CIFAR-Massey Talk on Science & Society

CIFAR-Massey Talk on Science & Society


How science is transforming the way
we think and the world we live in.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
Debates Room, Hart House
7 Hart House Circle, Toronto
(2nd floor of Hart House, at the centre of the
South side of the building)
5:30 TO 7:30 PM
Lecture, panel discussion and reception

$20 online at
Student price – free admission (registration and ID required)
Please register by September 21, 2015, as seating is limited.


Scholarship is a powerful tool for understanding and shaping our world with profound implications for how we live and think. To explore the connections between research and the broader community and catalyze new ways of thinking, Massey College and CIFAR are launching an annual talk on Science & Society. Each year, speakers will be invited to examine questions of importance to the world that are informed by the rich interplay of ideas between science and culture. To celebrate this inaugural year,
CIFAR President Alan Bernstein will give the first lecture, moderated by Hugh Segal, Master of Massey College, with opening remarks by Lieutenant Governor, The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell. Dr. Bernstein’s lecture will be followed by a panel discussion led by Junior Fellows of Massey College, Maripier Isabelle (Economics) and Trevor Plint (Chemical Engineering).

Inspired by the line “doubt everything” from Bertolt Brecht’s famous play about the life of Galileo, Dr. Bernstein will examine science – its origins, meaning, importance and wonder. Drawing on lessons from the revolution in molecular biology beginning in the mid-20th century, he will explore the importance of scientific questioning and the unique capacity for young minds to dig deep, challenge authority, explore new methodologies and ultimately, contribute to a healthier and more sustainable society.