University of Toronto

Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty & Academic Life

Senior College Symposium 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 9:00am-3:30pm, The Faculty Club, 41 Willcocks St.


Life and Death: A Symposium

Thursday, April 14, 2015 9:00-3:30 Faculty Club 41 Willcocks St.

Co Chairs: Suzanne Hidi and John Kennedy

9:00 AM Registration and coffee

9:30-9:35AM Welcome and Introduction by Prof. Peter Russell, Principal, Senior College

First Session Understanding Vital Statistics Chair: Cornelia Baines

Prabhat Jha (Million Death Study)

Ross Upshur (Morbidity)


11:00 – 11:15 AM           C O F F E E   B R EA K

Second Session Humanities Dealing with Life & Death Chair: John Kennedy

Adam Levine (Pictures)

Linda Hutcheon & Michael Hutcheon (Opera)

Talisker Players (Music)

12:30 PM L U N C H

Third Session Facing Implications Chair: Suzanne Hidi

Karen Candy (Hospices)

Wayne Sumner (Law)

Jordan Paterson (Genesis)

3:00 – 3:30 PM General Discussion Chair: John Kennedy

3:30 PM Wine and Cheese Reception (Cash Bar)

This symposium is supported by BMO Financial GroupBMO Logo

Senior College Symposium Committee

Suzanne Hidi, Co-Chair, John Kennedy, Co-Chair, Harold Atwood, Max Nemni, Cornelia Baines, Ken Rae, Scott Rogers, Peter Russell and Roselyn Stone.


Karen Candy MA (Royal Roads University) has been the Executive Director for Carpenter Hospice, Burlington, since 2013. Previously she was a front line paramedic in Hamilton Health Sciences. From May 2002, Carpenter has served more than 2,000 residents, ranging in age from 21 to 103 years, supporting people with all types of terminal illness such as cancer and ALS.

Suzanne Hidi is an Associate Professor, Psychology of Educational Psychology and a founding member of the Senior College of the University of Toronto.

Linda Hutcheon, FRSC, OC., University Professor Emeritus in the Department of English and of the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. She has published books on opera with her husband Michael Hutcheon, reflecting both their interests.

Michael Hutcheon, MD, respirologist, University of Toronto, is the author, with Linda Hutcheon, of several books on opera, and on how medicine is represented in cultural text, including “Opera: The Art of Dying”.

Prabhat Jha MD OC, Rhodes Scholar, is an Indian-Canadian epidemiologist and health economist working in the field of global health and founding director of the Centre for Global Health Research at St. Michael’s Hospital. His research focuses primarily on premature mortality.

John Kennedy, FRSC, wrote “Drawing and the blind,” Yale Press, about line drawings from the sighted and the blind. He is University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology, UTSC.

Adam Levine is the curatorial assistant for the Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. He holds degrees from McGill University, the Courtauld Institute, and Columbia University. His doctoral work, currently ongoing at Columbia, examines late medieval reliquaries at the time of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.

Jordan B. Peterson is a psychologist at the University of Toronto with research interests in self-deception, mythology, narrative, neuroscience, creativity and motivation.

Wayne Sumner is the author of five books, most recently Assisted Death: A Study in Ethics and Law (2011). He is currently University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Ross Upshur holds a Canada Research Chair, and is Director of the Primary Care Research Unit, Sunnybrook, and Director of the Joint Centre for Bioethics. He has contributed in major ways to the research literature on epidemiology.