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April 26th, 2014


9:00 am ~ 4:00 pm


Manulife Theatre in Halifax, NS

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Saturday, April 26, 2014. Manulife Theatre at Herald Campus, 2737 Joseph Howe Drive, Halifax, N.S.

  9:00a.m   Registration opens
  9:30a.m.   Is Mobile Technology Making Our Kids Sick? with Dr. Angie Kolen, St. Francis Xavier University
 10:30a.m.   Refreshment break
 10:45a.m   What Does Edward Snowden Mean for Canada and the Five Eyes? with Dr. David Charters, University of  New Brunswick
  11:45a.m.   Why Ancient Heroes Matter: Odysseus Reads The Ivany Report. with Dr. Peter O’Brien, Dalhousie University
 12:45p.m.   Lunch (provided)
 1:30p.m.   The War on Bugs: What Happens If Antibiotics Stop Working? with Dr. Todd Hatchette, CDHA & Dalhousie University
 2:30p.m.   What Was So Great About the Music of the 1960s? with Dr. Jeff Hennessy, Acadia University
 3:30p.m.   Closing remarks with Ian Thompson, Associate Publisher, The Chronicle Herald

Topics Explored

Is Mobile Technology Making Our Kids Sick?

Is Mobile Technology Making Our Kids Sick?

Dr. Angie Kolen
Associate Professor
Human Kinetics
St. Francis Xavier University

We will discuss the reality of children’s physical activity – or more correctly, lack thereof. The competing distraction from screen-based sedentary behaviours as well as other perceived and real challenges to children’s physical activity will be confronted.

Dr. Angie Kolen has been actively promoting physical activity to children with her students since joining the Department of Human Kinetics at St. Francis Xavier University (StFX) in 2001. A dynamic and engaging educator, Angie was recognized in 2005 with an Outstanding Teaching Award (StFX), in 2007 with the Atlantic Association of Universities Distinguished Teaching Award and in 2010 with the 3M National Teaching Fellowship. Although Angie’s primary teaching responsibilities are to students in their first and fourth years, she is heavily involved in the StFX and broader communities delivering presentations/workshops, organizing student research days, and contributing her expertise on a number of local, provincial and national committees. Angie is also a co-facilitator of the StFX Leadership Academy, the only one of its kind in Canada. Angie practices what she preaches regarding physical activity promotion and reducing sedentary time via her active teaching methods in her classes, presentations, and workshops. Angie has been a co- or lead-investigator in three provincial surveillances of physical activity and dietary intake of students in grades 3, 7, and 11 in Nova Scotia. In addition to informing provincial policies, this research has led to the creation and implementation of Fit 4 Life, an after-school low-organized games program for students in grades 2 to 5 and the Fit 4 Tots, movement exploration program for children under the age of 5 years and their parents/guardians. These 10-week programs are delivered each term by Angie and about 60-70 university-student-volunteers as part of their service learning.

Suggested reading:
Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines: http://www.csep.ca/english/view.asp?x=949
Active Health Kids Canada – 2013 Report Card: Are we driving out kids to unhealthy habits? http://www.activehealthykids.ca/ReportCard/ReportCardOverview.aspx

What does Edward Snowden mean for Canada and the 'Five Eyes'?

What does Edward Snowden mean for Canada and the 'Five Eyes'?

Dr. David Charters
Professor of Military History and Senior Fellow of the Gregg Centre

Department of History
University of New Brunswick

Since the 1940s, Canada has been a member of one of the most exclusive clubs in the world: the ‘Five Eyes’ – an international alliance of signals intelligence organizations that also includes Britain, the US, Australia and New Zealand. The alliance has remained cloaked in secrecy until relatively recently. The Snowden ‘revelations’ have cast a harsh spotlight on their activities. This presentation will set the current controversy in historical context, and will offer a perspective on the impact of the Snowden case and the related social media revolution on the future work of the Five Eyes.

David Charters is Professor of Military History and Senior Fellow of the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society at the University of New Brunswick. He has been teaching, researching and publishing on modern warfare for some 35 years. His particular fields of expertise include terrorism and countering terrorism, counter-insurgency, special operations, and intelligence activities. Born and raised in Montreal, and a graduate of the University of New Brunswick (BA and MA), he received his PhD in War Studies from King’s College, University of London, in 1980. He was a co-founder and for twenty years Director of the Centre for Conflict Studies, the predecessor of the Gregg Centre. In addition to his academic work he has served as a consultant to the media and to government, and has lectured to a wide range of professional audiences. From 2005 to 2008 he served on the federal government’s Advisory Council on National Security. Dr. Charters is author of over 100 publications covering the spectrum of his fields of expertise. He is currently writing a book on command and control of British forces in Northern Ireland during the first six years of the Troubles. His most recent book is a spy novel, Beneath the Rose, just published last month. When not engaged in academic work, Dr. Charters has been an avid competitor in car racing at Atlantic Motorsport Park. He is married, has two grown children, and lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Why Ancient Heroes Matter: Odysseus Reads the Ivany Report

Why Ancient Heroes Matter: Odysseus Reads the Ivany Report

Peter O'Brien
Assistant Professor
Department of Classics
Dalhousie University/University of King’s College

This discussion looks at the story of Odysseus, one of the most popular and enduring myths of ancient Greece, in an attempt to explain why ancient heroes matter today. First written down in the 8th century B.C.E., Homer’s Odyssey narrates the ten-year homeward journey of a Greek soldier-king after a long war in Asia Minor. Odysseus’ exploits with monsters and goddesses in the first half of the poem are very well known. Somewhat less attention has been paid to the second half of his adventures, in which he returns to restore order to a region suffering from spiritual, economic, and political crisis. This presentation proposes that Odysseus’ heroic failures and successes are themselves metaphorical of the humanistic education that values works like the Odyssey so highly. It further suggests that from the example of Odysseus the “game changer,” we stand to learn much about the “new politics” citizens of any time or place may be called upon to create, as well as the risks and attitude shifts uncertain times demand.

Peter O’Brien was raised in Halifax and educated at the University of King’s College, Dalhousie University, and Boston University. He is currently Carnegie Assistant Professor (Latin Literature) on the joint faculty of Dalhousie and King’s. In Dalhousie’s Department of Classics he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in ancient mythology, Roman history and Latin language and literature; on occasion he teaches Ancient Greek as well. At King’s he regularly lectures in the Foundation Year Programme and serves as Public Orator.

Peter’s research interests include the historiography of late antiquity and its intersections with epic poetry; he has recently published several articles on the 4th century C.E. historian Ammianus Marcellinus. He is also interested in the classical tradition in Canada, having written on the Latin mural inscriptions in the Canadian Senate, as well as on a series of little known Neo-Latin poems describing First Nations life in 17th century New France. Peter’s teaching and mentor-ship have been recognized at Dalhousie with the 2006 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2007 Alumni Association Award of Excellence for Teaching, and the 2010 Outstanding Graduate Advisor Award.

Suggested reading:
OdysseyLive 2010 – A two-minute YouTube synopsis of a 24-hour reading of the whole Odyssey as a fundraiser for Halifax Humanities 101. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftTw6CmV1CA
An Interview on Homer with the renowned Classicist Daniel Mendelsohn http://fivebooks.com/interviews/daniel-mendelsohn-on-updating-classics
Now or Never: an Urgent Call to Action for Nova Scotians (aka “The Ivany Report”) http://www.noworneverns.ca/

The War on Bugs: What Happens If Antibiotics Stop Working?

The War on Bugs: What Happens If Antibiotics Stop Working?

Todd Hatchette, MD FRCPC
Chief, Division of Microbiology
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Capital District Health Authority
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Dalhousie University

With the global spread of multi-drug resistant strains, are we winning the war against bacteria?

Todd Hatchette is currently the Chief of Service for the Division of Microbiology, QEII Health Science Center and the Director of the Virology and Immunology. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology with a cross-appointments in the Departments of Immunology and Microbiology and Medicine where he is a consultant for Infectious Diseases. As the Province’s only Medical virologist, Dr. Hatchette has expertise in the clinical and laboratory diagnosis of viral infections and has given CME lectures to various health care professional and serves as an advisor on a number of local and provincial committees.
Dr. Hatchette earned his MD from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1995. Following Internal Medicine training at Memorial University in and a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology at Dalhousie University, Dr. Hatchette completed postdoctoral research training in virology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis Tennessee under the supervision of Dr. Robert G. Webster, a world authority on influenza A.

What Was So Great About the Music of the 1960s?

What Was So Great About the Music of the 1960s?

Dr. Jeff Hennessy
Associate Professor
School of Music
Acadia University

The decade of the 1960s is often mythologized in popular music as a golden age of creativity and production: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, James Brown and many others produced some of the most influential music of any era. This lecture will explore the music of this decade to determine the degree of substance vs. nostalgia that contributes to this reputation. We will explore several key factors in the musical environment of the time that contributed to the creation of such a memorable canon, and we will forge links between the popular music landscape of the 1960s, and that of jazz and classical music.

Jeff Hennessy holds undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Music from Trent University and Acadia University respectively, a Masters degree in Music Theory from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Toronto. He joined the Acadia University faculty as a full-time musicologist in 2007 and was conjointly appointed as Director of the School of Music, a position he held until 2013. His main area of study is rhythm, metre, and musical time in popular music, contemporary art music, and non-Western music, as well as aspects of individual and group identity in music. He has been published in Perspectives of New Music and The Journal of Mathematics and Music. Additionally, Dr. Hennessy is also a rock and blues keyboardist, songwriter, and composer.


1. Turn on to Lexington Avenue from Joseph Howe Drive
2. Turn right into Maritime Place
3. Drive left toward the parking garage

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Metro Transit access: Routes 6 & 14

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