Upcoming Weekly Talks

 

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.

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June 2021

SC Talk: Susan Pfeiffer, Anthropology, U of T; Centre for the Advanced Study of Paleobiology, George Washington U. “Repatriation and Objects of Contention”

June 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Susan Pfeiffer, Anthropology, U of T; Centre for the Advanced Study of Paleobiology, George Washington U. Title: “Repatriation and Objects of Contention” Introducer: Sara Shettleworth; Host: Jim Gurd The link to register is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NUM0JDV01QR0hCT1BNNlFITUZYVUVQMU0xSy4u The deadline to register is the Wednesday of the talk at 8:00am. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants only on the morning of the event.

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SC Talk: John R. Percy, Astronomy and Astrophysics, U of T “Misconceptions about the Universe: From Everyday Life to the Big Bang”

June 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

**NEW Speaker Information for June 16, 2021 Speaker: John R. Percy, Astronomy and Astrophysics, U of T Introducer and Chair: Daphne Maurer Title: “Misconceptions about the Universe: From Everyday Life to the Big Bang” Abstract: A misconception is a belief that is strongly held, but factually incorrect.  It is a form of misinformation, which is rampant in many segments of society today.  In this profusely-illustrated, non-technical presentation, I shall provide a gentle overview of astronomy by touching on a wide…

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SC Talk: John Baird, English, U of T “Dickens and Public Health: Infection and Disease in Bleak House”

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

Speaker Information for June 23, 2021—CHANGE OF SPEAKER/TOPIC** Speaker: John Baird, English, U of T Introducer: Brian Corman Host: Linda Hutcheon Title: “Dickens and Public Health: Infection and Disease in Bleak House” Abstract: Dickens’s literary career ran over nearly four decades, from the early 1830s until his death in 1870, a period which saw momentous innovations in medicine and especially in public health.  The foundations for what would become epidemiology and virology were laid down in these years. Dickens himself…

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SC Talk: Michael Mori, Artistic Director, Tapestry Opera “Sacrilege or Survival—Opera in Adaptive Mediums”

June 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Michael Mori, Artistic Director, Tapestry Opera  "Sacrilege or Survival—Opera in Adaptive Mediums" Introducer and Host: Michael Hutcheon Abstract: Responding to crises with optimism AND informed experimentation, successes from opera sketch TV to medieval carts! Tapestry Opera's General Director Michael Hidetoshi Mori speaks on distilling the heart of the art form of opera to release its potential in new (and old) mediums... and how the successes weigh against an opera sector narrative that dismisses the non-grandiose. Bio: Michael Hidetoshi Mori…

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July 2021

SC Talk: Gwyn Campbell, Director, Indian Ocean World Centre, McGill U “Indian Ocean World History in the Context of Human-Environment Interaction”

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

Speaker: Gwyn Campbell, Director, Indian Ocean World Centre, McGill U “Indian Ocean World History in the Context of Human-Environment Interaction” Introducer and Host: Marty Klein Speaker: Gwyn Campbell, Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC), McGill University Introducer and Host: Marty Klein Abstract: This presentation challenges the conventional historical assumption that human beings constituted the motive force of their own history. It asserts human-environment interaction, rather than human action alone, as the catalyst of historical change. If this holds true, it presents…

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SC Talk: Malcolm Cohen, NASA Ames (Emeritus) “Walking Your Dog on Mars?”

July 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Malcolm Cohen, NASA Ames (Emeritus) “Walking Your Dog on Mars?” Introducer: Charlie Maurer; Host: Daphne Maurer Bio: Malcolm Cohen worked for the U.S. Department of Defence, and then for NASA, researching how people function in the unusual environments of high-performance aircraft and spacecraft. His research involved conventional laboratory studies, studies done in human centrifuges under high-G loading, and studies under weightless conditions produced in parabolic flight. He has published extensively in journals on human perception, high-stress performance, and human…

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SC Talk: Cindi Morshead, Surgery and Anatomy, U of T “Neural Stem Cells to Repair the Injured Brain: A Stroke of Genius”

July 21 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Cindi Morshead, Surgery and Anatomy, U of T     “Neural Stem Cells to Repair the Injured Brain: A Stroke of Genius” Introducer: Milton Charlton Host: Michael Hutcheon Title: “Neural Stem Cells to Repair the Injured Brain: A Stroke of Genius” Neurodegenerative disorders are the leading cause of disability and the 2nd leading cause of death worldwide.  With the aging population, the significant impact on quality of life of patients and caregivers, as well as staggering socioeconomic burden, will dramatically increase.  The treatment…

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September 2021

SC Talk: James Downar, Head, Division of Palliative Care, University of Ottawa, “Early Experience with Medical Assistance in Dying in Ontario”

September 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: James Downar, Head, Division of Palliative Care, University of Ottawa Introducer/Host: Michael Hutcheon Title: “Early Experience with Medical Assistance in Dying in Ontario” Abstract: The learning objectives for the lecture include: Be aware of the demographics of people who request and receive MAID in Ontario Appreciate the issues that are driving (and not driving) the desire for MAID Understand the current issues being discussed as part of Bill C7 Bio: James Downar is a Critical Care and Palliative Care…

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SC Talk: Christina E. Kramer, Slavic Languages and Literatures, U of T, “Lines of Labour: Sound and Sense in Literary Translation”

September 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Christina E. Kramer, Slavic Languages and Literatures, U of T Introducer/Host: Linda Hutcheon Title: “Lines of Labour: Sound and Sense in Literary Translation” Abstract: In her talk on translation, Kramer will discuss the workings of literary translations, from theory to practice, to engage with the processes in moving from one language to another. She will discuss different levels of linguistics from phonetics, to lexicon, to syntax, in order to explain the myriad decisions a translator makes in order to…

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SC Talk: Jeffrey L. Stokes, Faculty of Music, Western, “Beethoven and the Commercialization of Maezel’s Metronome”

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

Speaker: Jeffrey L. Stokes, Faculty of Music, Western Introducer and Host: Jim Gurd Title: "Beethoven and the Commercialization of Maezel's Metronome" Abstract: For a few years after 1812, the paths of a great celebrity composer and a truly gifted entrepreneur crossed in Vienna, at just the perfect moment during an epochal culture shift, to make for a sudden transformation in musical practice. This talk tells the story of marketing Maelzel’s Metronome, its intersection with Beethoven biography, and the implications for…

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