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Senior College Program Archives


Sept. 16 Christopher Innes and Brigitte Bogar If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On (Chair: Suzanne Hidi)

Sept. 23 Keith Oatley Why reading fiction is good for you. The psychology of literary and film art (Chair: Suzanne Hidi) (AUDIO)

Sept. 30 Mladen Vranic Diabetes epidemic: where are we now? (Chair: Harold Atwood)  CANCELLED

Oct. 7 Suzanne Hidi  Power of interest in enhancing motivation and learning (Chair: Cornelia Baines) (AUDIO)

Oct. 14 Roger Martin State of capitalism (Chair: Peter Russell) (AUDIO)

Oct. 21 Amu Sarkar Sorrow of South East Asia: Largest mass poisoning in history caused by drinking underground water contaminated with toxic metals (Chair: Harry Schachter)

Oct. 28 John English Canada and the Arctic Council (Chair: Peter Russell)

Nov. 4 Derek Pensler How Jews became Israelis (Chair: Martin Klein) (AUDIO)

Nov. 11 Peter Kotanen Do invading plants escape their enemies? (Chair: Nancy Dengler) (AUDIO)

Nov. 18 Toni Healey The Lexicographer and Her Craft: Writing a Dictionary of Old English in the Digital Age (Chair: Linda Hutcheon)

Nov. 25 Stevie Cameron Robert Pickton and Canada’s Missing Women (Chair: Peter Russell)



Jan. 8, 2014 Meric Gertler: The University and the City: a Case Study (Chair: Peter Russell)

Jan. 15, 2014 Frank Iacobucci: Role of the Supreme Court of Canada: Its History and Challenges (Chair: Peter Russell) (VIDEO)

Jan. 22, 2014 Bert Hall: History of Technology, War Technology (Chair: Martin Klein) (VIDEO)

Jan. 29, 2014  Dennis Duffy: Jimmy Gatz’s Journey to Oz and What he Found There: What Scott Fitzgerald Owed to the Wonderful Wizard (Chair: Linda Hutcheon) (VIDEO)

Feb. 5, 2014   – – – – – – -TALK CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. RESCHEDULED FOR APR 2, 2014-  – – – – –

Feb. 12, 2014  Master Class Players: Fryderyk Chopin: Patriot and Poet.  Piano Recital. (Chair: Deanna Bogdan) Biographies

(VIDEO Part 1) (VIDEO Part 2)

Feb. 19, 2014  Reading Week    – – – – – – – – – – – -NO PROGRAM-  – – – – – – – – – –

Feb. 26, 2014  John Percy:  The Births, Lives, and Bizarre Deaths of Stars (Chair: Harold Atwood)

Mar. 5, 2014  Cornelia Baines: Do Wind Turbines Cause Serious Harm to Health? (Chair: Bibhu Mohanty) (VIDEO)

Mar. 12, 2014  Helen Lenskyj: No More Rainbows: Sexual Diversity and the Sochi 2014 Olympics (Chair: Roselyn Stone) (VIDEO)

Mar. 19, 2014  Hans de Groot:  Words and Music in the Songs of Robert Burns (Chair: Orest Rudzik) (VIDEO)

Mar. 26, 2014  Peter Silverman: The Underside of Consumerism: the Rhetoric and the Reality (Chair: Joe Whitney) (VIDEO)

Apr. 2, 2014 Frederick Lowy:  Whither Psychiatry: Neuropsych or Psychosocial? (Chair: Harold Atwood)

Senior College Program Fall 2014

Sept. 17, 2014 Kevin Kain:Forget impact factors; how can our research have real impact? (Chair: Michael Hutcheon).

Sept. 24, 2014 George Elliot Clark: Why not an ‘African-Canadian’ Epic?Lessons from Pratt and Walcott, Etc. (Chair: Linda Hutcheon). N.B. This Talk will start at 9:30am. Lunch will be served at 11:30am. (VIDEO)

Oct. 1, 2014 Charles Chaffey: Brother Marie-Victorin: Pioneer of French-Canadian science (Chair: JohnMcClelland). (VIDEO)

Oct. 8, 2014 Paul Stevens: Churchill’s war horse: Children’s literature and the pleasures of war (Chair: Linda Hutcheon). (VIDEO)

Oct. 15, 2014 Nicholas Krementsov: The Quest for Immortality in Bolshevik Science and Fiction (Chair: John Youson). (VIDEO) (AUDIO)

Oct. 22, 2014 Michael Marrus: Seventy Years On: the Gaullist Myth and the Liberation of Paris, 1944 (Chair: Martin Klein). (AUDIO) (Link to Youtube)

Oct. 29 2014 Sally Armstrong: The News: a remarkable shift in the status of women is reducing poverty, cutting conflict and improving the economy (Chair: Jim Gurd).

Nov.5, 2014 Steve Joordens: Delivery and impact of on-line university courses (Chair: Suzanne Hidi). (VIDEO) (AUDIO)

Nov.12, 2014 Daphne Maurer: Your name is green trimmed with silver: The colourful world of synaesthesia (Chair: John Kennedy). (VIDEO)

Nov.19, 2014 Ron Baecker: Designing technology for seniors (Chair: Suzanne Hidi). (VIDEO)

Nov.26, 2014 Chandler Davis: The next thousand years or so (Chair: MartinKlein). (VIDEO)



Nov. 27, 2103: “Reflections on 50 Years of China Study” Bernie Frolic (Peter Hajnal, Chair) description 

Nov. 20, 2013: “Demographics” David Foot (Blossom Wigdor, Chair) description 

Nov. 13, 2013: “New Ways to Measure Uncertainty and Why Getting it Right Matters” Jon Cohen (Merrijoy Kelner, Chair) description podcast video

Nov. 6, 2013, 2-4pm, COUNCIL MEETING, Health Sciences Building, Room 270.

Nov. 6, 2013: “Snails, Snakes and SNAREs: Natural Nerve Toxins in Basic Science and Medicine” Milton Charlton, Senior College Fellow (Harold Atwood, Chair) description podcast video

Oct. 30, 2013: “Italian Art: A Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Giorgio de Chirico’s Life and Works” Giuliana Katz  (Ruth Pike, Chair) description podcast video

Oct. 24, 2013: COLLOQUIUM: “The Science Problem in Societydescription

Oct. 23, 2013: ““Leo Africanus” Discovers Comedy: a 16th-Century Mediterranean Adventure” Natalie Davis  (Germaine Warkentin, Chair) description  podcast

Oct. 26, 2013:” “Other Losses;” Historical Account, World War II” James Bacque and Merrit Drucker (Peter Russell, Chair) description podcast video

Oct. 9, 2013: “Why Mothers Want to Mother: Neuropsychology and Effects of Early Experience” Alison Fleming, University of Toronto, Mississauga (John Kennedy and John Youson, Chairs) description  podcast  video

Oct. 2, 2013: “Managing Without Growth: Slower by Design, Not Disaster” Peter Victor, York University (Joe Whitney, Chair) description  podcast  video

Sept. 26, 2013: COLLOQUIUM “Aboriginal People


Sept. 25, 2013: “Opera: Aldeburgh Connection” Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata (Linda Hutcheon, Chair)

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Sept. 18, 2013: “Bats in My Hair” Brock Fenton, University of Western Ontario (John Youson, Chair)

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013: Annual General Meeting  Open to Fellows and Members only, Faculty Club Upper Dining Room.

Thursday, May 9, 2013: Colloquium Open to Fellows in good standing only. Faculty Club, Foulds Room.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013: Senior College Symposium, all-day event at the Faculty Club.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013: Council Meeting Fellows and Members only, HS-207.

Thursday, April 4, 2013: Field Trip to Moose Factory, Charles Pachter Studio Senior College Fellows and Members only

Re:  Robert Johnson

Wednesday, April 3, 2013: 9-10:00 PM CBC Radio One (99.1 Toronto)

REVISING HISTORY, Part 1; Program 1 will be rebroadcast on Ideas in the Afternoon on Monday, April 8, 2-3:00 PM

What happens when historians go searching for new evidence about the nation’s past? It can change the way its citizens think about their country as well as their identity. And it can upset both citizens and those who govern them. In Part 1 of this 2-part series, historian Robert Johnson looks at what happens when Russians begin to examine Stalin’s vaunted role as a leader during World War II. Part 2 – about the Vietnam War – airs on Thursday, May 2.

The program will also be available on podcast at the CBC Ideas website:

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2013: Revising the Revisionists : How History is Written, Rewritten, and (sometimes) UnwrittenRobert Johnson (History) (Chair: Metta Spencer) podcast graphic (video)

Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2013: Refugees and Their Future in CanadaMary Jo Leddy (Massey College) (Chair: Peter Hajnal) podcast graphic

Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2013: The Basilica of St. Peter and the Apostolic Palace in RomeKenneth Bartlett (Department of History and Renaissance Studies) (Chair: Giuliana Katz) podcast graphic (video)

Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2013: Unfinished Business — Idle No More Edward (Ted) Chamberlin (English, Comparative Literature) (Chair: Peter Russell) podcast graphic

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013: Imagining Black America Michael Wayne (History) (Chair: Martin Klein) podcast graphic

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013: Pollinator Declines: What Do We Need to Know? James Thomson (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) (Chair: Betty Roots)  podcast graphic

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013: Genetic Modification in Agriculture Paul Thompson (IHPST and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) (Chair: Jim Gurd) podcast graphic  (VIDEO)

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013: Memory and Aging Fergus Craik (Psychology) (Chair: Suzanne Hidi) podcast graphic

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013: Does the Monarchy Matter? Peter Rosenthal (Mathematics, Law) (Chair: Orest Rudzik) podcast graphic

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013: The Unlikely Preservers of Early English Drama Alexandra Johnston (English) (Chair: Trevor Levere) podcast graphic

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013: Modern Concepts of AddictionHarold Kalant (Pharmacology) (Chair: Harold Atwood) podcast graphic (VIDEO)

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013: The Pace of Change: From Gutenberg to TwitterCalvin (Kelly) Gotlieb (Computer Science) (Chair: Scott Rogers)

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