Spring 2015 History Matters Series Explores Sports History

The Spring 2015 History Matters lecture series takes an entertaining and slightly idiosyncratic look at sports history to mark the Pan Am games in Toronto. The series—now in its fifth year–is a partnership between ActiveHistory.ca and the Toronto Public Library.

Gladiators in Ancient Rome: Sport in the Service of Imperial Power

Jonathan Edmondson 

Did you know that gladiator spectacle started as a form of funeral entertainment sponsored by aristocratic Roman families? Jonathan Edmondson (York University) talks about the role of this bloody cultural phenomenon in the social and political context of the Roman Empire.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Runnymede TPL Branch

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

60 mins


Toronto: The Cradle of Women’s Sports

Bruce Kidd

It took until after WWI before women’s sports got off the ground in Canada. Bruce Kidd (University of Toronto Scarborough), former Olympic athlete, explores how a small group of Toronto women created local and provincial organizations and the Women’s Amateur Sport Federation of Canada, and won Canadian women the right to enter international competition.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Lillian H. Smith TPL Branch

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

90 mins


Five Things You Don’t Know About Terry Fox

Jenny Ellison

You know he is a national hero but what did he add to the national conversation? Jenny Ellison  (Trent University) explores how Canadians were inspired by Terry Fox in ways you might not expect.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Danforth/Coxwell TPL Branch

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

90 mins


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