Discover new ideas. Challenge your opinions. Explore current events. Come listen to experts in their respective fields speak about topics that relate to issues we are facing in our lives, our community, and our world.

The lectures are held at the John Elliott Theatre and run for one hour. Tickets are available through the John Elliott Theatre box office and are free of charge.  

Recordings of select virtual lectures are also available on our HHPL YouTube channel

The 2022-2023 Halton Hills Lecture Series schedule:

Jackson's Wars

Tuesday, October 4, 2022at 7:30p.m. Free tickets available through the John Elliott Theatre box office. 

As a founding member of the Group of Seven, A.Y. Jackson fought many wars in his crucial formative years: against critics, fellow artists, and Canada’s collecting class, to name just a few opponents. But he also fought a literal war, as a soldier in the Canadian army in World War I. Historian and landscape artist Douglas Hunter explores Jackson’s many battles in founding the Group of Seven and his experiences as both a soldier and war artist. 

Program offered in partnership with CFUW-Georgetown. 

Eco-anxiety to Eco(h)ope: A Framework for Facing Our Uncertain Future

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 7:30p.m. Free tickets available through the John Elliott Theatre box office. 

Canadians are becoming aware of the potential – and in many instances already present – threats to our environment brought on by climate change, leading many to experience some form of eco-anxiety or even despair. Youth in particular are experiencing anger and frustration. These emotions are all quite understandable and, in some instances, even appropriate. However, left alone, these emotions can lead to despair, inaction, or even depression. 

Join Simon Appolloni, professor of environmental studies at University of Toronto, as he discusses eco(h)ope, a term he utilizes that encapsulates notions of coping and hoping amidst despair. By changing how we engage with the world around us, we can channel potentially negative emotions so that we can develop some form of resilience within us and hope. 

Postponed: The Impact of Fast Fashion and Living a Zero Waste Lifestyle

This lecture will be rescheduled in 2023.

In a world that is increasingly centered on rampant consumerism, particularly in areas such as fast fashion, the zero waste movement challenges individuals to be more conscious about the impact of their behaviour as consumers. Join Tara McKenna, author of Don't Be Trashy: A Practical Guide to Living with Less Waste and More Joy, and creator of The Zero Waste Collective lifestyle blog, to learn more about the issue of waste, her personal journey with reducing waste, and tips for becoming a more conscious consumer. 

Climate Change and Your Health

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 7:30p.m. Free tickets available through the John Elliott Theatre box office.  

Climate Change impacts human health in numerous ways from disruptions caused by the physical, environmental and biological systems. Warm temperatures, extreme weather, changes in precipitation and rising sea levels can have serious impacts on our health affecting our food supply, drinking water and air quality, the very basic parameters of our physical and mental health. Through this presentation we will learn how climate change is impacting us locally and how we can prepare ourselves to deal with its impacts. 

Program offered in partnership with Credit Valley Conservation.

Cyber-Security and Identity Theft

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 7:30p.m. Free registration available through the program calendar. 

Christine Allum is Senior Advisor, Investor Engagement and Stakeholder Partnerships in the Investor Office at the Ontario Securities Commission. She partners with various groups and organizations to deliver investor education and fraud prevention workshops. Prior to joining the OSC, she worked at the Toronto Stock Exchange.  Christine has expertise in adult training, curriculum resource development, event management, relationship management and community outreach.  

Christine will provide information about common types of fraud, warning signs of fraud, questions to ask when working with a financial representative, what to do if you have a problem and where to find additional information. 

Program offered in partnership with CFUW-Georgetown. 

More lectures to be announced. Check back for updates. 

The 2022-2023 Halton Hills Lecture Series is made possible through the generous support of our partners.