The Massey Dialogues: Week of April 6

The Massey Dialogues: Week of April 6



Dear Members of the Massey Community, Chers collègues,

Though physically distancing, we are all working hard at keeping the intellectual life of the College active.

I am so happy to report that we are off to a strong start with the Massey Dialogues – a salon series to discover great research and great researchers.

The Dialogues also aim to engage intergenerational and interdisciplinary exchanges.

I want to express my gratitude to the speakers from last week who made these conversations truly engaging and informative.

A big thank you to all the participants who attended and contributed to these inspiring conversations.

If you were not able to tune in in real time last week, invite you to watch the Dialogues through our online video library archive.


This week, I have the pleasure of sharing with you three more exciting events in our series:


Tuesday, April 7 at 4:00pm In Conversation with Lorna Goodison, Poet Laureate of Jamaica (2017-2020), a discussion to honour Lorna Goodison being named the 2019 recipient of The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

I will interview Lorna Goodison CD about her life, what has inspired her poetry and any future projects. They will then be joined in conversation by Senior Fellow Dr. Nick Mount, professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of English, and Junior Fellow Niyosha Keyzad, a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at U of T, who will each reflect on what about Lorna Goodison’s work they find intriguing, inspiring, and relevant to their own areas of study and professions.

Livestream this afternoon’s event here.


Wednesday, April 8th at 12:00pm Prof. Linda Cardinal on Canada’s Language Regime in Theory and Practice, On the topic of La Francophonie, Principal Des Rosiers’s featured speaker is Dr. Linda Cardinal, Professor and holder of the Research Chair in Canadian Francophonie and Public Policies. They will be joined in conversation with incoming Senior Fellow Dr. Normand Labrie from the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE, and former Junior Fellow (Alumnus) Pascal Thibeault.

Livestream Wednesday’s event here.


Thursday, April 9th at 5:00pm All hands on deck: Banding together against COVID-19. This Dialogue will be hosted by Paul Chen, a Junior Fellow pursuing his PhD in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry. Paul will be joined in conversation with Senior Fellow Dr. Natasha Crowcroft from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Flavio Volpe, President of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association.

This conversation will address key aspects of this all-hands-on-deck response. Through discussion with our distinguished guests, we will explore a range of topics, from learning how our public health and healthcare systems were constructed to confront pandemic diseases to hearing the collaborative efforts that are vital towards producing ventilators, personal protective equipment and other medical supplies at-scale. Through this conversation, viewers will better understand the scope of our country’s response, the behind-the-scenes actions being taken to help us move towards the best-case scenarios and how collaboration can help overcome immense challenges.

Livestream Thursday’s event here.



All upcoming Massey Dialogues will continue to be updated on our website. I hope to see you online this week – you are welcome to contribute via YouTube’s chat function, or tweet your questions @masseycollege with the hashtag #MasseyDialogues.

À bientôt,


Nathalie Des Rosiers