Newsletter Archives — December 2013

What’s New for December 2013

IDERD 2014 Campaign: Call for Nominees!

The U of T IDERD Communication Campaign will run for its third consecutive year to highlight the ongoing efforts to eliminate racial discrimination and advance anti-racism, by staff, students, and faculty throughout the University community. The Campaign provides a unique platform for the University to recognize and profile this excellent work while contributing to the University’s commitment to create diverse, equitable and inclusive teaching, learning and working environments.

Know any faculty, staff or students actively working to eliminate racial discrimination and advance anti-racism?
Recognize their efforts by nominating them! The nomination deadline is January 27, 2014.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) was established by the United Nations in 1966 to commemorate the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960. It is observed every March 21st to bring the world community together to increase its efforts in the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination and racism (United Nations, Resolution 2142, XX1). The elimination of racial discrimination and racism is an essential part of U of T’s efforts to cultivate an equitable and inclusive working and learning environment. This is noted in the University’s Statement on Equity, Diversity and Excellence.

See memo from Professor Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity.

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… And just like that, it’s December.

We recognize the swirl of anticipation, excitement, exhaustion and anxiety that can overtake us as we close out the calendar year and the fall term. But, after all, we made it!  So here’s a list of events taking place in the University community; we hope they’ll help smooth your transition into the holiday season. Do your best to stay warm and we’ll see you in January!


(If you wish to request that your event be included in our monthly newsletter, please submit requests to at least one week prior to the beginning of the new month.)

Nov 28-30, 8pm, Goldring Student Centre (UTSG): Staged Reading Premiere: The Philadelphia Project. Written by Jessica Ng, directed by Tom Osborne. ‘The Philadelphia Project’ is a new play about HIV in post-epidemic Toronto. Inspired by a series of community-based interviews, ‘The Philadelphia Project’ uses as a launching point the twenty-year anniversary of the 1993 film ‘Philadelphia’ to capture in documentary-style the responses of characters living with HIV, their loved ones, doctors, and activists, as they reflect on living with HIV post-epidemic, friends, family, politics, love, and the future. This event is proudly co-sponsored by the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office.

Nov 30, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Academic Resource Centre (UTSC): Fall Flourish. The Department of Arts, Culture and Media’s Music & Culture program invites you to join us for our annual end-of-term concert, Fall Flourish. Formerly known as Sounds of the Season concert, our Fall Flourish concert features performances by UTSC’s Concert Band and small ensembles. Come and fill your ears with music as our students perform a selection of classical and contemporary repertoire that celebrate colour and movement through music. Admission is free and open to everyone. Light refreshments, including a variety of baked goods and hot and cold beverages, will be served.

Dec 1, 9:30am -6:30pm, Old Vic Building (UTSG): Still Here: A Symposium on Living and Aging with HIV/AIDS in Canada. STILL HERE is an all-day symposium (Mark S. Bonham Centre-sponsored) that seeks diverse perspectives on HIV/AIDS in contemporary Canada. Open to the university and broader community, speakers and presenters – who include people with HIV/AIDS, community health workers, university professors, graduate students, artists, authors, and activists – will explore HIV/AIDS from various angles, positionalities, intersectionalities, and through a variety of forms. This event is proudly co-sponsored by the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office. Facebook event page:

Dec 6, 12pm-2:00pm, in front of Hart House (behind the UTSU) (UTSG): National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women. Join us for a memorial at 12:15 p.m. at the December 6th Commemorative Benches behind the UTSU, in front of Hart House in Hart House Circle. The ceremony includes speakers and an opportunity to dedicate your own rose in remembrance. Lunch will follow at 12:45 to 2:00 in the East Common Room in Hart House. ASL Interpretation provided. For accessibility requests contact: can pick up a U of T December 6th button or poster at the SGDO, or contact:

Dec 6, 12pm-3:00pm, Student Centre Presentation Room (UTM): National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women. UTM Women’s Centre is hosting a memorial event to pay respect to victims of gender-based violence. Join us to recognize and honour the survivors of violence in your own live and victims of the Montreal Massacre. Invited speakers will begin their address at 12:15. Please stop by anytime between 12 to 3 pm.

Dec 8, 3pm-4pm, Hart House (UTSG): Hart House Sunday ConcertEnsemble Made in Canada is rapidly gaining recognition as Canada’s premier piano quartet. Awarded the 2006 CBC Galaxie Stars Award from the Banff Centre for the Arts, the quartet was also featured in 2008 Chatelaine Magazine’s 80 women to watch as an ensemble that is leading the next generation of classical musicians. The group is: violinist Elissa Lee, violist Sharon Wei, cellist Rachel Mercer and pianist Angela Park. All are respected and accomplished musicians who have been forging outstanding individual careers. They bring together a shared love of chamber music, gifted musical talent and a wealth of experience. Ensemble Made in Canada has provided master classes, chamber music coaching and lectures at universities across Canada and in the United States and they have also participated in outreach programs for public schools in Ontario

UTSG Students: Leave the Pack Behind – Wouldurather Contest. Have you entered for a chance to win up to $2,500 cash yet? Everyone can sign up for Leave The Pack Behind’s wouldurather…contest. Just choose what you want to do – quit smoking, reduce how much you smoke, stop smoking when you drink, or just pledge to stay smoke-free if you’re a non-smoker. Perfect timing for a post-exam or New Year’s resolution goal! The contest starts January 27th. Registration for the contest opens Dec 1st! It’s easy, just follow the link:

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