Friends of the Library Events 2015-2016

Thursday, 7 April 2016 15th Frederic Alden Warren Lecture
On the Margins: Visualizing Legal Authority and the Nature of Law

Simon Stern headshotSimon Stern, Associate Professor & Co-Director, Centre for Innovation Law & Policy


Lawyers are well known for being particularly obsessive about citation. Their writings are heavily burdened with footnotes, and they have unusually elaborate rules for proper footnote format. This lecture will consider how developments in sixteenth-century law publishing and print technology facilitated the proliferation of footnotes in legal writing. As the number of citations to cases, statutes, and treatises increased, a doctrinal universe emerged in which these legal authorities could be seen as embedded in a web of relations, rather than standing in isolation.

About the speaker

Professor Stern teaches and researches in the areas of civil procedure, law and literature, legal history, and criminal law. His research focuses on the evolution of legal doctrines and methods in relation to literary and intellectual history. Current research topics include the development of the “reasonable man” standard (and its precursors and analogues) since the eighteenth century, and the changing conception of legal fictions between the renaissance and the present. He is co-chair of the Critical Analysis of Law Workshop, and is co-editor of Critical Analysis of Law. His research has been funded by SSHRC and the Foundation for Legal Research. Stern was the recipient of the SLS Partnership Award, bestowed by the U of T Students’ Law Society in recognition of faculty members who have shown a commitment to student-friendly initiatives and student advocacy.

Please RSVP by 4 April 2016

Where: George Ignatieff Theatre 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, Ontario
When: 8:00 Thursday, April 7, 2016
To RSVP please contact: Phone: 416-978-2653

Past Events

Wednesday, February 24, 2016: The 16thArchibald Lampman Poetry Reading, Anne Michaels

Anne Michaels grew up in Toronto and earned a BA in Honours English at the University of Toronto, where she serves as an adjunct faculty member in the English department. In 2015 she was named Toronto’s Poet Laureate. Michaels is first and foremost a poet. Her first collection, The Weight of Oranges, won the 1986 Commonwealth Prize for the Americas. It combines an exploration of the sensual body and its experience of the natural world with the nature of memory and of a past that is haunted by the Holocaust. Rooted in autobiography and erotically charged, Michaels’s poems are aching evocations of loss of childhood, of youth and of love. Miner’s Pond (1991) was nominated for the Governor General’s Award and won the Canadian Authors Association Award. Her third volume of poems is Skin Divers (1999). Poems (2000) combines Michaels’s first three books in one volume. Correspondences (2013) is a book-length poem that serves as an elegy for the poet’s father as it forms a broader meditation on memory, history and language.

Michaels’s first novel, Fugitive Pieces (1996), brought her national recognition and awards, including the Trillium Book Award and the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award (now called the First Novel Award). The novel also garnered international acclaim, winning Britain’s Orange Prize for Fiction and America’s Lannan Literary Award for Fiction. A fi lm version of Fugitive Pieces, directed by Jeremy Podeswa, was produced in 2006. Michaels’s second novel, The Winter Vault (2009) was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller prize (2009), the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best Book (2010) and the Trillium Book Award.

This event is open to current Friends of the Library members and their guests. Please RSVP by 21 February 2016

Where: Combination Room, Trinity College in the University of Toronto, 6 Hoskin Ave. Toronto, Ontario
When: 5:30 Wednesday, February 24, 2016
To RSVP please contact: Phone: 416-978-2653

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016: An Evening with Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide, and been adapted as an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn was winner of a Michael L Printz Honor Book Award, and the Canadian Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children’s Novel of the Year by the London Times. He is also the author of Half Brother, This Dark Endeavor, and The Boundless, a thriller set aboard the longest, most magnifi cent train ever built. His most recent book is The Nest, a novel illustrated by Caldecott-winner Jon Klassen. Born on Vancouver Island, Oppel has lived in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, England, and Ireland, and now lives in Toronto with his wife and children.

This event is open to current Friends of the Library members and their guests. Please RSVP by 15 January 2016

Phone: 416-978-2653