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Hamilton Third Age Learning: The Perils of Being Born in the Fall

Hamilton Third Age Learning Fall Lecture Series

September 20 to October 18, 2023

10am to 12pm

Understanding the 21st Century

How do we begin to understand the 21st century? Our world is a very complex and confusing place where change is happening at an ever faster pace. The speakers will cover a range of topics providing insights into this century’s problems and possibilities.

Cost: $55.00 for all 5 lectures

(including lecture, Q&A and post lecture recording available for 2 weeks)

The Perils of Being Born in the Fall: How Infectious Disease and Vaccines Impact Life from Birth to Death with Dr. Dawn Bowdish

Schizophrenia, ADHD and Dyslexia have one surprising thing in common – they are all more common in people born in the Fall. Birth month plays a surprising role in IQ and susceptibility to disease.

In this lecture we take a winding journey through the early to mid- 20th century to uncover the role of weather, brain development, infections, and vaccinations. Along the way we’ll meet some strong characters – women doing science in a man’s world, defenders of bad statistics and advocates of slightly off-putting human experiments.

In the end, we’ll have a better understanding of why it still remains more perilous to be born in the Fall.