25 anniversary badgeThe Sunday Lecture Series:

The Sunday Lecture Series features guest speakers who share their knowledge and areas of expertise with participants. Each lecture is followed by a question period. We always welcome suggestions from our members for topics.

For information on The Sunday Lecture Series, please contact: Gerard Chouest 613-549-3089

Tuesday Discussion:

Tuesday Discussion details are below. Individual participants speak on their special areas of interest and invite discussion. 


Download a copy of the full program for both here.

Download a copy of the Fall 2018 Application form here.

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Sunday Lecture Series - Fall 2018
(Room 101 Goodes Hall)

September 9
QUILL Celebrates 25 Years of Lifelong Learning
Tom Harris, Interim Provost, Vice Principal (Academic), Queen’s University
I Walk on This Land as a Treaty Person: Language, Land and Identity as a Settler Canadian  Jill Scott, Vice-Provost, Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures and Culture, Queen’s University

September 16*
Keeping It In The Family: The Experience of Writing “Emancipation Day” and “Up From Freedom”
Wayne Grady, Author, Kingston

September 23
Smart Machines: A New Vision of Human Potential or Just More of the Same Old?
Merlin Donald, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Education, Queen’s University

September 30
A Visit to City Point Civil War Park: Headquarters of Ulysses S. Grant
Tarun Roy, Scientist (Retired), Kingston

October 7
Thanksgiving – no lecture

October 14
Who Are We? Our Personal Identity and Its Historical Context
David Russo, Professor Emeritus of History, McMaster University, Hamilton

October 21
Reading Indigenously: Cultivating Indigenous Relationships and Literature Through the Public Library
Jacob Miller, Kingston Frontenac Public Library Outreach

October 28
Urban Nature Conservation: Attracting and Understanding the Wild Bird in Your Backyard
Paul Oliver, Owner, Urban Nature Store, Kingston

November 4
Local Boy Makes Good: Edward “Eddie” Robert Peacock (Qu MA 1894) Finds Fame and Fortune in London
Duncan McDowall, University Historian and Adjunct Professor of History, Queen’s University

November 11
Of Plagues and Vampires: Believable Myths and Unbelievable Facts from Medical Practice
Michael Hefferon, Author, Pediatrician (Retired), Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Oncology, Queen’s University

November 18 Program Change: We will show the film The Prison in Twelve Landscapes
Lemkin’s Legacy: The Passage into Law of the UN’s (1948) Genocide Convention
Michael Kocsis, Adjunct Professor, Utica College, Master of Laws Student, Queen’s University

November 25
Kingston During the American Civil War
Bruce Cossar, Academic Librarian, Presbyterian Minister (Retired), Kingston

December 2
A Walk in Longwood Gardens, PA, and Albuquerque, NM
Peter Ashley, PhD, Queen’s University, Alcan Research, Norton Co. (Retired)

*This lecture is presented with the financial assistance of the Canadian Council through the Writers’ Union of Canada


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Tuesday Discussion - Fall 2018

September 11
What Did You Read This Summer?
Group Discussion

September 18
Field Trip: Meet at Kingston City Hall 1:30 pm
Tour and Discussion

September 25
Eileen: The Making of Orwell
Presented by Author Sylvia Topp

October 2
What Were You Doing When ‘Such and Such’ Happened?
Group Discussion

October 9
Thanksgiving – no meeting

October 16
According to Marshall McLuhan “Art is whatever you say it is” or “Anything you can get away with”
Group Discussion

October 23
Your Smartphone Is Making You Stupid, Antisocial and Unhealthy
Group Discussion

October 30
Whatever Happened to the Art of Conversation?
Group Discussion

November 6
How Confident Are You of Your News Sources, or Does It Matter?
Group Discussion

November 13
Technical Advance by Itself Creates More Problems Than It Solves
Group Discussion

November 20
Do Political Parties Matter Any More to the Masses?
Group Discussion

November 27
What Is ‘The Middle Class’ and Who Is ‘The Little Guy’?
Group Discussion

December 4
Is Religion Understated in Dealing With Social Problems?
Group Discussion


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