In Conversation Speaker Series

Presented in partnership with the Orillia Public Library

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All events are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Register at the Orillia Public Library, in person: 36 Mississaga St. E., by email: or by phone: 705-325-2338.


The Champlain Monument: Memorializing Orillia’s Past, Rewriting Orillia’s History
Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 2 p.m.
Dr. Kim Fedderson, Past Principal, Lakehead University

Unveiled in 1925, Orillia’s Champlain monument emerged within a period of widespread "statuemania" buttressing national narratives and providing material expression to the "imagined communities" central to stories of the Nation. Recently, a number of monuments and memorials have given rise to protest nationally and internationally, and this fall Parks Canada began restoration of the Orillia monument. In this talk, Fedderson unpacks the Champlain monument’s place in the unfolding culture of the city; the stories it told about the community Orillia was; and, once restored, the stories it could tell about the community Orillia might become.

Dr. Kim Fedderson is Professor Emeritus in the English Department at Lakehead University, and the former Principal of the Orillia Campus.  His field is rhetorical studies, and his work spans Renaissance literature, adaptations of Shakespeare, and contemporary rhetorical theory.  This new project highlights his continuing engagement with the Orillia community.


The Tallis Litany: What the Sources Tell Us
Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 2 p.m. 
Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans, Lakehead University, Principal

The musical setting of the English texts for the Litany attributed to Tallis is one of the earliest musical settings composed for the new Anglican liturgy of the mid-sixteenth century. Over time, music editors published many versions of this important work, and by comparing these, it is possible to draw conclusions about the role of the music editor and individual attitudes towards music publication. In this talk, Jobin-Bevans will discuss the incredible ways in which the Tallis Litany has evolved in print over a four-hundred year period. 

Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans is the Principal of Lakehead Orillia. During his 12 years as a faculty member at Lakehead, Jobin-Bevans taught in the Department of Music, and occupied several administrative positions.  His current research is on the creation of contemporary performing scores and recordings of the original choral compositions of Henry Aldrich (1648-1710) a former Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.


Suffering and Spectatorship: On the Ethical Dilemmas of Viewing Photographs of Atrocity 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 2 p.m.
Dr. Valerie Hébert, Lakehead University, Departments of History and Interdisciplinary Studies

Do photographs of suffering bodies provoke viewers to intervene against abuse and atrocity? What separates humanitarian concern from voyeuristic curiosity?  What are our ethical responsibilities to the subjects of atrocity photographs, who may never have wanted their final moments or mortal remains captured by the camera’s lens? In this talk, Hébert will discuss the complex ethical dilemmas associated with taking, viewing, publishing, and exhibiting photographs of victims of atrocity. 

Dr. Hébert is associate professor of history and interdisciplinary studies at Lakehead  Orillia. She teaches on the history of 20th Century Europe, the Holocaust, Nazi Germany, and on the connection between photography and human rights discourse. In June 2017, she led an international interdisciplinary research workshop on atrocity photography at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC.


People's Knowledge versus Scientists' Knowledge: Perceptions of Climate Change in the Western Himalayas
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 6:15 p.m.
Dr. Pallavi V. Das, Lakehead University, Department of History

On April 29, 2017, the 100th day of Trump’s presidency, tens of thousands of demonstrators in Washington DC and in other parts of the world took part in the People’s Climate March, highlighting the fact that climate change is real and impacts the lives of ordinary people. In this talk, Das will explore how climate change is perceived and experienced by ordinary people, such as apple farmers, and compares it to the experiences of the scientists in Western Himalayas, India.

Dr. Das teaches courses in world, Asian and environmental History at Lakehead Orillia. She has published on the impact of colonial development policies on the forests of India. In her current research project, Das is developing ‘A People’s History of Climate Change’ by studying climate change from the apple farmers’ perspectives in the Western Himalayas.



Being Aware of the Unconscious: Understanding Your Dreams in Relation to Your Everyday Life
Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 6:15 p.m.
Dr. Les Fleischer, Lakehead University Orillia, School of Social Work

We are greatly influenced by thoughts, feelings and memories that we are not aware of. Yet the unconscious mind regularly reveals itself in many aspects of everyday life, including dreams. This presentation will focus on how dreams can help us understand ourselves better and improve decision-making, thus contributing to happier, more fulfilling lives.

Les Fleischer is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Social Work at Lakehead University in Orillia and is a Psychoanalyst in private practice. His research interests and scholarship are in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, dreams, mental health, and the education of mental health professionals.