The Massey Dialogues – Prof. Randy Boyagoda on Imaginative Distancing: Our reading lives in pandemic times

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The Massey Dialogues – Prof. Randy Boyagoda on Imaginative Distancing: Our reading lives in pandemic times

April 30 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Junior Fellow Kate Frank will interview incoming Senior Fellow Randy Boyagoda – they will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on our reading lives, and will explore models and ideas for ensuring the continued vitality of our imaginations as free spaces for exploration and contemplation in an otherwise highly-confined feeling moment. Junior Fellow Stephanie Redekop and Alumnus and editor-in-chief of the Literary Review of Canada Kyle Wyatt will react.


The Dialogues are open to the public – we invite everyone to join and take part in what will be a very informative online discussion. Participants are invited to submit questions to the speakers in real time via the youtube channel’s chat function as well as through Twitter with the hashtag #MasseyDialogues. For information about the Massey Dialogues salon series, click here.

Click here Thursday at 5:00pm EST to join this livestream event.



Randy Boyagoda is Professor of English at the University of Toronto, where he’s also served as Principal of St. Michael’s College since 2016. He begins a five-year term as Vice Dean, Undergraduate, Faculty of Arts and Science, this summer. A novelist and critic, he is author of five books, most recently Original Prin, which was named a Globe and Mail Best Book and New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. He contributes essays and opinions to a variety of publications, including The New York Times, Financial Times (UK), The Walrus, and the Globe and Mail. He hosts a literary podcast for the Toronto Public Library and is a books columnist for CBC Radio. He lives in the east end of Toronto with his wife, four daughters, and Weimaraner.


Kate Frank is a second-year PhD student in the Department of English at the University of Toronto, and a second-year Junior Fellow at Massey College. Her research focusses on women’s walking in eighteenth-century and Romantic British literature.


Kyle Wyatt is a senior resident at Massey College and the editor-in-chief of the Literary Review of Canada. He has a doctorate in English literature from the University of Toronto.


Stephanie Redekop is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English and the Centre for Jewish Studies. She is a Junior Fellow at Massey College and the Co-Director of the American Literature Research Collaborative at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the relationship between the literary essay and public crisis discourse in 1960s America.




April 30
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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