Weekly Programs


One of the College’s most popular activities has been a series of weekly talks held at the Faculty Club during the academic year. The presenters are often Fellows reporting on their recent work, but outside speakers are also invited. The topics are wide-ranging and cover a broad spectrum of disciplines and subjects. The format calls for an approximately one-hour talk followed by a coffee break and then a discussion period. The talks are usually recorded and made available as either streaming or downloadable podcasts. The discussion sessions, which are often very lively, are not recorded. The sessions are so popular that seating is limited and Fellows are given priority although others are welcome if space permits.


Past Weekly Talks


SC Council Meeting and Holiday Buffet Luncheon at the Faculty Club, Thursday, December 19, 2019
Dec 19 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Council Meeting: This will take place at 10:30am-12:00pm, Primrose Room (located on the second floor).

Location: The Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street.

The Holiday Buffet Luncheon: 12:00pm – 1:30pm. The price of the lunch is $45.50 (includes tax & gratuity).

***RSVP is required to attend the luncheon.***

SENIOR COLLEGE BOOK CLUB, January 7 – Fellows and External Fellows only @ Senior College Centre, Room 412A
Jan 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


The book club sessions are open to all Fellows & External Fellows of Senior College on a first-come, first served basis until the maximum number of participants is reached.

Jan 7: Thomas Piketty “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”
(Chair: Peter Russell)

Nobel laureate Paul Krugman salutes French economist Thomas Piketty as “arguably the world’s leading expert on income and wealth inequality.” Marshaling data from twenty countries, Piketty shows the stark distributional question at the heart of capitalist societies.

Watch Thomas Piketty, “Rising Inequality, Globalization, and the Changing Structure of Political Conflict,” You Tube video, April, 2018 https://youtu.be/6PVz_98qFpE

The Book Club Committee invites fellows to propose books for inclusion in the program series. We intend to offer works — fiction and non-fiction — that command our attention or address themes of public importance. Contact David Milne at dmilne70@gmail.com to Propose a Book.

The current line up can be found at this link https://seniorcollege.utoronto.ca/wp-admin/post.php?post=4540&action=edit&classic-editor .

SC Talks: “How the Baby Learns to See: Critical Periods Revisited”, Daphne Maurer, January 8, 2020 @ The Faculty Club
Jan 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

All presentations will be held on Wednesday from 2:00pm- 4pm at the Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Street. Programs are free for Fellows of Senior College, but RSVP is required. Members of Senior College who are not Fellows and visitors are asked to donate $10.00 to help defray costs. The Senior College Lunch (1:00pm) may be reserved for a reasonable fee with RSVP for the program. Registration

Contact and Chair: Contact and Chair:  Harold Atwood

The Talk: “How the Baby Learns to See: Critical Periods Revisited” by Daphne Maurer

Bio Stat:
Daphne Maurer is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, of the Association for Psychological Science, and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2015 she was awarded the Donald O. Hebb Distinguished Contribution Award from the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science.< /p>

Daphne studied babies who were born blinded by cataracts and then had their sight restored. Afterwards she followed these children into adulthood. Her findings have rewritten what science and medicine teach about visual development.


Colloquium: “Monarchy”, January 16, 2020, 2-4pm, Chair and organizer:  Peter Russell @ Senior College Centre, room 412A
Jan 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Colloquiums are free for Fellows of Senior College, but RSVP is required.

A moderator and a reporter will be recruited from the registrants. The reporter is to write a short summary of the colloquium to be circulated to Fellows and published in the Senior College Bulletin and the website.

Chair and organizer:  Peter Russell

Topic: “Monarchy”

Suggested Readings:

Attached one of my articles about monarchy that is a chapter in D. Michael Jackson, ed., The Crown and Canadian Federalism (Dundurn, 2013)

Educating Canadians on the Crown

Other suggested readings are:

  1. Nathan Tidridge, Canada’s Constitutional Monarchy, Dundurn, 2011
  2. Michael Johnson, ed., The Kingdom of Canada; 150 Years of Constitutional Monarchy, Dundurn, 2018
  3. John Fraser, “Who Will Be King of Canada?” Maclean’s, April 29, 2011