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* 1. BLACK LIVES MATTER: history of slavery (West African slave trade); racial relations/tensions in Canada, the US, Britain, France, etc.

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* 2. INDIGENOUS ISSUES: Indigenous guardians, native land claims/treaties, fishing rights, governance, reconciliation.

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* 3. INDIGENOUS WRITERS: Thomas King, Richard Wagamese, Eden Robinson, Cherie Dimaline, Drew Hayden Taylor, Jesse Thistle...

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* 4. MEDIA: media literacy, impact on mental health and behavior, media and politics, media and communication.

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* 5. OUR PLANET'S RECOVERY: science-based individual (corporate), government and worldwide initiatives; natural disasters - human caused vs natural causes.

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* 6. EDUCATION IN THE 21st CENTURY: how has the electronic age impacted the way education is delivered and disseminated?

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* 7. CANADA'S VAST NORTH: northern adventurers (e.g. Shoalts, Tyrell); history of bush pilots; northern culture and economy.

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* 8. HISTORY OF JAZZ MUSIC: who are the great Jazz musicians? Canada's Jazz scene.

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* 9. MARITIME/ATLANTIC ARTISTS: exploring the East coast's vibrant art and music scene.

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* 10. NEWFOUNDLAND: history of Canada's newest province from indigenous to Viking to current settlement.

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* 11. ANIMAL STUDIES: exotic and domestic animal research and the impacts of it on human animals. Are these studies ethical? 

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* 12. TRAVELOGUE: can't travel yet? Come with us on a virtual tour of the world, with an emphasis on Canada.

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* 13. TECHNOLOGY: evolution and advances in technology, past, present and future.

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* 14. WORLDWIDE ELECTORAL SYSTEMS: Elections are often laden with controversy. How does Canada's voting system work; first past the post versus proportional representation. US electoral colleges and their voting system. Other countries' voting systems; dictatorships.

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* 15. IMPACT OF ART ON QUALITY OF LIFE: support for the arts is always under threat - why is it important to keep supporting them? What has been the impact of various art movements? Effects of art fraud.

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* 16. THE 1960s: as Bob Dylan sang 'the times they are a changin'. The 60s saw some of the most ambitious attempts at social change than any other time in history, from racial desegregation to outright disregard for the 'establishment'. Anti-war protesters advocated for peace. Women's rights paved the way for gay rights; and the music, arguably some of the best made, often represented these changes. Many of these inroads towards a more peaceful and equitable way of life is eroding slowly away. Why?

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* 17. GUELPH WRITERS:  exploring the writings of our very own Guelph authors.

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* 18. CHINA: the new superpower? The world's historical and current relationship with China. The Belt and Road Initiative - is it a good thing or will it render China more powerful than ever?

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* 19. OUR BODIES: how well do we know how are our body works? How do genetics play a role in our overall being? How do our body organs work in conjunction with each other and on their own? The ethics of genetic manipulation and organ harvesting.

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