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Details about our 2017-2018 lecture series
will be posted here in late July or early August.
Sat. {Mmmmmm DD}
8:00 pm
{Title} — {Author}    More..
Past  (2016–2017)
Sat. April 1
8:00 pm
Puzzles in the Patterns of Plagues — David Earn    More..  
Sat. March 4
8:00 pm
Tracing the Roots of a Feminist and a Novel — Terry Fallis    More..
Sat. February 18
8:00 pm
Doing the Math For Good Theatre — Radha Menon & Tony Sciara    More..
Special Location:  The Hamilton Room, Central Library, 55 York Blvd, Hamilton. Enter via the York Blvd. doors.  [Map]

Sat. January 14
8:00 pm
The 17th John Rae Lecture:  Dying to Explore:  The Archeology of John Franklin's Last Expedition — Robert Park    More..
January 18
7:30 pm
Beethoven`s Deafness:  Tragedy or Destiny? – Part of the HPO Beethoven Festival — Abigail Richardson-Schulte, Dr. Jason Archibald, and the HPO String Quartet More..
Special Location:  2nd Floor, The David Braley Health Sciences Centre, 100 Main St. West, Hamilton. Enter via the front or rear doors.  [Map]

Sat. December 3
8:00 pm
People and Robots:  The Death and Lives of HitchBOT — David Harris Smith    More..
Sat. November 5
8:00 pm
Hamilton’s Architectural Jewels — Shannon Kyles    More..
Special Location:  The Hamilton Room, Central Library, 55 York Blvd, Hamilton. Enter via the York Blvd. doors.  [Map]

Sat. October 1
8:00 pm
Fracking for Oil and Gas:  Character and Consequences — Bob McNutt    More..
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 10
8:00 pm
Inflammation, Infections and the Immune System — Dawn Bowdish    More..


The brochure for our upcoming season will be available here in late August.

The brochure for our current season will be available here as soon as possible.

View or download a printer-friendly pdf version of the Association's brochure for our last season's current season's lectures, which includes an abstract of each lecture and information about the Association and its awards for young people.

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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., after which 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, 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-July.

Except where noted above, each lecture will be presented in Room 1A1 of McMaster University's Ewart Angus Centre (EAC). This year the events on November 5, January 18 and February 18, are in special locations, which are all identified above.

The EAC is in the north-west corner (rear) of the huge, multi-storey McMaster University Medical Centre (MUMC), also known more formally as the McMaster Site of the Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation. (See our Campus Map.)

The EAC is wheel-chair accessible. Enter from the front or rear ground-floor doors of the EAC. If entering MUMC via the front (Main St. W.) entrance, take the Red elevators down one level to Floor 1, turn left on exiting the elevator, and carry on to EAC at the rear of the building

Please note:

  • if you enter the Medical Centre via the rear doors on University Crescent, you are in the Ewart Angus Centre, which is part of the purple area of the Medical Centre. Room 1A1 is at the end of the short corridor on your left off the main lobby of the EAC, immediately before the staircase.
  • if you enter the Medical Centre via the front (main) doors, you are on the Hospital's second floor. Take the red elevators or the adjacent staircase to the first floor and walk to the purple area at the rear (north-west corner) of the building. Walk past the purple elevators into the open area beyond (the lobby of the Ewart Angus Centre). Walk to the left of and under the staircase and you'll see a short corridor. Room 1A1 is on your right at the end of that corridor. You can't miss it!

If approaching the Ewart Angus Centre from the McMaster campus enter via the doors that exit on to University Avenue.

Buses and Parking


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 HSR route information, 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.


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 of $7.00, which is valid until at least midnight. You pay when leaving a gated lot or obtaining your ticket from an on-street meter. Payment is by credit card only.

Visitors without a transponder or seasonal parking permit may park in gated lots A (Divinity College), B, C, D, E, G, H, I and Stadium, or occupy a metered on-street parking spot. 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. Again, 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.


There are many off-campus parking spots on Stirling and some 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, you should read very carefully the city's signs regarding weekend on-street parking before leaving your vehicle. Of course, before leaving your vehicle ensure that any valuable objects are locked in your trunk or otherwise not visible to prying eyes.


We suggest that you NOT park in the hospital's underground or surface lots. The last time we checked (Jan 2016), the rate was $3.50 and $4.50 respectively per half hour or less), to a maximum of $20 per day. In addition, DO NOT park next to the Ewart Angus Centre. That area is part of a 24-hour fire route. You risk being ticketed and towed.