Lakehead U and Public Library Launch Free In Conversation Talks

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Thunder Bay Public Library
Thunder Bay Public Library

THUNDER BAY – LIVING – Lakehead University and the Thunder Bay Public Library are offering free In Conversation talks with experts who will describe how the internet changed reviews, food control during the First World War, and ergonomics.

On Saturday, Jan. 27 at 2 pm, Dr. Monica Flegel and Dr. Judith Leggatt from Lakehead’s English department will present a talk at the Brodie Library called Fans versus Rotten Tomatoes: How the Internet has Changed Reviewing Culture.

This talk will describe how the democratization of criticism in the digital age has led to clashes between fans, professional critics, and academics over whose opinion should matter most when it comes to popular culture.

On Saturday, March 17 at 2 pm, Beverly Soloway from Lakehead’s History department will give a talk at the Brodie Library called Kitchen Soldiers: Feeding the Home Front in WWI.

During the First World War, the Lakehead – and all of Canada – undertook a plan of food control to provide for overseas soldiers and allies.  This talk looks at how food regulations, thriftiness, and substitutions impacted Lakehead homes including a discussion on food, family meals, and suggested recipes.

On Saturday, April 7 at 2 pm, Dr. Kathryn Sinden from Lakehead’s Kinesiology department will offer a talk at the Waverley Library called Ergonomics and Work: Using research to develop tools and processes that improve worker safety.

The ergonomic chair. The ergonomic mouse. The ergonomic shovel. The list goes on. The word “ergonomic” is used to describe many of the tools used in our daily lives. This In Conversation talk will discuss how research informs ergonomics and work design to reduce risk factors that are linked to workplace injury.