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Dialogues & Workshops

THEMUSEUM, which has built a reputation on provoking conversation with its relevant and often controversial exhibitions, present dynamic dialogues on select Wednesdays during the year.

Upcoming Dialogues

The BRAIN Dialogues

The Neuroscience of Groove

February 6 POSTPONED – NEW DATE, February 20

The fourth instalment in the Brain Dialogue Series is all about music! Music has a long history that is richly associated with movement. Mothers sing while rocking their infants, marching bands step together while they play, and concert-goers bop and sway with the music and one-another. Music can even create a desire to move that is often irresistible. This quality of music—*groove*—makes listening both enjoyable and motivating. What is it about music that makes us want to move? What happens in the brain when we feel the urge tap our feet?

Gabe Nespoli received his Ph.D. from Ryerson University in 2018, studying neuroscience, music, and groove.

Join us for a free evening, with a suggested donation of $7.


Past Dialogues

Learn How Your Brain Really Works, and How to Use it to Enrich Your Life

January 9, 2019

Learn how your brains really work, and how this knowledge can best be used to improve almost every aspect of life! Jake Robinet explains what tangible things we can do every day to drastically improve our ability and well-being.

Jake Robinet is the owner and operator of Open Mind brain training, which provides NeurOptimal® neurofeedback sessions and has a background in kinesiology, nutrition and certified personal training.

Join us for a free evening, with a suggested donation of $7.

Traumatic Brain Injury 101: Understanding the Basics and How to Help

December 5, 2018

Traumatic brain injury (TBI), is a leading cause of disability in Canada and is more prevalent than breast cancer, spinal cord injury, HIV/AIDS, and multiple sclerosis combined. Despite its prevalence, a lack of knowledge and understanding of TBI often leads to misdiagnosis and inadequate support. This results in higher rates of mental illness, poverty, unemployment, and homelessness. Lin Haag, a PhD student at Wilfrid Laurier University, hopes to raise awareness by helping people understand the cause of TBI, how it can be identified and what the road to recovery looks like, including the unique challenges experienced by girls, women and people in vulnerable positions.

Join us for a free evening, with a suggested donation of $7.

Building a Resilient Mind

November 7, 2018

The Brain Dialogues and Workshops series begins with Ben Fanelli, an ex-Ontario Hockey League captain, brain injury survivor, philanthropist, and podcast host. Ben will share his story: he woke up in the hospital, was told his brain was bleeding and that he was lucky to be alive. His long and inspirational journey to recovery has made him who he is today. Through anecdotes, research, and behavioural concepts, Ben will outline how Stoicism and Buddhism helped him build a resilient mind.

A Cultural Exchange 7.0

October 3, 2018

A Cultural Exchange 7.0 will be held in the atrium on Wednesday, October 3 at 6:45pm. Local candidates from Wards 9 and 10, as well as those running for Regional Chair and Kitchener Mayor, have been invited to discuss how best to support the local arts and culture scene.

INTERACTION Dialogue: Learning Through Play

May 9, 2018

Get involved with four experts in digital media and game studies as the discussion covers the cultural, educational, social and political role of games and gameplay in our lives. Topics include digital literacy skills, creating and playing games critically, and learning through play. Presented in partnership with UWaterloo Games Institute.

INTERACTION Dialogue: Meet the Curator with Jane Tingley

February 7, 2017

Join us with the co-curator of INTERACTION, Jane Tingley, as she walks us through the creative process of developing an interactive art exhibition. Explore her personal experience, and get an inside look at the exhibition as she walks us through the show.

MANN: A Short Film by Kyle Sawyer and Director Q&A

The Model Citizens Dialogues will consist of speakers, panels and films to complement these two contemporary exhibitions that aim to engage the community in a discussion around the impact of technology on our shared social experiences, including a screening of the short film, Mann, followed by a Q&A with Kyle Sawyer, the film’s director.

Life Asks™ Community Pop-Up Conversations

What stories can we tell each other that will make a difference to the way we live, work, do business, launch innovative projects, and interact together in community? And how can we make these stories go viral? Join us for a Pop-Up on Community Conversations.

#MeTooIsntEnough: A Part of The Model Citizens Dialogue Series

Moderated by Julie Barker-Merz, Community leader in support of women in business and gender parity. Hashtags are easy, cultural change is hard. What concrete actions can bring gender equality to our region? 

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