The Stuart Ivison Memorial Lecture Series

The Stuart Ivison Memorial Lecture Series
The 2013-2014 Season
First Baptist Church Ottawa is pleased to present another season of The Stuart Ivison Memorial Lectures. This lecture series, named after First Baptist Church’s longest serving minister, features monthly speakers from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. This season’s theme is Culture, Media and Public Values in the Twenty-First Century. There is no cost for the lectures and all are welcome to attend.

Lecture Schedule
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Speaker: Professor Craig Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College
Topic: Jesus in North American Culture and Media

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Speaker: Alex Neve, Order of Canada
Topic: Human Rights in a Changing Canadian Culture

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Speakers: Dr. Roberta Sinclair and Superintendent A.R. (Tony) Pickett, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Topic: The Abuse of Social Media: Raising Questions; Raising Awareness

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Speakers: Constable Matthew Hunt and Constable Ryan Pierce, Ottawa Police Services
Topic: Educating Families about Cyber Bullying

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Speaker: Leanne Olson, Medical Team Leader & Project Coordinator with MSF
Topic: For Want of Medicine: Doctors Without Borders on Social Justice

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Speaker: Professor Nipa Banerjee, Ph.D.
Topic: Foreign Aid and Effectiveness in Fragile States

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Speaker: Professor Tim Aubry, Ph.D., C.Psych. University of Ottawa
Topic: Ending Homelessness: An Assessment of the Housing First Initiative

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Speaker: Rabbi, Dr. Bulka, Order of Canada
Topic: The “Gotcha” Mentality and Ultimate Meaning

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Speaker: The Reverend Dr. Pierre Allard
Topic: Public Misunderstandings of Restorative Approaches to Justice

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Speaker: The Reverend Scott Kindred-Barnes, Ph.D.
Topic: Is Religion Evil? A Response to Some Recent Critics

Our Speakers: Biographical Details

Professor Craig Evans
Topic: Jesus in North American Culture and Media
Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Professor Craig Evans

Professor Craig Evans

Craig A. Evans is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College, Acadia University, in Wolfville, NS. He earned a doctorate in biblical studies at Claremont Graduate University in 1983 and in 2009 received the Decretum Habilitationis from the Reformed University in Budapest. Prior to his appointment at Acadia he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON, and for twenty-one years was Professor of Biblical Studies at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC, where for many years he chaired the Religious Studies Department and directed the graduate program in Biblical Studies. For one year he was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ. Professor Evans is author or editor of more than sixty books and more than two hundred articles and reviews.

Professor Evans has lectured at Cambridge, Durham, Oxford, Yale, and other universities, colleges, seminaries, and museums, such as the Field Museum in Chicago and the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa. He regularly lectures and gives talks at popular conferences and retreats on the Bible and Archaeology, including the Biblical Archaeology Society summer sessions, as well as fall sessions at the annual Society of Biblical Literature meetings.

Professor Evans has appeared in the History Channel presentation on the Historical Jesus and the recent BBC and Discovery Channel presentation on Peter the apostle. He was featured in Dateline NBC’s specials “The Last Days of Jesus” and “Jesus the Healer”, on Dateline NBC’s “The Mystery of Miracles” and “The Birth of Jesus” and History Channel’s “The Search for John the Baptist.” Professor Evans appeared in 2006 in National Geographic Channel’s documentary on the recently discovered Gospel of Judas and in Dateline NBC’s “The Mystery of the Jesus Papers” and in National Geographic Channel’s recently aired documentary sequel to the Gospel of Judas, entitled “The Secret Lives of Jesus,” and several segments of the program Day of Discovery. He has been interviewed for documentaries investigating the extracanonical Gospels, the resurrection of Jesus, and the controversial Talpiot Tomb in Jerusalem, and served as consultant for the television miniseries The Bible. Please visit www.craigaevans.com/index.html for more information on Professor Evans.

Alex Neve, Order of Canada
Topic: Human Rights in a Changing Canadian Culture
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty Canada

Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty Canada

Alex Neve has been an active member of Amnesty International since 1985, initially as a group member in Halifax. He has worked for the organization nationally and internationally in a number of different roles including a stint as Refugee Coordinator for Amnesty Canada and refugee program and research work at the international level as well. Alex became Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada’s English-speaking Branch in January 2000.

He has represented Amnesty International at international meetings such as the Summit of the Americas and the G8 Summit. He has appeared before numerous Canadian parliamentary committees as well as various UN and Inter-American human rights bodies. He appears and writes regularly in the media and speaks to audiences across the country on a range of human rights topics. He has delivered keynote speeches and lectures at various venues, including Oxford and Harvard Universities.

Alex is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for International Justice, and a member of the Board of Directors of Partnership Africa Canada and the Centre for Law and Democracy. He served as a Trudeau Foundation Mentor from 2008-2009. In 2009 he was awarded an honourary Doctorate of Laws degree from the University of New Brunswick.

Alex was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2007.

Alex has practiced law in Toronto, privately and in a community legal aid clinic, primarily in the areas of refugee and immigration law. He has taught international human rights and refugee law at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and has been affiliated with the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University. Prior to taking up his current position he served as a Member of the Immigration and Refugee Board.

Dr. Roberta Sinclair and Superintendent A.R. (Tony) Pickett, RCMP
Topic: The Abuse of Social Media: Raising Questions; Raising Awareness
Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Roberta Sinclair, RCMP

Dr. Roberta Sinclair, RCMP

Dr. Roberta Sinclair is Manager of Research and Development for the Canadian Police Centre for Missing and Exploited Children/Behavioral Sciences Branch of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Roberta participated in the development of the Centre and is involved in many law enforcement focused initiatives. The Centre is composed of three national programs: the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre, the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains, and Behavioural Sciences Branch. The research unit engages in operationally-relevant research and supports the investigational mandates in all of these national program areas.

Roberta is also an adjunct professor in the Sociology and Anthropology department and the Institute for Criminology and Criminal Justice at Carleton University. Her Doctoral work focused on sexual exploitation in youth dating relationships and she received a University Senate Medal for this work.

Roberta has published several articles in such areas as sexual abuse, Internet-facilitated child sexual exploitation, youth and violence, violence against women, gender development, offender trends (youth and adult) and correctional focused research. In addition, Dr. Sinclair has presented her research at various conferences, workshops and law enforcement training sessions nationally and internationally, and has participated on several crime and youth, and violence against women panels. In 2012, Dr. Sinclair received a Queens Jubilee Medal for outstanding work in the area of Internet-facilitated child sexual exploitation.

Superintendent A.R. (Tony) Pickett is OIC Technical Investigation Services, Operations of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. His teams’ mandate is to lead the RCMP’s investigative response capability on pure computer crime investigations and provide specialized technical investigative services, including the search, seizure and analysis of digital and electronic evidence to front line police investigations.

Superintendent Tony Pickett, RCMP

Superintendent Tony Pickett, RCMP

Supt. Pickett has over 28 years’ experience with the RCMP having served in various capacities. He joined the RCMP in 1985, after graduating from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Arts. He began his career performing general duty policing in British Columbia. In 1989, upon being transferred to the RCMP National HQ, he served as both a Policy Analyst and Intelligence Officer in the Immigration & Passport Program. During his tenure within this Program, he represented the RCMP on various national and international working groups. In 2003, he was appointed the RCMP’s National Public Security and Anti-Terrorism coordinator. This funding was a Government of Canada initiative to increase security after the tragic events of September 11, 2001. It supported many initiatives including the creation of the Integrated Border Enforcement Teams and Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams. In 2006, he was assigned to Human Resources Sector and was promoted to Superintendent in 2007. From January 2008, until his current posting he provided strategic and management support services to the Deputy Commissioner Policing Support Services.

Supt. Pickett currently represents Canada internationally at the Strategic Alliance Cyber Crime Working Group and the G8 Roma/Lyon Group – High Technology Crime Sub-Group. He is also the Co-Chair of the E-Crimes Committee of the Canadian Association Chiefs of Police.

Constable Matthew Hunt and Constable Ryan Pierce, Ottawa Police Services
Topic: Educating Families about Cyber Bullying
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Constables Matthew Hunt and Ryan Pierce will tell us of their experiences with the problem of cyber bullying and its impact on families and individuals. They will raise questions and offer solutions as to how to manage the challenges of cyber abuse in the social media age.

Constable Matthew Hunt has been a police officer for 13 years, beginning his career with the Durham Regional Police before joining the Ottawa Police Service in 2008. He has served as a patrolman in Vanier and was a School Resource Officer in the downtown area for three years. He has been Community Resource Officer for the Glebe since February 2013.

Constable Ryan Pierce has also served as a School Resource Officer and is currently Community Resource Officer for Rockcliffe, the Byward Market and Sandy Hill areas.