Previous Senior College Talks: January 2013 – Now

Winter 2019

January 9 Marlene Goldman What Does Literature Have to Offer to the Study of Gerontology? Contact and Chair: Linda Hutcheon

January 16 Jens Hanssen German-Jewish Echoes in 20th-Century Arab Thought Contact and Chair: Marty Klein

January 23 David Earn Puzzles in the Patterns of Plagues Contact and Chair: Daphne Maurer

January 30 Debbi Field Say Yes to Healthy School Food Contact and Chair: Marty Klein

February 6 Kang Lee Affective Artificial Intelligence and its Applications Contact and Chair: Daphne Maurer

February 13 Neil ten Kortenaar Crossing the Border Between History and Fiction: What Documentation Should People Carry with Them? Contact and Chair: Linda Hutcheon

February 20 Nav Persaud Utilization of Medicines in Different Countries Contact and Chair Milton Charlton

February 27 George Sawa and his group, Alpharabius Embracing Rich Musical Diversity Contact and Chair: Peter Hajnal

March 6 Greig Henderson Creating Legal Worlds: Story and Style in a Culture of Argument Contact and Chair: Brian Corman

March 13 Jeffrey Rosenthal The Puzzle of Luck Contact and Chair: Ed Barbeau

March 20 Derek Paul, Peter Russell, Tony Key Panel on Derek Paul’s A Leap to an Ecological Economy Contact and Chair: Peter Russell

March 27 Michael Hutcheon Lung Transplantation: The Toronto Story Contact and Chair: Linda Corman

Fall 2018

September 12 Reinhart ReithmeierThe 10,000 PhDs Project at U of T: Whither Our 2000-2015 Graduates? Contact and Chair: Harold Atwood

September 19 Harry Glasbeek Law’s Responsibility for Corporate Irresponsibility Contact: Jim Gurd Chair: Carl Baar

September 26 Ritu Birla Bazaar Practices? India and the Postcolonial History of Capitalism Contact and Chair: Marty Klein

October 3 Lawrence Harris The Perception of our Own Body Contact and Chair:
Daphne Maurer

October 10 Bob Johnson Russia today: Is There a Case for Illiberal Democracy? Contact and chair: Marty Klein

October 17 Martin Friedland The Enigmatic W.P.M. Kennedy, the First Dean of the Law School Contact and chair: Peter Russell

October 24 Peter Alberti A Photo Journey of Romania and Bulgaria Contact: Peter Russell Chair: Michael Hutcheon

October 31 Becky Sigmon The Evolution of Our Unique Upright Posture and Locomotion Contact and Chair: Bibhu Mohanty

November 7 Ian Green Honest Politics: Is It Possible? Contact and Chair: Peter Russell

November 14 Tom Robinson Philosophy through Drama Contact: Peter Russell Chair: Monique Nemni

November 21 Ramin Jahanbegloo Martin Luther King: 50 Years on Contact: Jim Gurd Chair: Linda Hutcheon

November 28 Sebastian Kvist Bloodlust: The Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour of Leeches Contact and Chair: Daphne Maurer

Winter 2018

Jan. 10 Peter Kaellgren and John Alexander Discovering Orchids in Ontario Contact and Chair: Milton Charlton

Jan. 17 P.J. Carefoote How medieval manuscripts came to Toronto Contact and Chair: Peter Hajnal

Jan. 24 Caryl Clark Haydn’s Jews Contact and Chair: Linda Hutcheon

Jan 31 Ellen Bialystok The Bilingual Adaptation: How Minds Accommodate Experience Contact and Chair: Daphne Maurer

Feb. 7 Howard Aster Topic: Small book Publishers Title: TBA Contact and Chair: Peter Russell

Feb. 14 Master Class Players Love’s Labours ‘Won’: A Tribute to St Valentine Contact: Jim Gurd Chair: Linda Hutcheon

Feb. 21 Martin Daly Killing the Competition: Economic Inequality and Homicide Contact and Chair: Daphne Maurer </p.

Feb 28 Ivan Semeniuk The crash heard around the world: The past, present and future of neutron star astronomy Contact and Chair: Jim Gurd

March 7 Harriet Friedman The Enigmatic W.P.M. Kennedy, the first dean of the law school.Contact and Chair: Peter Hajnal

March 14 Katherine Lochnan Curating Mystical Landscapes Contact and Chair: Linda Corman

March 21 Peter Russell (Organizer) Panel on Electoral reform Contact and Chair: Peter Russell

March 28 Estaban Parra Genetics and Evolution of Pigmentation in Human Populations Contact and Chair: Bibhu Mahanty

Fall 2017

September 13 Erna Paris Why Multiculturalism Matters Contact and Chair: Monique Nemni

September 20 Angela Hilyard Equity and Diversity at the University Contact and Chair: Suzanne Hidi

September 27 Pat Brubaker The Diabetes Epidemic: can lifestyle trump drugs? Contact and Chair: Harold Atwood

October 4 Alexander Neef Producing Opera in and for the 21st Century Contact and Chair: Linda Hutcheon

October 11 Jenny Campos Seeing, hearing, moving, thinking: Multisensory and cognitive interactions supporting walking and driving in older adults Contact: Daphne Maurer Chair: Suzanne Hidi

October 18 Peter Russell Canada’s Odyssey: A Country Based on Incomplete Conquests Contact: Linda Hutcheon Chair: Daphne Maurer

October 25 Ed Barbeau Mathematical Stew — What’s up in Ontario schools? Contact and Chair: Harold Atwood

November 1 Michael Marrus Lessons of the Holocaust Contact and Chair: Peter Russell

November 8 Mike Tymianski Stroke drug development from the research lab to phase-3 clinical trials: Be careful what you wish for. Contact and Chair: Jim Gurd

November 15 Ron Deibert Cyber Security and Global Civil Society: Tracking and Mitigating an Emerging Crisis. Contact and Chair: Peter Hajnal

November 22 Janet Patterson The literature of “otherness” Contact and Chair: Linda Hutcheon

Winter 2017

Jan. 11, 2017 John Beckwith Music for Huronia: the development of a new choral work. Contact: Martin Klein Chair: Peter Russell

Jan. 18, 2017 Mark Kingwell Happiness, Upgrade Anxiety, and the (Post)-Human Condition.Contact and Chair: Linda Hutcheon

Jan. 25, 2017 Maydianne Andrade The secret lives of black widow spiders: How extreme mating behaviour gives us general insights into adaptation. Contact and Chair: John Youson

Feb 1, 2017 Tavakoli-Targhi Narrating the Iranian Revolution.Contact: Martin Klein Chair: Peter Hajnal

Feb. 8, 2017 Eric Jennings The Best Avenue of Escape: Vichy France, Martinique, and Transatlantic Convergences. Contact and Chair: Martin Klein

Feb. 15, 2017 Christopher Innes and Brigitte Bogar Cabaret and the Avant-Garde: the popular basis for 20th century experimental art. Contact and Chair: Jim Gurd

Feb. 22, 2017 Martin Klein Jihad in the desert. What happened in Mali? Contact: Jim Gurd Chair: Bill Dick

March 1, 2017 Robert Gibbs The University Upside-Down and Inside-Out. Contact and Chair: Linda Hutcheon Contact and Chair: Martin Klein

March 15, 2017 Rudy Boonstra Understanding the Impact of Chronic Stress in Nature: Top-down (ecological-evolutionary) versus bottom-up (biomedical) interpretations of reality. Contact and Chair: John Youson

March 22, 2017 Mike Salter Pain Contact and Chair: Harold Atwood

Fall 2016

September 14, 2016 Alan Bewell Natures in Translation: Thinking about Nature in a new way (Chair: Linda Hutcheon) (AUDIO)

September 21, 2016 Nelson Wiseman The 2015 Canadian election (Chair: Peter Russell) (AUDIO)

September 28, 2016 Milos Popovic Neuroplasticity: Overcoming paralysis by electrical stimulation (Chair:John Youson) (AUDIO)

October 5, 2016 Michael Trebilcock Immigration and refugees (Chair: Peter Russell) (AUDIO)

October 12, 2016 John Kennedy Blind people can draw pictures using outline, perspective and metaphor: Comparisons with ice-age art, Pompeii and Berwick (Chair: Jim Gurd) (AUDIO)

October 19, 2016 Patrick Gunning A beginner’s guide to killing cancer cells (Chair: John Youson) (AUDIO)

October 26, 2016 Larry Bourne Toronto’s growing social-spatial divide (Chair:
Merrijoy Kelner) (AUDIO)

November 2, 2016 Richard Horner Why we and other living things sleep Chair: Harold Atwood) (AUDIO)

November 9, 2016 Steve Scherer Genes for autism? (Chair: Harry Schachter) (AUDIO)

November 16, 2016 Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak Who opened this door? An exploration of art and technology (Chair: Linda Hutcheon) (AUDIO)

November 23, 2016 Ryan Hurl Trump and The Problem of Presidential Power (Chair: Peter Russell) (AUDIO)

Winter 2016

Jan. 6, 2016 Panel: Brian Corman, Marinne Fedunkiw, Locke Rowe Future of the Ph.D.: Status and fate of Ph.D. training and trainees (Chair: Peter Russell) (AUDIO)

Jan. 13, 2016 Linda and Michael Hutcheon Aging and Creativity: Late style and last works of opera composers (Chair: Germaine Warkentin) (AUDIO)

Jan. 20, 2016 Spencer Barrett Evolutionary and Genetic Studies of Biological Invasions (Chair: Harold Atwood) (AUDIO)

Jan. 27, 2016 Germaine Warkentin Exploring the Codex Canadensis: Louis Nicolas, a rejected Jesuit, and the natural history of seventeenth century Canada (Chair: Dennis Duffy)

Feb. 3, 2016 Master Class Players Vienna and Music: from Haydn to Zemlinsky (Chair: Deanne Bogdan) (AUDIO)

Feb. 10, 2016 Stephen Toope The Munk School: Past, present and future (Chair: Peter Hajnal)

Feb. 17, 2016 Marshall Chasin Why Music and Modern Hearing Aids Don’t Get Along (Chair: Ruth Pike) (AUDIO)

Feb. 24, 2016 Tim McGee Who is the Hero in Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony? (Chair: Linda Hutcheon) (AUDIO)

Mar. 2, 2016 Hugh Segal The Two Freedoms—A foreign Policy of Purpose (Chair: Martin Klein)

Mar. 9, 2016 Paul Sandori Eiffel’s Tower: a Triumph Made Possible by Two Engineers, an Architect – and Two Carpenters (Chair: Suzanne Hidi)

Mar. 16, 2016 Peter Russell The First Summit: The Secret Meeting if Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt in Newfoundland Waters in August 1941 that produced the Atlantic Charter and led to the founding of The United Nations (Chair: Harold Atwood) (AUDIO)


Sept. 16 Christopher Innes and Brigitte Bogar If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On (Chair: Suzanne Hidi)

Sept. 23 Keith Oatley Why reading fiction is good for you. The psychology of literary and film art (Chair: Suzanne Hidi) (AUDIO)

Sept. 30 Mladen Vranic Diabetes epidemic: where are we now? (Chair: Harold Atwood) CANCELLED

Oct. 7 Suzanne Hidi Power of interest in enhancing motivation and learning (Chair: Cornelia Baines) (AUDIO)

Oct. 14 Roger Martin State of capitalism (Chair: Peter Russell) (AUDIO)

Oct. 21 Amu Sarkar Sorrow of South East Asia: Largest mass poisoning in history caused by drinking underground water contaminated with toxic metals (Chair: Harry Schachter)

Oct. 28 John English Canada and the Arctic Council (Chair: Peter Russell)

Nov. 4 Derek Pensler How Jews became Israelis (Chair: Martin Klein) (AUDIO)

Nov. 11 Peter Kotanen Do invading plants escape their enemies? (Chair: Nancy Dengler) (AUDIO)

Nov. 18 Toni Healey The Lexicographer and Her Craft: Writing a Dictionary of Old English in the Digital Age (Chair: Linda Hutcheon)

Nov. 25 Stevie Cameron Robert Pickton and Canada’s Missing Women (Chair: Peter Russell)


Jan. 8, 2014 Meric Gertler: The University and the City: a Case Study (Chair: Peter Russell)

Jan. 15, 2014 Frank Iacobucci: Role of the Supreme Court of Canada: Its History and Challenges (Chair: Peter Russell) (VIDEO)

Jan. 22, 2014 Bert Hall: History of Technology, War Technology (Chair: Martin Klein) (VIDEO)

Jan. 29, 2014 Dennis Duffy: Jimmy Gatz’s Journey to Oz and What he Found There: What Scott Fitzgerald Owed to the Wonderful Wizard (Chair: Linda Hutcheon) (VIDEO)

Feb. 5, 2014 – – – – – – -TALK CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. RESCHEDULED FOR APR 2, 2014- – – – – –

Feb. 12, 2014 Master Class Players: Fryderyk Chopin: Patriot and Poet. Piano Recital. (Chair: Deanna Bogdan) Biographies

(VIDEO Part 1) (VIDEO Part 2)

Feb. 19, 2014 Reading Week – – – – – – – – – – – -NO PROGRAM- – – – – – – – – – –

Feb. 26, 2014 John Percy: The Births, Lives, and Bizarre Deaths of Stars (Chair: Harold Atwood)

Mar. 5, 2014 Cornelia Baines: Do Wind Turbines Cause Serious Harm to Health? (Chair: Bibhu Mohanty) (VIDEO)

Mar. 12, 2014 Helen Lenskyj: No More Rainbows: Sexual Diversity and the Sochi 2014 Olympics (Chair: Roselyn Stone) (VIDEO)

Mar. 19, 2014 Hans de Groot: Words and Music in the Songs of Robert Burns (Chair: Orest Rudzik) (VIDEO)

Mar. 26, 2014 Peter Silverman: The Underside of Consumerism: the Rhetoric and the Reality (Chair: Joe Whitney) (VIDEO)

Apr. 2, 2014 Frederick Lowy: Whither Psychiatry: Neuropsych or Psychosocial? (Chair: Harold Atwood)

Sept. 17, 2014 Kevin Kain:Forget impact factors; how can our research have real impact? (Chair: Michael Hutcheon).

Sept. 24, 2014 George Elliot Clark: Why not an ‘African-Canadian’ Epic?Lessons from Pratt and Walcott, Etc. (Chair: Linda Hutcheon). N.B. This Talk will start at 9:30am. Lunch will be served at 11:30am. (VIDEO)

Oct. 1, 2014 Charles Chaffey: Brother Marie-Victorin: Pioneer of French-Canadian science (Chair: JohnMcClelland). (VIDEO)

Oct. 8, 2014 Paul Stevens: Churchill’s war horse: Children’s literature and the pleasures of war (Chair: Linda Hutcheon). (VIDEO)

Oct. 15, 2014 Nicholas Krementsov: The Quest for Immortality in Bolshevik Science and Fiction (Chair: John Youson). (VIDEO) (AUDIO)

Oct. 22, 2014 Michael Marrus: Seventy Years On: the Gaullist Myth and the Liberation of Paris, 1944 (Chair: Martin Klein). (AUDIO) (Link to Youtube)

Oct. 29 2014 Sally Armstrong: The News: a remarkable shift in the status of women is reducing poverty, cutting conflict and improving the economy (Chair: Jim Gurd).

Nov.5, 2014 Steve Joordens: Delivery and impact of on-line university courses (Chair: Suzanne Hidi). (VIDEO) (AUDIO)

Nov.12, 2014 Daphne Maurer: Your name is green trimmed with silver: The colourful world of synaesthesia (Chair: John Kennedy). (VIDEO)

Nov.19, 2014 Ron Baecker: Designing technology for seniors (Chair: Suzanne Hidi). (VIDEO)

Nov.26, 2014 Chandler Davis: The next thousand years or so (Chair: MartinKlein). (VIDEO)


Nov. 27, 2103: “Reflections on 50 Years of China Study” Bernie Frolic (Peter Hajnal, Chair) description

Nov. 20, 2013: “Demographics” David Foot (Blossom Wigdor, Chair) description

Nov. 13, 2013: “New Ways to Measure Uncertainty and Why Getting it Right Matters” Jon Cohen (Merrijoy Kelner, Chair) description podcast video

Nov. 6, 2013, 2-4pm, COUNCIL MEETING, Health Sciences Building, Room 270.

Nov. 6, 2013: “Snails, Snakes and SNAREs: Natural Nerve Toxins in Basic Science and Medicine” Milton Charlton, Senior College Fellow (Harold Atwood, Chair) description podcast video

Oct. 30, 2013: “Italian Art: A Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Giorgio de Chirico’s Life and Works” Giuliana Katz (Ruth Pike, Chair) description podcast video

Oct. 24, 2013: COLLOQUIUM: “The Science Problem in Societydescription

Oct. 23, 2013: ““Leo Africanus” Discovers Comedy: a 16th-Century Mediterranean Adventure” Natalie Davis (Germaine Warkentin, Chair) description podcast

Oct. 26, 2013:” “Other Losses;” Historical Account, World War II” James Bacque and Merrit Drucker (Peter Russell, Chair) description podcast video

Oct. 9, 2013: “Why Mothers Want to Mother: Neuropsychology and Effects of Early Experience” Alison Fleming, University of Toronto, Mississauga (John Kennedy and John Youson, Chairs) description podcast video

Oct. 2, 2013: “Managing Without Growth: Slower by Design, Not Disaster” Peter Victor, York University (Joe Whitney, Chair) description podcast video

Sept. 26, 2013: COLLOQUIUM “Aboriginal People


Sept. 25, 2013: “Opera: Aldeburgh Connection” Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata (Linda Hutcheon, Chair)

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Sept. 18, 2013: “Bats in My Hair” Brock Fenton, University of Western Ontario (John Youson, Chair)

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013: Annual General Meeting Open to Fellows and Members only, Faculty Club Upper Dining Room.

Thursday, May 9, 2013: Colloquium Open to Fellows in good standing only. Faculty Club, Foulds Room.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013: Senior College Symposium, all-day event at the Faculty Club.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013: Council Meeting Fellows and Members only, HS-207.

Thursday, April 4, 2013: Field Trip to Moose Factory, Charles Pachter Studio Senior College Fellows and Members only

Re: Robert Johnson

Wednesday, April 3, 2013: 9-10:00 PM CBC Radio One (99.1 Toronto)

REVISING HISTORY, Part 1; Program 1 will be rebroadcast on Ideas in the Afternoon on Monday, April 8, 2-3:00 PM

What happens when historians go searching for new evidence about the nation’s past? It can change the way its citizens think about their country as well as their identity. And it can upset both citizens and those who govern them. In Part 1 of this 2-part series, historian Robert Johnson looks at what happens when Russians begin to examine Stalin’s vaunted role as a leader during World War II. Part 2 – about the Vietnam War – airs on Thursday, May 2.

The program will also be available on podcast at the CBC Ideas website:

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2013: Revising the Revisionists : How History is Written, Rewritten, and (sometimes) UnwrittenRobert Johnson (History) (Chair: Metta Spencer) podcast graphic (video)

Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2013: Refugees and Their Future in CanadaMary Jo Leddy (Massey College) (Chair: Peter Hajnal) podcast graphic

Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2013: The Basilica of St. Peter and the Apostolic Palace in RomeKenneth Bartlett (Department of History and Renaissance Studies) (Chair: Giuliana Katz) podcast graphic (video)

Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2013: Unfinished Business — Idle No More Edward (Ted) Chamberlin (English, Comparative Literature) (Chair: Peter Russell) podcast graphic

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013: Imagining Black America Michael Wayne (History) (Chair: Martin Klein) podcast graphic

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013: Pollinator Declines: What Do We Need to Know? James Thomson (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) (Chair: Betty Roots) podcast graphic

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013: Genetic Modification in Agriculture Paul Thompson (IHPST and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) (Chair: Jim Gurd) podcast graphic (VIDEO)

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013: Memory and Aging Fergus Craik (Psychology) (Chair: Suzanne Hidi) podcast graphic

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013: Does the Monarchy Matter? Peter Rosenthal (Mathematics, Law) (Chair: Orest Rudzik) podcast graphic

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013: The Unlikely Preservers of Early English Drama Alexandra Johnston (English) (Chair: Trevor Levere) podcast graphic

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013: Modern Concepts of AddictionHarold Kalant (Pharmacology) (Chair: Harold Atwood) podcast graphic (VIDEO)

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013: The Pace of Change: From Gutenberg to TwitterCalvin (Kelly) Gotlieb (Computer Science) (Chair: Scott Rogers)

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