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Moderated by Linda Tu David Phillips presented “The Nobel Peace Prize between the Wars.” In 1920, Woodrow Wilson received his Nobel Peace Prize for his role as the founder of  the League of Nations. In 1922, Fridtjof Nansen won for his work on behalf of displaced victims of WW1, specifically the Nansen Passport, an internationally recognized refugee travel…

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As our president, Sue Kralik, communicated a few weeks ago, the Academy has revised its name to include “Toronto”.    Our new name is Academy for Lifelong Learning Toronto – to make it more closely aligned with who we are and to differentiate our Academy for Lifelong Learning from others in North America.  We now…

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Contemporary Chinese Espionage was the focus of one of the Academy’s Winter Forums. The speaker was Olivier Courteaux, who holds a doctorate in Contemporary International Relations from the University of Paris—Sorbonne. He has also lectured in Canada at Ryerson University and the Royal Military College. The audience was treated to an excellent analysis of current…

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Congratulations to long-time Academy member LORNA POPLAK whose new book THE DON: THE STORY OF TORONTO’S INFAMOUS JAIL has just been published and is readily available. As always, you are encouraged to support local booksellers. Conceived as a “palace for prisoners,” the Don Jail never lived up to its promise. Although based on progressive nineteenth-century penal…

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Perhaps the most fraught conversations in contemporary North American society are ones that take place across racial divides. Even with the best of intentions, they often founder on ignorance, misinformation and insensitivity. The talk by Lindsay (Swooping Hawk) Kretschmer, Executive Director of the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council, was therefore very useful in thinking about how non-indigenous Canadians can interact with and support Native Peoples. While emphasizing that she spoke only for herself, her engaging presentation drew on experiences that are sadly familiar to too many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people.

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