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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March 2017

Struggle and Story: Canada in Print

March 20 - September 1
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 120 St George St
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5 Canada
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In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. The documents in this exhibition – manuscripts, printed books, engravings, and photographs – tell the story behind the making of a nation. On these pages may be found the record of our ancestors’ efforts to understand the majesty and wealth of this land and its waterways; the interaction between colonists and the First Nations, the legacy of which remains problematic to the present; and the tension between French and English which has so often…

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April 2017

Canada By Treaty: Histories of a Negotiated Place

April 28 - May 25
Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H3 Canada
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The exhibit explores treaties, those legal agreements with Indigenous peoples that allowed non-Indigenous people to live on and own land in what is now Canada. The four-week exhibit responds to the 150th anniversary of Confederation by explaining in accessible language the long history of treaty making, and how and why these agreements were essential to the foundation of modern Canada. Co-curated by fourth year undergraduate James Bird, Nehiyawak (Cree), Indigenous Studies and Architecture, and Department of History Professors Laurie Bertram and…

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May 2017

InnovateTO150

May 5 - May 7
Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence, York University, 11 Arboretum Lane
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3 Canada
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Youth ideas and innovation are shaping the future for Toronto, Ontario, and the nation.  InnovateTO150 is engaging the entrepreneurial spirit of youth, challenging convention through innovation and making change that matters for Toronto and beyond.  Through a series of events starting with the #BigIdeasJAM, InnovateTO150 will incubate and accelerate student-led enterprises aimed at improving the next 150 years for Toronto. The #BigIdeasJAM will provide student participants with coaching, support, and for the top 7 teams, seed funding to imagine and…

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Imagining 150: The Ethics of Canada’s Sesquicentennial

May 5 @ 9:00 am - May 6 @ 5:00 pm
Gerald Larkin Building, 15 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1H8 Canada
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With the onset of Canada’s sesquicentennial year, Canadian institutions, collectives, and individuals are organizing a myriad of retrospectives and celebrations. The sesquicentennial year itself, and these diverse recognitions, present an invaluable opportunity for ethical reflection as well as critical assessment, both of the anniversary and of the idea of Canada itself. It prompts essential inquiries, like what are the ethical and political consequences of counting back 150 years to Canada’s “founding”? What kind of ethical exercise is the celebration of…

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Annual Graduate History Symposium – 150 Years of Confederation

May 11 - May 12

Details TBC.

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Presentation on Transit & Gentrification in DC & Toronto

May 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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  Prof. Charles Hostovsky, PhD, MCIP (BA 1983 WDW) will lead an engaging talk on a comparative evaluation of public transit's past, present, and future role in the gentrification of two of North America's most diverse and important urban centres, Washington, D.C. and Toronto. Public investment in the form of rapid transportation systems stimulates "smart growth", but also plays a vital role in the process of gentrification, resulting in large scale loss of ethnic minorities in DC and, inversely, an…

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Tour de Scarborough: Bike Tour with Interactive Historical Map

May 13 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, 875 Morningside Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M1C 0C7 Canada
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Click image to view full poster Rain or shine, grab your bike and come join us for a 35-km ride around Scarborough! All skill levels are welcome, and we expect it to take participants of average fitness about 3 hrs to complete. The ride will be accompanied by marshals from Scarborough Cycles, and a interactive historical map created by the Scarborough Historical Society, accessible from any modern smartphone. This event is generously sponsored by the U…

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Canada 150: Music and Belonging

May 26 - May 27
Faculty of Music, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5 Canada
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This conference will be held in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto from Thursday, May 25th to Saturday, May 27th, 2017. All four of the scholarly societies in Canada devoted to music will be participating: the Canadian University Music Society; the Canadian Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres; the Canadian Society for Traditional Music; and the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Canada branch. The members of these four societies collectively study the…

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Celebrating Future Canadians: Syrian Refugee Families in Toronto and Peel Region

May 29 - June 1

Panel session: Canadian Sociological Association Conference Community celebration events: May 2017. Details TBC.

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June 2017

Mikinaakominis / TransCanadas Literature, Institutions, Redress, Relation

June 3 - June 4

Mikinaakominis (Turtle Island) / TransCanadas brings together storytellers, poets, novelists, creative non-fiction writers, critics, and interdisciplinary practioners to expand the ongoing dialogue about the relationship of Canadian literatures to land, Indigenous resurgences, and Black, Muslim, Asian and other racialized subjectivities in the context of global human, nonhuman, economic, social, and ecological shifts. At both individual and collective levels, with a particular focus on developing decolonizing practices in the public sphere and in the humanities, Mikinaakominis / TransCanadas asks the hard questions that need to be…

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