Although the weekly talks have proven to be very popular some Fellows have sought opportunities for more direct participation in discussions of particular topics and issues. To this end a more-or-less monthly series of colloquia has been established. A committee selects topics which participants, limited in number to about fifteen, are expected to become informed about prior to each meeting. A reading list, featuring readily-available sources, is circulated to participants ahead of time. Topics range over a wide variety of disciplines and much of the interest generated by this series arises from the opportunity it provides for Fellows from very different fields to interact with one another.
The Colloquiums are free for Fellows of Senior College, but RSVP is required.
It has also been decided to continue our summer program of more informal lunches in the Faculty Club.
All colloquia are scheduled for Thursday afternoon from 2 to 4 in the Senior College Conference Room on the 4th floor at 256 McCaul. We will try to set up optional lunches at a Baldwin Street restaurant before each colloquium. Registration is required in order to keep numbers down, but all members of Senior College are eligible to attend. Recommended readings will be distributed before every session.
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Topic: How Much has Changed? The Status of Women in Contemporary Society Chair: Giuliana Katz SC Colloquium: March 18, 2:00-4:00pm. Fellows and External Fellows Only. Readings: 1. Globe and Mail on Women and Power: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-power-gap/ 2. U of T to implement salary increase for more than 800 women faculty members: U of T to implement salary increase for more than 800 women faculty members (utoronto.ca) 3. Symposium on Women and the Workplace - Canada.ca: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/campaigns/symposium-women-workplace.html 4. Why women are poor…Find out more »
Topic: Should Fake News be Censored? Chair: Phil Sullivan The link to register is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo- DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NUM1ZaOERTNlo5S0NLSVQ2SFdIM1k5MktCSy4u The deadline to register is 8:00am on the day of the meeting. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants only.Find out more »
Topic: Colloquium on the CAUT censure of U of T (N.B. New topic) Chair: Daphne Maurer On April 22nd, CAUT (the Canadian Association of University Teachers) voted unanimously to censure the University of Toronto because of a perception of political interference in the Search Committee process of the Faculty of Law involving Valentina Azarova last fall. “When reviewing all the evidence, CAUT Council delegates concluded that the decision …was politically motivated, and as such constitutes a serious breach of widely recognized principles of academic…Find out more »
Topic: What are the Implications of Declining Populations in Industrialized Societies? Chair: Martin Klein The link to register is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NUQks3WElPREpTV1FENDBWWkdYRlM3QzNMUC4u The deadline to register is 8:00am on the day of the meeting. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants only.Find out more »
Topic: Old Folks at Home?: Re imagining Old Age in a Post Pandemic World Chair: Magdalena Redekop This colloquium is intended to provide an opportunity to follow up on the talk by William Reichmann about new developments in elder care. There was no time that day to have a discussion amongst ourselves. Dr. Reichmann's account of the new technology was very positive, but many of us may not live long enough to see these advances happen. One colleague spoke of having recently…Find out more »
Topic: Does the structure of social media make it difficult for democracy to deal with tribal identities? Chair and Organizer: Phil Sullivan SUGGESTED READINGS - version 2 1) The Roots and Impact of Outrage-Mongering in U.S. Political Opinion Media https://scholars.org/print/pdf/node/5055 2) Facebook Spreads Fake News Faster Than Any Other Social Website According to New Research https://www.forbes.com/sites/traversmark/2020/03/21/facebook-spreads-fake-news-faster-than-any-other-social-website-according-to-new-research/?sh=3fb5c5986e1a https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/how-to-address-the-epidemic-of-lies-in-politics/ 4) The Trouble With Tribalism: Identity politics divide America, but the idea of warring tribes is too simple https://www.theatlantic.com/membership/archive/2018/10/trouble-tribalism/573307/ 5) Trudeau's Party Passes…Find out more »
Topic: Is the existence of privileged groups essential to the functioning of societies? Chairs and Organizers: Daphne and Charles Maurer The link to register is https://forms.office.com/r/XL0i9nfb0N. The deadline to register is the morning of the talk at 8:00am. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants only on the morning of the event.Find out more »
Topic: Is the biology of reproduction an insurmountable barrier to sexual equality Chair and Organizer: Maggie Redekop In 1970, Shulamith Firestone lamented “the tyranny of reproduction” and offered a utopian vision of a time when technology would liberate women from biology. In the years since then there have been ongoing debates about how the biology of reproduction relates to gender inequities. These have been given urgency recently, not only because of developments in reproductive technology but also because of increased acceptance of…Find out more »
Colloquium: December 9, 2-4pm - Fellows & External Fellows Only Title: Manipulating Gender: Who, Why and When? Chair: Daphne Maurer Topics: How many genders do Homo sapiens have? How do the genders form? How plastic are they? When should doctors get involved? Current vocabulary: https://www.npr.org/2021/06/02/996319297/gender-identity-pronouns-expression-guide-lgbtq An academic review of the science is attached ("Gender Identity Development in Adolescence"). A review of the politics (broadly construed) from "The Economist" is attached. The link to register is https://forms.office.com/r/LkS1CAuL0Q The deadline to register…Find out more »
Colloquium: January 13, 2-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only – Zoom Only Title: “Is Artificial Intelligence Artificial?”
Colloquium: January 13, 2-4pm - Fellows & External Fellows Only - Zoom Only Title: "Is Artificial Intelligence Artificial?" Chair: Charles Maurer If a sales clerk uses a calculator to add HST to $100, is the clerk or the calculator more intelligent? What is the appropriate comparator? Are Siri and Alexa intelligent?If a computer processes information like a brain--in mathematical terms, if it calculates and works with Bayesian probabilities--is the computer as intelligent as a brain? If a computer can describe how it solves a…Find out more »