Two events coming up in McLaughlin Lunch Talk Series

McLaughlin Lunch Talk Series
McLaughlin Lunch Talk Series

The popular McLaughlin Lunch Talk Series has added two more events to this month’s schedule, on Nov. 9 and 21.

All events run from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Senior Common Room, 140 McLaughlin College, and everyone is welcome to attend.

Nov. 9 – Here’s to Heros!

As Canada commemorates the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, this talk will highlight the military involvement of Canadian Armed Forces since the Boer War. Using stories from family history and first-person accounts from both the front lines and the home front, it will delve into the history of the Canadian military, the ideas of service and sacrifice, and the impact on real people in our society. The talk will be presented by George Blake (BA ’09, MA ’13), a York University and Royal Military College of Canada alumnus, and Ian Greene, former master of McLaughlin College (2004-09 and 2011-13), whose father was a soldier at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917 and later served with the Royal Flying Corps. In addition to the talk, there will be an exhibition of authentic military artifacts dating from the Boer War to present day.

Nov. 21 – What Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro Taught Me About Teaching and Learning

This past August, Peter Constantinou, a faculty member in York University’s School of Public Policy and Administration with over 24 years of experience in teaching, fulfilled a lifelong dream to climb Africa’s highest mountain. From this expedition and his work with experiential education, he has concluded that without the possibility of failure there is little opportunity to learn and grow. His experience and research shows that when students feel pressure in experiential education activities, their performance improves. In this talk, Constantinou will discuss his adventure and all that it taught him about teaching and learning.

Light refreshments will be provided at the events. For more information, contact Vicky Carnevale at ext. 33824 or