Annual Symposium

Many years before Senior College was established the Senior Scholars Committee of RALUT (Retired Academics and Librarians of the University of Toronto) organized an annual day-long gathering to hear a distinguished panel of experts present papers on some theme. These annual Symposia proved popular and they have been continued by Senior College. There is ample opportunity for the audience to question speakers and add their own comments. Over the years, the Symposium Committee has arranged outstanding programs on such themes as “Immigration and Multiculturalism”, “Challenges Facing the City”, “The Brain and Us” and “Life and Death”.

“What Have We Learned from the Pandemic?”

17th Annual Symposium, Wed. April 20, 2022

Date:  Wednesday April 20, 2022

Location: Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks Avenue

We have heard lots of practical advice on dealing with the pandemic. This year’s Symposium will offer a wider and deeper perspective.

Speakers will give us insider views on the COVID experience and the ways new and established knowledge has (or has not) guided public responses. You will hear from healthcare managers, public advisors and researchers as well as leaders in the arts and academe. Issues will include medical, social, economic, artistic and political challenges. Come to reset your perspective and take part in dynamic discussions.

The Symposium will again take place as an in-person event in the Faculty Club and will include its excellent food services, including refreshment breaks, lunch, and a wine-and-cheese reception afterwards. An option for Zoom participation will also be available. Please note that the Faculty Club will continue to follow U of T protocols requiring proof of vaccination for entry and masks when not eating or drinking.

A flyer listing speakers and topics is attached. Further details and a final program will be posted on the Senior College Symposium webpage.

Advance registration is required. Registration is open to the wider university community and the public, so it’s wise to register early.

  • The in-person fee is $60 up to and including Wed. April 6. After that the in-person fee will be $75. The last time to register is noon on Thurs. April 14. Click HERE to register for in-person attendance.
  • The fee for Zoom participation is $20. The last time to register is noon on Mon. April 18. Click HERE to register for Zoom participation.

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