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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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“Nasrin” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

November 25, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Documentarians Jeff Kaufman and Marcia Ross offer a free virtual screening of their film Nasrin (2020) followed by a live panel discussion on November 25. Shahrzad Mojab, director, Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity, New College, moderates the post-screening discussion. Panelists include Kaufman, Ross, and Payam Akhavan, distinguished visiting professor, U of T's Faculty of Law, and member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague. Monday, November 23 at 11 am EST (GMT -5) – Film viewing link made…

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“The Grizzlies” Screening with Miranda de Pencier

November 26, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Filmmaker Miranda de Pencier (pictured above; photo by Christopher Wahl) brings her award-winning feature The Grizzlies to the Canadian Film Forum. Actor Brandon Oakes (pictured right) moderates the Q&A to follow. Thursday, November 26 Screening at 6 pm EDT Q&A at 7:50 pm A free, live broadcast Online registration required (see below) In this inspiring true story, a group of Inuit students in a small, struggling Arctic community are changed forever through the transformative power of sport. Award-winning producer and…

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December 2020

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2020 Refugee Student Fund Benefit Concert

December 4, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

You are invited to the fourth annual Innis College Refugee Student Fund Benefit Concert on December 4 with dance and musical performances by students, staff, and faculty from Innis College and the Faculty of Music. Friday, December 4 from 1:30 to 3 pm Online registration required to receive your Zoom viewing link All proceeds will go directly to the Innis College Refugee Student Fund (suggested donation of $20; tax receipts available)   For more information contact alumni.innis@utoronto.ca. Register Here

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January 2021

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“American Woman” with Semi Chellas and Sarah Gadon

January 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Canadian Film Forum kicks off in the new year as filmmaker Semi Chellas (left) and Cinema Studies alum-actor Sarah Gadon present American Woman, adapted for the screen, by Chellas, from Susan Choi's Pulitzer-shortlisted novel. Thursday, January 14 Screening at 6 pm EST Q&A at 7:30 pm A free, live broadcast Online registration required (see below) Sarah Hagi (pictured right) will moderate the Q&A that follows. Sarah is a Toronto-based is a writer of essays and criticism, who has been…

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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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“Blood Quantum” with Jeff Barnaby

March 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

On March 1, filmmaker Jeff Barnaby brings his acclaimed horror Blood Quantum to the Canadian Film Forum. Monday, March 1 Screening at 6 pm EST Q&A at 7:40 pm A free, live broadcast Online registration required (see below) Cinema Studies alum, TIFF programmer, and producer Peter Kuplowsky (HBA '09, MA '10) will moderate the discussion that follows.The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi’gmaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are immune to the zombie…

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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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