History Matters Fall 2011 Lecture Series, Toronto Public Library

Toronto Public Library is pleased to announce the 2011 History Matters series.

This year these lectures focus on two themes—labour and environmental history in the Toronto area and beyond. Part of TPL’s Thought Exchange programming, these lively talks will give the public an opportunity to connect with working historians and discover some of the many and surprising ways in which the past shapes the present.

The series has been curated by Dr. Lisa Rumiel, SSHRC Post Doctoral Fellow at McMaster University. Dr. Rumiel is also the Book Review Editor for Canadian Bulletin of Medical History. We are especially grateful for the generous grant provided by The History Education Network (THEN/Hier), which has made the series possible.

Spadina Sweatshops: Jews and Gender in Toronto’s Labour Movement, 1900-1939
Ruth Frager (Dept. of History, McMaster)
Wed. Sept. 14, 7 pm
Lillian H. Smith Branch
239 College Street 416-393-7746

Three Mile Island to Bhopal: the Life and Work of Environmental Activist Rosalie Bertell
Lisa Rumiel (McMaster University)
Thurs. Sept. 29, 7 pm
Parkdale Branch
1303 Queen Street West 416-393-7686

Imagined Futures for the Lower Don: A History of Big Ideas for a Small River
Jennifer Bonnell (University of Guelph)
Wed. Oct. 12, 7 pm
Riverdale Branch
370 Broadview Ave. 416-393-7720

The Making of Dufferin-St. Clair: 1900-1929
Richard Harris (McMaster University)
Thurs. Oct. 20, 7 pm
Dufferin St. Clair Branch
1625 Dufferin Street 416-393-7712

Labour on the March: 150 Years of Labour Parades in Toronto
Craig Heron (York University)
Thurs. Oct 27, 7 pm
Beeton Auditorium, Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge Street 416-395-5577

Learning About e. coli From Walkerton
Joy Parr (University of Western Ontario)
Wed Nov. 2 , 2 pm
Northern District Branch
40 Orchard View Blvd. 416-393-7610

Building Postwar Toronto: When Planning and Politics Collide
Stephen Bocking (Trent University)
Mon. Nov. 7, 7 pm
Annette Branch
145 Annette Street 416-393-7692

Producing History in an Auto Town: Oshawa After World War II
Christine McLaughlin (York University)
Wed., Nov. 16, 6:30 pm
Pape/Danforth Branch
701 Pape Ave. 416-393-7727

Note: talks from the 2010 Toronto Public Library History Matters lecture series are available for download in our podcast section.  ActiveHistory.ca hopes to post all the upcoming Fall 2011 talks as podcasts too.

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