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“Meet Your Colleagues” Summer Sessions Thursdays 2-4pm on Zoom only – Fellows and External Fellows only – June 20, 2024: John Kennedy

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"Meet Your Colleagues" Summer Sessions Thursdays 2-4pm on Zoom only - Fellows and External Fellows only June 20, 2024: John Kennedy John Kennedy is a psychologist with interests in perception and representation. His research on pictures, metaphor, symbols and illusions has led him to ask blind people to make drawings, which they do quite well, often to […]

“Meet Your Colleagues” Summer Sessions Thursdays 2-4pm on Zoom only – Fellows and External Fellows only – June 13, 2024: Jonathan Dostrovsky

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"Meet Your Colleagues" Summer Sessions Thursdays 2-4pm on Zoom only - Fellows and External Fellows only June 13, 2024: Jonathan Dostrovsky Jonathan Dostrovsky Jonathan Dostrovsky will present a biographical illustrated account of his many activities which highlight several serendipitous events that significantly shaped his life and career and led to his setting up his research laboratory in […]

Book Club: June 3, 2024, 2-4pm, – Fellows and External Fellows

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June 3, 2024, 2-4pm, - Fellows and External Fellows Helen Macdonald, H Is for Hawk (2014) Discussion leader: Peter Alberti Are you ready for a strange but compelling read? Already a classic of nature writing, this award-winning work is also the unflinchingly honest memoir of a young British poet and historian who retreats from the […]

Book Club: May 6, 2024, 2-4pm – Fellows and External Fellows – Zoom only

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May 6, 2024, 2-4pm – Fellows and External Fellows  Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Song of the Cell: An Exploration of Medicine and The New Human (2022) Discussion Leader: William Logan Mukherjee is an accomplished and engaging writer and an oncologist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his earlier book on cancer. Here he presents the history […]

Wednesday Talk: April 3, 2024, 2-4 pm on Zoom [an extra, zoom-only session]

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Speaker: Rafaël Newman, Comparative Literature, Zurich Title: “The Work of Art in the Age of Neural Machine Translation” Abstract: “But the instant the criterion of authenticity ceases to be applicable to artistic production, the total function of art is reversed. Instead of being based on ritual, it begins to be based on another practice – […]

Book Club: April  1, 2024, 2-4pm – Fellows and External Fellows – Zoom only

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April  1, 2024, 2-4pm – Fellows and External Fellows  William Carlsen, Jungle of Stone: The Extraordinary Journey of John L. Stephens and Frederick Catherwood and The Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya (2017) Discussion Leader: Jim Gurd This book by journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist William Carlsen, who follows in the footsteps of […]

Book Club: March 4, 2024, 2-4pm – Fellows and External Fellows

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March 4, 2024, 2-4pm – Fellows and External Fellows Ed Yong, An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us (2022) Discussion Leader: Sara Shettleworth This book is filled with strange creatures and strange experiments; Yong is interested in what animals perceive, what they might communicate to us if they could. Humans […]

Book Club: February 12, 2024, 2-4pm – Fellows and External Fellows- Zoom only – new date*

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February 12, 2024, 2-4pm - Fellows and External Fellows Alistair MacLeod, No Great Mischief (1999) Discussion Leader: Meg Fox The first (and only) novel by a great Canadian short story writer, No Great Mischief (1999) was published when Alistair MacLeod was in his mid-sixties. Chronicling the lives of several generations of Scottish immigrants on Cape […]

Book Club: January 8, 2024, 2-4pm – Fellows and External Fellows Zoom only

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January 8, 2024, 2-4pm – Fellows and External Fellows Kevin Rudd, The Avoidable War: The Dangers of a Catastrophic Conflict between US and Xi Jinping's China (2022) Discussion Leaders: Max Nemni and David Milne This book written by China expert and well-known former Australian PM Kevin Rudd is widely regarded as the best analysis of […]

Book Club: December 4, 2023, 2-4pm – Fellows and External Fellows – Zoom only

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December 4, 2023, 2-4pm – Fellows and External Fellows Jennifer Raff, Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas (2022) Discussion Leader: Susan Pfeiffer Where did the Indigenous people of the Americas come from and what were the patterns of migration by which they came to populate the continents? Although the title refers to genetics, such […]

Book Club November 6, 2023, 2-4pm – Fellows and External Fellows – Zoom only

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November 6, 2023, 2-4pm – Fellows and External Fellows Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species (1859) Discussion Leader: Sara Shettleworth Widely regarded as one of the most important books ever published, ‘The Origin’ sold out on the day of publication. It sold 3800 copies in its first year and in Darwin’s lifetime was reprinted […]

SC Book Club October 2, 2023, at 2-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only – Zoom Only

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Book Club: October 2, 2023, 2023, 2-4pm – Fellows and External Fellows - Zoom only.  Tom Stoppard, Arcadia (1993) Discussion leader: Alexander Leggatt Even if you haven’t read a play for a while (Shakespeare, perhaps?), the Book Club’s first dramatic work, Arcadia, will prove an absorbing and hilarious bringing together on stage of the past […]

SC Book Club September 11, 2023, at 2-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only – Zoom Only

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Book Club: September 11, 2023, 2023, 2-4pm – Fellows and External Fellows - Zoom only.  David Graeber and David Wengrow, The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity (2021) Discussion Leaders: Daphne Maurer, Susan Pfeiffer. This book is a trailblazing account of humans through time, challenging our most fundamental assumptions about our remote ancestors […]

Summer Wednesday Talk: June 23, 2023, 2-4pm – Zoom only.

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June 23, 2023 Speaker: Daniel Lang Title: 'The Carnegie Foundation and University of Toronto Faculty Pensions: An "Undenominational", Un-tax-funded History”’ Abstract: When the Carnegie Foundation was established in 1905, universities in Canada and Newfoundland were eligible for grants, on strict conditions that were seen by some as “colonial,” “continentalist,” or “imperial” intrusions on autonomy; for […]

Summer Wednesday Talk: June 14, 2023, 2-4pm – Zoom only.

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June 14, 2023 Speaker: Ella Striem-Amit Title: “Drawing with Your Feet: Learning about Brain Plasticity and Function from People Born without Hands” Abstract: We perform most of our daily actions with our hands, and vast portions of the brain are dedicated to them. What does this system do in people born without hands who use […]

Summer Wednesday Talk: June 7, 2023, 2-4pm – Zoom only. Speaker: Katherine Corcoran Title: “In the Mouth of the Wolf: A Murder, A Cover-up, and the True Cost of Silencing the Press”

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June 7, 2023 Speaker: Katherine Corcoran Title: “In the Mouth of the Wolf: A Murder, A Cover-up, and the True Cost of Silencing the Press” Abstract: Katherine Corcoran will discuss her investigations as Associated Press Mexico bureau chief that led to her recently published book, In the Mouth of the Wolf: A Murder, A Cover-up, […]

SC Book Club June 5, 2023, at 2-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only – Zoom Only

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June 5, 2023, 2-4pm, - Fellows and External Fellows Steven Johnson, The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World (2006) Discussion Leader: William Logan The Ghost Map is a gripping multi disciplinary account of London’s cholera epidemic in the 1850s and how […]

Summer Wednesday Talk: May  31, 2023, 2-4pm – Zoom only

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Wednesday Talk: May  31, 2023, 2-4pm - Zoom only (non-Fellows can participate for $10)   Speaker: Geoff Rayner-Canham  Title:  “Chemistry and Inuit Life and Culture”  Introducer: Linda Hutcheon Abstract:  Inuit have lived and thrived for millennia in one of the most challenging environments on the planet. How is this possible? It is chemistry which, in many aspects, provide the underlaying explanations for […]

Summer Wednesday Talk: May 24, 2023, 2-4pm – Zoom only. Speaker: Lawrence Wiliford  Title:  “Charting a New Path: Classical Vocal Music and Canadian Visual Media Distribution” 

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Wednesday Talk: May 24, 2023, 2-4pm - Zoom only (non-Fellows can participate for $10)   Speaker: Lawrence Wiliford  Title:  "Charting a New Path: Classical Vocal Music and Canadian Visual Media Distribution”  Introducer: Linda Hutcheon   Abstract: During the COVID-19 pandemic, opera companies and other performing arts organizations embraced film and video production to enable artists to continue their craft while also […]

SC Book Club May 1, 2023, at 2-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only – Zoom Only

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May 1, 2023, 2-4pm – Fellows and External Fellows Kyle Harper, From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity (2013) Discussion Leader: David Milne It is rare event for the Book Club to favour two books by the same author in its Program. Here the honour goes to the remarkable […]

SC Book Club February 6, 2023, at 2-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only – Zoom Only

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February 6, 2023, 2-4pm - Fellows and External Fellows  Erna Paris, Long Shadows: Truth, Lies and History (2000) Discussion Leader: Monique Nemni                                                                                               We can all read official narratives about certain horrible events that took place in some countries. But how do ordinary people, […]

SC Book Club January 9, 2023, at 2-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only – Zoom Only

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January 9, 2023, 2-4pm – Fellows and External Fellows Maggie O’Farrell, Hamnet (also published as Hamnet and Judith) (2021) Discussion Leader: Molly Wills Winner of the National Book Critics Circle award and a New York Times bestseller, this is a fictionalized version of the love and family of Shakespeare (who is never named!) and Anne […]

SC Book Club December 5, 2022, at 2-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only – Zoom Only

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December 5, 2022, 2-4pm – Fellows and External Fellows  Yasha Mounk, The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart and How They Can Endure (2022) Discussion Leader: Max Nemni In this most interesting, well-researched and well-written book noted political philosopher Yasha Mounk, asks two questions: 1) why are many democracies falling apart and 2) how […]

SC Book Club November 7, 2022, at 2-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only – Zoom Only

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November 7, 2022, 2-4pm – Fellows and External Fellows   Suzanne Simard, Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest (2021)                                                                                                 Discussion Leader: Daphne Maurer Several recent books describe how trees in the forest communicate with each other through underground networks of fungal filaments. This one is from a Canadian who was one of […]

SC Virtual Coffee Break: October 25, 2:00pm  – Zoom Only​

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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. […]

SC Virtual Coffee Break: October 13, 2:00pm  – Zoom Only​

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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. […]

SC Book Club October 3, 2022, at 2-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only – Zoom Only

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October 3, 2022, 2-4pm – Fellows and External Fellows Tom Wolfe, From Bauhaus to Our House (1981) Discussion Leader: Lisa Steele After critiquing and infuriating the art world with The Painted Word, award winning author Tom Wolfe shared his less than favourable thoughts about modern architecture in this insightful and witty book. In an examination […]

SC Book Club September 12, 2022, at 2-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only – Zoom Only

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September 12, 2022, 2-4pm - Fellows and External Fellows Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night (1935) Discussion Leader:  Germaine Warkentin This distinguished and beautifully written mystery-cum-novel – beloved by academics – is the second-last of Dorothy L. Sayers' eleven mysteries and many stories centering on Lord Peter Wimsey, brilliant second son of a ducal family, shell-shocked hero of […]

SC Book Club July 4, 2022, at 2-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only – Zoom Only

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Book Club July 4, 2022, at 2-4pm – Fellows & External Fellows Only Steven Price, Lampedusa (326 pp, available in e-book and audio-book format). Discussion leader: David Milne Brief background discussion leaders: Giuliana Katz (on Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s posthumously published 1958 novel, Il gattopardo ) & Linda Hutcheon (on Luchino Visconti’s 1963 film adaptation: […]