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September 2020

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“Decoys” with David Pelech

September 10, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Creator-writer-actor David Pelech (HBA '09 Innis, Writing & Rhetoric) presents his new digital mockumentary series Decoys, which follows five duck decoy carvers from Alberta pursue their dreams of winning the illustrious (their words) Northern Alberta Carving Cup.  Filmmaker, journalist, and fellow alum Chandler Levack (HBA '11 Innis, Cinema Studies) will join for a post-screening discussion. Thursday, September 10 Screening at 7 pm EDT (3 episodes, 30-min. runtime) Q&A at 7:30 pm A free, live broadcast (Zoom) Online registration required (see…

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“We Two Alone” Book Talk with Jack Wang

September 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Author and alumnus Jack Wang (BSc '94 Innis) returns to Innis to launch his debut collection We Two Alone (House of Anansi Press, 2020).  Monday, September 21 at 7 pm EDT A free, live virtual reading and Q&A (Zoom) Open to the general public Online registration required (opening soon) Poet and novelist Gil Adamson (pictured right; photo by Jean-Luc Bertini), a 2020 Giller Prize nominee, will moderate the discussion that follows. (Photo of Jack Wang, above, by Mike Grippi) About…

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“Guest of Honour” with Atom Egoyan

September 24, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Filmmaker Atom Egoyan returns to Innis for a virtual screening of his latest dramatic feature, Guest of Honour. Fellow Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema will moderate the post-screening Q&A. Thursday, September 24 Screening at 6 pm EDT Q&A at 7:50 pm A free, live broadcast (Zoom) Online registration required (see below) A Canadian Film Forum presentation brought to you by Innis College and the Cinema Studies Institute “Guest of Honour is an emotional investigation of the bond between a father and…

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October 2020

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Jeff Rubin’s “The Expendables”

October 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Alumnus, economist, and author Jeff Rubin (BA '77 Innis) returns to Innis to discuss his latest book The Expendables: How the Middle Class Got Screwed By Globalization (Random House Canada, 2020)—now a national bestseller! Thursday, October 8 at 7 pm EDT A free, live book talk and Q&A (Zoom) Open to the general public Online registration required (see below) Quillette editor Jonathan Kay (pictured right; photo by TEDx) will moderate the discussion that follows. (Photo of Jeff Rubin, above, by…

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“Red Rover” with Shane Belcourt and Duane Murray

October 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Filmmakers Shane Belcourt and Duane Murray present a virtual screening of their romantic comedy Red Rover for the Canadian Film Forum. Innis alumnus and executive producer Mike MacMillan (HBSc '02) moderates the post-screening Q&A. Thursday, October 15 Screening at 6 pm EDT Q&A at 7:45 pm A free, live broadcast Online registration required (see below) After feeling he has nothing left to live for on earth, a lonely geologist tries to qualify for a one-way mission to Mars with the help…

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November 2020

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Jesse Wente delivers the 2020 Harold Innis Lecture

November 9, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A Spot on the Brain: Trauma and Healing in the Age of COVID Alumnus, broadcaster, and Indigenous rights activist Jesse Wente (HBA ’96 Innis, Cinema Studies) returns to Innis College to deliver the 2020 Harold Innis Lecture. Through a personal story of trauma uncovered, Jesse will explore hidden traumas on the personal, national and global level, and the urgent need to centre healing in the future. Award-winning journalist and storyteller Tanya Talaga (BA '93; pictured right) will moderate the discussion…

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February 2021

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“Disappearance at Clifton Hill” with Albert Shin

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

On February 22, filmmaker Albert Shin (pictured right) brings his psychological thriller Disappearance at Clifton Hill  to the Canadian Film Forum. Monday, February 22 Screening at 6 pm EST Q&A at 7:45 pm A free, live broadcast Online registration required (see below)   Barry Hertz, Globe & Mail  film editor, will moderate the discussion that follows.Obsessed with memories of an unsolved crime from her childhood, a young woman’s investigation reveals the seedy underbelly beneath her idyllic Niagara Falls tourist town. Winner of…

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“How It Feels to Be Free” with Yoruba Richen

February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

On February 23, filmmaker Yoruba Richen (pictured top-right) presents her documentary How It Feels to Be Free  as part of Black History Month. Tuesday, February 23 Screening at 6 pm EST Q&A at 8 pm A free, live broadcast Online registration required (see below)   Writer, actor, programmer, and alumna Barbara Mamabolo (HBA '14, MA '15 Cinema Studies; lower-right) will moderate the discussion that follows. The true story of six trailblazing female African American stars, and how their artistry and…

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“Downfall” Book Talk with Robert Rotenberg

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

On February 25, criminal lawyer and bestselling author Robert Rotenberg (BA '75 Innis) presents his latest book, Downfall, in conversation with fellow alumnus and writer David Israelson (BA '88 Innis; pictured right). Thursday, February 25 7 pm EST A free, live, virtual (Zoom) book talk Online registration required (see below)   A riveting page-turner ringing with authenticity, Downfall is a scathing look at the growing disparity between rich and poor in Canada’s wealthiest city. Robert Rotenberg is one of Toronto’s…

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March 2021

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“How to Pronounce Knife” Book Talk with Souvankham Thammavongsa

March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Innis College, New College, and the Writing & Rhetoric Program welcome author Souvankham Thammavongsa (BA '03 New) for a virtual discussion of her 2020 Giller Prize-winning short-story collection How to Pronounce Knife. Alumnus and author Jack Wang (BSc '94 Innis; pictured right, photo by Mike Grippi) will moderate the discussion. Thursday, March 4 7 pm EST A free, live, virtual (Zoom) book talk Online registration required (see below)   (Photo of Souvankham Thammavongsa, above, by Sarah Bodri) Souvankham Thammavongsa's fiction…

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