim World (2014)
  • Hot Topics in the News (2011)
  • The Impact of the Economic Crisis & Global Shifts of Wealth & Power (2011)
  • Philosophies of East and West (2007)
  • Religion in Society (2007)
  • Globalization: Curse or Blessing?  (2006)
  • Philosophical Puzzles? (2004)
  • Comparative Religion (2002)
  • The Role of Community in the 21st Century (2002)
  • What Makes a City Great? (2001)
  • Creative Aging  (2000)

Local & Regional Topics

  • Recent Research at the University of Guelph (2018)
  • Guelph’s Vibrant Visual Arts Scene (2010)
  • Ontario Heritage (2005)
  • Guelph Authors (2005)
  • The City of Guelph – Focus on the Future (2004)
  • The Grand River and the Niagara Escarpment (2003)

STEM Matters

  • Women in Science (2021)
  • Food Science (2020)
  • Recent Advances in Medicine (2019)
  • The Human Brain in its many Dimensions (2015)
  • Transforming Lives through Innovation (2014)
  • The Arctic and Its Global Importance (2014)
  • Health Care: Problems and Prospects  (2010)
  • Human Impact on the Environment (2007)
  • Food Matters (2006)
  • People and Plants Through the Ages (2004)
  • Exciting Frontiers in Mental Health: What’s New?  (2004)
  • Wonders of the Modern World: Technology and Its Effect on Society (2003)
  • Medicine and Health … What’s New? (2003)
  • The Health & Welfare of Rural Communities & Environments (2002)
  • New Sciences and Technologies (2001)

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