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March 2015

  • Monday, March 30th Famines in Maoist China and the Soviet Union: Challenges of Comparison

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    Monday, March 30, 20153:00PM - 5:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    416-946-8900
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    Series

    East Asia Seminar Series

    Description

    Since the last years, the Great Leap Forward Famine (1959-1962) has become a “hot topic” in the China Studies. Felix Wemheuer will show that we can learn about the Chinese case by comparing it to the Soviet famine under Stalin (1931-33). He will analyze the historical and political roots of these socialist-era famines, in which overambitious industrial programs created greater disasters than those suffered under prerevolutionary regimes. Focusing on famine as a political tool, Wemheuer systematically exposes how conflicts about food among peasants, urban populations, and the socialist state resulted in the starvation death of millions. Furthermore, he will examine the long-term effects of the great famines on the relationship between the state and its citizens and argues that the lessons governments learned from the catastrophes enabled them to overcome famine in their later decades of rule.

    Felix Wemheuer is professor for Modern China Studies at the University of Cologne. This last book “Famine Politics in Maoist China and the Soviet Union” was published with Yale UP (2014). He published several journal articles on the Great Leap Forward and coedited the volumes Eating Bitterness: New Perspectives on China’s Great Leap Forward and the Famine (2011) and Hunger and Scarcity under State-Socialism (2012). He is also the author of two popular books in German: a biography of Mao Zedong (2009) and The Great Hunger: Famines under Stalin and Mao. From 2000 to 2002, he studied Chinese and “History of the Communist Party of China” at the People’s University in Beijing. During various field studies in China, he held oral history interviews with older peasants, intellectuals, and local cadres on the Great Leap Forward famine. In 2006, he received his PhD from the University of Vienna for his thesis on rural memories of the famine in Henan Province. From 2008 to 2010, Felix Wemheuer was a visiting scholar at the Fairbank Center.

    Contact

    Rachel Ostep
    416-946-8996


    Speakers

    Felix Wemheuer
    Professor of Modern China Studies, University of Cologne


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute


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  • Tuesday, March 31st Defence and Security in an Uncertain and Complex World

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    Tuesday, March 31, 20151:00PM - 2:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs - 1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    We have seen complex and varied threats develop rapidly over the last year, requiring a comprehensive and coordinated response from defence, security and other governmental partners, both at home and abroad. The Chief of the Defence Staff will be able to offer insights of interest to this audience speaking specifically to the defence component, but also speaking to the ways in which we work within the whole of government construct, and within international alliances and coalitions, to address our common challenges.

    GENERAL T.J. LAWSON, CMM, CD

    General Tom Lawson graduated from the Royal Military College (RMC) of Canada with an Electrical Engineering Degree in 1979. Upon completion of his flight training in 1981, he was posted to 421 Squadron in Baden, Germany, where he flew the CF-104 Starfighter. Following this four-year tour, in 1985, he completed a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering through RMC, and then went on to serve as a professor at the College.

    Promoted to Major in 1988, General Lawson was posted to Montgomery, Alabama, to attend the United States Air Force (USAF) Staff College. During that time, he also completed a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Auburn University.

    Posted to Cold Lake, Alberta, in 1991, General Lawson completed CF-18 Hornet training and then returned to Germany for a second operational tour, this time with 421 and 439 Squadrons. With the closure of Canadian Forces Base Baden, he was posted back to Cold Lake where he was assigned to 410 Squadron to serve as the Officer in Charge of the Fighter Weapons Instructor School.

    In 1996, General Lawson was posted to Ottawa as a career manager and soon after promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel. Then in 1998, while still serving in Ottawa, he was appointed Commanding Officer of 412 Squadron. Upon completion of that assignment in 2000, he was placed in charge of career management for the Air Force, at which time he also completed the USAF Air War College Program.

    Promoted to Colonel in 2003, General Lawson held various staff positions within the Air Force before joining the CF Transformation Team in 2005 where he led the stand-up of the Strategic Joint Staff organization. Posted to 8 Wing Trenton in 2006, he completed a year as the Wing Commander before being promoted to Brigadier-General. In May of 2007 he was appointed Commandant of the Royal Military College in Kingston.

    In 2009, General Lawson was promoted to Major-General and appointed Assistant Chief of the Air Staff. In July 2011, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General and posted to Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, where he assumed responsibility as the Deputy Commander North American Aerospace Defence Command.

    General Lawson was promoted to his current rank and was formally appointed as the Canadian Armed Forces’ Chief of the Defence Staff on October 29, 2012.

    Contact

    Nina Boric


    Speakers

    General Thomas J. Lawson, CMM, CD
    Speaker
    Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Armed Forces

    Professor Janice Stein
    Chair
    Former Director, Munk School of Global Affairs Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management, Department of Political Science



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  • Tuesday, March 31st The Diminishing Returns to Density: Built Form and Soft Infrastructure Costs

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    Tuesday, March 31, 20154:30PM - 6:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    416-946-8900
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    Description

    Conventional wisdom and the literature in urban planning suggest that high density built form is preferable to low-density because it is environmentally sustainable and imposes lower hard infrastructure costs. This presentation entertains the other side of the argument: that high density correlates with soft infrastructure costs, e.g., social assistance programs for low-income households. A spatially disaggregate analysis of costs and density revealed that the per capita soft infrastructure costs in the Peel region in some instances were higher in high-density, low income neighbourhoods. The assumption that high-density is better than other built forms and its implication for municipal expenditures will be discussed in this presentation.

    Murtaza Haider is a Visiting Scholar at IMFG for 2014-15, and an associate professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. Prof. Haider specializes in applying statistical methods to forecast demand and/or sales.

    Space is limited and registration is required. Doors open at 4:15 pm.

    Contact

    Stella Kyriakakis
    416-946-8972


    Speakers

    Murtaza Haider
    Visiting Scholar at the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance; associate professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University



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April 2015

  • Wednesday, April 1st Austerity as Epidemic: The New Political Economy of Health

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    Wednesday, April 1, 201510:00AM - 12:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    Series

    CPHS Seminar Series

    Description

    The recent economic crisis has prompted the emergence of an age of austerity whose attendant set of politics has generated significant imperatives for retrenchment and reform. Thus, despite the fact that economic crises generate a functional demand for greater social protection, the governments of advanced capitalist countries have responded to the Great Recession by reducing the scope and generosity of the welfare state. These political developments are likely to have devastating implications for the public’s health. They also raise important theoretical questions about the problematic relationship between capitalism and democracy. I argue that the observable disjuncture between the functional demand and available supply of social protection reflects an enduring conflict between the two distributional imperatives of democratic capitalism: one operating according to the pursuit of profitable accumulation, the other according to the pursuit of genuine human welfare. I test my argument by way of an empirical application to the work-welfare nexus. Within this nexus, governments of advanced capitalist countries are said to face an increasingly difficult bind between the demands of capital (for labour market flexibility) and the demands of labour (for comprehensive social security). Using data from the European Social Survey, I examine cross-national patterns of employment-related health inequalities and assess the extent to which policies meant to resolve this capital-labour conflict have managed to do so.

    Faraz Vahid Shahidi is a second-year doctoral candidate in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. He holds a Bachelor of Science in human biology and a Master of Philosophy in comparative social policy. He is currently a CIHR fellow in public health policy. His research is located at the intersection of population health and political economy.

    Andrew Pinto is a family physician and Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. He completed his Masters in health policy, planning and financing at the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as a Commonwealth scholar. He is a Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital. He recently received a New Investigator Award in Clinical Public Health from the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and DLSPH. Andrew’s research is focused on the evaluation of complex interventions that address social determinants and the health economics of primary care.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8497


    Speakers

    Faraz Shahidi
    Lupina Research Associate, doctoral student at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

    Andrew Pinto
    Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital



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  • Wednesday, April 1st The Impact of International Sporting Events and the Case of PanAm/Parapan Games 2015

    This event has been cancelled

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    Wednesday, April 1, 20152:00PM - 4:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    416-946-8900
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    CSUS and F. Ross Johnson Distinguished Speaker Series

    Description

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

    This summer, Toronto will host one of the most important multi-sport events, the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan American Games. In this talk, Dr. Chatzigianni examines the potential impact of this international sport event on the host city, region and country in relation to the various social, political, economic and cultural aspects of the Games.

    Efthalia (Elia) Chatzigianni is Tenured Assistant Professor of International Organizations and other forms of cooperation in the field of Sport at the Sport Management Department, University of Peloponnese, Greece. She holds a BA in Sociology and PhD in International and European Studies (Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens, Greece), and an MA in International Politics, (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium). Her research interests include the areas of International Organization and Governance in Sport, European Governance and Lobbying, Greek Politics and Interest Groups. She is author of the book Lobbying: Interest Promotion Mechanisms (2007). She has participated in many conferences and published numerous articles and book chapters in English, Greek, and German. Among others, she is an active member of various NGOs, she was Stagiaire in the European Parliament (1998), and worked for three Organizing Committees for the Olympic Games (Atlanta, 1996, Salt Lake City, 2002, Athens, 2004). Chatzigianni was Visiting Professor at the CERES, Munk School of Global Affairs, and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto (2013 and 2014 respectively).

    Contact

    Stella Kyriakakis
    416-946-8972


    Speakers

    Elia Chatzigianni
    Tenured Assistant Professor, Sport Management Department, University of Peloponnese, Greece


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for the Study of the United States

    Co-Sponsors

    Consul General of the United States - Toronto


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  • Wednesday, April 1st Les occupations et les liens entre les deux guerres mondiales **IN FRENCH**

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    Wednesday, April 1, 20153:00PM - 5:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    Seminaire conjoint d'histoire de la France / Joint French History Seminar

    Description

    **This event will be held in French.**

    Les zones occupées de la Première Guerre mondiale peuvent être vues comme les laboratoires d’un front atypique, différent des fronts militaires et domestiques. Dans le cas de la France du Nord, ce laboratoire est aussi militaire: les régions occupées jouxtent les champs de bataille dont elles deviennent les arrières fronts. Mais s’y joue une confrontation entre militaires et civils, entre hommes et femmes, dans la diversité nationale, linguistique, religieuse, culturelle. Surtout, des rétorsions collectives exceptionnelles, travail forcé, déportations, camps de concentration y prennent place, mais ont été largement oubliées après la guerre. Pourquoi ce déni de mémoire? Comment un juriste comme Raphaël Lemkin se réapproprie-t-il ces occupations au moment où il invente le terme de génocide?

    Contact

    Joseph Hawker
    416-946-8698


    Speakers

    Annette Becker
    Departement d'Histoire Universite Paris Ouest Nanterre La Defense


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre d'Etudes de la France et du Monde Francophone

    York University


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  • Wednesday, April 1st Bosnia Rising: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

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    Wednesday, April 1, 20157:00PM - 9:00PMMunk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    416-946-8900
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    Description

    NOTE: This event will take place at INNIS TOWN HALL, 2 Sussex Avenue, starting at 7:00 pm.

    Please join the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Cinema Studies Institute for a screening of Bosnia Rising, produced by Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave. The film looks at the protests and worker demonstrations which erupted throughout Bosnia in February 2014, forced the resignation of four regional governments, and led to the formation of a novel form of citizens assembly. In the film economist Fred Harrison visits a group of workers in Tuzla who have occupied their closed factory, and engages in a discussion on how to achieve social justice after botched privatization.

    The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with plenum organizer Damir Arsenijevic, economist Fred Harrison, filmmaker Carlo Nero, and producer Vanessa Redgrave.

    Damir Arsenijevic is a Leverhulme Fellow at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK, leading a project entitled ‘Love after Genocide’. An Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina and a psychoanalyst in training, he is the author of an edited volume on Bosnia’s protests and plenums entitled Unbribable Bosnia and Herzegovina—the Fight for the Commons.

    Fred Harrison is a graduate of the Universities of Oxford and London, author of The Traumatised Society (2012) and Director of the Land Research Trust in London. He devoted ten years to trying to help the post-Soviet authorities to develop a people-centred model of the market economy, and is currently working with people in Scotland, Greece and Spain to develop an alternative to the current capitalist model.

    Carlo Nero is a filmmaker, producer and writer, who was trained at the Centro Sperimentale Film Institute in Rome and New York University Film School. He has written, directed, and produced a number of award-winning films and documentaries, mostly dealing with the major economic, political, and environmental issues of our times, including the feature films “The Fever” (HBO Films) and “Uninvited” (Mediaset), as well as the documentaries “Roma Intorno a Roma” (Rome Around Rome), “Letter From New York to Sarajevo”, “Russia/Chechnya: Voices of Dissent”, “Wake Up World” (Unicef), and “The Killing Fields.”

    Vanessa Redgrave is a Special Representative for the United Nations Childrens Fund. Since 1993 she worked in Sarajevo, Belgrade, Zagreb, in Slovenia, Macedonia and with UNICEF and the Mother Theresa Society. She is a long standing supporter of a number of Russian human rights societies, worked with UNRWA in the Gaza Strip and West Bank in 2004, and works for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees with UNHCR. She has financed and produced documentary films for over four decades, including “The Palestinians” (1977), “Can’t We Put Human Beings First” (1991), “Children’s Stories: Chechnya” (2000) and “Russia/Chechnya: Voices of Dissent” (2005).

    Contact

    Edith Klein
    416-946-8962

    Main Sponsor

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Cinema Studies


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  • Thursday, April 2nd What Went Wrong in Japan? The Crisis of Social Reproduction

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    Thursday, April 2, 20152:00PM - 4:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    416-946-8900
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    Description

    The story of Japanese capitalism, held up as a model for economic prosperity and growth, hid nonstandard employment and women’s unpaid reproductive labor in the narrative of success. Once celebrated as a high trust system generating strong economic performance, Japan seemed to have lost its way spectacularly in what some have called the “Lost Decade” of the 1990s. The forms taken by the decades-long crises and the current efforts at resolution must be understood in terms of the specific features of this variety of coordinated capitalism that has dictated events. This juxtaposition of rapid economic success against subsequent failure has eluded theorists’ attempts to explain the enigma of Japanese capitalism. This presentation will identify the institutional sources of labor insecurities behind Japan’s postwar employment system. Gendering institutional analysis has been key to deciphering the enigma of Japanese capitalism.

    Heidi Gottfried, Associate Professor of Sociology at Wayne State University, has published several books and articles on gender and work transformation. Her recent book is entitled Gender, Work and Economy: Unpacking the Global Economy. She has edited or co-edited books on Gendering The Knowledge Economy: Comparative Perspectives; Remapping The Humanities: Identity, Community, Memory, (Post)Modernity; Equity in the Workplace: Gendering Workplace Policy Analysis; and Feminism and Social Change: Bridging Theory and Practice. Her publications include “Temp(t)ing Bodies: Shaping Gender at Work in Japan” and “Japan: The Reproductive Bargain and the Making of Precarious Employment.” The Reproductive Bargain: Deciphering the Enigma of Japanese Capitalism will be published by Brill in the spring.

    Contact

    Rachel Ostep
    416-946-8996


    Speakers

    Heidi Gottfried
    Professor of Sociology, Wayne State University


    Sponsors

    Centre for Global Social Policy, Department of Sociology

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for the Study of Korea

    Asian Institute


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  • Thursday, April 2nd Russia and NATO: How to Handle Putin

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    Thursday, April 2, 20154:00PM - 6:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
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    Description

    What are Vladimir Putin’s goals in the Ukraine and elsewhere? How dangerous is the current situation? What should NATO’s stance towards Putin be? Thomas Nichols of the US Naval War College explores these timely questions.

    Thomas Nichols is a Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College. His books include The Sacred Cause: Civil-Military Conflict over Soviet National Security, 1917-1992; The Russian Presidency: Society and Politics in the Second Russian Republic; and No Use: Nuclear Weapons and US National Security.

    Contact

    Nina Boric


    Speakers

    Thomas M. Nichols
    US Naval War College



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  • Thursday, April 2nd Chipnapped: Influence, Reference, and the Perfect Delusion

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    Thursday, April 2, 20154:00PM - 6:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    CSUS and F. Ross Johnson Distinguished Speaker Series

    Description

    This event has been cancelled, and will be rescheduled in the fall 2015.

    Many clinicians assert that delusions involving media control constitute the predominant symptom in psychotic paranoia, and yet psychiatry does not recognize the “technical delusion” as an official diagnostic category. This talk examines the reasons for this blind spot in psychiatric history, and considers the unique challenges that media technologies present in diagnosing delusional ideation. Finally, the talk addresses the implication of microchip implantation as an increasingly prominent psychotic symptom. How does the “brain chip,” as a microminiaturization of the schizophrenic “influencing machine,” present a particularly diabolical symptom for both psychosis and psychiatry?

    Jeffrey Sconce is Associate Professor in the Screen Cultures Department at Northwestern University. He is the author of Haunted Media: Electronic Presence from Telegraphy to Television (Duke 2000), and the editor ofSleaze Artists: Cinema at the Margins of Taste, Style, and Financing (Duke 2007). His forthcoming book, The Technical Delusion: Electronics, Power, and Insanity, presents a history of delusions in relation to electronic media.

    Contact

    Stella Kyriakakis
    416-946-8972


    Speakers

    Jeffrey Sconce
    Associate Professor, Screen Cultures, Northwestern University


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for the Study of the United States

    Co-Sponsors

    Cinema Studies Institute, Innis College, University of Toronto


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  • Thursday, April 2nd To Singapore, with Love - Screening and Panel Discussion

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    Thursday, April 2, 20157:00PM - 10:00PMMunk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    416-946-8900
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    Description

    To Singapore, With Love is a love letter to the country. Director Tan Pin Pin attends a funeral in the hills of southern Thailand and a family reunion in Malaysia, and later goes for a drive through the English countryside as she searches for different generations of Singaporean political exiles who have not been able to come home. Some were activists or student leaders, others were card-carrying communists – all fled Singapore from the 1960s to 1980s to escape the threat of detention without trial carried out by the British colonial authorities, and later, the independent Singapore government. Some have not returned for fifty years and yet still long for the Singapore of their dreams. As they recount their lives, we see a city-state that could have been.

    The film explores this sense of loss: their personal loss, but also the loss to Singapore herself. Contemporary Singapore has been shaped by their absence. Seen as a model for urban development and success in a globalized world, the city-state celebrates its fiftieth year of independence in 2015. Yet, amid the fanfare and celebrations, its official history is very much a contested terrain. The government has banned this film from all public screenings, saying that “undermines national security.” Singaporeans, however, have resorted to crossing into Malaysia for screenings there, and its overseas communities and international film festivals have held screenings of the film in Asia, Europe and North America. This is To Singapore, With Love’s first public screening in Canada.

    Tan Pin Pin’s films have focused on Singapore, its histories and its limits. They have screened widely in Singapore and internationally at Berlinale, Busan, Cinema du Reel, Visions du Reel, Rotterdam, MOMA and at the Flaherty Seminar as well as on the Discovery Channel. In Singapore, they have received sold- out theatrical screenings, toured schools and been acquired by Singapore Airlines for their in-flight entertainment services. Pin Pin has won or been nominated for more than 20 awards. The citation from Cinema du Reel for Invisible City (2007) described it as “A witty, intellectually challenging essay on history and memory as tools of civil resistance”. Pin Pin’s thesis film Moving House (2001), won the Student Academy Award for Best Documentary. Pin Pin is also a co-founder of filmcommunitysg, a community of independent filmmakers. She was until recently on the Board of The Substation Arts Centre and the National Archives of Singapore.

    Contact

    Rachel Ostep
    416-946-8996


    Speakers

    Victor Li
    Associate Professor, Comparative Literature and English, University of Toronto

    Girish Daswani
    Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of Toronto


    Sponsors

    Center for South East Asian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Asian Institute

    the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies

    Centre for Comparative Literature

    Department of English

    Cinema Studies Institute

    Reel Asian Film Festival

    Malaysian Singaporean Students' Association


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  • Monday, April 6th Book Launch: Mapping Mass Mobilization: Understanding Revolutionary Moments in Argentina and Ukraine

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    Monday, April 6, 20154:00PM - 6:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    416-946-8900
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    Description

    Moments of mass mobilization astound us. As a sea of protesters fills the streets, observers scramble to understand this extraordinary political act by ‘ordinary’ citizens. This study presents a paired comparison of two ‘moments’ of mass mobilization, in Ukraine and Argentina. The two cases are compared and analyzed on a cross-temporal and an inter-regional basis, thereby offering two critical cases in response to assumptions that the processes and patterns of mobilization, and democratization politics more broadly, are region specific. This study challenges political science’s focus on elites and structural factors in the study of political participation during democratization.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8497


    Speakers

    Olga Onuch
    Research Fellow, University of Oxford


    Main Sponsor

    Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies


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  • Tuesday, April 7th National Identity Query Might Help Myanmar to be Peaceful

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    Tuesday, April 7, 20153:00PM - 5:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk Centre For International Studies - 1 Devonshire Place
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    After century-long repression, Myanmar people lost their ability to think about their identity. A lot of people still cannot differentiate between race and ethnics, between race and religion. Lack of qualified education throughout its history contributes people’s confused perception towards their identity. Repression made minority groups lost their identity, language and literature. Therefore, when current government makes relaxation in its political system, all groups, either minority or majority, aggressively defend their identity. In other words, people prefer ethnic identity than national identity and so there are different kinds of fights and wars among different groups of people. However people of Myanmar yet define the national identity. National identity query, then, might help Myanmar to be peaceful.

    Ma Thida was born in Rangoon in 1966, where she later studied medicine. In the mid-eighties, she began writing short stories that were published by different journals. The doctor and editor got involved in several democratization projects at the time. She edited pamphlets, evaluated tapes and videos, and was a medical volunteer for the family members of political prisoners. Because of increased censorship, it became more and more difficult for her to publish literary texts. In 1993, Ma Thida was sentenced to twenty years in prison for supporting the pro-democracy movement. Also in 1993, Anna J. Allott at the Northern Illinois University read her essay “Thumbnail sketch on Burmese literature world 1988 onwards’’, which covers in detail different literary forms and includes examples of contemporary works as well as background information about the censorship procedures of the authorities in Myanmar. A lot of sympathy for Ma Thida was shown all over the world while the author was in prison. She was awarded PEN USA’s Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write award, Reebok Human Rights award and honor award from American Association of Advancement of Science in 1995-96. After she was released in 1999, Ma Thida spent a lot of time abroad and participated in medical training programmes, international writers’ projects, festivals of literature and panel discussions dealing with freedom of speech. Since 2009 she has been a fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. Vipassanā meditation techniques helped her cope while she was in jail. In 2011, she received the Norwegian ‘’Freedom of Speech Award’’, in particular for her novel ‘’The Roadmap’’ (2011), which she published under the pen name Suragamika (tr.: Brave traveller). Based on two families’ story, the book describes two decades of the Burmese democracy movement. Ma Thida also published an anthology of translations of Japanese poems by writers from three decades. Her prison memoir in Burmese named ‘’Sanchaung, Insein, Harvard’’ was published last November and till now, it was published again and again. And she translated a memoir of a Japanese woman and it is called ‘’Letter To Aung San Suu Kyi’’. Another book of her published very recently is a collection of editorials from The Myanmar Independent news journal which she edited last year. She still writes articles and short stories in English and Burmese. Ma Thida is now editing Pae Tin Tharn journal.

    Contact

    Rachel Ostep
    416-946-8996


    Speakers

    Ma Thida
    Writer, human rights activist, surgeon, and former political prisoner.


    Sponsors

    Center for South East Asian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Asian Institute


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  • Wednesday, April 8th Infrastructure Development and Flooding Mitigation: a Case of the Megacity of Jakarta

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    Wednesday, April 8, 201512:00PM - 2:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    416-946-8900
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    Constructing Asian Infrastructures: Politics, Poetics, Plans

    Description

    Not only is Jakarta the largest metropolitan area in Southeast Asia, it is the also one of the most dynamic, though beset with most of the urban problems experienced in twenty-first century Southeast Asia. Batavia, colonial capital of the Netherland Indies in the first half of the 20th century was a small urban area of approximately 150,000 residents. In the second half, Batavia became Jakarta, the 28 million megacity capital of independent Indonesia. Among many urban problems, one major problem plagued Jakarta in the last two decades is floods. Despite several infrastructure development projects to alleviate flooding, the severity of flooding in many parts of Jakarta has not decreased. Floods have become a threat and brought woes for Jakarta residents every year. This presentation will describe the transformation of Jakarta and discuss infrastructure development projects and annual flooding in Jakarta. All efforts of mitigating the annual flooding will also critically analyzed.

    Dr. Deden Rukmana is an associate professor and coordinator of Urban Studies and Planning Program at Savannah State University, USA. He is currently a member of the Governing Board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. He received a PhD degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University and completed master’s degrees from the University of Southern California as well as Bandung Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Savannah State University, he worked as a planning analyst with the Florida Department of Community Affairs. He also has eight years of experience as urban planner in Indonesia. He has authored a book (Residential Origins of the Homeless), a number of journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, book reviews, and dozens of Op-ed pieces in various publications, newspapers and magazines in the US, Indonesia, Singapore and the UK. His works appeared in many academic journals including International Planning Studies, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Area and Planning Theory and Practice. His current research centers on health disparities, homelessness and poverty in the US, and spatial planning, housing and development challenges in Indonesia. His works had been cited by many media including AFP, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Jakarta Globes, and Public Radio International. His blog Indonesia’s Urban Studies is one of the world’s best city blogs by the Guardian Cities.

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    Rachel Ostep
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    Speakers

    Deden Rukmana
    Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, Savannah State University


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute


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  • Thursday, April 9th A Threat to Peace: Humanitarian Mine Action in Burma/Myanmar and the Mismanagement of Risk

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    Thursday, April 9, 201512:00PM - 2:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    416-946-8900
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    Description

    This article examines current debates for and against Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) in Burma/Myanmar. The analysis, based on interviews with key local, national, and international actors involved in HMA, reveals why so many of them regard the mapping and removal of “nuisance” (i.e. non-strategic) mines to pose a security threat to the peace process. These same debates also shed light on the growing role risk management approaches now take in Burma/Myanmar as a response to decades of authoritarian misrule by a succession of military regimes. The land mines, although buried in the ground, actively unsettle such good governance initiatives and the neoliberal development projects to which they are often linked, most often by re-territorializing military, political, economic, and environmental authority in overlapping and conflicting ways at multiple scales. The findings reveal why HMA actors resist labeling the crisis mine contamination poses to civilians a “crisis” that requires immediate humanitarian action.

    Ken MacLean, an Assistant Professor of International Development and Social Change at Clark University, has more than two decades of experience working with NGOs on issues related to human rights violations, conflict-induced displacement, extractive industries, and territorial disputes across South East Asia. He is currently preparing a book on the impact NGO archival practices have upon human rights “fact” production related to Burma/Myanmar. He has published widely on Vietnam in addition to Burma/Myanmar.

    Contact

    Rachel Ostep
    416-946-8996


    Speakers

    Ken MacLean
    Assistant Professor, Clark University


    Sponsors

    Center for South East Asian Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Department of Anthropology

    Asian Institute


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  • Thursday, April 9th Towards a Grounded, Immanent Critique: The Politics and Cosmologies of Migrant Workers in Delhi

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    Thursday, April 9, 20154:00PM - 6:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    416-946-8900
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    Description

    This talk explores possibilities for developing a grounded critique of capitalism in contemporary India, drawing on the politics and cosmologies of migrant workers in Delhi. I begin by discussing the workings of categories (e.g. freedom, dignity, and consciousness), the ambivalence towards religion, and the relative absence of workers’ categories and self-understandings in works of Indian labor studies. Next, I describe the intertwining of politics and cosmology in the discourses and activities of migrant workers working in a metal polishing factory of Delhi. According to the implicit visions of workers, oppressive, work-intensifying processes in factories arise due to a dynamic interplay between souls and the present, ‘decivilizing’ epoch (the Kalyug in Hindu cosmology, the impending Qayamat in Islam), in which thoughts, actions, and dealings become distorted by egoistic and demonic proclivities. Workers attempt to non-cooperate with this distorting interplay through body-conserving resistances, humor and joking, multiple forms of collectivity, public protests, and religious festivity. Through these ‘anti-decivilizing’ activities, workers create possibilities for survival, respect, integrative relations, and glimpses of justice. I conclude by suggesting how categories from multiple sources (workers, proximate discourses, and remote thinkers) might be integrated to construct a grounded, immanent critique of capitalism, which analyses oppressive practices of capital and the state, recognizes distortions in workers’ activities, and intimates possibilities for autonomous transformations in workers’ worlds.

    Shankar Ramaswami is a Lecturer on South Asian Studies at the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University, where he teaches courses on anthropology, religion, literature, and cinema. He completed a B.A. in Economics at Harvard College and a Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He is currently working on a book entitled, Souls in the Kalyug: The Politics and Cosmologies of Migrant Workers in Delhi.

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    Rachel Ostep
    416-946-8996


    Speakers

    Shankar Ramaswami
    Lecturer, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University


    Sponsors

    Centre for South Asian Civilizations

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for South Asian Studies


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  • Thursday, April 9th Inventing the Myth of Hollywood

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    Thursday, April 9, 20154:00PM - 6:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    Series

    CSUS and F. Ross Johnson Distinguished Speaker Series

    Description

    Central to the institutional consolidation of cinema by the 1920s was the irrefutable status of “Hollywood” as the place where movies were made. But how did this alignment of place with an appropriate set of meanings become entrenched? And why was it important that the public come to associate “Hollywood” with a prescribed range of often contradictory values, encompassing glamour, scandal, hard work, and aspiration? By examining a variety of texts that collectively build up an identity for Hollywood that comes to form the core of an enduring public mythos, this presentation will reveal the work involved in constructing a symbolic site to substitute for an actual industry and a meaning-laden space for a geographic locale.

    Charlie Keil is a Professor in the Cinema Studies Institute and the Department of History at the University of Toronto. His publications include: Early American Cinema in Transition (2001); American Cinema’s Transitional Era (co-edited with Shelley Stamp; 2004); American Cinema of the 1910s (co-edited with Ben Singer; 2009); and Funny Pictures: Animation and Comedy in Studio-Era Hollywood (co-edited with Daniel Goldmark; 2011). Forthcoming works include Editing and Special Visual Effects (co-edited with Kristen Whissel; Rutgers), and A Companion to D.W. Griffith (Wiley-Blackwell).

    Contact

    Stella Kyriakakis
    416-946-8972


    Speakers

    Charlie Keil
    Professor, Cinema Studies Institute and Dept. of History, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for the Study of the United States

    Co-Sponsors

    Cinema Studies Institute, Innis College, University of Toronto


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  • Friday, April 10th Maiden Voyage: The Senzaimaru and the Creation of Modern Sino-Japanese Relations

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    Friday, April 10, 20152:00PM - 4:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    Series

    East Asia Seminar Series

    Description

    After centuries of virtual isolation, during which time international sea travel was forbidden outside of Japan’s immediate fishing shores, Japanese shogunal authorities in 1862 made the unprecedented decision to launch an official delegation to China by sea. Concerned by the fast-changing global environment, they had witnessed the ever-increasing number of incursions into Asia by European powers—not the least of which was Commodore Perry’s arrival in Japan in 1853–54 and the forced opening of a handful of Japanese ports at the end of the decade. The Japanese reasoned that it was only a matter of time before they too encountered the same unfortunate fate as China; their hope was to learn from the Chinese experience and to keep foreign powers at bay. They dispatched the Senzaimaru to Shanghai with the purpose of investigating contemporary conditions of trade and diplomacy in the international city. Japanese from varied domains, as well as shogunal officials, Nagasaki merchants, and an assortment of deck hands, made the voyage along with a British crew, spending a total of ten weeks observing and interacting with the Chinese and with a handful of Westerners. Roughly a dozen Japanese narratives of the voyage were produced at the time, recounting personal impressions and experiences in Shanghai. The Japanese emissaries had the distinct advantage of being able to communicate with their Chinese hosts by means of the “brush conversation” (written exchanges in literary Chinese). For their part, the Chinese authorities also created a paper trail of reports and memorials concerning the Japanese visitors, which worked its way up and down the bureaucratic chain of command.

    This was the first official meeting of Chinese and Japanese in several centuries. Although the Chinese authorities agreed to few of the Japanese requests for trade relations and a consulate, nine years later China and Japan would sign the first bilateral treaty of amity in their history, a completely equal treaty. East Asia—and the diplomatic and trade relations between the region’s two major players in the modern era—would never be the same.

    Joshua Fogel is Professor of History and Canada Research Chair in the History of Modern China at York University. A leading scholar of modern East Asian history, Professor Fogel is the author of numerous books and articles on China and Japan and their reciprocal interaction from the fourteenth through to the nineteenth century.

    Contact

    Rachel Ostep
    416-946-8996


    Speakers

    Joshua Fogel
    Professor of History and Canada Research Chair in the History of Modern China,York University


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute


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  • Monday, April 13th Bending the Arc to Health Equity: Social Justice and the People's Health

    DateTimeLocation
    Monday, April 13, 20154:00PM - 8:00PMUniversity College room 179 (lecture)
    University College room 183 (reception)
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    Description

    Nancy Krieger will be presenting a public lecture as part of a two day series on the social determinants of health at the University. Dr. Krieger is Professor of Social Epidemiology in the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) and Director of the HSPH Interdisciplinary Concentration on Women, Gender, and Health. She received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. Dr. Krieger is an internationally recognized social epidemiologist, with a background in biochemistry, philosophy of science, and the history of public health, combined with over 30 years of activism linking issues involving social justice, science, and health. Informed by an analysis of the history and politics of epidemiology and public health, Dr. Krieger’s work addresses three topics: (1) conceptual frameworks to understand, analyze, and improve the people’s health, including the eco-social theory of disease distribution she has been developing since 1994 and its focus on embodiment and equity; (2) etiologic research on societal determinants of population health and health inequities; and (3) methodologic research on improving monitoring of health inequities.

    More information on the other event in this series can be found here: http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/cphs/event/interdisciplinary-perspectives-on-the-social-determinants-of-health/

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8497


    Speakers

    Nancy Krieger
    Professor of Social Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health


    Main Sponsor

    Comparative Program on Health and Society

    Co-Sponsors

    Dean's Office, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

    Social and Behavioral Sciences Division, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

    Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto


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  • Tuesday, April 14th What Do We Mean By the Social Determinants of Health? Exploring Theoretical and Practical Challenges

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    Tuesday, April 14, 201512:00PM - 3:00PMGeorge Ignatieff Theatre at the Trinity College (15 Devonshire Place)
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    Description

    This panel is part of a two day series at the University exploring the social determinants of health, and brings together scholars and practitioners from a range of disciplines and sectors to explore key questions and challenges in conceptualizing this concept and in implementing interventions and policies.

    For more information on our other events, go to http://munkschool.utoronto.ca/cphs/event/interdisciplinary-perspectives-on-the-social-determinants-of-health-2/

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8497


    Speakers

    Lisa Forman
    Chair
    Dalla Lana School of Public Health

    Anne-Emanuelle Birn
    Discussant
    the Dalla Lana School of Public Health

    Ruby Lam
    Speaker
    Toronto Public Health

    Gary Bloch
    Speaker
    Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto

    Faraz Vahid Shahidi
    Discussant
    CPHS Research Associate Fellow, PhD Student, Dalla Lana School of Public Health


    Main Sponsor

    Comparative Program on Health and Society

    Sponsors

    Comparative Program of Health and Society

    Co-Sponsors

    Dean's Office, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

    Division of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

    Deaprtment of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto


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  • Tuesday, April 14th Going ‘Round in Edith Wharton’s "The Custom of the Country" (1913)

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    Tuesday, April 14, 20153:00PM - 5:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    CSUS and F. Ross Johnson Distinguished Speaker Series

    Description

    In A Feast of Words: The Triumph of Edith Wharton, Cynthia Griffin Wolff famously argues that in The Custom of the Country “one thing and one thing only is genuinely fixed; and that is a preoccupation with energy.” In this paper, Cristina D’Amico revises Wolff’s claim and argues that Custom is equally if not more preoccupied with the limitations placed on energy and movement. Given that the novel is described as Wharton’s most “self-conscious treatment of the market,” this paper draws out the economic logic structuring the text. Specifically, the tension between fixity and circulation points to an acute economic paradox, as fixity is both a crucial condition for the production of surplus value and a force to be overcome. In other words, capitalism requires both fixity and fluidity, in alternating, irrational, and sometimes self-defeating measures. To ground this narrative, D’Amico places the novel in the context of U.S. economic history – Wharton composes Custom between 1907 and 1913, a trajectory that maps on the Panic of 1907, and the resulting establishment of the Federal Reserve Act in 1913. Debates on the merits of the Federal Reserve turn on the same contradiction we see emerging in Wharton’s novel: does the fixation of capital ensure its smooth functioning and perpetuity but also undermine its ability to achieve surplus? At the end of the paper, D’Amico asks how the novel’s presentation of this contradiction through the figure of can help us rethink established paradigms of market subjectivity in literary criticism.

    Cristina D’Amico is a fourth year PhD candidate in the department of English at the University of Toronto. Her SSHRC-funded dissertation reads nineteenth-century American literature’s attempts to address the formal, aesthetic, and philosophical limitations of “possessive individualism,” C.B. Macpherson’s useful term for describing what he calls “the proprietary logic of western political ontology.” She is especially interested in representations of unorthodox houses in American fiction as alternative expressions of political subjectivity. She has contributed academic writing to Esquire: Journal of the American Renaissance, and The Howellsian: Journal of William Dean Howells Studies.

    Contact

    Stella Kyriakakis
    416-946-8972


    Speakers

    Cristina D'Amico
    PhD candidate, Department of English, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for the Study of the United States

    Sponsors

    CSUS Graduate Student Workshop, University of Toronto


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  • Wednesday, April 15th Parliament 2015: Parliamentary Democracy Debate

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    Wednesday, April 15, 20156:30PM - 9:30PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    The Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy is asking our members to join us our Parliamentary Democracy Debate on the evening of Wednesday, April 15th, 2015. This year, we’ll be asking prominent Members of Parliament what their priorities are for advancing democracy in the next Parliament. We are excited to announce the following participants:

    Panelists: Adam Vaughan, Hon. Pierre Poilievre (to be conrfirmed) and Craig Scott
    Moderator: Jane Hilderman

    Tickets:

    $20 for CSAPD members
    $25 for non-members
    Free for students if they cannot afford to pay (student number is required)

    We’ll accept cash at the door.

    Sponsors

    The Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy


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  • Friday, April 17th Values and Value Change in the Americas

    DateTimeLocation
    Friday, April 17, 201512:00PM - 2:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    416-946-8900
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    Series

    CSUS and F. Ross Johnson Distinguished Speaker Series

    Description

    Presentation: The Americas Upside Down: The Decline of Civic Culture in the USA
    The classic study of Almond and Verba found that the U.S. and Great Britain were the paradigmatic cases of a civic culture supportive of stable democracy. Using the Americas Barometer surveys carried out by the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) in 28 countries in the Americas, Mitchell A. Seligson, Centennial Professor of Political Science and Founder and Senior Advisor of LAPOP at Vanderbilt University, presents data that demonstrate that while some important elements of a democratic civic culture survive in the U.S.A., key components have been lost when compared to other nations in the hemisphere.

    Presentation: Fire and Ice in the era of Obama and Harper: The surprising trajectory of social values among Americans and Canadians
    In 2003, Michael Adams published the Canadian bestseller Fire and Ice in which he exploded the myth that Canadians and Americans are gradually becoming alike. Despite the two countries’ profound economic integration, their many historical, demographic, and geographic similarities, and the ubiquity of American popular culture, Adams used comprehensive social values research to make the case that Canadians and Americans increasingly see the world though different moral and motivational prisms. A decade later, how are social values among Americans and Canadians evolving in a time with Democrat Barack Obama occupying the White House, and Conservative Stephen Harper firmly ensconced in Sussex Drive? Michael Adams will present the latest social values and public attitude research from both countries, which reveals surprising shifts that help explain recent social and political events, and provide valuable insight into what we can expect in the future.

    Bios:
    Mitchell A. Seligson is the Centennial Professor of Political Science and Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University, and serves as a member of the General Assembly of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights. He is the founder and Senior Advisor of the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP), which conducts the Americas Barometer surveys that currently cover 27 countries in the Americas. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt, he held the Daniel H. Wallace Chair of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh, and also served there as director of the Center for Latin American Studies. He has been a Fulbright Fellow and has received grants and fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, The Howard Heinz Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, USAID and others, and has published over 140 articles, 14 books and more than a 35 monographs and occasional papers. He served on the National Academy of Sciences panel studying the impact of foreign assistance and democracy, and is an appointed member of the Organization of American States (OAS) Advisory Board of Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices, and an appointed member (2007-present) of the OAS Network of Democracy Practitioners. He is a founding member of the International Advisory Board (IAB) of the AfroBarometer, and of the editorial board of the European Political Science Review (Cambridge University Press) and the Journal of Democracy en Español. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Comparative Political Studies. He has been awarded a Danforth Foundation Kent Fellow, the Social Science Research Council Foreign Area Fellowship, and was awarded the Grace L. Doherty Latin American Fellowship by Princeton University.

    Michael Adams is President of the non-profit Environics Institute for Survey Research, and also the President of the Environics group of research and communications consulting companies, which he co-founded in 1970. He is the author of six books, including Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values (2003); and Unlikely Utopia: The Surprising Triumph of Canadian Multiculturalism (2007). The Environics Institute conducts ground-breaking social research addressing important issues of public policy and social change, including the first major survey of Muslims in Canada, the Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study (UAPS), and Canadians on Citizenship, the first national study to ask Canadians what it means to be a good citizen in this country.

    Contact

    Stella Kyriakakis
    416-946-8972


    Speakers

    Michael Adams
    Speaker
    President and Co-Founder of the Environics group of research and communications consulting companies, and the Environics Institute for Survey Research.

    Mitchell A. Seligson
    Speaker
    Centennial Professor of Political Science and Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University.

    Peter Loewen
    Moderator
    Professor, Department of Political Science, and CSUS Director, University of Toronto.


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for the Study of the United States

    Co-Sponsors

    U.S. Consulate General of Toronto


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  • Saturday, April 18th The Land of Many Palaces: A Screening and Q&A with Filmaker Adam Smith

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    Saturday, April 18, 20156:00PM - 7:30PMInnis Town Hall
    2 Sussex Ave
    Toronto, ON
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    Constructing Asian Infrastructures: Politics, Poetics, Plans

    Description

    In Ordos, China, thousands of farmers are being relocated into a new city under a government plan to modernize the region. “The Land of Many Palaces” follows a government official whose job is to convince these farmers that their lives will be better off in the city, and a farmer in one of the last remaining villages in the region who is pressurized to move. The film explores a process that will take shape on an enormous scale across China, since the central government announced plans to relocate 250 million farmers to cities across the nation, over the next 20 years.

    Adam is a Stanford-educated documentary filmmaker from England. His films focus on characters experiencing rapid change in their lives. To date, he has produced, directed and edited four short documentaries in America – The Diner, Love & Allegiance (co-dir Tijana Petrovic), Shangri-La, Role Play – and one feature documentary in China, The Land of Many Palaces (co-dir Song Ting). He is currently in the pre-production stage for his next two feature-documentaries in China: Mountain Town (working title) about the replica Wyoming town of Jackson Hole in Hebei, and On the Banks of the Pearl River (working title) exploring entrepreneurialism in Shenzhen. In addition to making his own films, he has worked for TED, the Journal Sentinel, Rabbit Bandini Productions, Stanford’s Office of Public Affairs, the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, and the Chinese National Academy of Painting.

    Contact

    Rachel Ostep
    416-946-8996


    Speakers

    Adam Smith
    Filmmaker


    Main Sponsor

    Asian Institute

    Co-Sponsors

    Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival

    The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema


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  • Tuesday, April 21st Competing Methods for Modelling Urban Healthcare Reform in China: Agent Based and System Dynamics Modeling and Computer Simulation

    DateTimeLocation
    Tuesday, April 21, 201512:00PM - 2:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
    M5S 3K7
    416-946-8900
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    Series

    Frontiers of Research in Global Innovation

    Description

    ABSTRACT: Solutions to many global health and global development problems require identifying and implementing social innovations that span multiple human service sectors (e.g., housing, water, healthcare, education). However, identifying, implementing, and sustainably scaling social innovations to address such problems is inherently challenging and in many ways different from technology innovations.
    This talk outlines some of the challenges of identifying, implementing, and sustainably scaling social innovations to address global health and global development challenges, and considers agent based models (ABM) along with system dynamics (SD) models as two potential solutions.
    The methods are considered within the context of identifying and evaluating social innovations for urban healthcare reform in China for migrant workers. Specific attention is given to the underlying heterogeneity and scale of human services needed across multiple sectors of care in
    human services in China for migrant workers and fundamental population dynamics of migration and socio-economic development.
    BIO: Peter Hovmand, PhD, is the founding director of the Brown School’s Social System Design Lab. He has a bachelor of science in electrical engineering and bachelor of arts in mathematics from Bucknell University. He received his masters in social work and interdisciplinary social science doctorate in social work and community psychology from Michigan State University. Dr. Hovmand’s research and practice focuses on using participatory group model building. Application areas include early child and maternal health, childhood obesity, energetics and cancer, mental health, domestic violence, child welfare, household economic security, structural racism, educational equity, and the implementation and scale-up of health innovations. Dr. Hovmand has conducted many group model building workshops domestically and internationally, including rural and urban India, Mongolia, United Kingdom, Canada, China, Panama, and the United States.

    Contact

    Essyn Emurla
    416-946-8912


    Speakers

    Peter S. Hovmand, PhD
    Brown School Social System Design Lab Washington University in St. Louis


    Main Sponsor

    Innovation Policy Lab

    Co-Sponsors

    Comparative Program of Health and Society


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  • Monday, April 27th The Sun Sets Over the Planning Commission: Where is India's Economic Policy Headed?

    DateTimeLocation
    Monday, April 27, 20155:00PM - 7:30PMFleck Atrium (Ground floor, North Building)
    Rotman School of Management, U of Toronto,
    105 St George Street, Toronto
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    Description

    No fee – all are welcome. Pre-registration online by noon on April 27 is mandatory.To register for this event, please go to:

    http://www-2.rotman.utoronto.ca/april27/

    SPEAKERS:
    Kant Bhargava, former Diplomat and former South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Secretary General (India)
    Richard Bird, Senior Fellow of the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance and Professor Emeritus, Economics, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
    Sanjay Reddy, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, New School University, United States
    Mitu Sengupta, Associate Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University
    MODERATOR: Kasi Rao, Vice President, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and Director, APF Toronto Office; Senior Advisor (India), Bennett Jones
    HOST: Dilip Soman, Director, India Innovation Institute, Behavioural Economics in Action, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

    The Indian Planning Commission was one of India’s leading public economic institutions. While the Commission was largely seen as a legacy of the socialist period, it also played an important role in providing legitimacy to the country’s federal framework and guided the economic and political dimension of the relationship between the Central Government and states. The dissolution of the Planning Commission by the present government in New Delhi and its replacement by the Niti Aayog thus raises some important questions for economic policy. Join our panel as they will provide an overview and update of the situation as well as tackle the following questions:

    1) Will the quasi constitutional Finance Commission now play a greater role in the fiscal relationship between the states and the Central Government? And what do the changes mean for relations between New Delhi and the states?
    2) Will the Niti Aayog continue to liaise with civil society and individual economists who were consulted by the Planning Commission on social expenditures?
    3) What does the dissolution of the Planning Commission mean for the future policy trajectory of Indian economic development and the Federal Structure of the political system?

    Contact

    Stella Kyriakakis
    416-946-8972

    Main Sponsor

    Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance

    Co-Sponsors

    India Innovation Institute Speaker Series, University of Toronto

    Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

    Centre for South Asian Studies

    Asian Institute


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  • Tuesday, April 28th Envisioning Détente: The Johnson Administration and the October 1964 Khrushchev Ouster

    DateTimeLocation
    Tuesday, April 28, 20153:00PM - 5:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    Series

    CSUS and F. Ross Johnson Distinguished Speaker Series

    Description

    After considerable turbulence, the Cold War reached a period of relative stability in the early 1960s. The ouster of Nikita Khrushchev in October 1964 could have imperiled this inchoate accord between the United States and Soviet Union, but instead represented an acknowledgement in both Washington and Moscow of the importance of maintaining stability and consistency in superpower relations. Making extensive use of U.S. and Soviet primary materials (especially from the Johnson Library), this paper outlines the successes and failures of American analysis during and after the leadership transition. The Johnson administration quickly came to understand that the Kremlin shared its goal of stability, and identified several important themes presaging a period of détente. This paper offers insight into policy making and preferences in the Johnson White House, the evolution of perceptions of the Soviet Union in the West, and the roots of détente.

    Simon Miles is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History and a Fellow at the William P. Clements Jr. Center for History, Strategy and Statecraft at the University of Texas at Austin. During the 2014–2015 academic year, Miles is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History at the University of Toronto. His doctoral research project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, is an examination of U.S.-Soviet relations during the early 1980s. It focuses on the frequent leadership changes in the Soviet Union, the management of international crises, and the role of nuclear weapons in the international system. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Hon. BA, History), and the London School of Economics (MA, International History).

    Contact

    Stella Kyriakakis
    416-946-8972


    Speakers

    Simon Miles
    Visiting Research Fellow, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for the Study of the United States

    Co-Sponsors

    CSUS Graduate Student Workshop, University of Toronto


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  • Wednesday, April 29th Social Justice and Public Health: Policy-Maker Perspectives

    DateTimeLocation
    Wednesday, April 29, 201510:00AM - 12:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    CPHS Seminar Series

    Description

    ‘Social justice’ is often identified as a central value for public health practice and, indeed, for the public’s health. Yet, at the same time it is rarely acknowledged that social justice is a complex, multifaceted concept that does different work in different contexts. As such, ‘social justice’ often precludes a single (or simple) interpretation or application. Despite the ubiquity and apparent foundational role of social justice in public health, in practice a commitment to social justice might therefore tend to refer to diverse, if not divergent, views about the goals and obligations of public health. While some philosophical accounts have recently been proffered to specify the contents of social justice in this context, these works lack a morally significant empirical component that should be considered integral to any account of social justice in public health; that is, how social justice is understood, negotiated, and pursued in practice. This presentation will report findings from a study that involved key informant interviews with public health policy-makers in two distinct domains of public health, chronic disease prevention and public health emergency preparedness and response, which were conducted with the aim of achieving contextual understanding of how social justice is conceptualized and negotiated in practice and to capture whether different norms of social justice obtain in different public health contexts.

    Contact

    Olga Kesarchuk
    416-946-8497


    Speakers

    Maxwell Smith
    Lupina Research Associate Fellow


    Main Sponsor

    Comparative Program on Health and Society

    Sponsors

    Comparative Program of Health and Society


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  • Thursday, April 30th The German Foreign Office and its Nazi Past: A Book, a Debate, and the Problems of Commissioned History

    DateTimeLocation
    Thursday, April 30, 20154:00PM - 6:00PMNatalie Zemon Davis Conference Room
    Department of History
    Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2098
    100 St. George Street
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    Description

    This seminar will be take place in the Natalie Zemon Davis Conference Room, Department of History, Sidney Smith Hall Room 2098, 100 St. George Street, University of Toronto

    Eckart Conze holds the chair for Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Marburg (Germany). He received his Ph.D. at the University of Erlangen in 1993, taught at the University of Tübingen, and was a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Bologna (2006), Cambridge (2007/08) and Toronto (2000/01). His research covers German and International History (19th and 20th centuries), the history of the Federal Republic, and the history of elites and the aristocracy. Between 2005 and 2010 he was Chair of the Independent Historians Commission of the German Foreign Office.

    His books include Von deutschem Adel. Die Grafen von Bernstorff im 20. Jahrhundert (2000), Die Suche nach Sicherheit. Eine Geschichte der Bundesrepublik von 1949 bis zur Gegenwart (2009), Das Amt und die Vergangen¬heit. Deutsche Diplomaten im Dritten Reich und in der Bundesrepublik, with Norbert Frei, Peter Hayes, Moshe Zimmermann (2010), and Das Auswärtige Amt. Vom Kaiserreich bis zur Gegenwart (2013).

    Professor Conze is currently working on the Paris Peace Conference and the Versailles Treaty of 1919.

    Contact

    Edith Klein
    416-946-8962


    Speakers

    Eckart Conze
    University of Marburg


    Main Sponsor

    Joint Initiative in German and European Studies

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

    Department of History


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May 2015

  • Friday, May 1st Russia and the Ukraine Crisis: Thinking beyond Geopolitics

    DateTimeLocation
    Friday, May 1, 20155:00PM - 8:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs 1 Devonshire Place
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    Series

    Annual Munk Lecture on European Affairs

    Description

    Western specialists and practitioners have struggled to explain why Russia has been ready to challenge Ukrainian sovereignty so graphically since the Maidan Revolution. For many the default explanation lies with the shifting tectonic plates of geopolitics and the prospect of Ukraine engaging deeply with the EU and NATO. However, Russian officials and analysts cast the crisis as a struggle not merely over power relations, but over the identity of Russian communities and even historically and culturally defined territories. More fundamentally, acute observers point to the Russian fixation on threats arising from ‘regime change’ and to domestic sources of Russian foreign policy and strategic conduct. Given fears of renewed conflict and deeper Russian intervention in Ukraine or beyond, with all the implications of that for collapsing Russian-Western relations, this lecture argues that it is essential to think beyond simple geopolitical categories to explain Russian actions and the severity of the challenge to European stability.

    Prof. Allison joined the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) in 2011 from a Readership in International Relations at the London School of Economics. He was previously a doctoral student and an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at St. Antony’s College, Oxford; a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham (1987-99) and Head of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) (1993-2005). Between 2001 and 2005, Prof. Allison was also a Senior Research Fellow attached to the Centre for International Studies in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University. His broad research interests include the international relations, foreign and security policies of Russia and Eurasia and has travelled extensively there for research projects under his direction.


    Speakers

    Prof. Roy Allison
    University of Oxford



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  • Tuesday, May 5th Delicious Destruction: A Short History of Industrial Fermentation and Food

    DateTimeLocation
    Tuesday, May 5, 20153:00PM - 5:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
    1 Devonshire Place
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    Series

    CSUS and F. Ross Johnson Distinguished Speaker Series

    Description

    The history of fermentation as a practice of food preparation and preservation (e.g. bread, wine/beer, yogourt, vinegar, soy sauce) dates back to antiquity and is relatively well-known. Less well-known is the modern history of “controlled,” aseptic (under sterile conditions) fermentation on an industrial scale, by which means microbial species have been used to help produce everything from plastics to household cleaners, birth control to insulin, cosmetics to pharmaceuticals, vitamins to pesticides, and vaccines to germ warfare. Industrial fermentation technologies profitably repurpose the often invisible intermediary products of the petrochemical, agricultural, and pharmaceutical industries that form the fabric of contemporary American life. Sarah Tracy focuses here on the role of a few early biochemical companies and of the American marketplace in crystallizing industrial fermentation as an integral part of twentieth-century food production. She highlights the link between fermentation and delicious taste, or the creative cellular destruction that makes many iconic foods taste so good, e.g. hotdogs, canned soup, flavoured potato chips, and prepared baked goods. She unpacks the politics of “making big” at work in industrial fermentation and, likewise, the politics of “making small” in the twenty-first century, through which artisanal beer, miso, bread, etc. producers fetishize ancient technologies that have long since been extrapolated onto a globalized, industrial platform.

    Sarah Tracy is a Doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Toronto. A business administration and honours history graduate of the University of New Brunswick, her work brings feminist science & technology studies (STS), food studies, post-colonial theory, and sensory history to bear on the global politics of food & health in the twentieth century United States. She has previously held fellowships with the Jackman Humanities Institute (2012-2013), and the Comparative Program on Health and Society (CPHS) at the Munk School of Global Affairs (2010-2011). Her dissertation is entitled, “Delicious: A History of Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and the Fifth Taste Sensation.”

    Contact

    Stella Kyriakakis
    416-946-8972


    Speakers

    Sarah Tracy
    Doctoral candidate, Department of History, University of Toronto


    Main Sponsor

    Centre for the Study of the United States

    Co-Sponsors

    CSUS Graduate Student Workshop, University of Toronto


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  • Wednesday, May 13th – Friday, May 15th Canadian Foreign Policy: Traditions and Transitions

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    Description

    This conference will focus upon the traditions of Canadian policy and assess their impact today and their relevance for the future. Scholars, practitioners, and former political leaders will lead the discussions in an event sponsored by the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History and the Canadian International Council.

    Two new book series associated with the Graham Centre will be launched at the conference: the C.D. Howe Series in Canadian Political History with the University of British Columbia Press and the Contemporary Canadian Issues Series with Dundurn Press.

    To register and for more information, please visit http://billgrahamcentre.utoronto.ca/canadian-foreign-policy-traditions-transitions/

    Contact

    Nina Boric

    Sponsors

    Canadian International Council

    The Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History


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  • Saturday, May 16th – Sunday, May 17th The Toronto Festival of Literature and the Arts (FSALA)

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    Saturday, May 16, 20159:30AM - 6:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs - 1 Devonshire Place
    Sunday, May 17, 20159:30AM - 6:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs - 1 Devonshire Place
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    Description

    The Toronto Festival of Literature and the Arts (FSALA),

    This is an international festival with a difference, truly reflecting the diversity of Toronto. Over 30 writers from Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Philippines, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Tanzania, and of course all across Canada will be present. Saturday night dance performance by Hari Krishan and InDance. African guitar by Tichaona Maradze. There will be panels on a variety of subjects, including New Theatre in Canada, East Asian Writing, South Asian Writing, Writing in Languages Other than English.

    Admission is free except for the Saturday night event. It is advisable but not essential to pre-register.

    The event runs May 15-17, 2015, for more information and the full program click the link below.

    Sponsors

    Toronto Festival of Literature and the Arts

    Co-Sponsors

    Centre for South Asian Studies

    Asian Institute


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  • Thursday, May 21st Gala Performance of Asian Canadian Artists:Silk Roads Ii – Mongolia

    DateTimeLocation
    Thursday, May 21, 20157:00PM - 9:00PMInnis College Town Hall
    University of Toronto
    2 Sussex Avenue
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    Description

    ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH FESTIVAL 2015

    Opening Address: Mr. Justin Poy, Honorary Patron, Asian Heritage Month‐‐CFACI
    “Photographic Images of Magnificent Mongolia” by Dr. Neville Poy and The Honourable Dr. Vivienne Poy

    Keynote and Performance:

    “A Rare Instrument From China: Hongkou 箜篌”by Professor Chan Ka Nin
    Hongkou Performance by Liu Xuanyi

    “Magnetic Fields” (An Excerpt) – Contemporary Dance by Yvonne Ng and tiger princess dance projects

    Mongolian Music on Morin Khuur (Horsehead Fiddle) (Tbc) Traditional Mongolian Dances for the Grand Feast Event by Chi‐Ping Dance Group & dancers of Chinese Collective Arts Association

    Middle Eastern Music on 3 Different Instruments: Bouzouki, Oud And Saz by Yiannis Kapoulas

    RECEPTION FOLLOWS
    Free admission, please register at asianheritagecanadian@yahoo.ca.

    Note: Event starts at 7:00 p.m., please be seated by 6.45 p.m.
    Map at http://www.utoronto.ca/townhall/contact.html (St. George Stn)

    Contact

    Rachel Ostep
    416-946-8996


    Speakers

    Mr. Justin Poy
    Honorary Patron, Asian Heritage Month‐‐CFACI


    Sponsors

    Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture

    Co-Sponsors

    Asian Institute


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  • Saturday, May 23rd – Sunday, May 24th Doors Open Toronto

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    Saturday, May 23, 201510:00AM - 5:00PMBloor - 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, Munk School of Global Affairs
    315 Bloor Street West
    M5S 0A7
    Sunday, May 24, 201510:00AM - 5:00PMBloor - 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, Munk School of Global Affairs
    315 Bloor Street West
    M5S 0A7
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    Description

    The Munk School of Global Affairs will once again be participating in Doors Open Toronto. Visitors will have the opportunity to freely roam throughout the public spaces at the Munk School of Global Affairs’ historic 315 Bloor Street West Observatory Site. The halls, library, and unique meeting spaces all feature exceptional art by artists from Canada and around the world. Guided tours will be offered at three times during the day for members of the public, and staff will be available on site to answer questions about the Munk School and Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects’ (KPMB) beautiful renovation.

    About Doors Open Toronto
    Since its inception in 2000, Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits in nearly 600 unique locations across the city. It is Canada’s largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world.

    The 16th annual Doors Open Toronto is scheduled for May 23-24, 2015 and will offer residents and visitors an opportunity to take a peek behind the doors of 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across the city.

    For more information, and to see other buildings participating in Doors Open Toronto, please click on the link below.


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