Coordinated and presented by the Junior Fellows, these lectures take place roughly once a month and invite three Junior Fellows to give an after dinner lecture on a chosen topic through the lens of their various fields of study. Please see the event calendar for lecture dates and themes.

2018-2019 Lectures

October 12, 2018 – Vulgar Displays of Power
Moses Okumu will discussed relationship power equity as a recipe for safer sex. David Ryback delved into Premier Ford’s invocation of the Notwithstanding Clause to pass Bill 5 and Mariela Faykoo-Martinez discussed the unique social structure that differentiates the naked mole-rat from all other mammals.

November 11, 2018 – This Is Not A Test!
Speakers: Ariana Ellis (Medieval Studies), Michael O’Shea (Education), and Charlie Katrycz (Materials Science).

December 10, 2018 – Destroy Erase Improve
Cylita Guy
told us about the unique role bats play in propagating species-jumping viruses and how the study of this role can help us preserve wildlife and combat these diseases. Sam Little discussed the development of jazz language and repertoire, and Shane Saunderson took a lighthearted approach to possible futures in which robots and AI could come to annihilate humanity from the Earth, remove every trace of our existence, and build an entirely new species and society that looks nothing like our own.

January 30, 2019 – Reasonable Doubt
Speakers: Daniel Hidru (Computer Science), Mary Germaine (English and Creative Writing), and Jamie Duncan (Information).

February 27, 2019 – Heartwork
David Sutton
(Classics), spoke on Veranius and the Homosocialities of Masculine Affection in the Polymetric Poems of Catullus, a late Roman Republic poet. Alex Luscombe (Criminology and Sociolegal Studies) told the story of who has been most impacted by Canada’s “war on cannabis”, and what steps can be taken in the wake of legalization. Kate Frank (English) spoke on women’s expression of emotion through plant collecting in England in the eighteenth century.

March 13, 2019 – If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late
Katie Menendez
(Medieval Studies) revealed how medieval commentators on the Book of Revelation in unexpected and zany ways, while avoiding the fact that, as they read the book, it could very well be too late. Isabelle Zhu (Creative Writing) took us through the critical notion of reparative reading when it may very well be too late, in the face of imminent planetary collapse. Finally, Amanda Loder (Physical Geography) explained the amplification of carbon releases from Earth’s systems under the rising temperatures of global warming, and whether it is indeed too late to do anything about it.