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The U of T community will be hosting many events throughout 2017. Details will be released over the next few months and during the Sesquicentennial year. Check back to find out how you can get participate as we mark Canada’s 150th birthday.

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January 2017

Kent Monkman Exhibit: Shame and Prejudice, a Story of Resilience

January 26 - March 4
U of T Art Museum (UTAC Gallery), 15 King's College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H7 Canada
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Art Museum Press Release - January 2017 - KENT MONKMAN EXHIBIT Photo of Kent Monkman Major Kent Monkman exhibition Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience organized by the Art Museum at the University of Toronto for Canada’s Sesquicentennial in 2017 Kent Monkman’s new, large scale project takes the viewer on a journey through Canada’s history that starts in the present and takes us back to a hundred and fifty years before Confederation. With its entry points…

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March 2017

150 Years Music to my Ears

March 1
Simcoe Hall, 27 King's College Circle
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Siblings Hasna, Hana, Sarah and Bilal Syed sing together as the band, DEYS (YouTube Channel: DEYSofficial). They will be composing a song and creating a music video to celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial. The Syed Siblings have decided to make this a collaborative video involving Canadians of all ages and abilities to showcase everything Canada and its people have to offer. This feel-good tune will unite Canadians in celebration of our country’s anniversary and instill a greater sense of patriotism!  

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2017 Asper Centre Constitutional Roundtable Series: The Alberta Press Case

March 1 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Room J-140, Jackman Law Building, 78 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5 Canada
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View full event poster here. Speaker: Richard Haigh, Assistant Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School In celebration of Canada's Sesquicentennial, this series will provide an analysis of Constitutional litigation throughout Canada's history with a focus on seminal cases that have made an impact on the Canadian constitutional rights landscape. The Alberta Press Case is one of the earliest signals of the Supreme Court of Canada "finding its feet" and gaining a belief in its own stature and strength. It is well…

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Wilma & Clifford Smith Visitor in Music Lecture: John Beckwith

March 8
Walter Hall, 80 Queens Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5 Canada
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An alumnus and former dean of the Faculty of Music, John Beckwith is known for his over 150 compositions for stage, orchestral, chamber, solo and choral genres, as well as his work as a staff writer and critic for outlets such as CBC and the Toronto Star. Beckwith holds honorary doctorates from five Canadian universities, was recipient of the Canadian Music Council’s annual medal in 1972 and Composer of the Year citation in 1984, as well as the Toronto Arts…

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Sounds of Silence

March 10
St. Michael’s College, 81 St Mary St.
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J4 Canada
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The Sounds of Silence will bring together 15 composer, 15 poets, and 15 singers in celebration of the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Together they will collaborate to produce 15 new performance pieces that tell the story of a diverse Canadian cultural identity. While the composers and singers are students at the University of Toronto, the poets are all members of underrepresented and often repressed communities in the Greater Toronto Area. This project will give a platform on which the…

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Canada 150 Ten Minute Talks: The Irish Origins of Canadian Confederation: A Slightly Twisted Perspective

March 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sidney Smith Hall, Rm 2098, 100 St George St.
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G3 Canada
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(Photo credit: LAC "Fathers of Confederation" MIKAN: 3194982)  Speaker: Professor David Wilson University of Toronto's History department will be hosting "Ten Minute Talks" a podcast series of short talks giving an introduction to the issues surrounding Confederation for a non-specialized audience, followed by discussion. Light refreshments will be provided.

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U of T Women in House

March 22 - March 23

On March 22 and March 23, 2017, fifty undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Toronto will be participating in the U of T Women in House program to shadow fifty female MPs on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. This non-partisan, bilingual program, aimed at promoting gender equity in federal politics and female empowerment, was co-founded in 2013 by U of T PhD candidate Tina Park and the Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Minister for Indigenous and Norther Affairs, and has been growing every…

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2017 Asper Centre Constitutional Roundtable Series: Section 7 and the Idea of the Charter

March 22 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Solarium (Room FA2), Falconer Hall, 84 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5 Canada
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View full event poster here. Speaker: Jamie Cameron, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School In celebration of Canada's Sesquicentennial, this series will provide an analysis of Constitutional litigation throughout Canada's history with a focus on seminal cases that have made an impact on the Canadian constitutional rights landscape. Section 7 and the Idea of the Charter looks at the concept of the Charter through a Section 7 lens. It treats Section 7 as a metaphor - as the metaphor - for the central…

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Afro-Canadian Gala : A celebration and interpretation of 150 years of Canada’s black history

March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H3 Canada
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As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday, Black History in a Canadian context will be illuminated through a University of Toronto lens. A gala will be thrown to showcase the Afro-canadian history and experience through poetry, art and music. A poetry rewrite of the Constitution of Canada from an Africadian (African-Nova Scotian) interpretation of the Charter of Rights and Freedom will be written and recited by the 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate, George Elliot Clarke. In addition, artwork and poetry will be…

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April 2017

Canada 150 Ten Minute Talks: Recolonizing Confederation: Indigenous Policy and the Making of Canada

April 4 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sidney Smith Hall, Rm 2098, 100 St George St.
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G3 Canada
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(Photo credit: LAC "Fathers of Confederation" MIKAN: 3194982)  Speaker: Professor Brian Gettler University of Toronto's History department will be hosting "Ten Minute Talks" a podcast series of short talks giving an introduction to the issues surrounding Confederation for a non-specialized audience, followed by discussion. Light refreshments will be provided.

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