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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November 2020

SC Talk: November 25, David Wilson, Editor of Dictionary of Canadian Biography, “Cross-dressers, Angels, Gangsters, Murderers and the Mother from Hell: Surprising Women in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography”

November 25, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

SC Talk: November 25, David Wilson, Editor of Dictionary of Canadian Biography, “Cross-dressers, Angels, Gangsters, Murderers and the Mother from Hell: Surprising Women in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography” Contact and Chair: Janet Paterson The link to register is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NURUY0MDAzWEpOTzBaWDM0M1hFVzZIMDJORS4u The deadline to register is the Wednesday of the talk at 8:00am. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants only.

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January 2021

SC Talk: Wednesday, January 6 at 2:00pm. Speakers: David Milne, UPEI; Edward Warrington, University of Malta; and Harold Atwood, U of T

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

Title: “An Islands Odyssey” Introducer: Monique Nemni Host: Linda Hutcheon ABSTRACT: This session brings together two political scientists and a neuroscientist to share their thoughts on islands through the lens of ecology.   David Milne will give a remembrance of islands past and set out his research on island resilience, contesting commonplace themes of island vulnerability and viability.  Edward Warrington will give a slide show featuring seven different island types or ‘species’ of governance. Harold Atwood will in turn show the deep stake that…

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SC Talk: “Feeding the Future – Climate Change, Population Growth and Technology”

January 13, 2021 @ 2:00 pm

Speaker: Evan Fraser, Director, Arrell Food Institute; Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics, University of Guelph Introducer: Jim Gurd ABSTRACT: Today the same technologies that brought us the Internet and are transforming medicine are reshaping food and farming systems. Smart tractors that know where they are in the field and plant the right seed in the right place and give it the right amount of fertilizer, robotic milkers that boost productivity while maintaining herd health and reducing potentially harmful inputs…

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SC Talk: “What happens to your brain after anesthesia and surgery?” 

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

Speaker: Beverley Orser, MD, PhD, FRSC. FRCPC, FCAHS Introducer: Milton Charlton BIO: Dr. Orser is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto and a practicing anesthesiologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Canada. Her preclinical research has provided fundamental insights about how general anesthetic drugs depress brain function, how these drug cause adverse side effects, and how to mitigate the side effects. Her laboratory first demonstrated the unique pharmacological properties of extrasynaptic GABAA receptors then identified…

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SC Talk: “COVID-19: A Crisis of Expertise”

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

Speaker:  Colin Furness, Faculty of Information; Dalla Lana School of Public Health, U of T Host: Marty Klein Introducer: Linda Corman Bio: Colin Furness is an infection control epidemiologist, and assistant professor (teaching stream) in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. He received his PhD in the interdisciplinary field of knowledge management in 2010 and his Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in 2014. He worked in industry for…

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February 2021

SC Talk: “Crossing Borders in the Ark of Knowledge: The Role of Libraries and Archives in the Performance of 18th Century Music”, Alison Mackay

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

Speaker: Alison Mackay, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra Title: “Crossing Borders in the Ark of Knowledge: The Role of Libraries and Archives in the Performance of 18th Century Music” Introducer: Peter Hajnal Host: David Milne Bio: Alison Mackay is a Toronto musician who was the principal double-bass player in the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra for forty years. Her multi-media projects have toured across the world and five of them have been made into documentary films. Her Galileo Project was honoured by the International…

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SC Talk, Nathalie DesRosiers, “No Shortage of Injustices”

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

Speaker: Nathalie DesRosiers, Principal,  Massey College SC Talk: "No Shortage of Injustices” Host and Introducer: Linda Corman Abstract: The talk will deal with two main issues: 1. The perplexing issue of the interaction between economic vulnerability and legal rights; 2.  The role of legal advocacy: its relationship with politics and its strategical questions. Bio: Nathalie Des Rosiers is the Principal of Massey College.  From 2016 -2019, she was MPP representing the riding of Ottawa-Vanier.  She was Minister of Natural Resources…

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SC Talk: Robert Bothwell, “Nero and Trump: Parallel Lives”

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

Speaker: Robert Bothwell, History, U of T Title: “Nero and Trump: Parallel Lives” Introducer: Linda Corman; Host: Jim Gurd The link to register is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NUOVU2RzFUUURZWk81SThYVEpJVUk0NTJGOS4u 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: Paul-Alain Beaulieu, “The Babylonian Zodiac”

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

Speaker: Paul-Alain Beaulieu, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, U of T Title: “The Babylonian Zodiac” Introducer: Bibhu Mohanty; Host: Daphne Maurer The link to register is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NUNkdBSldONEVKWlpXSkFYWkdMTzZUR1hOWS4u 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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March 2021

SC Talk: Rosemary Sullivan, English, U of T, “Stalin’s Daughter: A Biographer’s Tumultuous Journey”

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

Speaker: Rosemary Sullivan, English, U of T Title: “Stalin’s Daughter: A Biographer’s Tumultuous Journey” Introducer and Host: Linda Hutcheon The link to register is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NUQUxIVkZNUjE5T0kzQThZNTVaSTNKVkM3MS4u 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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