The Pickering Centre is pleased to host a series of talks geared towards developmental students and faculty.  The “Invited Speaker Series” is typically held once a month and includes the annual Pickering Public Lecture, presented by that year’s recipient of the Pickering Award.

Invited Speaker Series – Fall 2020 & Winter 2021

Please note: the Invited Speaker Series will take place virtually this year due to the ongoing public health situation.

Click here to see a list of past speakers.


The 2020-2021 Pickering Public Lecture

Speaker: Dr. Robert Coplan, Carleton University. 2020 Pickering Award Recipient

Date: March 11th, 2021

Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm Eastern Standard Time

Title: Unravelling the Paradox of Solitude in Childhood & Adolescence

Abstract: Never has it been more important to consider the causes and consequences of solitude for well-being and mental health. This presentation will describe a program of research that has explored the complex links between experiences of solitude and socio-emotional functioning from early childhood to emerging adulthood. This research includes an examination of: (1) both the costs and benefits of solitude; (2) different “reasons” why children and adolescents spend time in solitude; (3) the implications of spending too much versus not enough time alone; and (3) how these processes play out at different stages of development and across cultures.

Access to Dr. Coplan’s talk to come!