Newsletter Archives — March 2015

What’s New for March 2015

International Women's Day

March 8: International Women’s Day #MakeItHappen

All around the world, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality. Make It Happen is the 2015 theme for the global hub, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women. The chosen color for this year’s campaign is Purple symbolising justice and dignity — two values strongly associated with women’s equality. As the date approaches, let us reflect on the work that has been done to furthefr advance equality for all women as well as the work that has yet to be done, especially women who are further marginalized by race, indigeneity, faith, sexuality, gender presentation, social class and the intersections of these and other identities.


March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD)

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).

IDERD 2015 Call for Nominees

The2015 U of T IDERD Communication Campaign & Award Recognition was launched in March 2012 in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The tri-campus communication campaign is implemented annually as a key part of the University’s ongoing effort to eliminate racial discrimination and advance anti-racism, throughout the University community. In keeping with the United Nations theme for the 2015 IDERD campaign, the theme for our 2015 U of T IDERD Communication Campaign is “Learning from historical tragedies to combat racial discrimination today”.

The official ceremony to mark the IDERD 2015 at U of T will take place on Thursday March 19 at 12:45 p.m. in the Medical Science Building –Faculty of Medicine located at 1 King’s College Circle, room 2171. The Campaign will feature a digital stories installation entitled, “I am U of T”. Join us as we mark another IDERD celebration!

Beginning the week of March 16, look out for information about the excellent work being done to advance anti-racism by this year’s profiled IDERD Campaign candidates coming to digital bulletin boards and desktops near you!

Screening of 'Salute' and talk by Dr. John CarlosScreening of ‘Salute’ & Talk by Dr. John Carlos

As part of the Conscious Activism Documentary Series, Hart House presents the screening of Salute, The story behind the image. The documentary tells the story of Australian Peter Norman and his alliance with Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the 1968 African-American 200m Olympic medalists who raised their gloved fists in protest for human rights. Prior to the film screening, The University of Toronto is pleased to present Dr. John Carlos to recount, in his own words, his journey to the black power salute at the ’68 Olympics in Mexico. A panel discussion and a Q&A will follow the screening.

When: Monday, March 2, 6:30 pm: talk by Dr. John Carlos / 7:15 pm: film screening
Where: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue
Cost: Free / seating is limited, so arrive early!

Read an interview with Dr. Carlos and learn more about the event.
Watch the Official Trailer

Presented in partnership with the Equity Studies Students Union, the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office and the Multi Faith Centre for Spiritual Study.

March Events at U of T

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March 3, 3:30 pm, Student Centre (UTM): Celebrating the Life of First Nations Women. You are invited to a special International Women’s Day Event hosted by the Department of Historical studies, Women & Gender Studies.

March 3 – 5, Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (UTSG,UTM and UTSC): Family Ties Tour featuring Vivek Shraya and Casey Mecjia in a U of T tri-campus tour. These films explore the complex relationships between queer diasporic children and their parents. They are tributes to the often unrecognized labour of immigrant parents.

March 4, 10:00 am, Munk School of Global Affairs (UTSG): Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Health and Human Rights of Women.

March 5, 12:00 pm, Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice (UTSG): Radical Thought and Action An exploration of the changing use and aspects of the word “radical” as it applies to university life.

March 6, 3:00 pm, New College (UTSG): CARSSU Film Festival. Join the Caribbean Studies Student Union for a free film festival.

March 5, 5:30 pm, Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice (UTSG): Decisions In End of Life Care: Christian and Muslim Perspectives. The event is an examination of Christian and Muslim perspectives regarding decisions for end of life care. Presented by the National Muslim/Christian Liaison Committee (NMCLC).

March 17, 5:30 pm, Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice (UTSG): Gender and Religion.  Engage issues of gender equality in the context of our multi-faith, secular society.

March 20, Student Centre (UTSG): Conference on Genocide: Prevention to Justice. The Armenian Students’ Association in collaboration with the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of Canada is organizing an academic conference commemorating the 100th Year Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The Conference will feature speaker such as Henry Theriault, Fatma Göçek, and Jermaine McCaplin. Please check the link for updates on location and time.

March 24, 6:00 pm, Elgin and Winder Garden Theatres (189 Yonge St.) Ain’t I A Woman, My Journey to Womanhood. Laverne Cox is a prominent trans activist, an actress, producer and a renowned speaker. Laverne has taken her empowering message of moving beyond gender expectations.

March 24, 6:00 pm, Hart House (UTSG): Community Kitchen at Hart House. Hungry for social change? Feed your need by coming to our community kitchen events. At these events, we will feast on engaging lectures on social justice issues, fruitful discussions, and a wholesome meal.

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