Dear Members of the Community, Chers collègues,
Friday, November 6th at 2:30pm EST Zahra Dhanani and Ekua Quansah of Dhanani & Quansah Consulting will be facilitating an education session on anti-Black racism. The Governing Board has provided funding for everyone in the community to attend. Please consider joining in – I would like to see you there.
Following this webinar, available to the whole Massey community, we are planning three additional interactive sessions for smaller groups of up to twenty participants.
They are scheduled for the following dates:
Thursday November 12th, 2:30pm – 4:00pm EST register here.
Friday November 13th, 2:30 – 4:00 EST register here.
Tuesday November 17th, 2:30 – 4:00 EST register here.
The 2020 CBC Massey Lectures will air on CBC Ideas starting Monday, November 9th through to Friday, November 13th. Don’t miss Ron Deibert’s timely and insightful exploration of harnessing the internet for the good of civil society.
Monday November 9th aslo brings the start of Massey is Missing COP26. COP26, the annual global gathering of climate experts and governments, was scheduled to be held November 9-20, 2020 in Glasgow. As the fifth such meeting since the critically important 2015 Paris Agreement, COP26 is to be pivotal in assessing progress and in strengthening commitments to slow global heating while it is still possible to preserve a stable climate.
Massey is Missing COP26 has five elements, all of which would have been present at the official COP26. We focus them on Canada and the role it will play at COP26, now re-scheduled for November 2021. Join us for these invigorating discussions with thought leaders across Canada, take action in your own life, and then ask your political representatives to act on what you have learned.
Please make sure to join us for Press Club on Tuesday, November 10th from 7:30-9:00pm. Objectivity in Canadian media, in the wake of Black Lives Matter will feature a discussion with Anita Li media strategist and journalism instructor, Rachel Giese editorial director of Xtra and Adrian Harewood co-anchor of CBC News Ottawa – hosted by Duncan McCue, our 2020-2021 CBC-Radio Canada Fellow.
On Wednesday, November 11th from 4:00-5:00pm EST we are hosting a Massey Dialogues on Remembrance Day. Major-General Joe Paul will be joining, hosted by Senior Fellow Michael Valpy. Full details coming soon.
Watch the Livestream Here
On Thursday Thursday, November 12th from 1:00-2:30pm 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 freelance journalist Sadiya Ansari. Moderated by Jessica Johnson Executive Editor and Creative Director at the Walrus.
Also happening on the evening on Thursday November 12th is the 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.”
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Virtual Pride High Table will take place on November 20th!
Lastly, I’m thrilled to announce that we will hold a Virtual Winter Gaudy on Friday, December 5th. It will certainly be different than celebrations in years past, but fun and festive nonetheless. Save the date – more information to come!