Past Events

2020-21 Past Events

September 2020

Sept. 25 (2020), 1-4 p.m., (online delivery) - UTM Annual Classics Seminar Series - 'Rome, India, China: Comparison and Meaning in the Relief Sculpture of Late Ancient Eurasia' - Jaś Elsner


Oct. 6 (2020), 7-8 p.m., (Register to View) - Snider Lecture UTM - Abolish the Police, Abolish Prisons: Black liberation in a time of revolt - Robyn Maynard

Oct. 6 (2020), 7-8:15 p.m., (via Virtual Library WebEx) - Lecture Me! Series - Pathologizing Iran and Islam - Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi

Oct. 7 (2020), 11 a.m.-1 p.m., (Register to join) - HSS Event - Professor Meet & Greet

Oct. 8 (2020), 4:30-5:30 p.m., (Register to join) - Welcome Back Social Hour

Oct. 9 (2020), 1-4 p.m., (online delivery) - UTM Annual Classics Seminar Series - 'The Gender of Ancient Greek Music' - Mark Griffith

Oct. 16 (2020), 4-5:30 p.m., (Info & Registration) - C4E Flash Event, Race/Ethics/Power - #Say Her Name... Breonna Taylor! Race, Ethics & "Justice"? - A Dialogue with Beverly Bain, Idil Abdillahi, and El Jones

Oct. 30 (2020), 12-1:30 p.m., (online delivery) - WGS Feminist Lunch Series - Home Care Fault LInes: Understanding Tensions and Creating Alliances - Cynthia J. Cranford

Oct. 30 (2020), 1-4 p.m., (online delivery) - UTM Annual Classics Seminar Series - 'Oracular Failure in Ancient Greek Culture' - Esther Eidinow

Nov. 2020

Nov. 4 (2020), 10 a.m.-12 p.m., (Register Here for online delivery) - CSAC Workshop - 'Race and Caste': A Conversation with Achille Mbembe and Suraj Yengde

Nov. 16 (2020), 11:30am-12:30 p.m., (online delivery) - WGS Feminist Lunch Series - Queer Crip Crossroads: Disability Activism in Toronto's LGBTQ community - Nicholas Hrynyk

Nov. 20 (2020), 1-4 p.m., (online delivery) - UTM Annual Classics Seminar Series - 'The New Normal? Bodies Beyond the Classical Body' - Caroline Vout

December 2020

Dec. 3 (2020), 4-6 p.m., (online delivery) - The ArQuives' Trans Collections Guidline Launch - A roundtable discussion on the trans holdings of The ArQuives: Canada's LGBTQ2+ Archive, and the histories and futures of trans archival practices


Jan. 15 (2021), 1-4 p.m., (online delivery) - UTM Annual Classics Seminar Series - 'The Extremist Ethics of Cicero's De Officiis' - Ingo Gildenhard

Jan. 15 (2021), 4 p.m., (online delivery) - Iranian Studies Webinar Series - A History of Iranian Women’s Poetry (in Persian)| تاریخ شعر زنان­ - Rohangiz Karachi, Humanities and Cultural Studies Institute, Tehran

Jan. 22 (2021), 4 p.m., (online delivery) - Iranian Studies Webinar Series - The City in Film: Imagining Post-WWII Iran in Film-Farsi Popular Cinema - Golbarg Rekabtalaei, Seton Hall University

Jan. 29 (2021), 4 p.m., (online delivery) - Iranian Studies Webinar Series - Feminine Interventions: Early Qajar Women Poets and Their Engagement with the Bazgasht-i adabi - Dominic Brookshaw, Oxford University

Jan. 30 (2021), 10am-12pm (online delivery) - Centre for South Asian Civilizations - A conversation with Afra Khanum Sherwani, "Journalism in a Time of Uprising: The Farmers' Protest and Dissent in Contemporary India"

Feb. 2021

Feb. 5 (2021), 1-4 p.m., (online delivery) - UTM Annual Classics Seminar Series - 'Theory of Mind and Ancient Greek Religious Experience' - Sarah Iles-Johnston

Feb. 5 (2021), 4 p.m., (online delivery) - Iranian Studies Webinar Series - The International Reception of Iranian Cinema, 2000-2013 - Anne Demy-Geroe, Griffith University

Feb. 12 (2021), 4 p.m., (online delivery) - Iranian Studies Webinar Series - Forugh Farrokhzad, Modernity and Madness - Leila Rahimi Bahmany, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

Feb. 19 (2021), 4 p.m., (online delivery) - Iranian Studies Webinar Series - Rakhshan Banietemad’s Social Realism: A Close Look at Her Documentary Films - Maryam Ghorbankarimi, Lancaster University

Feb. 26 (2021), 1-4 p.m., (online delivery) - UTM Annual Classics Seminar Series - 'Daily Life in the Shadow of Late Antique Decline: Urban Case Studies from Apulia' - Darian Totten

Feb. 26 (2021), 4 p.m., (online delivery) - Iranian Studies Webinar Series - Shame, Stigma and Sin:  From Tahirih, to Forugh, to Us - Sholeh Wolpé, University of California, Irvine

March 2021

Mar. 2 (2021), 11:30-1:00 p.m., (online delivery) - Feminist Lunch Series - A Reading and Performance by Kama La Mackerel - Based on their new book of poetry: ZOM - FAM

Mar. 5 (2021), 4 p.m., (online delivery) - Iranian Studies Webinar Series - Precarity and Possibility: The Labor of Underground Video Dealers in Iran - Blake Atwood, American University of Beirut

Mar. 12 (2021), 4 p.m., (online delivery) - Iranian Studies Webinar Series - Sonia Balassanian: Writing the Impossible - Claudia Yaghoobi, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

March 19 (2021), 1-4 p.m.  (online delivery) - UTM Annual Classics Seminar Series - 'Hasiod's Religious Norms in Context: On Works and Days 724-760' - Ivana Petrovic & Andrej Petrovic

Mar. 19 (2021), 4 p.m., (online delivery) - Iranian Studies Webinar Series - Pioneer Female Directors, Writers and Producers in Iranian Cinema - Khatereh Shaibani, York University

April 2021

Apr. 9 (2021), 4 p.m., (online delivery) - Iranian Studies Webinar Series - Women Depicting Freedom of Movement in Iranian Cinema - Nacim Pak-Shiraz, University of Edinburgh

Apr. 16 (2021), 4 p.m., (online delivery) - Iranian Studies Webinar Series - Women Poets: Gendered Personhood and Displacement - Fatemeh Shams Esmaeili, University of Pennsylvania

Apr. 23 (2021), 4 p.m., (online delivery) - Iranian Studies Webinar Series - From Golden City to Felestin: The Onomastics of Cinema Halls in Tehran - Behrooz Mahmoodi-Bakhtiari, University of Tehran

Apr. 30 (2021), 4 p.m., (online delivery) - Iranian Studies Webinar Series - Documenting a Tradition: Anthologies of Persian(ate) Poetry by Women - Sunil Sharma, Boston University

May 2021

May 7 (2021), 4 p.m., (online delivery) - Iranian Studies Webinar Series - Allegory and Allegoresis in Iranian Cinema - Michelle Langford, University of New South Wales

2019 Past Events

March 2019

Friday, March 8 (2019), 10 a.m.-7 p.m., McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology (St. George Campus) - Symposium - Transnational Feminism in the Age of Digital Islamophobia

Thursday, March 7 (2019), 3:30-6 p.m., MiST Theatre (UTM) - The Technoscience Salon - Black Technoscience "Here" - #BlackGirlMagic: On Disability and Possibility in the Digital Age with Dr. Moya Bailey of Northeastern University - Special performance by Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers

Thursday, March 7 (2019), 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Spigel Hall (UTM) - 2nd Annual Prandium Undergraduate Conference

Thursday, March 21 (2019), 9 a.m.-5 p.m., David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place (St. George Campus) - Symposium - Indigenous Intersections with Dr. Jed Kuhn moderating

2018 Past Events

November 2018

Thursday, Nov. 15, 12-2 p.m. New North Building (NE 5128) - WGS Feminist Lunch Series: #METOO with Professor Beverly Bain

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 5-7 p.m. Davis Building (DV 2082) - CSAC Urdu Film Series: Had-Anhad (in Urdu with English subtitles) - All are welcome!

Monday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. MiST Theatre (CCT Building 150) - CSAC presents: The Poetry of Amazement, An Evening with Vikram Chandra. 

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 5:30-8 p.m. New North Building (NE 4207) - CSAC Urdu Film Series: Nikaah (in Urdu with English subtitles) - All are welcome!

October 2018

Classics and the World Today 3 (CaWT3):

Thursday, Oct. 25, 5:15 p.mInstructional Centre (IB 120) - Classics and the World Today (CaWT): Local Identities, Movement, and Global Connections in Antiquity. In this public event, Prof. Elena Isayev (University of Exeter) and Prof. Miguel John Versluys (Leiden University) will present their work to ask to what extent discussing the world of the Ancient Greek and Roman Mediterranean can contribute to our current society. This event is geared towards encouraging discussions between undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, alumni and the broader public. A reception will follow. 

Friday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., New North Building (NE 4107) - Classics and the World Today (CaWT): A Workshop in Methodologies. Prof. Elena Isayev (University of Exeter) and Prof. Miguel John Versluys (Leiden University) will lead a workshop in methodologies for investigating identities and global connections in antiquity. 

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 12-1 p.m. New North Building (NE 5128) - WGS Feminist Lunch Hour: Fleshy Politics: Vaccines, Suspicion and Felt Protection with Prof. Nicole Charles

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 5:30-8 p.m. New North Building (NE 4207) - CSAC Urdu Film Series: The Chess Player (In Urdu with English subtitles)

Saturday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., MiST Theatre - Film & Concert - Hari OM Tatsat - Tickets are $20 for Adults and $10 for Students

The Many Lives of Aurangzeb Workshop: 

Thursday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., New North Building (NE 4207) - Graduate Workshop on Reading, Writing, and Teaching Religious ‘Controversy’ in South Asian Religious History

Friday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Jackman Humanities Building (UTSG) - Student Presentations

Friday, Oct. 5, 4-6 p.m., Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, 5 Bancroft Street (UTSG) - Muzaffar Alam, Persian in the Age of Mughal Decline: A Reevaluation

September 2018

Sunday, Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m., Davis Building (UTM Room - DV3140) - On the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali - lecture given by visiting pandit H.V. Nagaraja Rao - This lecture will be followed with a tribute to the late Professor Tuppil Venkatacharya (In 2017, the Professor Tuppil Venkatacharya Trust was established at the University of Toronto to support the preservation, dissemination and study of Sanskrit and South Asian heritage and culture, making events like this possible.) 

Thursday, Sept. 20, 3 p.m., North Building (NE4207) - The Spirit of the Sepoy Host - free talk given by Priyamvada Gopal (Reader in Anglophone and Related Literature at the University of Cambridge)

Monday, Sept. 17, 6 p.m., Mist Theatre - REASON, a film by Anand Patwardhan - free screening and discussion with the film maker.

May 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018 (LAS):

Truthfulness in Photography: The Photoplastic Mexican Montages of Josef Albers 

Thursday, May 3-5, 2018:

International Conference on Religion & Film:

April 2018

April 26 - May 26, 2018:

Queering Family Photography: Roundtable  

Wednesday, April 4, 2018:

RLG401H: Lectures on Religion and Literature 

March 2018

Monday, March 26, 2018 (CSAC):

Centre for South Asian Civilizations and Politics Research Workshop: Left Politics in South Asia - Past, Present, Future.

Friday, March 23, 2018 (HSS):


Friday, March 23, 2018:

HIS498Y: History Internship Student Presentations 

Friday, March 23, 2018:

RLG401H: Lectures on Religion and Literature - Topics include: video games, Watchmen, Superman, Star Wars and zombie comics.

Thursday, March 22 & Friday, March 23, 2018 - MENA Conference (WGS):

International Conference on “MENA Women: From Street Protest to Online Activism”, March 22 and 23, 2018.

Monday, March 19, 2018 (HSS):

First Annual Prandium Undergraduate Research Conference

Friday, March 16, 2018:

HIS498Y: History Internship Student Presentations

Thursday, March 15, 2018:

Classics and the World Today 2: Authority and Non-Conformity in the Ancient World

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (HSS):

 Defiant Braceros - Dr. Mireya Loza

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (CSAC):

Colloquium Keynote: Aesthesia and Anaesthesia in Vaisnava Liturgy and Metaphysics - Dr. Ronald Inden

Tuesday, March 13, 2018:

Colloquium: Humanity is the Measure of All Things: A Colloquium Exploring Late Antiquity's Intellectual and Spiritual Diversity

Friday, March 9, 2018 (Feminist Lunchtime Talks):

Policing Black Lives: Panel with Robyn Maynard, author of Policing Black Lives, Beverly Bain of WGS, and Sheena Hoszko, Sculptor and Anti-Prison Organizer

Thursday, March 8, 2018:

Lecture with Dr. Jessica Stites Mor: Human Rights and Transnational Solidarity in Latin America

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (WGS):

Lecture with Dr. Sirma Bilge: Minority Knowledges, Academic Entrepreneurial Selves, and Neoliberal University: Learning from the Institutional Trajectories of Intersectionality

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (CSAC):

Screening of the award-winning film Chauthi Koot

Friday, March 2, 2018 (HSS):

Historical Studies Society Annual Trivia Night

Friday, March 2, 2018 (HSS):

Historical Studies Society General Meeting

Thursday, March 1, 2018 (HSS):

HSS Presents: Seeing Capitalism's Ghosts: Labour, Migration, and Human Rights in 20th Century United States - Erica Toffoli

February 2018

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018:

Paper Proposals for the First Annual Prandium Undergraduate Research Conference Due 

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018:

Humanities and Social Sciences Career Night 

January 2018

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 (CSAC):

RAJAN! Movie Night

Friday, Jan. 26, 2018 (HSS):

HSS General Meeting 

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 (HSS):

HSS Presentation of Victor Frankenstein 

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 (Feminist Lunchtime Talks Series):

 Indigenizing Institutions - Jill Carter, Tarah Hogue, Denise Booth McLeod, and Kris Noakes - Moderated by Nicole Laliberte

2017 Past Events

December 2017

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017:


November 2017

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 (Historical Studies Society):

 Exclusive screening of Warehoused: The Forgotten Refugees of Dadaab 

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 (Feminist Lunchtime Talks Series):

Tea Time: Mapping Informal Networks of Women Living with HIV - Jessica Lynn Whitbread and Mercy Lillian Gichuki

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017:

Professor Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi , Orientalism and Occidentalism Undergraduate Symposium 

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017:

Indo-Caribbean Feminist Thought: Theory and Praxis with Dr. Gabrielle Hosein and Dr. Lisa Outar

Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017:

Kudiyattam: Ancient Drama in the Present

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017:

 Professor Julie MacArthur, Borders Matter: Mapping and Unmapping African History - part of TEDxUTM 2017.

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017:

Professor Julie MacArthur, Screening History (HIS211) - Special Guest, acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Clement Virgo (TV series, The Book of Negroes) 

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017:

Professor Emeritus Robert Johnson - October Surprise: The Global Impact of the 1917 October Revolution 

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 (Historical Studies Society):


October 2017

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017:

Conference on South Asian Religions

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017:

Conference on South Asian Religions

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017:

Professor Chris Petrakos - "The Joke's on Them: Laughter and Social Boundaries in Klondike Miner's Tales, 1886-1896" - Part of the UTM EEO Lecture Me! Series

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2017:

Dr. Hossein Elahi Ghomshei - "On the Nature of Poetry" 

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017:

"Invisible No More" by Andrea J. Ritchie - Book Launch and Panel Discussion 

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2017 (Historical Studies Society):

AGO - Featured: the Guillermo Del Toro Exhibit

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2017 (Historical Studies Society:

Professors Cowan, Petrakos, and Derry - 95 Theses 500th Anniversary Panel 

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2017:

Dr. Leonard Lewisohn - "Sufism & the Religion of Love" 

Thursday, Oct. 28, 2017:

Dr. Jane Lewisohn - "Preserving and Archiving Persian Performing Arts and Literature"