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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May 2017

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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Mikinaakominis / TransCanadas Literature, Institutions, Redress, Relation

May 24 - May 27

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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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

Lecture: Stress-Free Degree – Canada’s Odyssey: A Country Based on Incomplete Conquests, Peter Russell

June 2 @ 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G3 Canada
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Peter Russell’s new book, Canada’s Odyssey: A Country Based on Incomplete Conquests, argues that Canada’s distinct nature arises from the dynamic between its three foundational pillars: French Canada, Aboriginal Canada and English-speaking Canada. To understand Canada at 150, this lecture widens the perspective to our last 250 years. Register for event here.

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Lecture: Stress-Free Degree – Colonialism and Canadian Confederation, Brian Gettler

June 3 @ 9:45 am - 10:45 am
Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G3 Canada
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In 1967, during the last great outpouring of scholarship on Confederation, historians paid virtually no attention to Indigenous peoples, land, and resources in their analyses of the origins of the Canadian state. This lecture will survey the current state of the field and suggest that instead of looking solely to traditional issues such as French-English compromise, or relations with Britain and the United States, we should also think about how colonialism and Indigenous dispossession contributed to shaping the country in…

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2017 Conference: Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEAA2017)

June 4 - June 7

The University of Toronto will host the Canadian Engineering Education Association’s annual conference, providing an opportunity to bring engineering educators from across Canada together to celebrate the importance of engineering education in Canada. The conference provides a mechanism for examining the importance of cultivating innovation in engineering students, and recognizing the role of diversity, both in terms of participants and educational approaches, in engineering education. Alongside a set of diverse themes in engineering education, participants will present work on the…

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