Massey College Newsletter, November 2019

From The Principal

Dear Massey Community,  Chers collègues,
October 2019 has been full exciting events. Our hard-working staff was able to do it all so well! I want to thank them on your behalf.

The celebration of our partnership with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation occurred on October 25th, the same day as the High Table celebrating Indigenous Heritage. A very moving ceremony took place in the morning with the Lieutenant Governor sharing a poem written by Stacey Laforme, Chief of the Mississaugas, while retired Court of Appeal Justice Harry LaForme explained the significance and the importance of the land acknowledgement. Finally, Chief Laforme recited one of his poems about identity, a poem that speaks so well to all of us, and particularly to Junior Fellows. He spoke of not being framed by others, and of knowing who one truly is by looking inside. It was a great event.  

Senior Fellow Barbara Sherwood Lollar was honoured for receiving the 2019 Herzberg Gold Medal for Science and Engineering. We launched books by Brian Cantwell Smith (The Promise of AI) and M.G. Vassanji (A Delhi Obsession). Retired Chief Justice and Visitor Beverley McLachlin discussed her memoirs, Truth Be Told, with Junior Fellows and Journalism Fellows, and we celebrated our partnership with the Royal Society of Canada.

The Friesen Prize winner Bartha Knoppers visited the Massey Community. We appreciated great history writing with the Cundill Prize, listened to Senior Fellow Haroon Siddiqui’s assessment of the future of the press in Canada, and reflected on The Leadership Arts of Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Sally Armstrong’s CBC Massey Lectures tour concluded in Toronto. We held the traditional Founders Gaudy High Table with Gaelic dancing afterwards.  And then there were the Junior Fellows Lectures, the Gown Run (see picture above), Massey Talks, Ask a Journalism Fellow Anything, a Diwali Celebration, an Alumni Dinner, a book club discussion of Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black, a music club, a Science at Massey event with Senior Fellow John Polanyi, two services in the Chapel and the inaugural event of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography with Katie Daubs. In early October we also had my installation ceremony and a panel discussion on “Ethics, Community and Leadership”.

I reflect on this last month with a sense of exhilaration about what our community can do and how we come together on so many good occasions. It is important that the larger community gets to know more about what is going on at Massey, how it works to sustain itself and contribute to the advancement of ideas.  

In November, we begin the mentorship program, as well as the very important annual appeal to your generosity so that we can continue to “nourish learning and serve the public good”. I welcome your suggestions and ideas.

Nathalie  Des Rosiers


November events

Sat, Nov 2 – Halloween Party
Mon, Nov 4 – Non-Res&Quadranglers Dine-in-Hall
Mon, Nov 4 – Book Club: “The Dawn Watch”
Fri, Nov 8 – Friday Food Ministry
Mon, Nov 11 – Art Canada Institute Event
Tue, Nov 12 – Press Club
Wed, Nov 13 – Non-Res Dine-in-Hall
Wed, Nov 13 – Music Club
Fri, Nov 15 – High Table: Pride!
Mon, Nov 18 – Back of the CV
Tue, Nov 19 – Senior Fellows Luncheon 
Tue, Nov 19 – Non-Res Lunch in Hall
Thu, Nov 21 – Massey Talks!
Thu, Nov 21 – Chapel Service
Sat, Nov 23 – Visit to the Mississaugas FN
Tue, Nov 26 – Book Launch: Jesse Thistle
Wed, Nov 27 – Alumni Dinner 2000-2009
Thu, Nov 28 – Senior Fellows&Non-res Dine in Hall
Thu, Nov 28 – Junior Fellows Lecture Series
Sat, Nov 30 – Coffee House

Go to Events Calendar


Massey College’s Annual Fundraising campaign is underway: you will receive a letter from us in a few days. We rely on your help to enhance bursaries for our Junior Fellows, maintain the building and provide services to all members of the Massey community. Donate online today!

Alumni Dinners

Our first Alumni dinner on October 22 was a success! Sign up for your cohort date (all RSVPs are active):

NOV 27, 2019 (2000-2009 Alumni)

JAN 30, 2020 (1990-1999 Alumni)

FEB 12, 2020 (1980-1989 Alumni)

MAR 20, 2020 (1963-1979 Alumni)

Community Meals

Our Principal is hosting community meals at the lodge to get to know the community and break bread together! If you haven’t yet had a chance to attend one, please sign up for a date here.

From the Community

Naina Garg, Junior Fellow 2017-2019, is inviting members of the Massey community to join her for Sunday breakfasts and board games (8:30am onwards) at her Lake Ontario apartment. Naina wishes to make this a joyful off-campus community cooking and sharing experience. Please bring your favourite board games. Naina has offered to host it on a regular basis; all interested participants should be able to find a spot. You may sign up by emailing her. Dates are:
December 8
January 12
February 9
March 8
April 12

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