In Memoriam – Heather Raff

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Heather Raff died on July 7th, many of us remember Heather as a truly lovely woman. Heather was a member of the Economist Readers workshop and had participated in several other workshops including the Web of Science.  Her background was in English Literature, she had earned degrees from McGill University.  She was a teacher and…

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Spring Talk #6 – May 18 at 10:15am on Zoom

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Marie Henien is the final speaker in our series. Recognized as one of the most influential criminal defence lawyers in Canada, in her new book, Nothing But the Truth, Marie Henein shares her belief that much of the public’s understanding of the justice system is based on popular culture, and social media, and decidedly not…

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Spring Talk #5 – May 11th at 10:15 on Zoom

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Our 5th talk is titled UNDRIP Implementation in Canada: Completing De-colonization presented by Peter H.  Russell. One of the foremost experts on Canada’s constitutional, aboriginal and judicial politics, Peter Russell has had a distinguished career as a political scientist and prolific author. Russell was chair of the Research Advisory Committee for the Royal Commission on…

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Spring Talk #4 – May 4th at 10:15 on Zoom

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The title of our 4th talk is Black Holes: A “Defense” of Pure Reason. Juna Kollmeier, the first female Director of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, U. of T., helps us understand the universe through research on the emergence of structure in the universe. She combines cosmological hydrodynamic simulations and analytic theory to figure…

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SPRING TALK #3 – APRIL 27 AT 10:15AM ON ZOOM

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John Sewell is a Toronto activist who will speak to us about “Policing in Toronto”. He was a member of Toronto City Council 1969 -1984, and Mayor of Toronto 1979-1980.  He continued his engagement in Toronto politics as a community activist, city councillor, journalist, writer, housing administer, and social entrepreneur. His most recent book is…

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In Memoriam – Fran Beer

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We are sad to report that Fran Beer died on April 7th. Fran contributed to the Academy as a facilitator and a member of the board. She brought to the workshops that she facilitated, one on the Brontes and the other on Jane Austen, her expertise as a scholar of medieval literature, nineteenth century women…

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Spring Talk #2 – April 20 at 10:15am on Zoom

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  The topic of our 2nd Spring Talk is Cities as Post-Covid Accelerators of Resilient, Inclusive Communities. Our presenter is Ken Greenberg who is an urban designer, active city-building advocate, author and teacher. He is the former Director of Urban Design and Architecture for the City of Toronto.  As Principal of Greenberg Consultants his current…

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2022 – 2023 Workshops by Category

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Canada Tale of Two Cities – Montreal and Toronto Discussion Events of the Fortnight The Economist Readers (2 sections) New Yorker Readers Opinions A Opinions B Film Artist’s Lives Contemporary Film A Contemporary Film B Health and Personal Interests Aging Well: Health and Wellness Imperatives “Oh the Places You’ll Go!”: Travel Ideas History Ancient Greece…

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