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October 2020

SC Talk, Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 2pm, Title: “Putting It Together” (‘It’ = 2020-21 Season at RCM and Koerner Hall) + concert. Speaker: Mervon Mehta

October 7, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

All talks are followed by a discussion. The talks will be held on Wednesdays from 2:00pm- 4:00pm. Currently, this event is in person or ZOOM and in person (with performer). If you have any questions, then please email senior.college@utoronto.ca. Title: “Putting It Together during the Pandemic” (‘It’ = 2020-21 Season at RCM and Koerner Hall) + concert Speaker: Mervon Mehta, Executive Director, Performing Arts, Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto Contact and Chair: Deanne Bogdan BIO and ABSTRACT: Former Vice-President of…

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SC Talk: “Einstein’s Error: Curiosity vs. Interest” Speaker: Suzanne Hidi, Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, OISE

October 14, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract:  In 2018 December, Suzanne was a plenary speaker at the ‘Emerging Sciences and Educational Innovations Conference’ at the University of Pennsylvania. The topic of her presentation was “Curiosity, Interest and Neuroscience.” Her talk for Senior College will be an updated extension of this presentation. She will consider conceptual distinctions, relations and implications of curiosity and interest, and in her discussion she will address psychological and neuroscientific research, educational practice and grandparents' concerns. Biodata: Suzanne Hidi is an educational psychologist and…

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SC Talk: “Values vs. Interests in Canadian Foreign Policy: Four Case Studies”, Jon Allen, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

October 21, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

ABSTRACT: Most governments and all liberal democracies face the difficult task of balancing their countries’, and their particular governments’, values and interests when choosing how to respond to complex foreign policy issues. Four recent Canadian foreign policy dilemmas, the Khashoggi and Meng cases, Russia’s takeover of Crimea and Israel’s threatened annexation of up to thirty per cent of the West Bank, highlight the government’s difficult balancing act. Jon Allen, who spent thirty-six years in Canada’s Foreign Service, ending his career…

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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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SC Talk, Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 2pm, Title: “Can We Use Bugs as Drugs?” Speaker: Emma Allen-Vercoe

October 28, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract There is now abundant evidence that the microbial consortium associated with a host – its microbiome – is critically important to the health of the host. Health is generally associated with a gut microbiota of high species diversity. When this diversity is degraded, damage to the microbial ecosystem may occur. In these cases, there exists an opportunity to mitigate the damage by introducing microbial communities therapeutically. However, a major barrier to this approach is understanding how best to predict…

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November 2020

Book Club: S. Levitsky & D. Ziblatt,  How Democracies Die, Monday, November 2 at 2-4pm

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

The Club meets on the eve of the American election to discuss this blunt warning of threats to American democracy by leading Harvard experts drawing on experience from countries throughout the world. Here patterns of authoritarian undermining of liberal democracies are laid bare, and a litmus test conducted on Donald Trump. The Club will discuss the election campaigns, projections, and consequences of the outcome for the future of the American republic and the international order. The deadline to register is…

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SC Talk: November 4, Stephen Batiuk, Near-Eastern Studies, U of T “The History of Grapes and Winemaking: Prehistoric Times to the Present”

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

SC Talk: November 4, Stephen Batiuk, Near-Eastern Studies, U of T “The History of Grapes and Winemaking: Prehistoric Times to the Present” Contact and Chair:  Bibhu Mohanty Abstract: Wine is one of the most commonly enjoyed and alcoholic beverages in the modern world. But what is the antiquity and history of this otherworldly drink? When and how was it first developed? How did it spread from its point of origin? Dr. Stephen Batiuk will show how new archaeological fieldwork and…

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SC Talk: November 11, Thomas Axworthy ,”Liberal Internationalism – Post COVID: Still Relevant? Still Possible?” Contact and Chair:

November 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

SC Talk: November 11, Thomas Axworthy ,"Liberal Internationalism - Post COVID: Still Relevant? Still Possible?" Contact and Chair: Peter Russell The link to register is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NUQkJHVzVPTFFYSDU0MU5KRTUwSEdCRkJVMy4u 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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SC Talk: November 18, Ian Dejardin, Executive Director, McMichael Collection “What Forces Formed the Group of Seven?”

November 18, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

SC Talk: November 18, Ian Dejardin, Executive Director, McMichael Collection “What Forces Formed the Group of Seven?” Contact and Chair: Jim Gurd The link to register is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NUNjMxOE5YME1EVzRKOFBYMU9BMEVYQUs5UC4u 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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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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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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15th Annual Senior College Symposium, “Ethical Challenges of the 21st Century”

November 30, 2020 @ 9:15 am - 4:00 pm
Free

Registration is open to the wider community. So be sure to register early. Advance registration is required. The direct link to register is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NUN0ZWNjlMNUNYNjlOWUxZUDRDR1VYTFlaTi4u The deadline to register is Thursday, November 26 at noon. The Zoom link will be sent to registrants the afternoon of Thursday, November 26. All are welcome to attend.  Please forward the details to interested parties. To see  videos of last year's symposium please go to https://seniorcollege.utoronto.ca/14th-annual-symposium/ We hope to see you there! The Program for…

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December 2020

Book Club, December 7, David Reich, Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past

December 7, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

December 7:David Reich, Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past</p< Chair: Sara Shettleworth, with Anthropologist, Susan Pfeiffer The title says it all: this exciting and important book describes how humans spread across the planet, with a cast of characters ranging from Neanderthals, Denisovans, and "Hobbits" to the earliest arrivals in North America not so very long ago. Reich clearly describes the genetic and statistical techniques used by ancient DNA…

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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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Join us for a “Happy Holidays” virtual coffee break – the last event of the year

December 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This will be a 60 minute meeting at which you will be able to talk, via video connection, with other members of Senior College who opt to join the meeting. No agenda, no specific objective, just friendly conversation. Registration for the coffee break is open to Fellows, External Fellows and all other Members of Senior College. After initial introductions, and if numbers warrant, we will divide into smaller break-out rooms of 6 - 8 people so you can talk more easily.…

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January 2021

Book Club, Jan 4: Olga Tokarczuk, Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead

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

Book Club: Jan 4, Olga Tokarczuk, Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead Chair:  Linda Hutcheon Touted as a literary murder mystery, this noir novel by the Polish Nobel Prize-winning (2018) writer brings together themes of aging, animal cruelty, and politics of all kinds.  The Guardian review described it as "an astonishing amalgam of thriller, comedy and political treatise, written by a woman who combines an extraordinary intellect with an anarchic sensibility." The link to register is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NURVU4OTlaRElJOVk1M0NKSkw3Wk9RTklYWS4u The…

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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 @ 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 Virtual Coffee Break

January 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This will be a 60 minute meeting at which you will be able to talk, via video connection, with other members of Senior College who opt to join the meeting. No agenda, no specific objective, just friendly conversation. Registration for the coffee break is open to Fellows, External Fellows and all other Members of Senior College. After initial introductions, and if numbers warrant, we will divide into smaller break-out rooms of 6 - 8 people so you can talk more easily.…

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

January 13 @ 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 @ 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 Virtual Coffee Break: Tuesday, January 26, 2:00pm

January 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Coffee Break scheduled for January 26 will have as its theme Hobbies and other personal pursuits. The session will start with a brief presentation by Robert Harrison describing his model railway set up. Following Robert's presentation, you are invited to discuss your own interest, be it stamp collecting, drone flying, bird watching, bread making or anything else, or the conversation may wander where it will. Registration for the coffee break is open to Fellows, External Fellows and all other…

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

January 27 @ 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

Book Club: Feb 1, Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf, Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination – For Fellows and External Fellows only

February 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Book Club: Feb 1, Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf, Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination Chair: Marty Klein “With characteristic insight and intellectual rigor, Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf have produced a powerful and lasting portrait of the mind of Thomas Jefferson. This is an essential and brilliant book by two of the nation’s foremost scholars -- a book that will, like its protagonist, endure.” (Jon Meacham) At the heart of the mystery…

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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 @ 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 Virtual Coffee Break: Tuesday, February 9, 2:00pm

February 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This will be a 60 minute meeting at which you will be able to talk, via video connection, with other members of Senior College who opt to join the meeting. No agenda, no specific objective, just friendly conversation. Registration for the coffee break is open to Fellows, External Fellows and all other Members of Senior College. After initial introductions, and if numbers warrant, we will divide into smaller break-out rooms of 6 - 8 people so you can talk more…

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

February 10 @ 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 @ 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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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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SC Virtual Coffee Break: Tuesday, February 23, 2:00pm

February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This will be a 60 minute meeting at which you will be able to talk, via video connection, with other members of Senior College who opt to join the meeting. No agenda, no specific objective, just friendly conversation. Registration for the coffee break is open to Fellows, External Fellows and all other Members of Senior College. After initial introductions, and if numbers warrant, we will divide into smaller break-out rooms of 6 - 8 people so you can talk more…

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SC Talk: Paul-Alain Beaulieu, “The Babylonian Zodiac”

February 24 @ 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 @ 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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SC Virtual Coffee Break: Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 2:00pm

March 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This will be a 60 minute meeting at which you will be able to talk, via video connection, with other members of Senior College who opt to join the meeting. No agenda, no specific objective, just friendly conversation. Registration for the coffee break is open to Fellows, External Fellows and all other Members of Senior College. After initial introductions, and if numbers warrant, we will divide into smaller break-out rooms of 6 - 8 people so you can talk more…

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SC Talk: Patrick Bedford, “A Regulatory Perspective on Gene Therapy Development and Commercialization”

March 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Patrick Bedford, Principal Consultant, weCANreg Consulting Group Inc. Title: “A Regulatory Perspective on Gene Therapy Development and Commercialization” Introducer: Milton Charlton; Host: Michael Hutcheon The link to register is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NUOVRBSzlNSkUwUEY1SUFaUU5NRTE2S0lQRS4u 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: Stephen Katz, “Tracked and Fit: FitBits, Brain Games, and the Quantified Aging Body”

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

Speaker: Stephen Katz, Trent University Centre for Aging and Society Title: "Tracked and Fit: FitBits, Brain Games, and the Quantified Aging Body" Introducer and Host: Michael Hutcheon The link to register is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NUOUw0UTJFSkhZVUNKMlFCMlFROUszM0s0Sy4u 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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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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SC Virtual Coffee Break: Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 2:00pm

March 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This will be a 60 minute meeting at which you will be able to talk, via video connection, with other members of Senior College who opt to join the meeting. No agenda, no specific objective, just friendly conversation. Registration for the coffee break is open to Fellows, External Fellows and all other Members of Senior College. After initial introductions, and if numbers warrant, we will divide into smaller break-out rooms of 6 - 8 people so you can talk more…

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SC Talk: Russell Brown and Donna Bennett, “Editing English-Canada’s National Anthology in an Era of Social Change; or, How Do You Handle a Problem like Duncan Campbell Scott”

March 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Russell Brown and Donna Bennett, UTSC,  English Title: "Editing English-Canada’s National Anthology in an Era of Social Change; or, How Do You Handle a Problem like Duncan Campbell Scott" Introducer: Brian Corman; Host: Linda Hutcheon The link to register is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NUOU5MSUdCTUFFRlIyU1FUTjlXSlpCVTFKVC4u 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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April 2021

Book Club: April 6, 2021 at 2:00pm-4:00pm: Thomas King – Green Grass, Running Water – Fellows & External Fellows Only

April 6 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Book Club: April 6, 2021 at 2:00pm-4:00pm: Thomas King - Green Grass, Running Water - Fellows & External Fellows Only Chair: Maggie Redekop As the author describes this now classic Canadian Indigenous novel: “Strong, sassy women and hard-luck hard-headed men, all searching for the middle ground between Native American tradition and the modern world, perform an elaborate dance of approach and avoidance in this magical, rollicking tale by Cherokee author Thomas King. Alberta is a university professor who would like…

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16th Annual Senior College Symposium, “Roots of Violence”

April 14 @ 8:45 am - 4:30 pm

Zoom Online – details will be sent to registrants. Free of charge Registration is open to the wider community; please forward the details to interested parties. Advance registration is required. The direct link to register is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NUNk9BMlZWOExCMzYzRlVZSDBLMFQ1N1VRSC4u. The registration deadline is Tuesday, April 13 at noon, and the Zoom link will be sent to registrants that afternoon. We hope to see you there!

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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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SC Virtual Coffee Break: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 2:00pm – all members

April 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This will be a 60 minute meeting at which you will be able to talk, via video connection, with other members of Senior College who opt to join the meeting. No agenda, no specific objective, just friendly conversation. Registration for the coffee break is open to Fellows, External Fellows and all other Members of Senior College. After initial introductions, and if numbers warrant, we will divide into smaller break-out rooms of 6 - 8 people so you can talk more…

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May 2021

Book Club: May 3, 2021 at 1:00pm-3:00pm: Edward Glaeser – The Triumph of the City -For Fellows and External Fellows only

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

Book Club: May 3, 2021 at 1:00pm-3:00pm: Edward Glaeser - The Triumph of the City - For Fellows and External Fellows only Chair: David Milne “Edward Glaeser is one of the world’s most brilliant economists, and Triumph of the City is a masterpiece. Seamlessly combining economics and history, he explains why cities are ‘our species’ greatest invention.” (Steven Levitt) Launching himself on a grand international tour from past to present, and across continents, he takes us on a thrilling ride…

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SC Talk: Speaker: Cheryl Suzack, English, U of T “Stories from Bella Bella: On Being a Guest and Researcher in Heiltsuk Territory”

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

Speaker: Cheryl Suzack, English, Indigenous Studies, Law, U of T Talk: "Stories from Bella Bella: On Being a Guest and Researcher in Heiltsuk Territory" Introducer: Linda Corman; Host: Linda Hutcheon Abstract: This talk reflects on the research ethics and protocols associated with being a guest and researcher in Heiltsuk First Nation territory. It focuses on a community-based project documenting community resilience in managing environmental crises, using the Nathan E. Stewart oil spill as a case study. Its objective is to…

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SC Talk: William E. Reichman, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Baycrest “Innovation and the Coming Transformation of Seniors Healthcare”

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

Speaker: William E. Reichman, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Baycrest, Professor of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto “Innovation and the Coming Transformation of Seniors Healthcare” Introducer: Brian Corman; Host: Daphne Maurer Abstract Several emerging social and technological trends are likely to cause significant disruption to our existing models of health care delivery to older adults. These trends include: increasing longevity, morbidity compression, the “retailization” of healthcare services, the growth of integrated value-based healthcare systems, the advance of remote…

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SC Virtual Coffee Break: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 2:00pm – all members

May 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This will be a 60 minute meeting at which you will be able to talk, via video connection, with other members of Senior College who opt to join the meeting. No agenda, no specific objective, just friendly conversation. Registration for the coffee break is open to Fellows, External Fellows and all other Members of Senior College. After initial introductions, and if numbers warrant, we will divide into smaller break-out rooms of 6 - 8 people so you can talk more…

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SC Talk: P.J. Carefoote, Head, Rare Books and Special Collections, Fisher Rare Book Library – “Stop the Presses: A Brief History of Literary Censorship in Canada”

May 19 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Speaker: P.J. Carefoote, Head, Rare Books and Special Collections, Fisher Rare Book Library (please note CHANGE of speaker) Title: “Stop the Presses: A Brief History of Literary Censorship in Canada” Introducer: Linda Corman; Host: Linda Hutcheon Abstract: Canadians tend to think about literary censorship as something that has had a chilling effect on societies other than their own. In this presentation P.J. Carefoote will trace the history of literary censorship across Canada from the 17th century to the present, considering…

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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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SC Talk: Dwayne Benjamin, Economics, U of T; Provostial Advisor, Reruitment, Enrolment, and Educational Space & Technology   “Labour Market Outcomes of PhD Graduates in Canada: A Closer Look at the CCA’s “Degrees of Success.”

May 26 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Speaker: Dwayne Benjamin, Economics, U of T; Provostial Advisor, Reruitment, Enrolment, and Educational Space & Technology Title: “Labour Market Outcomes of PhD Graduates in Canada: A Closer Look at the CCA’s “Degrees of Success.” Introducer and Host: Linda Hutcheon Abstract: The Canadian Council of Academies Expert Panel on the Labour Market Transition of PhD Graduates was struck to address the following question: What are the main challenges that PhD students in Canada face in transitioning to the labour market, and…

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June 2021

SC Virtual Coffee Break: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 2:00pm – all members

June 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This will be a 60 minute meeting at which you will be able to talk, via video connection, with other members of Senior College who opt to join the meeting. No agenda, no specific objective, just friendly conversation. Registration for the coffee break is open to Fellows, External Fellows and all other Members of Senior College. After initial introductions, and if numbers warrant, we will divide into smaller break-out rooms of 6 - 8 people so you can talk more…

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SC Talk: Diana Fu, Political Science, U of T, Asian Institute, Munk School   “China’s Rise as a Superpower—and its Implications for Canada”

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

Speaker: Diana Fu, Political Science, U of T, Asian Institute, Munk School   “China’s Rise as a Superpower—and its Implications for Canada” Introducer and Host: David Milne Abstract: China is an indisputable global power today. How did China transform from a poor, developing country to a nation of “wolf warriors” on the world stage?  How ought we to read the tea leaves of Chinese politics under Xi Jinping?  As Canada navigates one of the thorniest periods in its relationship with China, it…

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Book Club: June 7, 2021 at 2:00pm-4:00pm: James Robert Brown – Who Rules in Science? An Opiniated Guide to the Wars – Fellows & External Fellows Only

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

Book Club: June 7, 2021: James Robert Brown - Who Rules in Science? An Opiniated Guide to the Wars - Fellows & External Fellows Only. Chair: Phil Sullivan Author: James Robert Brown “This is a wonderful book: funny, learned, intelligent, strong-minded. In a clear and understanding fashion, James Robert Brown introduces us to the battles over the nature of science. He is never afraid to make judgments, yet always with appreciation of people's positions, however extreme. If you read only…

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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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Meet Your Colleagues: Phil Sullivan will discuss how a mechanical model of the upper airways produced insights into COVID 19 treatment.

June 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Meet Your Colleagues : Phil Sullivan will discuss how a mechanical model of the upper airways produced insights into COVID 19 treatment. The link to register is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NUNklLVkZVRkxWRDVHVzlCRkJEVTRYWU5ONyQlQCNjPTEu The Zoom link will be sent to registrants only.

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June Senate meeting followed directly by a Council meeting. Tuesday June 15 starting at 2 PM

June Senate meeting followed directly by a Council meeting. Tuesday June 15 starting at 2 PM. Please register at: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NURUFFT0wxSlFHWUkzUjVBNEc0UEJQTkhJMiQlQCNjPTEu Agenda and links to follow.

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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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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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Meet Your Colleagues:  Kathy O’Connell will discuss her research on Indian Nobel Prize-winner Rabindranath Tagore.

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

Meet Your Colleagues :  Kathy O’Connell will discuss her research on Indian Nobel Prize-winner Rabindranath Tagore. The link to register is  https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NUQ09URDhBTEdaS1RWOEpXM1dJN0haUkVVQyQlQCNjPTEu The Zoom link will be sent to registrants only.  

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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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Meet Your Colleagues: Merrijoy Kelner will talk about her career as a sociologist

June 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Meet Your Colleagues : Merrijoy Kelner will talk about her career as a sociologist The link to register is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NUREtEOFpEWlVHMFAwM1NFU1JMMzJYNjhOWiQlQCNjPTEu The Zoom link will be sent to registrants only.  

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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

Book Club: Jul 5, 2021: Bernardine Evaristo – Girl, Woman, Other – Fellows & External Fellows Only

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

Book Club: Jul 5, 2021: Bernardine Evaristo - Girl, Woman, Other Chair: Linda Hutcheon Joint winner (with Atwood’s The Testaments) for the 2019 Booker Prize, this novel follows the intertwining lives of a dozen Black British women of all ages, tackling (with humour and humanity, sympathy and grace) issues of race, gender, sexuality, and politics more generally. The Booker judges described it as “a must-read about modern Britain and womanhood” and the New Statesman claimed: “if you want to understand…

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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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Meet Your Colleagues: Sandra Acker will discuss her “Editor Project,” which involved interviews with editors of Higher Education Journals.

July 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Meet Your Colleagues :  Sandra Acker will discuss her “Editor Project,” which involved interviews with editors of Higher Education Journals. The link to register is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NUMkJJQk8xODhSSFRMRlZPWE8yVUg5QjhHMCQlQCNjPTEu  The Zoom link will be sent to registrants only.

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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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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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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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Meet Your Colleagues: Violinist Morry Kernerman will talk “My Life in Music”.

July 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Meet Your Colleagues: Morry Kernerman, formerly violinist and assistant concertmaster with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, will be talking about “My Life in Music”. The link to register is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NUMDUyTEo0OU5TSkI5NTdUV1RBSFczRERBSiQlQCNjPTEu The Zoom link will be sent to registrants only.

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August 2021

Book Club: Aug 3, 2021: Northrop Frye – The Educated Imagination – Fellows & External Fellows Only

August 3 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Book Club: Aug 3, 2021: Northrop Frye - The Educated Imagination Tuesday, August 3 (because of holiday weekend): a classic! Chair: Germaine Warkentin Host: Linda Hutcheon These four brief essays started life as the 1962 Massey Lectures and still stand today as Canada’s acclaimed literary scholar’s most accessible (and enjoyable) exploration of the value of literature in our social, political and religious worlds. As he puts it: “Literature as a whole is not an aggregate of exhibits with red and…

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Meet Your Colleagues: John David Stewart will discuss his work with the inhaled Insulin “Afrezza.”

August 10 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Meet Your Colleagues: John David Stewart will discuss his work with the inhaled Insulin “Afrezza.” The link to register is https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=JsKqeAMvTUuQN7RtVsVSEKo-DHaj3xRAluk2q6EEM7NUNzhZVzRTWVBDSzFTWjhRWlZBR0tSWU5GRCQlQCNjPTEu The Zoom link will be sent to registrants only.

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September 2021

Book Club: September 7, 2021: Pekka Hämäläinen, Lakota America: A New History of Indigenous Power – Fellows & External Fellows Only

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

Tuesday, September 7 (because of holiday weekend) Among New York Times Critics' Top Books of 2019, the top 10 Best History Books of 2019 by Smithsonian Magazine, and winner of the MPIBA reading of the West Book Award for narrative nonfiction, this is "brilliant, bold, gripping history."  "At first glance it is every inch a sober, stately work of scholarship, -- purportedly the first complete history of the Lakotas, the tribe of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, of the regime…

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

September 29 @ 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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Senate meeting followed directly by a Council meeting, September 30, 2021 starting at 2 PM on Zoom

September 30 @ 2:00 pm

There will be a Senate meeting (Fellows, External Fellows & Members) followed directly by a Council meeting on  Zoom. The Senior College Council meeting will follow the meeting of the Senate. Please register to receive the Zoom information: https://forms.office.com/r/9m9c0E4jUx The Zoom link will be sent to registrants only. Agenda, other attachments to follow.

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October 2021

Book Club October 4, 2021, at 2-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only

October 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Book Club October 4, 2021, at 2-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only Walter Isaacson, The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing and the Future of the Human Race, 2021 Chair: Bill Logan We have also enclosed an abbreviated reading (our ‘Coles Notes’) so that those who are pressed for time in managing longer books can still participate. The program extract for our next book, The Code Breaker, is appended along with the registration link. A somewhat longer description of our next…

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

October 6 @ 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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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 @ 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 Virtual Coffee Break: Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 2:00pm – all members

October 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This will be a 60 minute meeting at which you will be able to talk, via video connection, with other members of Senior College who opt to join the meeting. No agenda, no specific objective, just friendly conversation. Registration for the coffee break is open to Fellows, External Fellows and all other Members of Senior College. After initial introductions, and if numbers warrant, we will divide into smaller break-out rooms of 6 - 8 people so you can talk more…

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

October 20 @ 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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Colloquium:  October 21 at 2:00pm-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only

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

Topic: Is the existence of privileged groups essential to the functioning of societies? Chairs and Organizers: Daphne and Charles Maurer The link to register is https://forms.office.com/r/XL0i9nfb0N. The deadline to register is the morning 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: Barrington Walker, History/ Assoc. V-P Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Wilfrid Laurier, “Blackness, Violence and Modern Canada”

October 27 @ 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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SC Virtual Coffee Break: Friday, October 29, 2021 at 2:00pm – all members

October 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This will be a 60 minute meeting at which you will be able to talk, via video connection, with other members of Senior College who opt to join the meeting. No agenda, no specific objective, just friendly conversation. Registration for the coffee break is open to Fellows, External Fellows and all other Members of Senior College. After initial introductions, and if numbers warrant, we will divide into smaller break-out rooms of 6 - 8 people so you can talk more…

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November 2021

Book Club November 1, 2021, at 2-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only

November 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Book Club November 1, 2021, at 2-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only Daniel Mendelsohn, An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic, 2017 Chair: Linda Hutcheon (302 pp, available in e-book and audio-book format) Part family memoir, part a study of Homer’s Odyssey, part travelogue, it eloquently tells the story of the author’s intellectual and emotional adventure that begins when his 81-year-old father enrolls in the classics seminar he teaches at Bard College on Homer’s Odyssey. The father’s…

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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 @ 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 @ 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 Virtual Coffee Break: Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 2:00pm – all members

November 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This will be a 60 minute meeting at which you will be able to talk, via video connection, with other members of Senior College who opt to join the meeting. No agenda, no specific objective, just friendly conversation. Registration for the coffee break is open to Fellows, External Fellows and all other Members of Senior College. After initial introductions, and if numbers warrant, we will divide into smaller break-out rooms of 6 - 8 people so you can talk more…

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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 @ 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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Colloquium:  November 18 at 2:00pm-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only

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

Topic: Is the biology of reproduction an insurmountable barrier to sexual equality Chair and Organizer: Maggie Redekop In 1970, Shulamith Firestone lamented “the tyranny of reproduction” and offered a utopian vision of a time when technology would liberate women from biology. In the years since then there have been ongoing debates about how the biology of reproduction relates to gender inequities. These have been given urgency recently, not only because of developments in reproductive technology but also because of increased acceptance of…

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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 @ 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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SC Virtual Coffee Break: Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 2:00pm – all members

November 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This will be a 60 minute meeting at which you will be able to talk, via video connection, with other members of Senior College who opt to join the meeting. No agenda, no specific objective, just friendly conversation. Registration for the coffee break is open to Fellows, External Fellows and all other Members of Senior College. After initial introductions, and if numbers warrant, we will divide into smaller break-out rooms of 6 - 8 people so you can talk more…

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