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

Hearing Riel

April 21 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This interdisciplinary symposium on the occasion of the Canadian Opera Company’s new sesquicentennial (all-Canadian) production of Harry Somers and Mavor Moore’s 1967 (centennial commissioned) opera, Louis Riel, investigates the work, its fraught historical subject matter, and its political implications for today. As part of our urban outreach and partnership with the Canadian Opera Company, this interdivisionally collaborative symposium (Music, Arts & Science, Munk School) tackles a subject central to Canadian identity, both historical and current. Sung in Cree, English and…

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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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Celebrating Five Decades of the Best International and National Drama at U of T

April 23

University of Toronto’s Hart House is the birthplace of Canadian Theatre. It is also the original home of the Drama Centre, which is celebrating its Golden Anniversary in conjunction with the nation’s Sesquicentennial. On April 23rd, 2017, guests will be invited to a Gala at Hart House’s Great Hall to experience a Shakespearean Birthday Banquet. Canadian and international directors will delight and thrill visitors with their staging of short Shakespearean scenes performed by current students as well as by alumni…

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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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Toronto Language Tapestry: Exploring Heritage Languages

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Woodsworth College, Room 126, 119 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A9
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From Italian to Cantonese, the Toronto Language Tapestry workshop explores heritage languages spoken across Canada's largest city. Sponsored by the Department of Linguistics and Canada's Sesquicentennial Initiatives Fund, topics include: Italian’s global linguistic space: The case of Ontario Schwa in Ontario French The bilingual experience of Spanish heritage children in the Nation's Capital Perception of Cantonese tone Polish Case and Code-switching

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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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