Update from the Principal

Update from the Principal

Dear Members of the Massey Community, Chers collègues,

We must adjust to these unprecedented times, and Massey is still ongoing.

It is Book Club time again. I first want to thank our outgoing chair Angela Ferranti for her fabulous work. The books were interesting, and the discussion leaders, fascinating. Thank you Angela for handling the very competitive book club with so many suggestions!

I would also like to welcome the incoming Chair of the Book Club Committee, Lily Cho. As in past years, we invite every member of the Massey Community to offer suggestions for books that we should read together next year. Please click here to submit your suggestions.

I am happy to announce that our May 1st Massey Gala with Margaret Atwood in conversation with Susan Swan will be happening virtually. I’ll send out more details soon, but please continue to save the date.

In addition, starting next week, we will launch a virtual salon series called The Massey Dialogues and I’d like to invite you to participate. The format will be as follows:  I will interview an expert in their field and then invite a discussion with a Junior Fellow and someone from another discipline, who will describe what they draw from the talk and how it matters to their work.  It is my hope that this program will embrace the very essence of Massey – highly informed intergenerational and interdisciplinary discourse. You are all invited to participate via the College youtube channel, and interact with our guests by posting questions online.  As always, I’m open to suggestions of themes and speakers.

As of today, we have set the following dates for next week:

Tuesday, March 31st – 4:00-5:00 pm – Prof. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah on Colonialism and Criminal Justice: Addressing the Legacy. How is the experience of Black people with Crime and Policing linked to Colonialism? Will it have an impact on the way we address COVID-19? We will be joined in conversation by Toronto Star Staff Reporter Jim Rankin and Junior Fellow Alex Luscombe. Details here.

Wednesday, April 1st – 12:00-1:00pm – Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar on Earth Research that Matters for Life on Other Planets. Dr. Sherwood Lollar has found water where no one thought possible. What does this tell us about potential for elsewhere in the Universe? We will be joined by two soon-to-be-announced guests. Details here.

Thursday, April 2nd – 5:00-6:00pm – The Hon. Hugh Segal on Judgement-free money efficiently distributed: Time for a Basic Income? Is it time to revisit the discussion on Basic Income in light of COVID-19? Following my interview, we will have a discussion with Dr. Danielle Martin and Junior Fellow Krish Bilimoria. Details here.

Further details about the series and our guests will be updated to our events calendar.


Best regards,

Nathalie Des Rosiers