Important message regarding the activities of Senior College during the current CoVid 19 pandemic

Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Senior College’s Response

Dear Colleague:

Because of concerns about the Coronavirus and the demographic of our membership, and in accordance with recent memos from the University regarding the virus, Senior College has taken the decision to suspend all of its scheduled events until the end of April, at which point the situation will be reassessed.

Specifically:

The Annual Senior College Symposium scheduled for April 7th has been postponed until November 30th. All speakers have confirmed their availability for the new date.  None of the registration cheques have yet been cashed, and accordingly all of them will be shredded.  There is no need for anyone to cancel their registration.

All of the following events are also cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date:

  • Wednesday afternoon talks on both March 18 and March 25
  • Colloquia on both March 19 and April 16
  • Book Club on April 6
  • There is no need for anyone to cancel their registration for these events.

    For the period from Monday, March 16 to Friday, April 3, the Senior College Centre on McCaul Street will also be closed, and no access to the Centre will be possible.  No committee meetings will occur in the Centre throughout this period.  Committee chairs will contact you to reschedule or rearrange any existing meetings.

    As of Monday, the Senior College Administrator will also be working from home.  Vennese Croasdaile will continue, however, to be reachable by email (senior.college@utoronto.ca), and will respond to emails as soon as feasible. 

    Given the number of arrangements that will need to be undertaken over the coming weeks to reschedule events, and the need for all of us to take care of our own health, we hope you understand that we will likely not be sending regular updates to our members in the coming weeks.  Once we have established new dates for our events, we will send you an updated email providing you with new information.  In the interim, we appreciate your patience and understanding if we are slower than usual in responding to any inquiries. 

    We thank you for your understanding, and hope that each of you stays well. 

    Sincerely,

    Harold Atwood, Principal

    Jim Gurd, Vice-Principal (Administration)

    Daphne Maurer, Vice-Principal (Academic)

    Senior College Talk: Presenter's Information – March 25, 2020

    Presentation on March 25, 2020

    This form is to help us gather the information to post on senior college website event page (https://seniorcollege.utoronto.ca/) and to include in out event notifications. We forward the events information to the University of Toronto community. The AV requirements will be forwarded to the Faculty Club ahead of your presentation.
    • Please submit no more than two paragraphs.
    • Please send us a headshot photo. This is not required, but is nice to have.
    • The usual items set up for use. If you require something outside of this, then please let us know. For example, some people use their own laptop.
      The lunch is prior to the talk. It is at the Faculty Club and paid for by Senior College.
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    Senior College Talk: Presenter's Information – March 18, 2020

    Presentation on March 18, 2020

    This form is to help us gather the information to post on senior college website event page (https://seniorcollege.utoronto.ca/) and to include in out event notifications. We forward the events information to the University of Toronto community. The AV requirements will be forwarded to the Faculty Club ahead of your presentation.
    • Please submit no more than two paragraphs.
    • Please send us a headshot photo. This is not required, but is nice to have.
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      The lunch is prior to the talk. It is at the Faculty Club and paid for by Senior College.
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    Senior College Talk: Presenter's Information – March 11, 2020

    Presentation on March 11, 2020

    This form is to help us gather the information to post on senior college website event page (https://seniorcollege.utoronto.ca/) and to include in out event notifications. We forward the events information to the University of Toronto community. The AV requirements will be forwarded to the Faculty Club ahead of your presentation.
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    • Please send us a headshot photo. This is not required, but is nice to have.
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      The lunch is prior to the talk. It is at the Faculty Club and paid for by Senior College.
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    Senior College Talk: Presenter's Information – March 4, 2020

    Presentation on March 4, 2020

    This form is to help us gather the information to post on senior college website event page (https://seniorcollege.utoronto.ca/) and to include in out event notifications. We forward the events information to the University of Toronto community. The AV requirements will be forwarded to the Faculty Club ahead of your presentation.
    • Please submit no more than two paragraphs.
    • Please send us a headshot photo. This is not required, but is nice to have.
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    Senior College Talk: Presenter's Information – Feb 12, 2020

    Presentation on February 12, 2020

    This form is to help us gather the information to post on senior college website event page (https://seniorcollege.utoronto.ca/) and to include in out event notifications. We forward the events information to the University of Toronto community. The AV requirements will be forwarded to the Faculty Club ahead of your presentation.
    • Please submit no more than two paragraphs.
    • Please send us a headshot photo. This is not required, but is nice to have.
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      The lunch is prior to the talk. It is at the Faculty Club and paid for by Senior College.
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    In Memoriam, 2018-2019

    Robert Harold Blackburn, died in his 101st year on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Chief Librarian where he served a distinguished career from 1954-81

    David Booth (d December 20, 2018) Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, OISE

    Meyer Brownstone (June 26, 1922-April 3, 2019) Professor and director of Political Economy (U of T); Professor of Environmental Studies (York U)

    Donald Adam Burwash (May 20, 1930-November 16, 2018) Volunteer in the Senior College office on McCaul St. for over four years

    John Davis Died May 22, 2019. Professor Emeritus at OISE in the departments of Educational Administration and Theory and Policy Studies

    Hans de Groot (1939-February 13, 2019)  Department of English, University College

    William G. (Bill) Friend (July 25, 1928-December 16, 2018) Department of Zoology

    Denis William Magill (June 1939 – November 2018). Professor Emeritus, former Director of the Department of Sociology undergraduate program and University Health Studies program.

    Desmond Morton (1937-September 4, 2019) Principal of Erindale College (1986-1994); Professor of political science at McGill University

    Ruth Pike (April 8, 1932-March 7, 2019) Applied Psychology, OISE

    James Cunningham (Jim) Ritchie (July 20, 1929 – October 3, 2018) Professor of Botany and Chair, Division of Life Science UTSC

    Jack Shapiro (d January 17, 2019) Chair of Toronto Board of Health. Toronto General Hospital and Cancer Care of Ontario. Partner of Merrijoy Kelner.

    Peter Silcox (1939-October 12, 2019) Principal of Woodsworth College (1977-1984); Associate Dean and Vice-Principal UTM (1988-1993)

    Frances Silverman (1942-December 11, 2018) Physiology, University of Toronto, Gage Institute & Dalla Lana School of Public Health

    Mladen Vranic (April 3, 1930 – June 18, 2019) Physiology, Faculty of Medicine

    George Kurt Weissenborn 1929 – November 2, 2018. Retired in 1995 as Associate Professor at St. Michael’s College teaching German language and literature.

    Michael Wilson. The Honourable Michael Wilson was Chancellor of Trinity College (2003-2006) and the 33rd Chancellor of the University of Toronto (2012-2018).

    In Memoriam, 2018-2019

    David Booth (d December 20, 2018) Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, OISE

    Meyer Brownstone (June 26, 1922-April 3, 2019) Professor and director of Political Economy (U of T); Professor of Environmental Studies (York U)

    Donald Adam Burwash (May 20, 1930-November 16, 2018) Volunteer in the Senior College office on McCaul St. for over four years

    John Davis Died May 22, 2019. Professor Emeritus at OISE in the departments of Educational Administration and Theory and Policy Studies

    Hans de Groot (1939-February 13, 2019)  Department of English, University College

    William G. (Bill) Friend (July 25, 1928-December 16, 2018) Department of Zoology

    Denis William Magill (June 1939 – November 2018). Professor Emeritus, former Director of the Department of Sociology undergraduate program and University Health Studies program.

    Desmond Morton (1937-September 4, 2019) Principal of Erindale College (1986-1994); Professor of political science at McGill University

    Ruth Pike (April 8, 1932-March 7, 2019) Applied Psychology, OISE

    James Cunningham (Jim) Ritchie (July 20, 1929 – October 3, 2018) Professor of Botany and Chair, Division of Life Science UTSC

    Jack Shapiro (d January 17, 2019) Chair of Toronto Board of Health.

    Toronto General Hospital and Cancer Care of Ontario. Partner of Merrijoy Kelner.

    Peter Silcox (1939-October 12, 2019) Principal of Woodsworth College (1977-1984); Associate Dean and Vice-Principal UTM (1988-1993)

    Frances Silverman (1942-December 11, 2018) Physiology, University of Toronto, Gage Institute & Dalla Lana School of Public Health

    Mladen Vranic (April 3, 1930 – June 18, 2019) Physiology, Faculty of Medicine

    George Kurt Weissenborn 1929 – November 2, 2018. Retired in 1995 as Associate Professor at St. Michael’s College teaching German language and literature.

    Michael Wilson. The Honourable Michael Wilson was Chancellor of Trinity College (2003-2006) and the 33rd Chancellor of the University of Toronto (2012-2018).

    Robert Harold Blackburn, died in his 101st year on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Chief Librarian where he served a distinguished career from 1954-81

    David Booth (d December 20, 2018) Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, OISE

    Meyer Brownstone (June 26, 1922-April 3, 2019) Professor and director of Political Economy (U of T); Professor of Environmental Studies (York U)

    Donald Adam Burwash (May 20, 1930-November 16, 2018) Volunteer in the Senior College office on McCaul St. for over four years

    John Davis Died May 22, 2019. Professor Emeritus at OISE in the departments of Educational Administration and Theory and Policy Studies

    Hans de Groot (1939-February 13, 2019)  Department of English, University College

    William G. (Bill) Friend (July 25, 1928-December 16, 2018) Department of Zoology

    Denis William Magill (June 1939 – November 2018). Professor Emeritus, former Director of the Department of Sociology undergraduate program and University Health Studies program.

    Desmond Morton (1937-September 4, 2019) Principal of Erindale College (1986-1994); Professor of political science at McGill University

    Ruth Pike (April 8, 1932-March 7, 2019) Applied Psychology, OISE

    James Cunningham (Jim) Ritchie (July 20, 1929 – October 3, 2018) Professor of Botany and Chair, Division of Life Science UTSC

    Jack Shapiro (d January 17, 2019) Chair of Toronto Board of Health.

    Toronto General Hospital and Cancer Care of Ontario. Partner of Merrijoy Kelner.

    Peter Silcox (1939-October 12, 2019) Principal of Woodsworth College (1977-1984); Associate Dean and Vice-Principal UTM (1988-1993)

    Frances Silverman (1942-December 11, 2018) Physiology, University of Toronto, Gage Institute & Dalla Lana School of Public Health

    Mladen Vranic (April 3, 1930 – June 18, 2019) Physiology, Faculty of Medicine

    George Kurt Weissenborn 1929 – November 2, 2018. Retired in 1995 as Associate Professor at St. Michael’s College teaching German language and literature.

    Michael Wilson. The Honourable Michael Wilson was Chancellor of Trinity College (2003-2006) and the 33rd Chancellor of the University of Toronto (2012-2018).

    Senior College Book Club

    Chair: David Milne

    Attention Bookworms! Senior College has launched a new dedicated bookclub for fellows and external fellows for 2019-2020 . The book program, encompassing both fiction and non-fiction works, was developed by David Milne drawing on suggestions from fellows. The program inset shows the range and breadth of the reading, and the informed leadership in every club session.

    The Club got off to a fine start in September with over 20 participants weighing in on Yuval Harari’s controversial book Sapiens.  The discussion was wide-ranging and spirited.  The second session focused on the existential threat of climate change and the sad and completely inadequate political response to the crisis heretofore. The book was Bill McKibbens, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?  The session, chaired by John Yeomans, was superb, assisted as it was by expert Jessica Green who kindly agreed to attend and enrich Club discussion.  On the third session in November,  Linda Hutcheon skillfully chaired the session on Miriam Toews’ novel, A Complicated Kindness, while Maggie Redekop provided expert insight on the author and Mennonite community life and history.

    So there you have it! Great books, important topics, good participation, and informed chairs and discussants.  Next the Club tackles Thomas Piketty’s Capital, and the urgent public debate over growing inequality in a globalized world. Then the Club turns to biography,  and celebration of Beethoven in the 250th year of his birth. So so it goes, so much to enjoy! So rich and varied a menu!  Clearly Senior College continues to deliver value to its members.

    More information.

    Senior College Excursions 2019

    One of the benefits accruing to Fellows and External Fellows is the opportunity to participate in Senior College excursions, which occur about once a month. These intimate events, with an enrolment limit of roughly two dozen, are often visits to laboratories, but as you can see in the descriptions of recent ones, involve much else besides.

    We are indebted to Peter Hajnal and Linda Hutcheon for the details.

    Thursday, January 31, 2019: Backstage tour of the Four Seasons Centre.

    On the stage, presentations were given about opera performance with contributions from the technical staff. This was followed by a noon-hour piano concert in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, and then by lunch at a nearby restaurant.

    Thursday, March 19, 2019: Guided tour of Osgoode Hall and Campbell House.

    The Chief Curator described that history and architectural features of each wing of the Hall, including the mosaic floors, all public areas, the private meeting and dining rooms of the Benchers, the magnificent library which still holds the lingering scent of pipe smoke in its original cork floor, the unique American room of that library with its spiral staircase as well as the newer research facilities integrated with the old.

    Lunch was served in the Great Hall, with its high ceilings, panelling, bookshelves and stained glass windows. Afterwards, there was a shorter historical tour of Campbell House, west across the street. Once the home of Upper Canada’s first Chief Justice, it has had a checkered past. For example, in the Second World War, a displaced Japanese family was housed in the attic. That sad period was featured in a special photo exhibition in the sitting room.

    Saturday, May 11, 2019: Wandering the Waterfront

    A very interesting and eye-opening waterfront field trip given by Professor Tony Davis of the Geography and Planning Department. He took us to key areas in Scarborough to see and hear how the natural landscape has been substantially modified by human activity We looked at several sites that illustrate the dramatic changes along the Waterfront- Bluffers Park, the Leslie St. Spit, Cherry Beach, the Port Lands, the Eastern Channel and the Don River. The tour took about 4 hours, with a chartered bus between stops but involving some walking. Dr. Davis prepared an informative booklet to accompany the talk.

    Thursday, June 13, 2019: Scarborough campus walk

    Al fresco dinner in a country-like setting at the Miller Lash house at UTSC, preceded by a walk (led by Jim Gurd) through parkland. The walk, from the Guildwood GO station to the Miller Lash house was approximately 5 km long.

    Jim Gurd reported: “The event at UTSC went well, given the unwelcoming weather that we experienced. Eleven people signed up for the walk. Of these, 7 arrived for the walk on the day and 2 came only for dinner. So, 9 of 11 showed up. The walkers went through a serious downpour at the start of the walk but were prepared for the rain and arrived at UTSC in good spirits. Given the inclement weather, we ate, and dried off, inside a tent rather than on the patio in the sunshine as I had envisioned. Nevertheless, I think that we all enjoyed the event.”

    Thursday, October 3, 2019: Visit to the lab of Professor Laurence Harris, director of the Centre for Vision Research at York University. The announcement read:

    “PRISONERS OF GRAVITY
    We have evolved and grown up in the constant presence of the gravitational pull of the Earth. Dealing with gravity is an essential element of our behaviour and our perceptions. Gravity information is picked up by organs in our skull and is used to maintain stability under the constant threat of gravity. Recently we have found that our brains use gravity not only for stability but also as a reference that helps us judge distances and even help establish ownership of our bodies. Cancelling gravity in low earth orbit removes the sense of “up” but may also have other far-reaching effects. I will describe some of my experiments investigating this remarkable “sixth sense”, including an ongoing project on the International Space Station. I will also demonstrate some of the equipment that we use to alter the relationship between our gravity sensors and other senses including a Tumbling Room and a room built on its side.”

    Thursday, November 12, 2019, 10:30-12pm. We shall view and learn about the treasures housed in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library of the University of Toronto. Conducted by Pearce (P.J.) Carefoote, director of the Fisher Library. He spoke at Senior College in January of last year about how medieval manuscripts came to Toronto. Already announced on the Senior College Fellows list.