Beyond the Walls

Beyond the Walls is a public discussion series organized by the Faculty of Social Science and Humanitiesin collaboration with Oshawa Public Libraries. Engage with others through live, interactive discussions on local and global topics, guided by a short expert talk. 

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Fall 2022 Topics

Turning the Page: Libraries in the 21st Century - October 20, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Libraries are an essential part of our communities, colleges, and universities. How did libraries start, and how are they changing in the digital era? What’s the connection between community and university libraries? What can your local libraries do for you?  Join us for an evening of library lore, and learn more about why you definitely want to have a library card!


  • Vickie Albrecht, Manager, Durham Campus Library & Learning Centre (Trent University)
  • Jennifer Gardner, Manager, Community Engagement, Programming and Jess Hann Branch (Oshawa Public Libraries)
  • David Luinstra, Branch Manager, McLaughlin Branch (Oshawa Public Libraries)
  • Emily Tufts, Associate University Librarian, Scholarly Resources (Ontario Tech Library)

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Working to Address Opioid Overdoses in Durham Region - November 10, 2022 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Durham Region Health Department Public Health Nurses and Durham Region Opioid Task Force members will come together to share information about the local Opioid Response Plan and activities currently underway to help address opioid overdoses in Durham Region. Join us on November 10th to hear Dr. Steven Hayle from Ontario Tech University facilitate a conversation amongst panel members. Register here

Role-Playing Games and Social Justice - December 15, 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

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Previous Topics

  • Happiness - Why do we have emotions?:  View it here
  • Mapping Transnational Environmental Crime:  View it here
  • One Does Not Simply Stop Using: The Importance of Withdrawal in Discussion of Addiction Treatment and Harm Reduction:  View it here
  • Picture This:  Image Reuse and Sleuthing:  View it here
  • Identifying Tactics of Power and Control that Bullies Use in the Workplace:  View it here
  • Sustainability of the Great Lakes Region - Where are we; where are we going?   View it here
  • Advertising in the Age of Industrialization:  View it here
  • Hollywood Magic and Military PR: View it here
  • Why Everybody Can't Get Stoned: View it here
  • Advertising in the Age of Industrialization: View it here
  • The Latest Buzzwords: Indigenization, Reconciliation, Decolonization: View it here
  • Gardening with Crime Prevention in Mind: View it here
  • The COVID-19 Long Term Care Crisis: View it here
  • Supervised Consumption Facilities, Safer Supply, and Decriminalization:
    What Can We Learn from Abroad?: View it here
  • Hallmark Movies and the Canadian Film Industry: View it here
  • Biodiversity and Us: The Emerging Extinction Event of the 2020s: View it here
  • All Water is Sacred: Indigenous Creation Story: View it here
  • Defining the Constitutional Limits to Governing Badly: View it here!
  • Gendering Hate Groups: Misogyny in the Extremist Right Wing: View it here!
  • The Alien Epistemological Crisis: View it here!
  • Rocking the System: Why I Don’t Give Grades in University Classes: View it here!
  • Crime, Punishment, and Video Games: Key Current and Future Issues: View it here!
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