To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial and Guelph’s 190th anniversary, Guelph Museums launches a unique lecture series to reflect on our collective history and the theme of nation building.
Building Canada Lectures, presented in partnership with the University of Guelph, is set for the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at Guelph Civic Museum. May 10, Beth Parker presents, From the Ground Water Up: Exploring the role of water in building Canada and the impact on our future.
Dr. Parker arrived at the University of Guelph in 2007 as a Professor in the School of Engineering with an NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair on Fractured Rock Contaminant Hydrology. Dr. Parker is the founding Director of the G360 Centre for Applied Groundwater Research with more than 45 research staff and graduate students and has more than 30 years of experience as a groundwater professional performing subsurface investigations regarding contaminant behavior in different hydrogeologic systems, especially the role of diffusion on contaminant mobility, attenuation, and remediation performance. Her current research activities emphasize novel field and laboratory measurements that improve characterization of aquitards and groundwater flow systems pertaining to source water protection and risk mitigation strategies. Her novel approach and scientific contributions to subsurface field investigations and monitoring are recognized internationally, resulting in invitations to work collaboratively with industrial site owners, municipalities, consultants and researchers on numerous, complex sites across Canada, USA, Europe, Brazil and recently China.
June 14 Truth and Reconciliation Panel Discussion: Rebuilding Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples.
July 12 Kris Inwood, Making Sense of our Nation: Using the census and historical data to explain who we are and how we live.
August 9 Jeff Thomason, Horse Power: Building Canada on the backs of horses.
September 13 Lawrence Hill, Faction: The merging of fiction and Canadian history
October 11 Dennis Baker, Building Blocks of our Nation: Canada’s constitutional multiplicity
November 8 Why Research Matters, Canada’s Global DNA Detectives panel discussion
December 13 James Raffan, Canada One Five Oh Em Gee: Celebration of nation and community in story and song