Dear Members of the Community, Chers collègues,
Ron Deibert’s Massey Lecture continues all week long. You can listen live here, and access past lectures that you may have missed.
Please join me in congratulating Senior Fellow Molly Shoichet who has been awarded the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal, Canada’s top science prize, for her work designing gels that mimic human tissues.
And Senior Fellow Barbara Sherwood Lollar who was just awarded a Killam Prize, one of Canada’s most prestigious prizes for careers in research.
To mark Remembrance Day, Massey College has invited the Canadian Armed Forces highest-ranking Indigenous officer, Major-General Jocelyn (Joe) Paul, to speak with Senior Fellow Phil Fontaine, three-term National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, and Alumnus and JD and master of law graduate Wanekia (Kia) Dunn, a member of the Métis Nation and specialist in Indigenous law. Senior Fellow Michael Valpy will moderate. 4-5pm EST – watch the livetream here.
Thursday, November 12th is a busy day:
From 12:00-1:00pm EST we have Part II – International Diplomacy: What Ingredients Made COP21in Paris a Success and Could We Do It Again? Kathleen Wynne – MPP Don Valley West, former Premier of Ontario (2013-2018), joins Rushay Naik – Junior Fellow, Massey College, in an interview by Rosemary McCarney, former Ambassador of Canada to the United Nations (2015-2019), and the 2020-2021 Bill Graham Centre / Massey College Resident Visiting Scholar in Foreign and Defence Policy and Global Affairs.
Thank you to all of you who have been watching and participating in Massey is Missing COP26 programming. As a part of the College mandate to contribute wisely to the public good, we are holding this conference to build strategic momentum towards a powerful Canadian role at COP26 in 20201.
At 1:00-2:30pm EST you are invited to attend the German Canadian Media Symposium 2020: “Facts, feelings and truth. A mid-pandemic look at the media” With Der Speigel’s Washington Buereau Chief Roland Nelles. Leslie Young, McLaughlin Centre Fellow and freelancer Sadiya Ansari. Moderated by Jessica Johnson Executive Editor and Creative Director at the Walrus.
And on Thursday evening at 8:00 PM EST we are having our Junior Fellow Lecture Series. The topic is Distracted Boyfriends and the invited Junior Fellows will have 15 minutes each to give their own take on the topic.
Seshu Iyengar (PhD, Physics): “This talk will talk about putting the philo back in philosophy: what is the role that love (and the nature of the beloved subject or object) plays in academic philosophy? How was that “classical Greek” picture subverted during the modernist period? And how does that colour our understanding the goals of early-to mid postmodern philosophy? And most importantly, how do we ensure we are always a distracted boyfriend.”
Jenna McKellips (PhD, English): “Some medieval women remained chaste after marriage; in many cases, these women essentially ignored their husbands but still spoke about Jesus in erotic ways, turning their own husbands into “jealous girlfriends” of sorts. This talk proposes a number of possible reasons for the performative eroticizing of Jesus by medieval women, including medieval aphobia and the queerness of medieval female virginity.”
Sam Minden (MA, East Asian Studies): “In the mid-Eighth Century, one emperor’s love for his son’s wife led to the end of a golden age and the inspiration for some of the greatest works of poetry in all of Chinese literature! It is a song of everlasting sorrow and dancing elephants.”
The Sexual Diversity and Pride high Table is happening on Friday, November 20th from 4:00-5:00pm EST.
CIFAR MASSEY TALKS is happening on Tuesday, November 24th from 12-1pm EST. Dr. Jenny Tung CIFAR Fellow and Associate Professor at Duke University will present How Social Relationships get Under the Skin. Following her talk, Dr. Tung will be joined in conversation by Junior Fellows Claire McMurray, Gavia Lertzman-Lepofsky and Rushay Naik.
Our Virtual Winter Gaudy will be happening on Saturday, December 5th at 7:00pm EST. More details coming soon!
Lastly, thank you to all those that came out to the first community wide education session on anti-Black racism last week, and thank you to our Governing Board for making this available to everyone in the community.
Zahra Dhanani and Ekua Quansah of Dhanani & Quansah Consulting will be holding an additional interactive session – for a smaller group of up to twenty participants.
Tuesday November 17th, 2:30-4:00pm EST
My best to you for the rest of the week!