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

June 23, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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SC Talk: Cheryl Misak, Philosophy, U of T; Munk School, “Frank Ramsey: A Sheer Excess of Powers”

September 29, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cheryl Misak, Philosophy, U of T; Munk School Introducer: Brian Corman; Host: Linda Hutcheon Title: Frank Ramsey: A Sheer Excess of Powers Abstract: I will talk about Frank Ramsey, the Cambridge philosopher, mathematician, and economist who died in 1930 at the age of 26 after transforming each of these disciplines. He founded a branch of pure mathematics (Ramsey Theory) and two branches of economics (optimal savings theory and optimal taxation theory). He was the only person who could stand up…

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October 2021

SC Talk: Donna Orwin, Slavic Languages and Literatures, U of T, “Politics in Dostoevsky and Tolstoy”

October 6, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Donna Orwin, Slavic Languages and Literatures, U of T Title: “Politics in Dostoevsky and Tolstoy” Introducer: Linda Corman; Host: David Milne Abstract: I turn to this topic as post-Soviet Russia remains in a transitional state, without clear principles defining its politics.  Arguably, Russia is back to reinventing itself as a modern state, as it has been doing from time to time since Peter the Great. In such a situation, it is useful to look to the past, and especially…

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