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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October 2021

SC Talk: Laura Cirelli, Psychology, U of T, “Dancing to Wheels on the Bus: The Social-emotional Context of Rhythm Perception and Production in Infancy”

October 13, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Speaker: Laura Cirelli, Psychology, U of T Title: “Smiling and Dancing to Wheels on the Bus: The Social-emotion Context of Musical Engagement in Infancy” Introducer and Host: Daphne Maurer Abstract: Around the world, caregivers engage musically with their infants. These experiences not only capture infant attention, but also have important implications for emotion regulation and forge social bonds. My research explores the social-emotional implications of these early musical interactions, and the active role that infants play in their own musical…

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SC Talk: David Novak, Religion and Philosophy, U of T, “The New World of Jewish- Christian Relations”

October 20, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: David Novak, Religion and Philosophy, U of T Title: “The New World of Jewish- Christian Relations” Introducer: Linda Corman Host: Linda Hutcheon Abstract: Until the middle of the 20th century, Jewish-Christian relations were generally acrimonious. Most Christians resented the refusal of most Jews to adopt Christianity, thereby abandoning Judaism. Jews in turn resented this Christian imposition on their theological-political independence. The fact that Christians held political power over Jews contributed to this mutual acrimony. However, due to the emergence of…

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SC Talk: Barrington Walker, History/ Assoc. V-P Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Wilfrid Laurier, “Blackness, Violence and Modern Canada”

October 27, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Barrington Walker, History/ Assoc. V-P Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Wilfrid Laurier “Blackness, Violence and Modern Canada” Introducer and Host: Marty Klein The link to register is https://forms.office.com/r/kigPnDVNLz. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants only.

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November 2021

SC Talk: Candace Kruttschnitt, SC Fellow, Sociology and Criminology, U of T, “A Different Approach to Examining Prisoner Re-entry: Life as a Film”

November 3, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Candace Kruttschnitt, SC Fellow, Sociology and Criminology, U of T Title: “A Different Approach to Examining Prisoner Re-entry: Life as a Film” Introducer: Peter Hajnal; Host: Jim Gurd The link to register is https://forms.office.com/r/pZW5BfWixn. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants only.  

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SC Talk: Janet Rossant, Molecular Genetics, U of T; “Stem Cells and Gene Editing: The Science and the Ethical Debates”

November 10, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Janet Rossant, Molecular Genetics, U of T Introducer: Bill Logan; Host: Michael Hutcheon. Title: “Stem Cells and Gene Editing: The Science and the Ethical Debates” The link to register is https://forms.office.com/r/YcqadqShV5 The Zoom link will be sent to registrants only.

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SC Talk: Trevor Levere, History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, UofT; “Science and Arctic Exploration from Ross (1818) to Nares and Feilden (1875-76)”

November 17, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Trevor Levere, History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, UofT Title: “Science and Arctic Exploration from Ross (1818) to Nares and Feilden (1875-76)" Introducer: Bibhu Mohanty; Host: Daphne Maurer Abstract: From 1818 until the loss of the last Franklin Expedition, the Royal Navy undertook a series of expeditions in search of the Northwest Passage. Admiralty instructions always included scientific observations. After the loss of Franklin and his ships and men, the Admiralty was anxious to avoid further expenses and…

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Sali Tagliamonte, Linguistics, U of T; “Soakers, Slims and Other Expressions: Including Ontario Dialects in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED)”

November 24, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Sali Tagliamonte, Linguistics, U of T Title: “Soakers, Slims and Other Expressions: Including Ontario Dialects in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED)” Introducer: Monique Nemni Host: Linda Hutcheon Abstract: In this presentation, I will discuss research I have been doing on the dialects of Ontario. The Ontario Dialects Project (ODP), as we refer to this enterprise, has been documenting the dialects of Ontario, Canada, by collecting linguistic data from Toronto, the urban centre of Ontario and the largest city in…

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January 2022

SC Talk: Peter Alberti, Medicine, U of T – “Victorian Doctor, Sir William Wilde, Otologist, Archeologist, Antiquarian, Author, Traveler, Philanderer, Genius. March 1815 – May 1876, Famous Father of an (in)Famous Son” January 5

January 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

SC Talk: Peter Alberti, Medicine, U of T Title: “Victorian Doctor, Sir William Wilde, Otologist, Archeologist, Antiquarian, Author, Traveler, Philanderer, Genius. March 1815 – May 1876, Famous Father of an (in)Famous Son” Introducer and Host: Michael Hutcheon Abstract: William Wilde was born at the end of the Napoleonic wars on the West Coast of Ireland, spoke Gaelic as a child before undertaking a surgical apprenticeship, in English speaking Dublin, at the age of 17. He was a highly talented but…

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SC Talk: Paul Frankland, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, “The Persistence and Transience of Memory”

January 12 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Host:  Jim Gurd Introducer:  Joanne Rovet Speaker: Paul Frankland, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto Title: “The Persistence and Transience of Memory” Abstract: The predominant focus in the neurobiological study of memory has been on remembering (persistence). However, recent studies have considered the neurobiology of forgetting (transience). In my talk I will draw parallels between neurobiological and computational mechanisms underlying transience. I will propose that it is the interaction between persistence and transience that allows for intelligent decision-making in dynamic, noisy…

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Kenneth Deer, Bear Clan of the Mohawk Nation of the Kahnawake Territory – “The Long Journey toward UNDRIP”.

January 13 @ 12:00 am

Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Atsenhaienton Deer, Bear Clan of the Mohawk Nation of the Kahnawake Territory Introducer: Peter Hajnal; remarks by Peter Russell Title: “The Development of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A Haudenosaunee Perspective” Abstract: Like our Elders tell us, we start all stories at the beginning. This presentation begins with the establishment of the Haudenosaunee also known as the Six Nations or the Iroquois Confederacy. Then it moves on to taking our grievances to the…

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