Common Voices Lecture Series with Dr. Roberta Bondar


Feb 29, 2024
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


TRUSU Entertainment Committee


TRU Grand Hall
1055 University Dr, Kamloops, BC, V2C 0C8

Event Type

Breaking the Glass Ceiling for Women in Stem

Join us for a captivating evening with Dr. Roberta Bondar, Canada’s first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space at our Annual Common Voices Lecture on Thursday, February 29, 2024.


Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis – there are no tickets or registration. The event is open to all at no cost, but attendance is limited to first 400 people.

Doors open at 6:00 PM, and the lecture begins at 7:00 PM. Come early to secure your seats.

Topic: Perspective Shift: Moving Beyond the Familiar to Reach for the Extraordinary

The nucleus of shifting one’s point of view is having an opportunity to see and experience things in a completely different way. Sometimes it takes dismantling the known and other times it is the unknown that thrusts us into a new view of the old. Spaceflight gives us images and ideas plus the potential of emotional and natural connections to our life on planet Earth. Dr. Bondar integrates her perspective from space with her Earth exploration through still and video imagery to stimulate others to think differently.

More about Dr. Roberta Bondar:

The world’s first neurologist in space, Dr. Roberta Bondar is globally recognized for her pioneering contributions to space medicine research, fine art photography and environment education. Aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-42 in 1992, she conducted experiments for 18 countries in the first International Microgravity Laboratory, a precursor to the International Space Station.

For over a decade after her spaceflight, she headed an international research team working with NASA on neurological symptoms seen after spaceflight, and their connections to neurological diseases on Earth.

Dr. Bondar’s distinctions are diverse and include: Companion of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, the NASA Space Medal, induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and into the International Women’s Forum’s Hall of Fame, 28 honorary doctorates from Canadian and American Universities, Chancellor of Trent University 2003-2009, six Canadian schools in her name, a Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, an Honorary Fellow and Honorary Vice-president of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and her own star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.

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