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Werewolves, Harry Potter, and 100 million lines of code

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This year, we’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of the fantastic Ideas and Issues program. It’s a free lecture series offered at Central Library in partnership with the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.

We still have the original flyer from 1974, typed up in red ink on three-ring paper.

The first Ideas and Issues flyer, from 1974.

The first Ideas and Issues flyer, from 1974.

“In a new experiment in part-time education, Professor Leo Johnson, expert in Canadian History and a provocative speaker, will deliver 11 free Monday noon-hour lectures,” it reads. “These lectures are designed for anyone in the downtown area who is interested in listening to a university lecture.”

It is a testament to Professor Johnson – and to our library members, a curious and engaged audience – that we have been able to continue this series for four decades. The program wouldn’t be possible without the ongoing support and co-ordination from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.

These lectures are now offered on Wednesdays at noon, and the lecture on September 24, presented by Laurier professor Dr. Renee Ward, is titled Werewolves and Medievalism in Harry Potter.

Sounds pretty interesting, doesn’t it? This year’s lectures include such diverse topics as war, peace, quantum computing, automotive research, and municipal elections. The intent of these lectures is to educate and provide context for current affairs, and hopefully you’ll leave with a few new ideas of your own.

Each lecture is 50 minutes with time for questions and answers at the end. We welcome area business people who are here on their lunch hour. Please feel free to arrive when you can, stay as long as you can, and leave when you need to. Discreet arrivals and departures are always welcome. Coffee and tea are available at each lecture, and you’re welcome to bring your lunch.

No registration is required; just drop in.  Here’s a complete schedule for Ideas and Issues, which runs until
December 3.

September 24
Werewolves and Medievalism in Harry Potter
With Dr. Renée Ward, Medieval Studies, Laurier

October 1
The Status Quo Crisis: Global Financial Governance After the 2008 Meltdown (Oxford University Press, 2014
With Dr. Eric Helleiner, Faculty of Arts Chair in International Political Economy, University of Waterloo

October 8
Peace-keeping in the Central African Republic and DR Congo: Can International Intervention Prevent Genocide?
With Dr. Alistair Edgar, Executive Director, Academic Council on the UN System (ACUNS); Political Science, Laurier

October 15
Ontario’s 2014 Municipal Elections: Why Should I Care?
With Dr. Robert J. Williams, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, University of Waterloo

October 22
How are Ontarians Really Doing? The Link Between Civic Engagement and Community Wellbeing
Dr. Margo Hilbrecht, Associate Director Research, Canadian Index of Wellbeing, Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo

October 29
The Call of War: Canada Embraces a Total War
With Dr. Andrew Thomson, History, Laurier

November 5
A War to End all Peace? The Legacy of World War One, 1914-2014
With Dr. Leonard Friesen, History, Director, Faculty of Arts Internationalization, Laurier

November 12
100 Million Lines of Code: In My Car?
With Ross McKenzie, Managing Director, Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research, University of Waterloo

November 19
Beyond the Space Odyssey: Drones, Artificial Intelligence and the Ethics of Mechanized Killing
With Dr. Sara Matthews, Global Studies, Laurier

November 26
The Quantum Revolution
With Martin Laforest, Senior Manager, Scientific Outreach, Institute for Quantum Computing, University of Waterloo

December 3
Carol Sing with a Global Twist: Lecture & Song
With Waterloo Lutheran Seminary Inshallah Choir, Laurier

Any questions? E-mail our events planner sheila.bauman@kpl.org or call 519.743.0271 x 254.







Author: Charlotte Prong

I'm the Social Media Editor at Kitchener Public Library. Follow us on Twitter @KitchLibrary, on Instagram @kitchenerlibrary, or like our page on Facebook.

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