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December 2020

Book Club, December 7, David Reich, Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past

December 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

December 7:David Reich, Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past</p< Chair: Sara Shettleworth, with Anthropologist, Susan Pfeiffer The title says it all: this exciting and important book describes how humans spread across the planet, with a cast of characters ranging from Neanderthals, Denisovans, and "Hobbits" to the earliest arrivals in North America not so very long ago. Reich clearly describes the genetic and statistical techniques used by ancient DNA…

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Colloquium: December 10, “Why do People Need Scapegoats”

December 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

SENIOR COLLEGE COLLOQUIUM. This event is online via Zoom. It is for Fellows and External Fellows only. If you did not receive an invitation, then please contact the administrator at senior.college@utoronto.ca. This is for Fellows & External Fellows only Colloquium: December 10, "Why do People Need Scapegoats"  

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January 2021

Book Club, Jan 4: Olga Tokarczuk, Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead

January 4, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Book Club: Jan 4, Olga Tokarczuk, Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead Chair:  Linda Hutcheon Touted as a literary murder mystery, this noir novel by the Polish Nobel Prize-winning (2018) writer brings together themes of aging, animal cruelty, and politics of all kinds.  The Guardian review described it as "an astonishing amalgam of thriller, comedy and political treatise, written by a woman who combines an extraordinary intellect with an anarchic sensibility."

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Colloquium, “What are the Long-term Consequences of the COVID 19 lockdown for the Universities? (TBD)”, January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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February 2021

Book Club: Feb 1, Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf, Most Exalted of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination

February 1, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Book Club: Feb 1, Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf, Most Exalted of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination Chair: Marty Klein “With characteristic insight and intellectual rigor, Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf have produced a powerful and lasting portrait of the mind of Thomas Jefferson. This is an essential and brilliant book by two of the nation’s foremost scholars -- a book that will, like its protagonist, endure.” (Jon Meacham) At the heart of the mystery…

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Senior College and the CoVid 19 pandemic:

Michael Hutcheon
Principal, Senior College

Principal’s Message

To Members and Fellows of Senior College Welcome to a Fall term unlike any in our history. This summer has proved to be most instructive in teaching us how Senior College might adapt in its response to the Covid 19 pandemic. After postponing our last two planned Wednesday lectures at the Faculty Club it became clear that many members wished to continue to meet, for both intellectual and social purposes – incredibly important as we all hunkered down, sheltering in place. So, in contrast to our usual quiet summers this year’s was loaded with events: Lindas Hutcheon and Corman with the Programme committee developed a series of Wednesday lectures; David Milne found new books to discuss; and Marty Klein led colloquia and ”Meet your colleagues” sessions through this period. Finally, these activities were bound together by a series of informal ”Coffee hours” initiated by Jim Gurd.  Read more…