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.


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.