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Icon of the event The 2015 Cameron Hollyer Lecture:  Arthur Conan Doyle's
Sat Jun 27, 2015 | 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Prominent Conan Doyle scholar Clifford Goldfarb discusses Conan Doyle's Napoleonic writings including his play "Waterloo." Acclaimed Canadian actor R.H. Thomson will give a reading of the play following the lecture.

Icon of the event Depression
Tue Mar 31, 2015 | 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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Everyone has felt sadness but when is it depression?...

Icon of the event Great Books:  Aeschylus - The Oresteia
Fri Jun 05, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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In the Oresteia, the only trilogy in Greek drama that survives from antiquity, Aeschylus took as his subject the bloody chain of murder and revenge within the royal family of Argos. As they move from darkness to light, from...

Icon of the event Great Books:  Euripedes - Medea
Fri May 22, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Euripedes, who Aristotle called 'the most tragic' of the Greek tragedians, gives us in Medea, one of literature's most vivid psychological portraits of woman scorned. This lecture highlights the playwright' social critique, ...

Icon of the event Great Books:  Alistair MacLeod - No Great Mischief
Fri Jun 19, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Elegiac, hypnotic, by turns joyful and sad, Alistair MacLeod's only novel, No Great Mischief is a spellbinding story,beautifully told, of family, loyalty, exile, and of the blood ties that bind us, generations later, to the...

Icon of the event Kazuo Ishiguro -  SOLD OUT
Tue Mar 17, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Kazuo Ishiguro, the critically acclaimed author of...

Icon of the event One World. One Game
Thu May 28, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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That is soccer's true meaning. Toronto is the world in one city. In the context of the Pan Am Games, and the influx of Athletes from Latin America/Caribbean countries, how soccer explains and illuminates this great city....

Icon of the event Canada Reads: One Book to Break Barriers
Wed Mar 04, 2015 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Join Mary Ito, host of CBC Radio One's Fresh Air, as we celebrate the launch of the 2015 edition of Canada Reads and the shortlisted finalists:...

Icon of the event Arab Feminists Thoughts
Tue Jun 23, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Co-editors, Ghadeer Malek and Ghaida Moussa, present on their work in Min Fami: Arab Feminist Reflections on Identity, Space, and Resistance, which articulates the thoughts of Arab feminists through critical narratives, essay...

Icon of the event An afternoon with three Chicago poets in Toronto
Tue Mar 24, 2015 | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Peter O'Leary, John Tipton and Michael Autrey are contemporary poets, all resident in Chicago. Not necessarily traditional, all are committed to the poetic tradition, notably to the example of the Modernists. Each poet will r...