About the Research Seminar Series

The Research Seminar Series is a venue for faculty to engage with colleagues and students to share their ideas and celebrate research culture at King’s.

Fall Semester 2023

Seminar 1: Informal International Relations
Dr. Thomas Tieku, Department of Politics and International Relations
Wednesday, October 11, 2023, 1:00-2:00 pm
Dante Lenardon Hall, DL 112

This talk will delve into the hidden world of unspoken, unwritten and unofficial rules and practices that govern international relations. "Informal international rules" (IIRs) are embedded in formal international institutions and they play a crucial role in shaping global politics, even though they're often not discussed in mainstream discourse. This talk aims to help us better understand how informality is a fact of international life.

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Seminar 2: Between Life and Beyond: Examining Coma, End-of-Life Brain Function, and Cognitive Recovery
Dr. Loretta Norton, Department of Psychology
Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 12:30-1:30 pm
Dante Lenardon Hall, DL 112

Dr. Norton is one of the first researchers in the world to measure brain activity in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Through her research, she aims to create a better prediction tool for patient recovery and have a meaningful impact on families and healthcare professionals tasked with making difficult life and death decisions.

Seminar 3: Pandemic Impact on King’s Counselling Services and Student Wellness Strategies
Dr. Rosemary Vito, School of Social Work, Joanna Bedggood, Manager, Student Wellness, and
Dr. Rick Csiernik, School of Social Work
Wednesday, December 6, 12:30-1:30 pm
Dante Lenardon Hall, DL 112

This presentation will provide an overview of the pandemic impact on university counselling services at King's University college. The purpose of this research study was to better understand the trends in how students coped with stress before and during the pandemic, and to consider service use needs afterwards. Secondary data was analyzed over three years (2018-2021) and illustrated with an applied case study. Key results will be shared, and the impact on wellness services and student wellness strategies will be discussed.

Winter Semester 2024

Seminar 4: The Ayatollah and I: Iranian Female Poets Reading Their Erotic Poems for the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic
Dr. Mahdi Tourage, Religious Studies and Social Justice and Peace Studies
Wednesday, January 17, 12:30-1:30 pm
Dante Lenardon Hall, DL 112