Upcoming Events

cherry blossoms in front of Grant HallRAQ offers an interesting and popular speakers’ series at the University Club for RAQ members and guests, from September to June each year. The Lunchtime Guest Speaker Series, is an informal discussion over lunch with an invited speaker. 

Currently, we offer live in-person as well as the option to join the event via Zoom.  The in-person events follow Queen's and the University Club's COVID protocols.  Reservations are required for each format.

Links to Previous Events broadcasts

January 18-2022 with Dr. Wendy Craig, Professor, Department of Psychology at Queen's University

Banning large university parties won’t work – what will? 

Dr. Wendy Craig is Professor in the Department of Psychology at Queen's University. She is a leading international scientist and expert on bullying prevention and the promotion of healthy relationships. As co-founder and Scientific Co-Director of PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network), she has transformed the science of bullying and healthy relationships into evidence-based practice, intervention, and policy. Her secondary area of research is on teen dating violence and leads a Community of Practice of 21intervention projects addressing teen dating violence.  

Among other activities, she has worked with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, is the Co-Director of an international Bullying Research Network, and acts as an advisor to Canadian government ministries. Dr. Craig has won numerous awards including the Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Community Service, the Queen’s Excellence in Research Prize, the Order of Ontario, and the Order of Canada.  

For more see: https://www.queensu.ca/psychology/wendy-craig 

Link to the recording

Access Passcode: d?eYWWt9


September 30-2021

The Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre and Summer Pitch Competition Winner

A spotlight the Dunin-Deshpande Innovation Centre (DDQIC), with presentations by Program Managers Joanna Tinus and Chloe Beisheim, along with Dr. Wiley Chung, co-founder of the 2021 Summer Pitch Grand Prize award-winning entrepreneurial team, Smart Biomedical. Dr. Chung talks about an innovative treatment for lung collapse, a potentially fatal condition that can occur either spontaneously or due to trauma. The innovation is expected to save lives and healthcare resources. The DDQIC’s many projects involve 30 Queen’s departments and are directed to building a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship on campus. A major annual event is the Summer Pitch Competition which awarded a total of $100,000 to winning teams in 2021.

Link to the recording

Access Passcode: 8Z=VF!# 


October 19th with Dr. Elaine Power, Professor, School of Kinesiology & Health Studies 

The case for Basic Income: Freedom, Security, Justice 


Dr. Power shares her insights on the important topic of basic income. Her research at Queen’s lies at the intersection of food, poverty and public health. Drawing on the sociology of food, health, and consumption as well as the sociology of childhood and cultural studies, she explores social, cultural, political and symbolic aspects of food, eating, the body, and health using quantitative methods. Dr. Power’s research focusses on food insecurity and the experiences of people living in poverty. For many years, she taught HLTH 101, The Social Determinants of Health, at Queen’s and in that course, thousands of students learned the impacts of poverty, racism, and colonialism on health. She co-founded the Kingston Action Group for a Basic Income Guarantee and is the co-author, with Jamie Swift, of the new book, The Case for Basic Income: Freedom, Security, Justice.  

Link to the recording

Access Passcode: N1*2zYi9 


November 17th with Dr. Cherie Metcalf, Queen’s Faculty of Law 

Institutions and Effective Climate Action in Canada 


Dr. Metcalf’s research as a legal scholar draws on her graduate training in economics. She received a grant from the Canadian Foundation for Legal Research for “Climate Change and Canada’s Constitution”.  The research project considers how the country’s constitutional structure can impact its prospects for effective climate action and investigates Canada’s legal options for climate action by considering how the federal division of powers affects its ability to introduce effective climate policy. Dr Metcalf stresses that that Canada needs “to make hard choices with significant economic consequences” and “to build sustainable public engagement and consensus to have effective action on climate change.”  

Link to the recording

Access Passcode: @@Txt2Ac 


December 7, 2021 with Dr. Keith G. Banting, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Studies  

The Politics of Immigration in Canada. What’s Going On? 


Dr. Banting is well known in the Queen’s community for his administrative leadership as well as his extensive work on public policy in Canada and other contemporary democracies. With a long-standing interest in the politics of social policy, his research includes ethnic diversity, immigration and multiculturalism. He is the author and editor of over 20 books, including Poverty, Politics and Policy and The Welfare State and Canadian Federalism. With John Myles he edited Inequality and the Fading of Redistributive Politics and Framing the New Inequality: The Politics of Income Redistribution in Canada, and with colleagues co-edited Income Inequality: the Canadian Story.  

Link to the recording

Access Passcode: 7e+A$I3T