Spring Talks

Spring Talks

Wednesdays through April and May, Academy members and guests enjoy the opportunity to hear presentations from well-known experts on a wide range of thought-provoking topics and to interact with one another in an informal learning environment.

Talks are free for Academy members, $10 for guests. Pre-booking is not required.

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Forums

Academy Forums

On Wednesdays, September through November and January through March, Academy members and guests congregate at Knox College to hear debates on topical issues and talks from members and well-known experts on a wide range of academic, social, and political issues.

There is no charge to Forums, and pre-booking is not required.

See the schedule.

2017 / 2018 Forums

Fall

September 20, 2017
Presenting The Presenters:

Toronto Architect, Eden Smith, Jeanette Clark
Early Writing and Math, Brian Gaston
The Invention of the Microscope, Philip Wong

Knox College, Room 4
2 to 4pm


October 4, 2017
Barack Obama’s Legacy, Ronald Pruessen, University of Toronto Department of History and the Munk School of Global Affairs
Knox College, Room 4
2 to 4pm


October 18, 2017
Academy Debate – Resolved: That Populism Is A Threat To Liberal Democracy
Knox College, Room 4
2 to 4pm


November 1, 2017
Canada’s Greatest Story Tellers From 1867 to 2017, Douglas Gibson, Former President of McClelland & Stewart
Knox College, Room 4
2 to 4pm


November 15, 2017
Marijuana In Seniors: Benefits, Harms and Things We Don’t Know, Dr. Harold Kalant, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Knox College, Room 5
2 to 4pm


 

Winter

January 17
How Children’s Lies Lead to Better Artificial Intelligence, Kang Lee - Professor and Canadian Research Chair in Development Neurosciences, University of Toronto
Knox College, Room TBD
2 to 4pm

For more than 20 years, Prof. Kang Lee has devoted his career to understanding human facial processing and deception in children. His research and discoveries have led to the development of a new imaging technology (“Transdermal Optical Imaging”) that detects facial blood flow in a human face, and uses this information to model and detect a variety of physiological and psychological states.

His previous work in lie detection in children has already led to legal reforms related to the treatment of child witnesses in the Canadian judicial system. Prof. Lee's work has been featured in various news media outlets such as the CBC, New York Times, BBC and CNN, and his TED talk has garnered over 6.6 million views.

In this talk, Prof. Lee will discuss how his research has led to this ground-breaking technology that offers potential applications in areas from health care and medical research to artificial intelligence.


January 31
Syrian Sanctuary, Chris Hallett – co-founder and Board of Community Matters
Knox College, Room TBD
2 to 4pm

St. James Town is a community of more than 30,000 residents, all living in a neighbourhood that is less than one square kilometre in area. Living in such a dense and, for many, a new cultural environment presents many challenges to a healthy and productive way of life. We approach both community and individual health and well-being in a holistic way that considers employment, social isolation, self-esteem, language, finances and problem solving.


February 14
Toronto Island: A Unique Community, Marta O’Brien – Architectural Historian
Knox College, Room TBD
2:15  to 4pm

“The Island” is actually a small cluster of islands with three major uses: recreation, an airport, and a 140-year-old car-free residential community. Through an illustrated talk, architectural historian Marta O’Brien will discuss the fascinating history and often-controversial development of this Toronto treasure.

Speaker’s Bio
Marta O’Brien is an architectural historian who has been researching and photographing Toronto’s buildings since 1994. Her degrees in architecture and environmental studies (concentrating on cities) have provided the foundation for her research. Ms. O’Brien teaches architectural history courses that she has developed for the University of Toronto, Ryerson University, George Brown College, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She has presented slide-illustrated lectures for historical societies and cultural organizations. Through Citywalks she designs and conducts walking tours combining architecture and history, and she has been a Walking Tour Leader with Heritage Toronto since 2000.


February 28
Whose Art Matters?: Indigenous Art in the Age of Reconciliation, Professor Ryan Rice - independent curator and the Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture at the Ontario College of Art and Design University
Knox College, Room TBD
2:15 to 4pm

Speaker’s Bio
Ryan Rice, Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawake, is an independent curator and the Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (Toronto, ON). His curatorial career spans more than 20 years in museums and galleries. Rice served as the Chief Curator at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, NM and also held curatorial positions at the Aboriginal Art Centre (Ottawa, ON), named curatorial fellowships with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria, BC) and the Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff, AB), and Aboriginal Curator-In-Residence at the Carleton University Art Gallery. He received a Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York; graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and received an Associate of Fine Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Rice’s writing on contemporary Onkwehonwe art has been published in numerous periodicals and exhibition catalogues, and he has lectured widely. Some of his exhibitions include ANTHEM: Perspectives on Home and Native Land,FLYING STILL: CARL BEAM 1943-2005, Oh So Iroquois, Scout’s Honour, LORE, Hochelaga Revisited, ALTERNATION, Soul Sister: Re-Tekakwitha, Counting Coup, Stands With A Fist: Contemporary Native Women Artists and ARTiculations in Print. In the Fall of 2017, he presented the inaugural exhibition of the Onsite Gallery in Toronto with his exhibition “raise a flag: work from the Indigenous Art Collection 2000-2015.”


March 14
Who Owns the Arctic For Living: Hunting, Fishing, Tourism and Culture, Marilyn Friesen
Knox College, Room TBD
2:15 to 4pm

In this “Presenting the Presenter” session, Marilyn will repeat the thought-provoking presentation she made previously in the Academy’s Who Owns the Arctic workshop. In her 50 minute presentation, Marilyn will draw a picture of life in remote northern settlements (and the larger communities) where people struggle to exist between two cultures which have different values, require different skills, and, indeed, communicate in different languages.

Speaker Bio
Marilyn has visited the Canadian Arctic numerous times, sometimes for weeks at a time, and has gained insights into the peoples and their way of life. She uses this knowledge to speak about resources for hunting, fishing, tourism and culture.


 

2018 Spring Talks

Watch this space for information on the Spring 2018 Talks Series.

Speaker / Topic Suggestions

The Academy's Talks Committee welcomes suggestions for topics and speakers for future Forums and Spring Talks.