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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April 2017

National Canadian Film Day 150: U of T Mississauga presents Reel Injun

April 19
The T-Room, University of Toronto Mississauga Library, 3359 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, Ontario L5L 1C6 Canada
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Time: 1:00 p.m. Length: 86 minutes Cost: Free Reel Injun is an enlightening documentary about the way Indigenous people have been depicted in film from the silent era to the present day. Director Neil Diamond takes the audience on a trip through time to explore the history of the “Hollywood Indian” and offers a refreshing, candid and personal analysis, tracing how these cinematic images have shaped and influenced the understanding of Indigenous culture and history. “Impeccably well researched and crafted,…

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National Canadian Film Day 150: Media Commons presents The Book of Negroes

April 19
Media Commons, Robarts Library, 3rd floor, 130 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5 Canada
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Time: 6:30 p.m. Length: 265 minutes Cost: Free The CBC mini-series is based on the internationally celebrated novel by Canadian author Lawrence Hill. A compelling tale of loss, courage, love and the triumph of the human spirit, it follows the extraordinary journey of Aminata Diallo, an indomitable African woman. In 1750, 11-year-old Aminata is kidnapped from her village in West Africa and begins a rich journey that takes her through the harrowing ordeal of slavery, to the turmoil of the…

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National Canadian Film Day 150: Media Commons presents Lilies

April 19
Media Commons, Robarts Library, 3rd floor, 130 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5 Canada
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Time: 3 p.m. Length: 96 minutes Cost: Free John Grayson's most famous film Lilies is set in a Quebec prison in 1952. The local bishop is brought to the prison to hear the confession of Simon Doucet, a dying inmate. But Doucet in fact has a very different revelation for Bilodeau: he has enlisted his fellow inmates to stage a play set in 1912, when Bilodeau and Doucet were childhood friends, which also tells the tale of his own incarceration. Along with screening…

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The Other 60s: A Decade that Shaped Canada and the World

April 22 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
George Ignatieff Theatre, Trinity College, 15 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C8 Canada
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In order to mark the 150th Anniversary of Confederation, the Department of History will be hosting a day-long conference titled “The Other 60s: A Decade That Shaped Canada and the World.” The intent of the conference is to discuss the global context in which the Canadian federation emerged in the 1860s and, ultimately, provoke a larger public discussion. Cost: Free RSVP to event here.

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The 2017 Donald Creighton Lecture: Elsbeth Heaman, “The Civilization of the Canadas in the 1860s”

April 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Upper Library & Common Lounge, Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E1 Canada
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In the Department of History’s keynote lecture, Professor Elsbeth Heaman of McGuil University examines the complicated academic and political uses of “civilization” in Canada during the 1860s and their afterlife. Modern history emerged as a scholarly discipline around the history of civilization but Canadian legislators, even as they boasted of their racialized civilizing mission, constitutionally divested the nation state of anything but “commercial and political interests.” History as a discipline and as a cognitive activity suffered from that devolution of…

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Screening of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ with Margaret Atwood

April 26
Innis College Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J5 Canada
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Click to view full event poster. The Writing and Rhetoric Program at Innis College presents Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. The premiere of the first episode of the 10-part original series will take place on April 26, 2017, followed by a Q+A with Margaret Atwood. By invitation only.

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May 2017

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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June 2017

Guided Solar Walk & Observatory Tour

June 30 - July 3
University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, 1265 Military Trail
Scarborough, Ontario M1C 1A4 Canada
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Spend an evening with the planets at U of T Scarborough! A free event for four nights only. Take a guided tour of our brand new scale model of the solar system that spans our entire campus, with markers representing the planets placed in the exact locations as they would have been on Canada's confederation, July 1, 1867. Next, listen to an engaging talk from one of University of Toronto's astrophysicists. Finally, as night sets in, head up to our…

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July 2017

Canada Day Carillon Recital at Soldiers’ Tower

July 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Soldiers’ Tower, 7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H3 Canada
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The 51 bells of the historic Soldiers' Tower war memorial carillon will ring out for a special Canada Day recital featuring alumnus Roy Lee. The recital will include the world premiere of the winning entry (youth category) of the House of Commons’ "Chime In, Canada!” sesquicentennial composition competition. The Memorial Room museum inside Soldiers’ Tower will be open to visitors. The free outdoor event will proceed rain or shine. Seating will be provided.

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September 2017

No justice, no peace! Building inclusive and safe cities

September 21 @ 5:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Innis College Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J5 Canada
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The Urban Studies Program and the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies are hosting a screening of the documentary short It Takes A Riot: Race, Rebellion, Reform and a pair of panels of academics and community leaders exploring the ongoing challenges and structures that perpetuate conditions of inequality, uneven security and other elements of injustice in Toronto, while also highlighting the work that is being done (and has been done) in neighbourhoods and communities towards more justice and more peace.

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