ElderCollege Fall 2018 courses

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One-Day Sessions     September     November     Saturday Speakers

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SEPTEMBER COURSES (Sep 10 – Oct 22, 2018)


ONE-DAY SESSIONS (2 – 3 hours each)
Membership Required


NOVEMBER COURSES (October 29 – Dec 10, 2018)



$10 cash/person at the door
Free under 18

Nanoose Place Community Centre
2925 Northwest Bay Road, Nanoose Bay

All talks from 10am to noon. Everyone welcome!

Trump, Populism And Fake News

September 22, 2018

About the talk: This talk will consider the critical question of how the public receives information about political matters. It argues that digital media, in particular, social media, is a disruptive technology. No longer is the mass media – tv, newspapers, radio – dominated by top down, one to many political communications the only game in town. Rather, more players are becoming engaged in political communication and political journalism all with varying effects. Examining the relationship between social media, “fake news” and populism in the Trump 2016 campaign.

Presenter: Jay Smith, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, Athabasca

About the presenter: Peter (Jay) Smith, Phd., recently retired after 36 of teaching and research at Athabasca University. He taught undergraduate and graduate students in the politics of digital media. He has conducted research on both the dark side (eg. surveillance) and the bright side of digital media (democratic empowerment.)


Hungry Canadians, Corporate Charity And The Right To Food

October 13, 2018

About the talk: Discover who is responsible for home-grown hunger when governments ignore international obligations.

Presenter: Graham Riches, PhD, Professor Emeritus UBC School of Social Work

About the presenter: Graham Riches, is emeritus professor of social work at the University of British Columbia. He was a VSO volunteer in Sarawak (1960-61) before studying at Cambridge and LSE, later practicing community work in London and Liverpool (UK) then teaching social policy in social work education in: Hong Kong (HKU), Australia (James Cook University) and Canada at the University of Regina, the University of Northern British Columbia and as a former director of the UBC School of Social Work (1998-2008).

His research lies in the fields of poverty, human rights and social policy principally within Canada and the rich world focusing on the politics of hunger (food insecurity), corporate charity (food banking) and the right to food. His publications include Food Banks and the Welfare Crisis (CCSD,1986); Unemployment and Welfare: Social Policy and the Work of Social Work co-edited with Gordon Ternowetsky (Garamond,   1990); First World Hunger: Food Security and Welfare Politics, ed (Macmillan,1997); Right to Food Case Study: Canada co-authored with D. Buckingham, A. Ostry, R. MacRae (UN FAO, 2004); First World Hunger Revisited: Food Charity or the Right to Food? co-edited with Tiina Silvasti (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014); and Food Bank Nations. Poverty, Corporate Charity and the Right to Food (Routledge, 2018).

He has been an invited speaker at conferences or consultations in Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy (FAO), New Zealand, Spain, Scotland, Sweden, the UK and USA and is active in writing and public speaking within BC, Canada and internationally about domestic hunger, public policy and the human right to food.


Do You Really Need That Pill?

November 17, 2018

About the talk: No pill for every ill. Explore the reasons why we take medications for treating an actual ailment to hoping to prevent an affliction.

Presenters: Dr. Susanne Voetmann & Dr. Diane Wallis

About the presenters: Dr Susanne Voetmann has been a full time family physician on Vancouver Island, practicing long term care and commitment for patients from ages naught to 101.  In the last few years has been focusing on polypharmacy reduction in the fragile elderly.


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