RDC announces Dr. Gabor Mate as speaker for Perspectives: Canada in the World

Date posted: 
Fri, 02/03/2017
Dr. Gabor Mate - Perspectives 2017 speaker

Dr. Gabor Maté, expert in addiction, health and wellness and best-selling author, will be this year’s speaker for the public lecture series Perspectives: Canada in the World.

Monday, March 20
Public lecture | 7 to 9 p.m.
Topic: “From Fort McMurray and Syria to Red Deer: Trauma, Dislocation and Addiction in a Stressed Culture”
Mainstage, RDC Arts Centre (see map)
Tickets available through Black Knight Ticket Centre

Gabor Maté is a medical doctor recently retired from active practice. He was a family physician for two decades and for seven years he served as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital. For 12 years, he worked in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard core addiction, mental illness, HIV and related conditions. For two years he was the onsite physician at Vancouver's unique Supervised Injection Site, North America's only such facility.

Dr. Maté is internationally known for his work on the mind/body unity in health and illness, on attention deficit disorder and other childhood developmental issues, and for his breakthrough analysis of addiction as a psychophysiological response to childhood trauma and emotional loss. He is the author of four best-selling books published in 20 languages on five continents, including When The Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress and the award winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction. Dr. Maté is the recipient of an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University and an Honorary Degree of Law from the University of Northern British Columbia, among other awards. He frequently addresses professional and lay audiences in North America and internationally on issues related to childhood development and parenting, physical and mental health and wellness, and addiction.

He is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University. His next book, Toxic Culture: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a World of Materialism will be published in 2018.

When Dr. Maté is at Red Deer College on March 20, he will present “From Fort McMurray and Syria to Red Deer: Trauma, Dislocation and Addiction in a Stressed Culture.” In his presentation, he will explore how trauma and dislocation at any stage of life can lead to addiction and mental health issues. He shares how recognizing the root of the problem can help us develop a compassionate approach toward ourselves and others, giving us the best chance to restore health and wholeness.

Perspectives: Canada in the World is a public lecture series presented by RDC’s Humanities and Social Sciences Department in the School of Arts and Sciences. The series features internationally recognized speakers on topics important to our community, our country and the world. Dr. Maté will be the 27th speaker since the series began in 2002.

Tickets are $35 or $25 for students and seniors, and are now on sale for the public lecture through the Black Knight Ticket Centre. All proceeds from ticket sales support scholarships and/or bursaries for Red Deer College students. Proceeds from last year’s Perspectives: Canada in the World have been used to create eight $1,000 awards through the Murray Sinclair/Perspectives Bursary for Aboriginal, Metis or Inuit students at RDC. Four awards were presented in fall 2016, and the remaining four will be presented in fall 2017.

For more information on the event, visit rdc.ab.ca/perspectives

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For additional information contact:

Dr. Krista Robson
Chair, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Jenna Butler
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences