10.07.2010

Upcoming Lectures at the Centre For Inquiry

Lecture: Competing Notions of Feminism in Islam
 

WHEN: Friday, October 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm

WHERE: Centre for Inquiry Ontario, 216 Beverley Street (Just South of College and St. George)

COST: $5, $4 for students, FREE for CFI members

Does Islam accord women rights and privileges equal to men? Many wince at such suggestions but the majority of Muslims-- women included, often assert that their faith treats them with kindness, respect and civility. Many go as far as to assert that Muslim women must resort to the Koran itself to regain their long lost position of privilege in Muslim society. 
In this lecture, Farzana Hassan attempts to investigate the validity of these claims in light of the canonical texts of Islam, and whether Muslim attitudes on these issues are based on an outdated understanding of equality, privilege and human rights.


Speaker Bio
Farzana Hassan is an author ("Prophecy and the Fundamentalist Quest", "Islam Women and the Challenges of Today", and "Echoes from the Abyss"), a Freelance writer, Radio Program Host, musician, and a women's rights activist who earned an MBA from the University of Massachusetts. She recently completed her Doctorate in Education.

  Lecture: The Promise of New Worlds with Paul Delaney
 

WHEN: Friday, October 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm

WHERE: Centre for Inquiry Ontario, 216 Beverley Street (Just South of College and St. George)

COST: $5, $4 for students, FREE for CFI members

 
Since 1995, over 450 new exo-planets have been discovered. When the Kepler space probe was launched in April 2009, many expected hundreds of new worlds to be discovered in its 4 year lifespan. It appears that hundreds of exo-planets may have been found within the first months of its mission, suggesting that planets are more common than we had thought or dared hope. In this talk, Astronomy and Physics Professor Paul Delaney discusses the exploding field of exo-planetary astronomy, what we can expect in the coming months and its implication for life within our galaxy.

Speaker Bio:
Paul Delaney has been a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at York University since 1986. He is the Coordinator of the campus Astronomical Observatory and the Director of the Division of Natural Science. From 1995 to 2001 he was the Chair of Access York and was again its Acting Chair from 2009 through 2010. He is a passionate educator and delights in discussing the wonders of the universe with people of all ages.

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