On 23 November 2010, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., the Toronto Historical Society will be meeting at the Riverdale Library, where Jane Fairburn will deliver a talk on her recently completed manuscript which explores the history, landscape and people of Toronto’s waterfront.
The inaugural lecture of HertoriesCafeToronto will take place on 23 November 2010, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Ave., Toronto. Nina Bascia will speak on “Women and Unions: History Matters.”
Fairburn’s work traces the development of four districts of the Toronto lakefront from east to west — namely the Scarborough Bluffs, the Beach, the Island, and the Lakeshore — that first developed into villages and later became suburbs or adjuncts of a centre that began as a garrison town. She focuses on the evolution and innermost nature of each of these special places along the shore of Lake Ontario that remain distinct from the centre and still share a common culture through a unique connection to the Lake and the natural world. The story is that of a vital, richly endowed waterfront heritage, one that still exists in these communities yet largely has gone unrecognized and is for the most part forgotten.
Fairburn’s talk on November 23 is entitled “A New Look and New Insights on the Shoreline and Island.” Anyone with an interest in Toronto’s rich waterfront history is invited to attend.
Nina Bascia is Professor and Director of the Collaborative Program in Educational Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Professor Bascia’s research interests include organizational and social context of teaching and administration, teacher leadership and development, and teacher unions and professional associations. She has been studying teacher unions in Canada and the U.S. since the 1980s, and concludes that teacher organizations are vital both to the quality of teachers’ work and to the well-being of the larger educational system.
HerstoriesCafe Toronto provides an opportunity for a diverse group of people to meet and celebrate Canadian women’s history at various venues around Toronto. Hear a presentation, enjoy food and drink, and socialize. Speakers cover a wide range of topics, and include on-site historical walking tours. Herstories Cafe is committed to supporting all things local. Their goal is to start conversations about history. They hope to provide a much-needed forum for those who work on and are interested in women’s history and issues, and want to feel connected to a larger community of like-minded people. Think of it as a salon: a place to share ideas, pool historical resources, and stimulate debate in an intimate and relaxed setting.
See herstoriescafe.blogspot.com for more information and a full list of upcoming talks.