Monthly Colloquium for Fellows and External Fellows only

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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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October 2020

Colloquium, October 22, 2020, “Is there a difference between law and politics?” Peter Russell

October 22, 2020 @ 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: October 22: Colloquium: Is there a difference between law and politics? Peter Russell) The link to register is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NUMTRRWjBXRUw1V0JNWDdNUUxIVTZEQkZRRS4u The deadline to register is Monday, before the talk at 1pm. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants only. I wrote an article with this title…

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November 2020

Colloquium: November 19, Colloquium: Lessons for Democracy: Implications of US Election. Rob Vipond

November 19, 2020 @ 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: November 19, Colloquium: Lessons for Democracy: Implications of US Election. Rob Vipond  

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December 2020

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

December 10, 2020 @ 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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February 2021

Colloquium: SC Virtual Colloquium February 18, 2021, 2-4pm. Fellows & External Fellows Only

February 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

February 18: Is the COVID crisis an opportunity for change in government policies? Chair: Martin Klein The current crisis has revealed areas in which Canada is vulnerable and caused many of us to ask what can be done to reduce these vulnerabilities. Also, the economic impact of measures taken to protect us has caused serious economic problems and necessitated large expenditures to sustain the economy and cushion the impact on individual lives. Some commentators have suggested that these expenditures offer…

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March 2021

Colloquium: SC Virtual Colloquium March 18, 2021, 2:00-4:00pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only

March 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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…

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April 2021

Colloquium: SC Virtual Colloquium April 22, 2021, 2:00-4:00pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only

April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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.

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May 2021

Colloquium:  May 20, 2021, 1:00-3:00pm (N.B. New time) – Fellows & External Fellows Only

May 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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…

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June 2021

Colloquium: SC Virtual Colloquium June 17, 2021, 2:00-4:00pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only

June 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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.

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July 2021

Colloquium:  July 20 at 2:00pm-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only

July 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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…

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September 2021

Colloquium:  September 23 at 2:00pm-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only

September 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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…

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