Unique Cultures of the World

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Event Location: 
Learning Commons
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The Trigger Warning Debate

Event Date: 
Monday, March 19, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Event Location: 
OA 3007

In 2014, a US college created a policy requiring faculty to provide trigger warnings for students.  This spurred a heated debate among faculty, students, and administrators across North America regarding the need for and efficacy of trigger warnings in the classroom.  The present study sought to clearly define arguments put forth in this debate and to determine the distribution of these arguments across stakeholder groups.  A content analysis of the comments sections associated with 16 online articles on the topic of trigger warnings (over 1,600) from two higher education journals (Inside Higher Ed; Chronicle of Higher Education) during the timeframe of September 2014 to October 2015 was performed using qualitative and quantitative analysis methods.  These comments were categorized in a way that provided some insight to the tone of the debate and opinions from students, student survivors, professors, professor survivors, as well as many others who did not identify their role were gleaned.  Further, policy implications and recommendations for best practices regarding the use of trigger warnings in higher education were drawn.

Findings concerning opinions against trigger warnings included concerns about academic freedom, infantilization of students, and unfair responsibility for professors; whereas findings in favour of their use included promotion of positive pedagogical values, recognition of human courtesy, and supporting student mental health.  These findings will help to inform pedagogical practices that support survivors of trauma and empower students to determine their own exposure to potentially traumatic materials, particularly for social work learning, and lay the foundations for future research on specific best practices in higher education classrooms. 

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Opening Ceremonies

Event Date: 
Monday, March 19, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
Event Location: 
New Sun Gallery
The official kick-off to the week takes place on Monday, March 19 at 11:30 a.m. with opening remarks by Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Vice President - Research and Innovation.
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Doing Business in China: Innovation Policies and Corporate Social Responsibility Practices in China

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Event Location: 
OA 2015

China, the world’s second-largest economy growing at 7% annually, is transitioning from factory floor to innovation powerhouse. Leading Chinese companies seek to become some of the world’s most reputable and preeminent brands. Among many trends shaping growth and creating new opportunities in China, government policy has been, and continues to be the critical shaping force.  “Mass entrepreneurship and innovation”, as well as the advancement of corporate social responsibility (CSR), are key planks of the government’s plan to drive growth and harmonious integration of Chinese companies into the broader global market.

Dr. Xue Han and Dr. Liyun Qi, experts respectively in innovation policy and corporate social responsibility in China, will offer special guest talks on these topics at Lakehead University Orillia.

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Are Genetically Modified Foods Safe?

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event Location: 
OA 1022
Are you concerned about the effect of the food you eat on your health and the environment? If so, join us for a showing of the film Food Evolution, narrated by Neil deGrasse-Tyson, which looks at this controversial issue by using the scientific method. 
 
The film showing will be followed by a Q&A session with Dr. David Law, Department of Biology at Lakehead University and former research biochemist with Monsanto, Dr. Victoria Te Brugge, Department of Sustainability Sciences at Lakehead University and insect physiologist, and Ian Affleck, Vice-President Plant Biotechnology at CropLife Canada.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
7 - 9 p.m.
OA 1022

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Panel II: Understanding Food Insecurity: Local / Global Perspectives

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Event Location: 
OA 1025
 

Panel II: Understanding Food (In)Security
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1p.m.
Room: OA 1025

  • Dr. Ritika Shrimali, “Food Sovereignty Praxis: Struggles for Food Security in Asia”
  • Yvonne Kelly, Social Planning Council of York Region, and Tracy Woloshyn, York Region, “Growing Income Inequality, Food Insecurity and the Evolution of a Two-Tiered Food System”
The Resources, Economy and Society Research Group is pleased to present a full day forum on Tuesday, March 20 during Research and Innovation Week 2018. Join us for a full day of panels and discussions on poverty, food insecurity, social justice and civic engagement.
 
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Panel I: Poverty and Civic Engagement

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Event Location: 
OA 2019

Panel I: Poverty and Civic Engagement
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Room: OA 2019

  • Dr. Jennifer Jarman, Department of Sociology, Lakehead University, “Why should we care about Social Inequality?”
  • Jane Shrestha, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, “No Money or food is Cent$less”
  • Dr. Barb Parker, Department of Sociology, Lakehead University, “Assessing food insecurity among Lakehead food bank users”
The Resources, Economy and Society Research Group is pleased to present a full day forum on Tuesday, March 20 during Research and Innovation Week 2018. Join us for a full day of panels and discussions on poverty, food insecurity, social justice and civic engagement.
 
For the full event poster, click here.
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Social Justice Student Poster Presentation

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Event Location: 
OA 2008

Social Justice: Student Poster Display
Time: 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Room: OA 2008

The Resources, Economy and Society Research Group is pleased to present a full day forum on Tuesday, March 20 during Research and Innovation Week 2018. Join us for a full day of panels and discussions on poverty, food insecurity, social justice and civic engagement.
 
For the full event poster, please click here.
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Bitcoin: Cryptocurrency Hype or New Asset Class?

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event Location: 
OA 1033
Last July, Howard Marks, billionaire co-chair of investment management firm, Oaktree Capital called bitcoin a “fad” or “perhaps even a pyramid scheme”.
 
In September, Jamie Dimon, CEO of the largest U.S. bank, JPMorgan Chase, called bitcoin “a fraud”. This January, Warren Buffet stated that bitcoin and cryptocurrencies will “come to a bad end”.
 
Given the negative sentiments of some of the world’s most famous investors, why have people invested hundreds of millions of dollars in cryptocurrencies? Who is right? Are bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies fraught with danger or do they represent a new asset class?
 
Join Dr. Herman van den Berg, Faculty of Business Administration, Lakehead University, for a discussion about an innovative new payment network and kind of "money". 
 
Bitcoin: Cryptocurrency hype or new class asset?
Tuesday, March 20
7 - 9 p.m.
OA 1033
 
For full event poster, please click here.
 
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Local Food Initiatives Display

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Event Location: 
Main Floor Simcoe Hall
 Local Food Initiative Displays

Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.
Room: Main floor Simcoe Hall

For full event poster, please click here.
 
The Resources, Economy and Society Research Group is pleased to present a full day forum on Tuesday, March 20 during Research and Innovation Week 2018. Join us for a full day of panels and discussions on poverty, food insecurity, social justice and civic engagement.
 
 
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