Lakehead University’s In Conversation speaker series returns in 2015

January 19, 2015 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University’s In Conversation speaker series continues at the Thunder Bay Public Library in 2015 with interesting talks in January and April.

Experts from Lakehead will give free presentations about Indigenous children and adoption, and the development of Lakehead University during its first 50 years.

“This partnership between the Library and Lakehead University helps make these informative topics accessible to the whole community,” said Ruth Hamlin-Douglas, Acting Head of Adult Services at the Thunder Bay Public Library.

Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Brian Stevenson said this is an excellent opportunity for the community to learn more about interesting topics presented by members of the university faculty.

“The In Conversation series is an exceptional way for members of our community and University to come together; where faculty can share their knowledge and everyone is free to ask questions and learn about a wide variety of subjects and issues,” said Dr. Stevenson.

The free presentations will be held on the days, times and locations below:

Indigenous Children and Adoption  

Presenter: Dr. Lori Chambers, Department of Women’s Studies
Saturday, Jan. 24
Waverley Resource Library - 285 Red River Rd.          
2-4 pm 

The formal adoption of Indigenous children by white families, which came to be known as the “sixties scoop,” is an emotional issue that has given rise to a class action suit in Ontario challenging the legality of adoptions between 1965 and 1984. In this talk, Professor Lori Chambers will review recent history and shed light on some of the main issues surrounding indigenous children and adoption.

Celebrating 50 Years: The Development of Lakehead University

Presenter: Professor Peter Raffo, Department of History
Saturday, April 18
Mary J.L. Black Branch Library - 901 S. Edward St.     
2-4 pm

Lakehead’s motto “Achievement through Effort” is encapsulated in this discussion by Professor Peter Raffo as he leads the audience through some of the major milestones of the institution. Find out why the Lakehead Technical Institute was established in the 1940s, how it evolved into a university in 1965, and some of the challenges it has faced in becoming an innovative comprehensive university.



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In 2015, Lakehead University will celebrate 50 years of exceptional education. Guided by its Strategic Plan (2013-2018), Lakehead is known for providing an education focused on independent thinking, unconventional scholarship, and a close sense of community. About 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work in ten faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies.


Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings places Lakehead University 2nd in Ontario and among Canada’s Top 10 undergraduate universities, and 1st among Ontario’s undergraduate universities for Total Research Dollars, Social Sciences & Humanities Grants, and Library Expenses. In 2014, Re$earch Infosource ranked Lakehead 2nd in Ontario and 3rd among Canada’s undergraduate universities.