Reducing Inequalities (November 7, 6:40 PM, Wolf Performance Hall)

The City Symposium brings together four amazing presenters to speak about the work of reducing inequalities in our community.

Date and Time

Thursday, November 7, 2019
6:40 PM – 9:00 PM EST
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library

Are you coming?


Michael Ciccone is the new CEO and Chief Librarian of the London Public Library (LPL), bringing with him over 20 years of public library leadership experience in various roles in the US and Canada. Prior to joining LPL, Michael was the Executive Director for the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA), a non-profit funded by all levels of government to provide accessible library materials to persons with print disabilities through Canada’s public libraries.

Jenna Rose Sands is a Cree Ojibwe artist who is turning her emotional exhaustion over the current state of Indigenous affairs into informative zines that educate and question widespread prejudice regarding Indigenous people. Focussing each zine on the experiences and stories of Indigenous people who have endured a multitude of atrocities committed by the Canadian government, Jenna Rose is able to pair words with dynamic mixed media works for a final result that is both powerful and visually engaging.

Carolina Cohoon’s combined experience in the fields of Education and Rehabilitation have given her opportunities to advocate for inclusion and accessibility through public education, the development of unique and inclusive programs, and project management. Although she was brought up in a very regimented educational environment, she describes her work as an effort to “get rid of the box” to promote inclusion and equality ever since she left school.

Saverio Stranges is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics within the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, at Western University. Dr. Stranges’ research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of chronic disease and aging, specifically regarding the role of lifestyles, nutritional and psychosocial factors, such as dietary patterns, sleep behaviors and social determinants of health.

Work and Employment

Meet the presenters for the City Symposium on the theme of Work and Employment

Join us at Aeolian Hall on Monday, September 16. Pre-event concert at 6:40 PM. Speakers 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. More details on Eventbrite, Facebook, and in our newsletter.


Clark Bryan

Clark Bryan has performed internationally, recorded 14 CD’s and has been featured on radio and television. As a teacher, Mr Bryan has taught thousands of students, adjudicated more than 60 music festivals coast to coast in Canada, given dozens of workshops and written a book “Gateways to Learning and Memory”. The founder of The Aeolian Performing Arts Centre, Clark believes that everyone should have universal access to music, art and culture. Because of this belief, he launched El Sistema Aeolian in 2011. This free, intensive music program has offered hundreds of children and youth an opportunity to experience the joy of a rich musical experience.

Susana Caxaj

Susana Caxaj is an Assistant Professor at the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at Western University, as well as an Affiliate Professor at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Susana’s research focuses on issues of global health, including the impacts of industry on local communities and migrant health. She also studies indigenous health, health equity, cultural safety, and the responsiveness of health care systems to immigrant populations. Susana has been involved as a grassroots community organizer with local support groups in British Columbia for the past 5 years, seeking to redress the gaps in healthcare access experienced by temporary foreign agricultural workers in the region.

Debbie Laliberte Rudman

Debbie Laliberte Rudman, PhD, OT Reg.(Ont.), is a Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University. Debbie is member of the executive team of Western’s Research Centre on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CRHESI) and a fellow with the University of Toronto’s Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research. Debbie’s research investigates the socio-political shaping of health and social inequities, such as those associated with long-term unemployment, precarious work, and with disability in later life, placing these in relation to neoliberalism and other broader socio-political forces.

Carol Stewart

Carol Stewart arrived in London in 1994, “just passing through” for graduate school at Western. She’s still here, thanks in large part to the London community and its citizens which offer many reasons for visitors to stay a little (or a lot) longer. Today, as Project Manager for Employment Sector Council (ESC), Carol works closely with dozens of employment service provider organizations and community partners to develop and deliver integrated and community-based approaches to London’s regional workforce success. For more than a decade, she has been surrounded and supported by the best: a collaborative network of employment sector champions offering many lessons on seamless, diverse, and inclusive employment and training services for our job seekers, our students, and our employers who seek always-evolving workers’ talents and skills.

Canada’s Response to the Opioid Crisis

Over the next two Mondays, Curious Public at Central Library is hosting community events — including a student debate — on issues surrounding drug policy in Canada.

First, a panel discussion featuring leading experts on drug policy, public health, and intervention strategies. We’ll dig into the complexities and controversies of how we legislate and control drugs of all kinds in Canada. Monday, January 22, 2018, 7:00 pm at Central Library (Second Floor). See full event details and panelist bios.

Second, a public debate featuring students from the UWO Debate SocietyMonday, January 29, 2018, 7:00 pm, at Central Library (Second Floor). The motion: the Canadian government has not done its due diligence in responding to the opioid crisis. See full event details and debater bios.

Questions? Email

Meet the Panelists

On Monday — tomorrow! — Wolf Hall Debates is honoured to host an eminent brain trust of thinkers, who together will speculate about the future of Canada.

If you’d like to learn more about the panelists ahead of tomorrow’s event, check out some of their recent work below. Looking forward to seeing you at the Wolf Performance Hall tomorrow evening. (More event information)

Writing and interviews from author and historian Erna Paris:

Syndicated articles from journalist Stephanie Levitz‘s Populism Project series:

Writing by professor and scholar Ingrid Mattson:

Writing by professor and scholar Anton Allahar:

Academic articles by (or with contributions from) professor and scholar Victoria Esses:

More info about the event on Monday, May 29:


Canada vs Populism?

In one week from today, we will gather to ask the burning question of our moment in history: will populist, anti-immigration sentiments take hold of Canadian politics?


Be sure to check out the event details and panelist biographies for our May 29th debate. We have an incredible lineup of speakers who will bring a breadth of perspectives to the issue.


For your consideration…

Some thought-provoking theories and analyses on the roots, impact, and future of populism around the world:

Be it resolved, the liberal international order is over…”
“Since the end of World War II, global affairs have been shaped by the increasing free movement of people and goods, international rules setting, and a broad appreciation of the mutual benefits of a more interdependent world. Together these factors defined the liberal international order and sustained an era of rising global prosperity and declining international conflict. But now, for the first time in a generation, the pillars of the liberal internationalism are being shaken to their core by the reassertion of national borders, national interests, and nationalist politics across the globe. Can liberal internationalism survive these challenges and remain the defining rules-based system of the future? Or, are we witnessing the beginning of the end of the liberal international order?”

The Rise of the Anti-Establishment: Where do we go from here?
“When the housing crisis blew up in 2008, people started to understand that there were fundamental flaws in the economy. As the government bailed out the banks, Americans began to see the unfairness of the economic system…”

Globalized Anger: The Enlightenment’s Unwanted Child
“We should really look at the modern world as constituted by sameness and similarity rather than religious, cultural, theological difference… We have to move away from thinking of terror or violence as being specific to a particular religious community, or a particular part of the world. We have seen this over and over again erupt in all parts of the world. And we have to locate the sources of this violence in specific social, economic factors: we cannot really bring in religious scriptures, or indeed stereotypes about religious communities into our frameworks of analysis. If we do that, we are making a huge mistake.”

The Populist Revolt
“Several decades of greater economic and cultural openness in the West have not benefited all our citizens. David Goodhart argues that among those who have been left behind, a populist politics of culture and identity has successfully challenged the traditional politics of Left and Right. He suggests that a new division has been created: between the mobile ‘achieved’ identity of the people from Anywhere, and the marginalised, roots-based identity of the people from Somewhere.”

Will a populist anti-immigration agenda come to Canada?

Greetings from Wolf Hall Debates,

Our next event at the Wolf Performance Hall will take place on Monday, May 29th, 2017 (6:30pm pre-event concert).

The question on the floor: Will a populist, anti-immigration agenda come to Ottawa in 2019? Probably yes? or, Probably no? As we’ve seen populist sentiment sweep across the United States and Europe, we wonder: will Canada be different?

Once again, we have assembled an incredible ‘brain trust’ of scholars and thinkers, who will lead us through a nuanced discussion of the possibilities, probabilities, and potentialities of Canada’s future.

Speakers at a glance:

  • Anton Allahar is Professor of Sociology at Western University, where he studies economic development, globalization and democracy, and ethnic and racial relations.
  • Victoria Esses is Professor of Psychology at Western University, where she studies prejudice and discrimination in attitudes toward immigrants and immigration.
  • Stephanie Levitz (@stephanielevitz) is a journalist and Parliament Hill reporter at The Canadian Press, where she covers federal politics, immigration and refugee policy.
  • Ingrid Mattson (@IngridMattson) is the London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College, where she teaches and writes about Qur’an interpretation, Islamic theological ethics, and interfaith relations.
  • Erna Paris is a historian and award-winning author of seven works of nonfiction. Her most recent book is From Tolerance to Tyranny: A Cautionary Tale from Fifteenth-Century Spain.

Read more about the speakers and guest artists, and let us know if you are coming.

Also, be sure to connect with this event on Facebook.

Designer Babies: A Public Student Debate at Western University

Should we prohibit the genetic enhancement of fetuses? UWO’s Debate Society and Students for Partners in Health have collaborated to hold a show debate for the public. Curious about the ethical and philosophical implications of genetic engineering? Join us on Thursday, January 26, at 6 PM, at UWO Social Science Centre, Room 2032.

Debate Motion: “In a world where genetic technologies allow for the modification of fetuses for traits like strength and intelligence, this house would prohibit the genetic enhancement of fetuses.”

The event features:

  1. Audience pre- and post-debate vote
  2. Two teams from UWO Debate Society present their case for and against this resolution
  3. Critique from Students for Partners in Health
  4. Audience Q and A
  5. Refreshments and baked goods fundraiser (all proceeds going to Partners in Health global health programs)
  6. Optional social off-campus (details TBA)

Cast your pre-debate vote.

Learn more at the Designer Babies event Facebook page.

This student event is organized by the UWO Debate Society and Students for Partners in Health.

Revisit the last debate … and get ready for another one!

If you missed our debate about political correctness, now is your chance to watch and listen to the conversation in its entirety: the full video of the event is now available. This debate — filmed shortly before the American presidential election — is as pertinent as ever, with all sides making extremely relevant points regarding the social and political climate of our times. (Thank you once again to everyone who made this event possible. We, as a community, are richer for the experience.)

You might also be interested in some of these follow up resources:

Mark your calendars for our next debate: Monday, April 10, 2017, at 7pm. Watch this space for upcoming announcements and get ready for another thought-provoking evening at the Wolf Performance Hall!

Wolf Hall Debates: Political Correctness was made possible by:


TONIGHT: The Political Correctness Debate

What happens when you let four debaters, three respondents, two graphic recorders, a filmmaker, and a musician loose in the Wolf Performance Hall? We’re about to find out! This evening, Wolf Hall Debates tackles the motion: Be it resolved that political correctness has gone too far.

Doors open & pre-debate concert with exceptionally talented Michael Trudgeon

Oxford-style debate (learn more about the structure of the debate format)

Here is more information about the venue, location, and parking.

Please remember: All events by Wolf Hall Debates are free, public, and open to everyone. Seats cannot be reserved in advance and no registration is required. It is highly recommended that you arrive early. We anticipate reaching maximum venue capacity this evening. Thank you for your understanding.

Tonight’s debate will be filmed and made freely available online in a few weeks.