Monday, December 12, 2011 | Categories: Coming Up |
Tuesday, December 13
ALL IN THE FAMILY
Alcoholism. Respiratory disease. Cancer. Obesity. We're told that these can be the results of genetics, stress and poor nutrition. But in recent years, an extraordinary, retrospective study reveals that childhood abuse may lie at the core of some diseases that show up in middle-aged adults. IDEAS producer Mary O'Connell talks to Dr. Vincent Felitti about the physiological results of psychological trauma.
Wednesday, December 14
Arthur Koestler was a controversial journalist and thinker. He witnessed many of the twentieth century's great upheavals, wars and revolutions. His influential anti-communist novel, Darkness at Noon, made him an international celebrity. Koestler's personal life was chaotic and makes for a compelling story as told by his biographer Michael Scammell.
Thursday, December 15
WILD JOURNEY: THE ANNE INNIS STORY
At the age of 23, Anne Innis was the first person to study African wildlife in its natural habitat. She blazed a trail that was distinctly Canadian, like her father, the political economist, Harold Innis. Sandy Bourque's documentary, told through Anne's eyes, is the story of one woman's courage and determination to study wild giraffe in South Africa in the 1950s. She offers a provocative witness to the terrible ease and disturbing normality of what would later come to be known as apartheid.
Friday, December 16
The world feels like a kind of Rube Goldberg device - an intricate and complicated system delivering very modest results. People despair of social systems ever working properly, but maybe complexity is a good thing. A Calgary Institute for the Humanities Community Forum loosens a few knots.