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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.
Dec 23 to Jan 3

University closed for Winter Holidays from December 23, 2019 to January 3, 2020 inclusive. Winter (S&Y) classes resume for students on January 6, 2020

Jan 23
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 17

Family Day; University closed

Feb 20
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.