Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism Features Emily Bell, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism @ Kinsella Auditorium
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism Features Emily Bell, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism Features Emily Bell, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

When: September 26, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Where: Kinsella Auditorium, STU

Leading commentator and digital journalism strategist Emily Bell will deliver this year’s Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism.

The lecture will be held on Thursday, September 26 at 7 pm in the Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall.  The lecture will be recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio’s Ideas.

Bell’s career as a journalist began with Big Farm Weekly in 1987, a position she held for one year before moving on to Campaign, a publication on media and advertising. In 1990, Bell joined The Observer as a business reporter and was later named business editor. The majority of her career was spent at Guardian News and Media in London working as an award-winning writer and editor both in print and online. As editor-in-chief across The Guardian websites and director of digital content for Guardian News and Media, Bell led the web team in pioneering live blogging, multimedia formats, data and social media, and made The Guardian a recognized pioneer in the field.

She is currently a professor of professional practice at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is the founding director of Columbia’s Tow Centre for Digital Journalism. The Tow Center has rapidly built an international reputation for research into the intersection of technology and journalism. She is a member of Columbia Journalism Review’s board of overseers and has served as chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on social media.

Bell is co-author of Post Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present (2012) and co-editor of Journalism After Snowden: The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State (2017). She delivered the Reuters Memorial Lecture in 2014, the Hugh Cudlipp Lecture in 2015, and was the 2016 Humanitas Visiting Professor in Media at the University of Cambridge.

Follow her on Twitter: @EmilyBell

Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights at STU @ Kinsella Auditorium at St. Thomas University
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Award-Winning Author Marina Nemat to Deliver Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights

October 3, 2019
Award-Winning Author Marina Nemat to Deliver Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights


Award-winning author Marina Nemat will deliver the Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 7 pm in the Kinsella Auditorium at St. Thomas University.

In her talk “Who is the Enemy?,” she will speak about her arrest, torture, and imprisonment in Iran when she was a teenage prisoner of conscience.

“From that personal story, I will draw general conclusions regarding how easy it is to justify violence against perceived enemies within or outside our borders. I will also speak about the dangers of resorting to violence to solve problems and will explain how we need to learn from the past to make “never again” a reality,” Nemat said.

“Racism and extreme nationalism are on the rise worldwide. In order to prevent more massacres and loss of life, we need to learn from the past by creating practical principals that will protect our humanity and would not allow wrongs to mascaraed are rights. This might sound complicated, but it is not.”

Marina Nemat was born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, she was arrested at the age of sixteen and spent more than two years in Evin, a political prison in Tehran, where she was tortured and came very close to execution. She came to Canada in 1991 and has called it home ever since.


Her memoir of her life in Iran, Prisoner of Tehran, was published in Canada by Penguin Canada in 2007, has been published in 28 other countries, and has been an international bestseller.


In 2007, Marina received the inaugural Human Dignity Award from the European Parliament and, in 2008, the prestigious Grinzane Prize in Italy. She was the recipient of the Morris Abram Human Rights Award from UN Watch in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2014. In 2008/2009, she was an Aurea Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College, where she wrote her second book, After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed, published in 2010.


Marina sits on the Board of Directors at the CCVT (Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture) and Vigdis, a Norwegian charitable organization that provides legal and other forms of assistance to female political prisoners around the world. In addition, she is the chair of the Writers in Exile Committee at PEN Canada, a member of the International Council of the Oslo Freedom Forum, and has been a volunteer at her church’s Refugee Committee since 2010.


She has a Certificate in Creative Writing from the School of Continuing Studies at University of Toronto and currently teaches memoir writing at the SCS. In 2014, she was a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award at the School. Occasionally, she writes book reviews and opinion pieces for the Globe and Mail and other publications.


About Dr. Bernie Vigod

Dr. Bernie Vigod was a lifelong advocate of human rights. An outstanding teacher and scholar, he was a professor of History at the University of New Brunswick as well as Associate Dean of University’s School of Graduate Studies at the time of his death in 1988. Dr. Vigod served the cause of human rights with distinction. He spoke and published extensively on human rights issues. Dr. Vigod also acted as an advisor to public officials on human rights issues and took a leading role in organizations dedicated to promoting human rights. This lecture series is dedicated to his memory and features distinguished speakers on a wide range of human rights issues.

Creamer Lecture – “Don’t Fall for it: Falls can be prevented” @ Kinsella Auditorium
Oct 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Creamer Lecture – “Don’t Fall for it: Falls can be prevented” by Dr. Dennis Caine, University of North Dakota

October 7, 2019
Creamer Lecture – “Don’t Fall for it: Falls can be prevented” by Dr. Dennis Caine, University of North Dakota

4:00 PM

Kinsella Auditorium

This year’s Creamer Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Dennis Caine, Professor Emeritus of Kinesiology and Public Health at the University of North Dakota. The lecture, “Don’t fall for it: Falls can be prevented” will be held in the Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall on Monday, Oct. 7 at 4:00 pm. Dr. Caine will discuss fall risk and prevention in older adults.

Dr. Caine has a PhD in Lifespan Motor Development and Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Oregon. His research interests include injury epidemiology, effects of injury on growth and aging, and resistance training in older adults. He has published eight co-edited books, more than 80 articles/chapters, and served as guest editor on international journals. He is currently co-editor of the book series Medicine and Sport Science and has served on editorial boards for the British Journal of Sports MedicineClinical Journal of Sport Medicine, and Research in Sports Medicine.

He has taught courses on physical activity and aging, physical activity epidemiology, and lifespan motor development at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  He also initiated the development of a Gerontology Certificate Program at Western Washington University and a B.Sc. in Public Health Education at the University of North Dakota.

Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami at STU @ Kinsella Auditorium
Oct 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

McKenna Centre Distinguished Speaker Series – Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

October 10, 2019
McKenna Centre Distinguished Speaker Series – Natan Obed, President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

7:30 PM

Kinsella Auditorium

Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, which represents the more than 60,000 Inuit people living in Canada, will deliver a public lecture on Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 pm in the Kinsella Auditorium as part of the McKenna Centre Distinguished Speaker Series.

Obed has devoted his career to working with Inuit representational organizations to improve the well-being of Inuit in Canada. After graduating university, he returned to Canada to work at ITK in Ottawa before returning to Labrador to work for the Labrador Inuit Association. For 10 years, he lived in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and worked as the Director of Social and Cultural Development for Nunavut Tunngavik, the organization that represents the rights of Nunavut Inuit. He also served on the board of Tumikuluit Siapaaqivik, an Inuktitut-language daycare in Iqaluit.

About Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK)

ITK is the national representational organization protecting and advancing the rights and interests of Inuit in Canada. It works to improve the health and wellbeing of Inuit and its activities include research, advocacy, public outreach, and education. It works with the four Inuit regions to present unified priorities in Ottawa. Most Inuit live in 53 communities spread across the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (Northwest Territories), Nunavut, Nunavik (Northern Quebec), and Nunatsiavut (Northern Labrador) in an area called Inuit Nunangat. This area encompasses roughly 35 percent of Canada’s landmass and 50 percent of its coastline.

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami means “Inuit are united in Canada”.

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