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Events

Sep 19
Please RSVP by Sept 13th
The University College Alumni Association (UCAA) invites you to come learn about the College’s plans for the coming academic year and give your feedback on our programming.

The UCAA’s objective is to promote community among alumni, and between alumni, students, and University College. The UCAA presents the opinions and recommendations of alumni to the administration and faculty of the College, and serves as a resource in advancing the College’s mission.
Sep 26
Lecture
Please RSVP by Sept 17th
When Justin Trudeau won the 2015 federal election, predictions that he’d be prime minister for at least two terms came even before his first had begun. After all, his youth and Canada’s electoral history suggested a mere four years of Liberal government was unlikely. Instead, the 2019 election turns out to be highly competitive. UC Alumnus John Geddes, Maclean’s magazine’s Ottawa bureau chief, will talk about the contest as it gathers steam.    
Oct 3
Endowed Lecture Series
This lecture explores the ways in which the exterior walls of houses serve as boundaries, screens and skins on which both architects and viewers project meanings. Drawing on "Modern," vernacular, and historicist examples, the lecture considers cultural values, gender and sexuality, interrogating the meaning of transparency, both literal and figurative, and highlighting the ways in which private lives and non-conforming or queer households can be concealed behind the walls of "poker-faced" houses. 

Lecture: 4:30pm in UC 140
Reception to follow in UC 240 
Oct 24
Endowed Lecture Series
Young children rapidly develop a basic, commonsense understanding of how the world works.  Research on infants suggests that this understanding rests on early emerging cognitive systems for representing bodies and their motions, agents and their actions, people and their social engagements, places and their relations of geocentric distance and direction, forms and their scale-invariant geometry, and number:  six systems of core knowledge. These systems are innate, abstract, strikingly limited, and yet present and functional throughout human life.  Infants’ knowledge then grows both through gradual learning processes that people share with other animals, and through a fast and flexible learning process that is unique to our species and emerges with the onset of language. The latter process composes new systems of concepts productively by combining concepts from distinct systems of core knowledge.  The compositional process is poorly understood but amenable to study, through coordinated behavioral testing and computational modeling of infants’ learning. To illustrate, this talk will focus on core knowledge of objects, agents, and number, and on two new systems of concepts that emerge over human development and support uniquely human achievements:  the artifact concepts underlying prolific tool use, and the numerical concepts underlying counting and exact arithmetic.

Lecture: 4:30pm in UC 140
Reception to follow in UC 240 
Nov 13
Reception / Ceremony
The Alumni of Influence awards were established in 2012 in the belief that the success stories of our alumni should be known to current students and fellow graduates.
Nov 21
Endowed Lecture Series
Blood is a liquid that circulates in the bodies of human beings and other animals. How was it thought of in ancient culture? In an uncanny, disturbingly aestheticizing moment in Homer’s Iliad, Menelaos husband of Helen, for whom the war is being fought before Troy, receives a wound from the arrow of his Trojan enemy Pandaros. Athena deflects the arrow, as a mother brushes away a fly from a sleeping child, but it penetrates his armor: . . . straightway from the cut there gushed a cloud of dark blood.
As when some Maionian woman or Karian with purple (phoiniki)
colours ivory, to make it a cheek piece for horses;
it lies away in an inner room, and many a rider
longs to have it, but it is laid up to be a king’s treasure,
two things, to be the beauty of the horse, the pride of the horseman:
so, Menelaos, your shapely thighs were stained with the colour
of blood, and your legs also and the ankles beneath them.
                                    (Iliad 4. 140-47, trans. Lattimore) The poet-singer addresses the wounded man himself, later describes a scene of healing, and distinguishes between this blood and ikhor, the fluid flowing in the veins of the gods. The lecture will pursue questions of blood and the body; blood and the sacred; blood, belonging, and kinship, with some consideration of the applicability of these categories in the present.
Lecture: 4:30pm in UC 140
Reception to follow in UC 240 
Nov 27
Please RSVP by Nov 20th
The past 10 years has given us genetically edited babies, machines that can learn, gravitational waves and the Higgs boson. Join Ivan Semeniuk, science reporter for the Globe and Mail as he looks back on one the most consequential decades in the history of science and tries to divine which areas of research are ripe to transform our world in the 2020s and beyond.
Jan 23
Lecture
Please RSVP by January 16th
This presentation will focus on the results of various collaborative performance projects:  scenes from Shakespeare’s The Tempest and other plays incorporating the production aspect of rain and related weather conditions on stage.The presented scenes are the outcome of interdisciplinary graduate courses exploring the collision of the arts and emerging technologies. These courses bring together scientists, scholars, artists and students from Drama/Theatre, Visual Studies, Music, Comp. Literature, Engineering and Computer Science and are part of the newly established BMO Lab for Creative Research in AI, the Arts and Performance. 
Feb 20
Lecture
Please RSVP by February 13th
The International Olympic Committee took two further steps towards the realization of human rights at the time of the Rio Olympics, establishing anti-discrimination protections for LGBT and creating the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team. But other serious challenges remain, especially with respect to other aspects of gender equity and the rights of workers and citizens in host cities. In this presentation, former Olympian, UC grad and professor of kinesiology and physical education Bruce Kidd will discuss the issues surrounding the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Mar 12
Lecture
Please RSVP by March 5th
In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada specifically addressed educational reforms in its 94 Calls to Action. Why are these reforms important for all students? How have they been implemented in Ontario classrooms? We will discuss these issues from the perspective of the local Indigenous community and a settler ally in post-secondary education. The discussion will include an example of a community engaged learning course at the University of Toronto Mississauga facilitated by Councillor Veronica King-Jamieson (Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation) and Professor Sherry Fukuzawa.