ActiveHistory.ca and the Toronto Public Library are pleased to announce the 2013 History Matters lecture series.
This year’s series focuses on the themes of immigration, ethnicity and citizenship. The lectures are part of the TPL’s Thought Exchange programming.
“Beyond Orange and Green: Toronto’s Irish, 1870-1914”
Migration historian Dr. William Jenkins (York University) looks at the immigration patterns and political allegiances of Toronto’s Irish between 1870 and World War I, and how struggles at home and abroad had an impact on the Catholic and Protestant Irish communities in Toronto.
Thursday, January 31st, 6:30-8 pm
Parliament Street Branch
269 Gerrard Street East
“Public Spectacles of Multiculturalism: Toronto Before Trudeau”
Award-winning migration, labour and gender historian Dr. Franca Iacovetta (University of Toronto) explores the International Institute Movement’s use of public spectacle and pageantry to promote cultural pluralism in a pre-multicultural Toronto.
Thursday, February 28th, 6:30-8 pm
Dufferin/St. Clair Branch
1625 Dufferin Street
“Black Power for Black Education in Toronto, 1950s-1970s”
PhD candidate Funké Aladejebi (York University) relates the compelling story of how black organizations in Toronto used education to combat racism by making connections to “Africa” and adapting the language of Black Power to a Canadian experience.
Wednesday, March 27th, 6:30-8 pm
Maria A. Shchuka Branch
1745 Eglinton Avenue West
“And Life Goes On: Japanese Canadians, Memory, and Life after Internment”
In 1941, 22,000 Japanese Canadians mostly living in Vancouver were dispossessed, torn from their homes and shipped to internment sites. After the war, they were given a “choice” between deportation to war-devastated Japan or dispersal east of the Rockies. Historical sociologist Dr. Pamela Sugiman (Ryerson University) recounts how this community rebuilt in the face of racial hostility and after such loss.
Thursday, April 25th, 6:30-8 pm
Lillian H. Smith Branch
239 College Street
Note: Pamela Sugiman’s talk has been postponed until further notice.
History Matters started in 2010 as a venue for professional historians and graduate students to present their research to a broader audience outside the university and interact directly with their local communities. A successful series of lectures followed in 2011. These lectures are also accessible to the general public as podcasts featured here on ActiveHistory.ca.
We hope to see you there!