Whether they are called Parliaments, National Assemblies, Congress, Shura or Knesset, representative, inclusive parliaments matter. Yet in most parliaments, women remain under-representated with just 23.4% of parliamentarians being women.
While some parliaments are making great progess, in global terms, the rate of increase year over year is just 0.1%.
The death of British MP Jo Cox, and #MeToo revelations in too many of the world’s parliaments, shocked those working on effective parliaments. Some parliaments, notably, Canada, France, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, Bolivia, and the European Parliament are working to change the environment and ensure safe workplaces
Four hundred years ago, humanity’s view of the universe went through a fundamental shift that was, in many senses, bigger than anything that has happened since. Galileo’s discoveries with the new device called the telescope affected not just scientific thinking but passed onward into art, writing, and poetry and has continued up to the present day. In this talk I am going to take us through a brief tour of this remarkable historical bridge across
science and the humanities that has almost no parallels in history.
In 2017, explorer Adam Shoalts embarked on a nearly 4,000 km journey alone across Canada’s Arctic to mark Canada 150. The expedition saw Shoalts travel by canoe and on foot for four months across the world’s greatest wilderness; crossing paths with bears, wolves, and not seeing another human being for months. He will share stories and pictures from his incredible journey, including what it’s like to be alone for months hundreds of miles from any other person, and sleeping alone with hungry bears nearby
Nanotechnology is the understanding and control of matter generally in the 1–100 nm dimension range. Detailed understanding of chemical interactions and recent technological advances have created the possibility of designing nano-structured materials tailored for specific applications. Professor Gu heads an interdisciplinary research group that combines functional polymers and polymer metal oxide materials to solve problems in health and environmental protection. This seminar will showcase several major activities in Gu’s lab for healthcare and environmental remediation applications.
Rapid changes are taking place in how psychologists define mental illness. Historically, mental illness has been defined based on a classification system where different conditions—for example, depression and anxiety—have been defined as discrete diagnoses. However, research on the nature of mental illness has consistently shown that mental disorder does not fall neatly into separate diagnoses but instead runs along a continuum. At the same time, major initiatives have been put forward to redefine mental illness according to neurobiological systems, which have potential to transform understanding of the causes of mental illness and its treatment. In this presentation, Dr. Ruocco will
America has always been known as a melting pot: combining various cultural and ethnic influences into a whole new “identity”. As the one of few musical art forms created in America, Jazz continues this melting pot tradition, bringing together influences of various countries and cultures, from Acadian zydeco, to Brazilian pop, to Afro-Cuban sounds – all existing under the larger “Jazz” umbrella. Join JUNO-nominated vocalist, broadcaster, and educator Heather Bambrick, as she explores the various worlds that help make up the Jazz universe.