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Icon of the event The Secret Lives of Spring Wildflowers
Thu Apr 09, 2015 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
High Park

Join accomplished naturalist Richard Aaron as he shares fascinating stories about Toronto's spring flora. Learn about a wildflower that deceives insects, another plant once used for medicine but now banned, and much more.

Icon of the event International Women's Day: Centering the Voices of Indigenous Women
Wed Mar 11, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bloor/Gladstone

The colonial system has long excluded the leadership of Indigenous women. Artist-activist Susan Blight (U of T First Nations House) discusses how, through art, activism, and resistance, Indigenous women are actively working t...

Icon of the event Andrea Charise on Literature and Ageism.
Thu May 28, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Deer Park

In this talk Andrea Charise,winner of the Polanyi Prize for literature, assistant professor of Health, U of T, explores how the invention of population at the end of the eighteenth century helped fashion an ?aging population?...

Icon of the event  Forbidden Fruit: A Brief History of Literary Censorship
Thu Mar 12, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Deer Park

Since the days of Socrates people have tried to silence the thoughts of authors by challenging, censoring, and banning their works. Pearce Carefoote of U of T's Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library offers a brief historical overv...

Icon of the event Literature  and the Bible in a Secular Age. With Dr.  Cotrupi
Tue Apr 28, 2015 | 6:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Deer Park

Many of the masterpieces of western literature (and of western music and art) owe a direct debt to the Bible. How is the relationship between the Bible and western literature and culture unfolding in an increasingly secular e...

Icon of the event Come Meet Elizabeth Muir, author of 'Riverdale, East of the Don'
Sat Mar 28, 2015 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Pape/Danforth

Elizabeth Gillian (Liz) Muir has lived in both the southern and northern parts of Riverdale. A former educator and an historian, she has written extensively about women in early Canada. She has also written stories for childr...

Icon of the event Conversations with a Dead Man: The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott
Wed Jun 10, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bloor/Gladstone

In this talk, Montreal poet and non-fiction writer Mark Abley explores the paradox of Duncan Campbell Scott and explains his relevance for Canadians today. Scott was one of the major Canadian poets of the early 20th century, ...

Icon of the event Peak Learning. The Basilica of  San Francesco d'Assisi. Dawn Cunningham
Tue May 26, 2015 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Deer Park

The Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi was an artistic hub during the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. During this hour, we will take a visual tour of some of its unique wall paintings and examine their signifi...

Icon of the event International Women's Day. Mark Kelley.CBC. Made in Bangladesh
Tue Mar 31, 2015 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Deer Park

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Icon of the event Stories about Storytellers: An Evening with Doug Gibson
Tue Mar 10, 2015 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Deer Park

Hear Douglas Gibson (Alice Munro's editor) tell stories about the many famous authors he worked with in the course of his long career as an editor and publisher. Featuring authors like Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pier...