Free Public Lectures

Details about our 2019-2020 lecture series
will be posted here in late July or early August.
Past  (2018–2019)
Sat. April 06
8:00 pm
Achieving Heart Health through Exercise for All Ages  — Maureen MacDonald   More..
Sat. March 2
8:00 pm
Working with Neuroplasticity to Overcome Hand Paralysis — Milos Popovic   More..
Sat. February 2
8:00 pm
Soundscapes and Screens — Jamshed Turel   More..
Wed. January 16
7:30 pm
Bach and his Instruments — Abigail Richardson-Schulte and Fredric DeVries   More..
Pre-registration is required for this event.
Note also the Special Venue
St. Paul's United Church, 29 Park St. West, Dundas.
Enter via the front or rear doors. Wheelchair accessible.  [Map]
Sat. January 12
8:00 pm
The 19th Dr. John Rae Lecture:  Yukon's Fossil Gold Rush — Grant Zazula   More..
Sat. December 8
8:00 pm
Secrets from Stellar Nurseries:  The Early Lives of Star Clusters — Alison Sills   More..
Sat. November 17
8:00 pm
Engineering the Fight Against Cancer — Jonathan Bramson   More..
Sat. October 13
8:00 pm
Dam Busters:  Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid Against Nazi Germany — Ted Barris   More..

With financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers' Union of Canada.

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Canada Council for the Arts logo
Preceded by the Association's  Annual General Meeting  – 7:15 pm to 7:45 pm
Anyone may attend but only members may vote.
Sat. September 8
8:00 pm
Disturbing Canadian Literature:  Scandal, Celebrity, and Ethical Practice — Lorraine York   More..

Our Annual Brochure

Our annual brochure provides information about the season's lectures (authors, titles and abstracts) and about our awards program for young writers, poets and musicians. It lists the names of the members of our Executive Council and briefly summarizes the Association's long history. The brochure also provides essential contact information.

The brochure for our upcoming season will be available here in late August, a few weeks after we've mailed printed copies to our members and others who have provided a postal address. Until then, you can learn about HAALSA by viewing or downloading the previous season's brochure.

Click here to view or download a printer-friendly pdf version of this season's brochure.  More..

When and Where


Except where noted above, each lecture is presented on a Saturday evening, starting at 8 p.m. with the President's welcome and the introduction of the evening's speaker. The latter will speak until about 9 p.m., when members of the audience are invited to put questions to the speaker. The meeting will normally conclude about 9:15 p.m.


Except where noted above, our lectures are presented in Room 1A1 of McMaster University's Ewart Angus Centre (EAC). Location details for our upcoming lecture series will be provided when known, usually by mid-August.

Each lecture will be presented in Room 1A1 of McMaster University's Ewart Angus Centre (EAC).

The Ewart Angus Centre is an area in the north-west (left-rear) corner of the McMaster Children's Hospital on Main Street West. (The hospital is also known as the McMaster site of the Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation, the McMaster University Medical Centre or simply as MUMC. See our Campus Map.)

The EAC is wheel-chair accessible. Enter either via the Centre's front (west ) or rear (east) ground-floor doors or via the corridor that runs to the rear of the hospital building, through the Red and the Purple areas. If entering the hospital via its front (Main Street) doors, turn left, go down the corridor, and take a Red elevator down one level to Floor 1. On exiting the elevator turn left, go past the Media Centre (book store) and carry on to the Purple elevators and into the open space just beyond that. That's the Centre's lobby.

From the EAC Lobby to Room 1A1:

  • If you enter the hospital building via the rear (north-end) doors facing University Crescent, you are already in the Ewart Angus Centre. Carry on into the lobby itself and go down the short corridor that begins on your left, opposite the William's Cafe outlet.
  • If you enter the hospital building via the rear (north-end) doors facing the building's inner courtyard, you are already in the EAC lobby. Go past (not up) the staircase and enter the short corridor on your right, opposite the William's Cafe outlet.
  • If you enter the EAC lobby via the corridor that ends at the Purple elevators, turn left on entering the lobby, walk to the end of the William's Cafe outlet, turn right, and go down the short corridor you see before you.
  • Room 1A1 is on your right at the end of that short corridor. There'll be signs to assist you.

Parking On and Off the McMaster Campus


We suggest that you NOT park in the Hospital's underground or surface lots. The last time we checked (January 2019), the rates (Monday through Sunday) were $3.50 and $4.00 per half hour or less to a daily maximum of $20 and $25 for the underground and surface (emergency/short term) lots respectively.


There are many off-campus parking spots on Stirling and some of the adjacent streets, including streets south of Stirling down to but excluding Main Street West.

Spots are usually unrestricted on Saturday evenings along most streets in the area near McMaster campus. Nonetheless, before leaving your vehicle, read carefully the city's signs regarding on-street parking. And of course, before leaving your vehicle, ensure that any valuable objects are locked in your trunk or otherwise not visible to prying eyes.


McMaster University provides no free on-campus parking at any time. The charge for any gated lot and metered parking spot entered on a Saturday is a one-time payment which is valid until at least midnight. You pay when leaving a gated lot or when obtaining your ticket from an on-street meter. Payment is by credit card only.

Visitors without a transponder or seasonal parking permit may park for $8.00 in gated lots A (Divinity College), B, C, D, I and Underground Wilson; or for $7.00 in lots G, H and Underground Stadium; or on a metered on-street parking spot. (These rates are effective 1 Sep 2017, as posted on the University website.) All gated parking lots are located farther from the Ewart Angus Centre than the two on-campus bus stops nearest the EAC.

Metered on-street parking spots are available on the east side of College Crescent, next to the A. N. Bourns Science Building and the John Hodgins Engineering Annex. Note the permit dispensers at regular intervals along the sidewalk.

Do not park in a designated fire route, such as behind or beside the Ewart Angus Centre. You risk being ticketed and towed. Do not park in a spot reserved for handicapped persons unless you have a permit to do so. You risk being ticketed and towed.

Our understanding is that Parking Services' enforcement of the metered on-street parking rules is lax or non-existent on Saturday evenings after 7:00 pm. In the past some members have parked in one of the on-street spots on College Crescent, not purchased a permit from the nearest meter, and not been ticketed.

The Association is not and will not be held responsible for any parking ticket you might receive. That said, however, we urge anyone who finds a parking ticket on his/her vehicle after parking in a valid location and attending one of our Saturday night lectures, to let the Association President know that you were ticketed, where you were parked and your arrival and departure times. The Association is prepared to discuss, vigorously, any such ticket with the McMaster Parking Office.

For vehicle access details see our Campus Map and associated instructions.

If Coming By Bus


There are on-campus HSR bus stops on University Avenue near the Ewart Angus Centre and off-campus stops on Main Street near and opposite the Medical Centre. The on-campus stops nearest the EAC are within comfortable walking distance of the Centre's main entrance. As noted above, the EA Centre is in the purple area (north-west corner/rear) of the Medical Centre.

For up-to-date HSR route information, however, telephone the HSR at 905-527-4441 or follow the links on the HSR website ("). For bus stop details see our Campus Map and associated instructions.