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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October 2017

Permanently Under Construction: Immigration and Canadian Nation Building

October 12, 2017 - October 13, 2017

Canada, with one of the highest per capita immigration rates in the world, pursues immigration as part of a continuing nation-building project. This interdisciplinary conference will probe legal, artistic, and historical dimensions of the Canadian immigrant experience. Showcasing the expertise of scholars and students at the University of Toronto, the conference will foster future networks and collaborations across disciplines by bringing together the perspectives of lawyers, artists, social scientists, and historians. They will address the constraints, opportunities, and challenges presented…

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U of T in your Neighbourhood: The Canadian Constitution at 150

October 12, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Mimico Centennial Library, 47 Station Road
Etobicoke, Ontario M8V 2R1 Canada
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Speaker: Professor Kent Roach Faculty of Law, University of Toronto Refreshments & Presentation Q&A to follow As we celebrate Canada's rich history, 150 years since Confederation, we also look at how past events have shaped present-day politics and laws. In this talk, Prof. Roach will examine how Canada has been served by our Constitution over the last 150 years, and predicts the issues and controversies the future may hold. He will also explore the roles of the executive, legislature and the courts…

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Professor Peter H. Russell Presents “Canada’s Odyssey: A Country Based on Incomplete Conquests”

October 12, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
Innis College Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J5 Canada
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View full event poster here. In celebration of the launch of his new book, Canada's Odyssey: A Country Based on Incomplete Conquests, Former Innis Principal and Professor Peter H. Russell will be at Innis Town Hall. 6:30 p.m. -Talk and Q&A with Professor Russell Reception and book singing to follow Register for this free event here.

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Ad Hoc presents Robert Fothergill’s Countdown Canada

October 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Innis College, Room 222, 2 Sussex Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J5 Canada
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  On the occasion of Canada’s sesquicentennial, Ad Hoc presents Countdown Canada, on digital video, mastered from its original 2” broadcast videotape, at Innis Town Hall. Writer and director Robert Fothergill, an accomplished playwright, filmmaker and literary scholar, will be on hand to introduce the film. In 1970, Rob Fothergill released Canada’s own War of the Worlds—Countdown Canada, a TV news simulation dramatizing the day in which Canada becomes part of the United States. The broadcast included prominent public figures commenting on…

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The Ethics of Apology: Interdisciplinary & International Perspectives

October 20, 2017 - October 21, 2017
Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto, Room 200, Larkin Building, 15 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C8 Canada
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Today, apologies seem to be everywhere. Individuals apologize, offenders, doctors, lawyers, as do corporations, organizations, universities, police departments, cities, countries, and governments. Apologies may be ubiquitous, and yet they remain little understood. This workshop will consider questions such as: Why do we seek apologies? And why do we give them? How do they work (if they work)? What do apologies do? What do they mean, in different contexts, at different times, to different people? What makes a good apology, an effective…

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Constitutional Roundtable Series presents: Constitutional Law Symposium dedicated to Canada’s Sesquicentennial

October 20, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 3:45 pm
Jackman Law Building (Room J140), Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, 78 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5 Canada
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The David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights’ Constitutional Roundtables are an annual series of lunchtime discussion forums that provide an opportunity to consider developments in Canadian constitutional theory and practice.  This year, in honour of Canada’s Sesquicentennial, the Asper Centre Constitutional Roundtable series has focused on the development of Canada’s constitutional and human rights since Confederation and an analysis of constitutional litigation throughout Canada’s history, with a focus on seminal cases that have made an impact on the Canadian constitutional…

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Alias Grace Finale with Sarah Polley

October 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Innis College Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J5 Canada
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Innis College’s Writing & Rhetoric Program presents CBC/Netflix’s Alias Grace — final episode — with director Mary Harron and producer-screenwriter Sarah Polley. Alias Grace is the six-episode miniseries adapted from the award-winning novel by Margaret Atwood. Past episodes are currently available on CBC.ca. Thursday, October 26 at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) Q&A with Mary Harron and Sarah Polley, moderated by Globe & Mail film columnist Johanna Schneller, to follow Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave Space is limited | Register for…

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November 2017

(IM) MATERIAL CULTURE Health History Collections in a Digital Era

November 10, 2017 - November 11, 2017
C. David Naylor Student Commons, Medical Sciences Building, 1 King's College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A8 Canada
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View full event poster here As part of the University of Toronto’s Sesquicentennial Commemorations, (IM)MATERIAL CULTURE: Health History Collections in a Digital Era, is an interdisciplinary symposium event hosted by the University of Toronto’s Health History Partnership. (IM)MATERIAL CULTURE focuses particularly on broadening perspectives on health as represented through material culture. It explores ‘the invisible’ within collections (i.e. the material culture of groups who were not considered relevant to include) or misappropriated, with speakers and panelists who represent populations historically…

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Borders, Boundaries, and the Future of Canadian Society

November 10, 2017 @ 9:15 am - 3:30 pm
Hart House, East Common Room, 7 Hart House Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3H3 Canada
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During our sesquicentennial, Canadians will repeatedly be asked to consider who we really are. While historians, literary critics, musicians, and artists will help us answer that question, social scientists can also contribute significantly to the discussion. In particular, the interdisciplinary field of border studies has much to say about how the permeability of Canada’s borders and Canadians’ personal boundaries influence our identity, governmentality, and security. This symposium will assemble leading geographers, political scientists, and sociologists in the field of border…

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December 2017

U of T’s Citizenship Ceremony

December 16, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Convocation Hall, 31 King's College Circle
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1 Canada
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View full event poster here. As one of the University's events commemorating Canada's 150th birthday, students, faculty and staff of the U of T community are invited to attend a ceremony where new citizens take the Oath of Citizenship to become Canadian. The Citizenship Ceremony is co-hosted by the University of Toronto and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. A citizenship ceremony is the final step in the process of becoming a Canadian citizen. The ceremony is a celebration that is…

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