November 2015

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Sing a song to soothe your baby
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When it comes to keeping your baby calm, a song does a much better job than speech.

That’s the finding from a new first-of-its-kind study co-led by University of Toronto Mississauga professor emeritus Sandra Trehub.

Silver Season: Theatre and drama program celebrates 25th anniversary
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The U of T Mississauga and Sheridan College Theatre and Drama Studies program takes centre stage with Theatre Erindale’s “Silver Season”, which includes both previously produced plays and the staging of new contemporary productions.

Sound studies
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Can group musical training produce more sympathetic, kinder and socially adept children? The latest study out of Professor Glenn Schellenberg’s lab in the Department of Psychology at U of T Mississauga certainly suggests this to be the case.

These teachers are transforming the learning experience at U of T
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They’ve engaged undergrads by breaking ground in the development of Massive Open Online Courses, technology-enhanced learning, inverted classrooms and more. And they've mentored and inspired students at every level, across faculties and divisions.

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Countdown to Success featuring Craig Kielburger - Wed, 11/18/2015

Date: November 19, 2015

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Innovation Complex rotunda

Hear 'Me to We' founder Craig Kielburger’s talk, “What for-profit companies can learn from high performing non-profits.” The first 100 attendees will also receive a copy of Craig's book, Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World. Register here >

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Mariela Castro on Cuba, Transgender Rights, and Healthy Sexualities - Thu, 11/19/2015

Date: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Room 110, Instructional Centre

The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro will help launch this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance and deliver a lecture. Her talk will address Cuba's rapid advances in transgender human rights, including the 2010 addition of gender reassignment surgery to Cuba's universal healthcare system and her current advocacy for same-sex marriage. 

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IMI Grad Campus Day - Sat, 11/21/2015

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Place: Innovation Complex

This event offers the opportunity to learn more about professional graduate degrees offered by the Institute for Management & Innovation. Meet current students and faculty and tour UTM's beautiful campus. For more information about featured courses and the day's itinerary, please visit the event registration page.

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Convo Café with Jeff Perera: Masculinities and Manhood - Tue, 11/24/2015

Date: November 24, 2015 

Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm 

Location: Spigel Hall, Davis 1102

Join in a discussion and free dinner with activist, author and TEDx speaker Jeff Perera about what it means to be a man in today's society, what expectations are placed on men, and how men can lead positively. Attendees will have the chance to win movie theatre tickets. The session includes an interactive presentation, and facilitates small discussion groups for men, women, and trans* and non-binary participants.

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Theatre Erindale presents ‘The Beck Festival’ - Thu, 12/10/2015 - Sat, 12/12/2015

Date: December 10 to 12

Location: MiST Theatre

Cost: $12-$18 per ticket/ Memberships $50-$60

Theatre Erindale presents its annual celebration of one-act independent student productions.

For further information, call the Box Office at 905-569-4369 or visit

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Faculty and Staff Announcements: 

Professor Kelly Hannah-Moffat has been appointed as Interim Vice-Principal, Academic and Dean from January 1 to April 30, 2016. Hannah-Moffat is currently is UTM’s vice-dean, undergraduate, where she has played a key role in planning and carrying out the academic mission of the campus. Professor Hannah-Moffat is also director of the U of T Centre of Criminology and Sociolegal Studies.  

Visual resource librarian Harriet Sonne de Torrens has been awarded a 2014-15 Academic Librarianship Award by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) in recognition of her outstanding contributions to university education in Ontario. “Dr. Sonne de Torrens is a teacher, scholar, researcher, advocate, and mentor,” said Andrea Buchholz, Chair of OCUFA’s Award Committee. “She consistently demonstrates an extraordinary level of engagement with her profession, her university, her colleagues, and her students. For that, she is an obvious choice for the Academic Librarianship Award.”

United Way Campaign at UTM

rainbow coloured stack of booksDonations to United Way Book Sale

Date: Donations accepted until Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Location: Information & Loans Desk

The UTM Library will once again be holding a two-day Used Book and DVD sale on behalf of the United Way Campaign. Please donate best-sellers, young adult and children’s books, DVDs and music CDs in good condition. Please—no textbooks, academic reading, magazines, VHS cassettes or children’s toys. For more information or to arrange a convenient drop-off or pick up time, please contact Shelley Hawrychuk at 905-569-4365 or by email.

icon of words that read "Book Sale"UTM Library Book Sale to Benefit the United Way

Date: Tuesday, November 24th & Wednesday, November 25th

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Location: LINK (between CCT and the UTM Library)

Find a treasure, a long-lost favourite or a new-to-you bestseller at UTM’s annual book sale. All proceeds go to UTM’s United Way campaign.

trio of tarot cardsTarot Card Readings by Devin

Date: Now to December 15, 2015

Time: Appointments by e-mail

Fee: $20

Are fortune, fame and romance in your future? All will be revealed with a visit to Devin Kreuger, UTM's renowned tarot reader, who is offering $20 readings, by appointment, until mid-December. Devin has studied tarot for over 25 years with noted international experts at tarot conferences in New York and San Francisco. All proceeds go to UTM's United Way campaign. E-mail Devin to arrange a suitable date/time for your reading, and prepare to face your destiny.

More United Way events: Indian Lunch Buffet (Wednesday, November 18), annual Bowlathon (Monday, November 23) and Yogathon (Wednesday, November 25). See the United Way website for details.

Training & Development: 

white mustache icon on a brown backgroundJoin the UTM Movember team!

UTM’s fundraising team for Movember Foundation is still accepting donations for the annual awareness and fundraising drive for men’s health initiatives. Since 2003, the annual event has raised over $677 million, funding over 1,000 programs focusing on prostate and testicular cancers, mental health and physical activity. Contact team captains Ron Wener or Anthony Sestito for details. Visit the UTM Movember Team page to join the team or donate to the cause.

elderly man with a moustache, wearing a straw fedoraWorkshop: Exploring senior housing options

Date: Friday, November 20, 2015

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Davis Building, Room 3138

Join Esther Goldstein, social worker and author of Comprehensive Guide to Retirement Living, for a workshop for family caregivers who are coming to the difficult realization that their elderly loved one may no longer be able to live in their current home and may have to relocate to a care facility.This event is open to students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their partners. Registration is required > 

White logo for University of Toronto on dark blue backgroundOffice of the University Ombudsperson

The University Ombudsperson offers confidential and impartial advice and assistance on university-related problems to students, faculty and staff on all three campuses. Visit the office's website or add the Ombudsperson module to your Blackboard portal page.


pink words reading "Family Care Office"Individual Advising Appointments at UTM

If you are seeking support and resources regarding any personal family matters, a family care advisor is available to meet with you. To book an appointment, please email with the following information: your student or staff number, U of T employee group and/or your union affiliation if applicable and a brief explanation of your enquiry.

Media Clippings: 

English professor Mari Ruti argues that evolutionary psychology promotes gender profiling in an article for Psych Central.
In an interview with the Toronto Star, Sociology professor Anna Kortweg argues that the niqab debate was about immigration, not women’s equality.
Professor Emeritus of applied psychology and human development Keith Stanovich was interviewed for a story about the relationship between unconscious bias and voting decisions. (Globe and Mail).

Communication, Culture, Information and Technology professor Brett Caraway was interviewed by several outlets regarding recent online threats to universities (Toronto Star).

Relationship researcher Amy Muise’s findings on “Facebook creeping” appeared on several sites (Yahoo! News). Her research on sexual satisfaction in couples was covered by Bustle.

Political science professor Peter Loewen provided commentary for about 60 Canadian and American election-related stories, including the issue of niqabs in public service (Ottawa Citizen), next steps for Justin Trudeau (New York Times), Ben Carson’s results in Ohio (Huffington Post) and what the Canadian election results may mean for Donald Trump’s leadership bid (Washington Post).

In the Toronto Star, associate anthropology professor Stephen Bede Scharper writes about Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis’ new film, This Changes Everything, and about a new sense of hope around the issue of climate change.