March 28, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
How Much Vitamin D is Appropriate For Your Bones?
Dr. David Hanley will be presenting on the study that he has been conducting over the past three years with fellow researcher Steven Boyd at U of C to help determine appropriate dosages of Vitamin D that will help build and maintain healthy bones. How much do we need depending on whom we ask is a question that has many definitive answers. Dr. Hanley will help shed some answers to the questions and enlighten us about bone health.
Dr. Hanley is Emeritus Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Oncology and Community Health Services at U of C. Following more studying in the USA he returned to U of C and was Head of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism from 1993-2004 and ws the founder and Medical Director of CHR’s Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease Centre.
His research has focused upon calcium and skeletal metabolism. He is the Calgary centre Director for the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study and has authored or co-authored over 200 manuscripts and papers including articles about Vitamin D Deficiency.
Dr. Hanley has recieved many awards for his service including the Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Osteoporosis Canada.
Wednesday, April 5, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Artificial Intelligence (and Games)
In McKinsey & Company’s Disruptive Technology, technologies containing artificial intelligence (AI) are expected to create tens of trillions of dollars in economic impact by the year 2025. Similarly, Gartner, Inc. lists machine learning (a subset of AI) as one of the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2017. Yet another technology fad? Perhaps, but it is hard to imagine any industry that won’t be affected by software applications with “smart” capabilities.
Jonathan Schaeffer is a Distinguished University Professor of Computing Science at the University of Alberta and is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Science. His research are is artificial intelligence. He is best known for applying his research to computer games. He is the creator of the checkers program Chinook, the first program to win a human world championship in any game. In 2007 he announced that checkers was solved: perfect plays leads to a draw. He is a founder of Onlea (onlea.org), the world’s first MOOC production company.
Panel Discussion: Getting to Know our cSpace Neighbours
Representatives from four organizations who are among CALL’s fellow tenants at c-Space will tell us about their major goals and activities, and discuss ways that we can all begin to work together to create a collaborative community. The organizations represented on the panel will be Alliance Francaise de Calgary; Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society; Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society, and the Rozsa Foundation.
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet some of our fellow c-Space tenants, and to begin a conversation about how we can start working toward the stated goals of cSpace: fostering creativity, community, collaboration, and change.
Tuesday, April 18, 1:30 p.m.
The State of Democracy in Latin America: Lessons for the North
LARC Director Dr. Pablo Policzer is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary. A specialist in comparative politics, his research focuses on the evolution of violent conflict—especially among armed actors such as militaries, police forces, and non-state armed groups—in authoritarian and democratic regimes. He held the Canada Research Chair in Latin American Politics (2005-2015) and is a Fellow at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. He was also an active Fellow at the Latin American Research Centre before being appointed Director in 2015. His book The Rise and Fall of Repression in Chile (Notre Dame University Press, 2009) was named a Choice Magazine "Outstanding Academic Title" and won the 2010 award for best book in Comparative Politics from the Canadian Political Science Association. He obtained his PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his BA (Honours, First Class) in political science from the University of British Columbia.
Common People in Uncommon Times
Reg Brehaut recently spent nearly a year in China interviewing elders about their childhood during the tumultuous times of 1930 to 1990. On this trip, he travelled from the far north-east of China to the extreme south, visiting cities, towns and villages. With the help of many of his former students and many new friends, he was able to collect over 50 interviews of China’s elders recording, in their own words, what life was like for them when they were growing up.
After Reg retired from his Calgary management consulting business, he spent two years as a university-level English teacher in Yantai, Shandong province and while there came to realize how little his students knew of their grandparents’ lives. Reg’s goals were, first, to encourage young people to learn more about their own family history and, second, to produce a book of short readings appropriate for English language learning that did not depend on stories of western life and values.
Reg had previously taught at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal College and SAIT and has conducted training seminars across Canada and the US.
Tuesday, April 25th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Health and Wellness
Rosedale Community Hall, 901 – 11 Ave N.W.
The Age of Love comes to CALL – Seeking Love After 70
The Age of Love,a ground breaking documentary offering a funny and poignant look into the search for love by our older generations is being presented at CALL for the Health and Wellness Speaker’s Series on April 25 at Rosedale Community Centre from 1300-1500.The screening will be followed by a discussion.
The fillm follows the humerous and poignant adventures of thirty Rochester NY seniors who sign up for a first-of-its-kind speed dating event for 70-90 year olds. Fearlessly candid about their needs and desires, these WW11 babies soon discover how the search for love changes-or doesn’t change-from first love to the far reaches of love.
Winner of the NYCs Paley Center Doc Pitch Competition and awarded a Fledging Fund grant for its “potential to change American culture, the Age of Love previewed at the AARP National Expo in Boston and is now rolling out to venues across the US,Europe and now Canada.
The film is presented by Chateau Renoir and The Evergreen, Revera Retirement Residences and is open to both CALL members and the public.
To view the trailer, please visit the film’s website at The Age of Love
Where I Live Now
We are delighted to launch this series with a talk by Sharon Butala, a best-selling, beloved author, visionary and CALL member. Sharon will introduce her new memoir and eighteenth book, Where I Live Now, and talk about her life on the prairie on her husband's cattle ranch, now The Old Man On His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area (OMB). She will explore how this experience made her into a writer of both fiction and nonfiction, chiefly about the rural agricultural people, the women in particular, of the Northern Great Plains of the Canadian West.
Tuesday, May 23, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
“The Gift of Years” in Poetry and Film
Joan Chittister, in her book, The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully, cites 40 “dimensions of the aging process, its purpose and its challenges, its struggles and its surprises, its problems and its potential, its pain and its joys.”
In my observations, the movie industry has addressed many of these dimensions of aging over the years and I have selected 30 tittles released since 2000. The major roles are played by elder actors who exemplify many of the Conscious Aging Concepts along with Qualities of Sages in Service. (handouts will be available). You will have a chance to share your insights with others in the group.
Also, elder actors are featured in a visual essay called Grow Old Along With Me (1999) , integrating commentary and poetry. Concepts such as Happiness; Creativity; Seeing; Death; Being Alone; and Intimacy are addressed beautifully.
Judy Steiert has certification as a Sage-ing Leader with Sage-ing International, Conscious Aging with IONS and in SoulCollage. For 10+ years, Judy has facilitated courses and conference presentations in Conscious Aging in many venues throughout Calgary; Alberta; and in the US. A signature course is Elder Wisdom in Movies where she has presented 11 series. Judy initiated and lead the Calgary Conscious Aging Network (CCAN) 2014-2016 where participants are encouraged to draw from their own life experience to share presentations with the group.
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