Thompson Rivers University

Little lectures return to Paramount

March 14, 2023

KAMLOOPS — A new lecture series by Thompson Rivers University (TRU) faculty that focuses on issues of human rights and social justice has returned for a second year.

Little Lectures, Big Ideas debuted in spring of 2022 as a community event tied to the launch of the university’s new Master of Arts in Human Rights and Social Justice program. The lectures are short in duration but pack a solid punch in terms of information and expertise being shared with the audience.

The event is free to everyone who wants to attend; a drink and light snacks are provided. Space is limited, so please register through Eventbrite to reserve a seat.

Date: Thursday, March 23
Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Location: Paramount Theatre – 503 Victoria Street, Kamloops

This year’s speakers are:

Dr. Jenni M. Karl — Building Brains from Behaviour: Insights from Sensorimotor Development
Discover how skilled sensorimotor behaviors in children are reflected in neural organization. Dr. Karl will delve into her research on child development using high-speed motion capture, eye-tracking, and brain imaging technology, and discuss both typical and atypical patterns of development. 

Dr. Nicholas (Nick) Hrynyk — Queer Fear and Resilience: Exploring 2SLGBTQIA+ Anticipations of Violence
Learn about the history of violence against queer communities and how they have responded with resilience and resistance. Dr. Nicholas will examine the intersection of queer fear and community resilience, and how this can bridge the gap between experiences of queer community members and policy makers’ goals.

Dr. Benjamin Woodford — John Milton’s Vision of Freedom: A Historical and Literary Perspective
Assistant Professor Benjamin Woodford will discuss John Milton’s concept of freedom as it appears in his poetry and prose. Explore the historical context of Milton’s work and how it reflects his vision of a just and free society and discover how his vision continues to inspire and challenge us today.

Dr. Rochelle Stevenson — The Human-Animal Connection: Exploring Interpersonal and Animal Violence
Join Dr. Rochelle Stevenson as she examines the important relationship between humans and animals, particularly at the intersection of interpersonal and animal violence. Drawing on her research on animal abuse and mistreatment, Dr. Stevenson will discuss how we can work towards a more just and compassionate society.

Little Lectures, Big Ideas is presented by TRU Alumni and the TRU Faculty of Arts.

Kim Van Haren, Communications Content Specialist
University Relations, Thompson Rivers University
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