CIHR Science Café – Our Environment and Our Health: How ‘Responsibility’ Matters.


Sci Nor Cafe Poster, 2014 April 15

The Centre for Humanities Research and Creativity (CHRC) is pleased to invite you to an upcoming Science Café on “Our health and our environment: How does ‘responsibility’ matter?” to be held on Tuesday 15 April from 7:30-9:30 pm at the Laughing Buddha.

Panelists include science rhetorician Dr. Colleen Derkatch and feminist bioethicist Dr. Meredith Schwartz, both from Ryerson University, Toronto, and also Monique Beaudoin of the Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury.

This event is sponsored by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and it is co-organized with Science North, Interdisciplinary Humanities MA in Interpretation and Values, the Centre for Evolutionary Ecology and Ethical Conservation (CEEEC), and the University of Sudbury’s Ethics Centre.

The event will be held in English.

Thinking Extinction

THINKING EXTINCTION: The Science and Philosophy of Endangered Species and Extinction

We’re pleased to announce an important symposium coming to Laurentian University on the philosophy and science of endangered species and extinctions. On November 14-16, 2013, leading thinkers, researchers, and scientists from Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand will converge to address and discuss a range of theoretical, ethical, political, and conservationist approaches to the crisis of mass extinctions that we are currently witnessing. With finite resources and a seemingly infinite series of conservation problems, including the impending extinction of thousands of species, how do we plan for the conservation of biodiversity? What are the most effective ways to conserve endangered species? Sessions will be held throughout the days along with evening events with Margaret Atwood (Thursday night) and Stuart Pimm (Friday night), and a special roundtable featuring Margaret Atwood, Graeme Gibson, Stuart Pimm, and several of our invited speakers (below).

All speaking events are open to the public on a first-come first-seated basis. Due to the interest our event is receiving, we do have “Registration” available to participate in the Friday and Saturday dinners, as well as the symposium lunches. Registration will guarantee a seat for each selected day. A PDF registration form is available on the Thinking Extinction website. Deadline: October 25, 2013 for the form.

For more information on the symposium, please visit or email For more information on the Margaret Atwood evening, please email

Please click here to have a look at our promotional video too!

Speakers include:

Margaret Atwood
Graeme Gibson
Stuart Pimm (Duke)

Jeffrey Bussolini (CUNY)
Matthew Chrulew (New South Wales)
Eileen Crist (Virginia Tech)
Benjamin Hale (Colorado)
Ursula K. Heise (UCLA)
Marty Leonard (Dalhousie, COSEWIC)
Jacqueline Litzgus (Laurentian)
James Maclaurin (Otago)
Gabriela Mastromonaco (Toronto Zoo)
Arne Mooers (Simon Fraser)
Tom Nudds (Guelph)
Justina Ray (Wildlife Conservation Society Canada)
Deborah Bird Rose (New South Wales)
Ronald Sandler (Northeastern)
Joshua Schuster (Western)
Mick Smith (Queen’s)
H. Peter Steeves (DePaul)
Bridget Stutchbury (York)
Ted Toadvine (Oregon)