Library & Friends of the Library Events

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 19, 2019 | Annual General Meeting with Dr. Judith Skelton Grant | Robertson Davies and Trinity College

Judith Skelton Grant completed an Honours BA in English literature at University College, followed by MA and PhD degrees (the last in 1974), also at the U of T. Her dissertation on the Victorian novelist and intellectual George Eliot proved to be useful background for a career of writing about Davies, whose love of drama and literature were rooted in his parents’ experience of the Victorian period. She began with a short overview of his life and work for the New Canadian Library’s Canadian Authors Series, continued as editor of two selections of his journalism, followed by writing the standard account of his life, Robertson Davies: Man of Myth, then two selections of his letters, a huge bibliography of his writing, and concluded with a history of the first 50 years of Massey College, where Davies spent 20 years as its first master. She will be speaking about Davies’ many connections with Trinity College – as a friend of Gordon Roper (chair of English at Trinity), as literary editor of Saturday Night, as teacher in the College’s English Department for two years, giver of the Larkin-Stuart Lectures, and primarily as author of The Rebel Angels, much of which is set at Trinity.

Location: Combination Room, Trinity College

Time: 7:30 for 8:00 p.m.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 3rd Trinity Title Talk with Prof. Mark Kingwell | Wish I Were Here: Boredom and the Interface

Location: George Ignatieff Theatre

Time: 8:00 p.m.


Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | Annual Christmas Celebration

Location: Seeley Hall, Trinity College

Time: 7:30 for 8:00 p.m.


Tuesday, January 21, 2020 | Rolph-Bell Archivist Sylvia Lassam | Art at Trinity College, Part 2

Location: Combination Room, Trinity College

Time: 7:30 for 8:00 p.m.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020 | 19th Frederic Alden Warren Lecture with Prof. Alan Galey | Reverberations: Musical Performance and the Transformations of Literature

Location: George Ignatieff Theatre

Time: 7:30 p.m.

 

Past Events

Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 18th Frederic Alden Warren Lecture with Dr. Alexandra Gillespie on The Book and the Silk Road

Dr. Alexandra Gillespie, a Fellow of Trinity College, is Professor and Chair of the Department of English and Drama at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Her research and teaching interests Medieval and Renaissance literature and print culture, and she is affiliated with the Centre for Medieval Studies and the Book History and Print Culture programme. She is also the head of the Old Books New Science Lab, which "brings together undergraduate research assistants, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and technologists with interests in digital scholarship, digital text editing, computational approaches to humanities research, and new media; medieval book history (manuscript and print); and medieval literary studies – especially work on form, affect, historical phenomenology, and theories of perception and cognition (from OBNS website)."

Location: George Ignatieff Theatre

Time: 7:00 for 7:30 p.m.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 20th Archibald Lampman Poetry Reading with Phoebe Wang

Phoebe Wang is a first-generation Canadian writer and educator. An alumna of both York University (B.A.) and the University of Toronto (M.A.), she was the winner of the 2015 Prism International Poetry contest. Her published works include Occasional Emergencies (2013), Hanging Exhibits (2016), and Admission Requirements (2017), which is her first poetry collection. It was shortlisted for the Gerald Lambert Memorial Award and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and was a finalist for the 2018 Trillium Book Award.

Location: Combination Room, Trinity College

Time: 5:00 for 5:30 p.m.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | Dr. Jonathan Lofft on Emotional Labour: The Diaries of Edward Marion Chadwick Find a New Home at Trinity College

Dr. Jonathan Lofft, a Trinity College alumnus and Adjunct Professor in the Historical Department of the Faculty of Divinity, will speak about E.M. Chadwick, "the greatest Canadian you've never heard about," and the subject of Dr. Lofft's dissertation. 

Location: Combination Room, Trinity College

Time: 7:30 for 8:00 p.m.


Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | Annual Christmas Celebration

Join the Friends for their annual holiday festivities, complete with readings, carols, and more! The theme of this year's celebration is "Christmas in Newfoundland".

Location: Seeley Hall, Trinity College

Time: 7:30 for 8:00 p.m.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018 | Annual General Meeting with speaker The Rev. Dr. Christopher Brittain on Christian-Muslim Partnerships in Tense Times: A Good News Story

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Brittain, a Trinity College alumnus, is the Dean of Divinity and Margaret E. Fleck Chair in Anglican Studies. He took up his position in 2017 after serving for a decade as Professor of Social and Political Theology at the University of Aberdeen, and before that as Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at the Atlantic School of Theology. His most recent publication, The Anglican Communion at a Crossroads: The Crisis of a Global Church, was published in May 2018.

Location: Combination Room, Trinity College

Time: 7:30 for 8:00 p.m.

R.S.V.P. to fotl@trinity.utoronto.ca or (416) 978-6750


Tuesday, March 27, 2018: The 17th Frederic Alden Warren Lecture with Pearce J. Carefoote on A Confusion of Printers: The Press in the English Reformation

Pearce J. Carefoote is the Interim Head of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, and author of Forbidden Fruit: Banned, Censored, and Challenged Books from Dante to Harry Potter (Lester, Mason, & Begg, 2007).

 

Location: George Ignatieff Theatre, Trinity College (15 Devonshire Place)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

To reserve your free ticket, RSVP online or you can email fotl@trinity.utoronto.ca.


Tuesday, February 27, 2018: The 19th Archibald Lampman Poetry Reading with Roo Borson

Roo Borson has published thirteen books of poems. Her Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida received the Governor General’s Award in 2004, the 2005 Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2005. Her most recent collection, Cardinal in the Eastern White Cedar (McClelland & Stewart, 2017), addresses the themes of time, mortality, transience, and absence.

 

Location: Combination Room, Trinity College

Time: 5:00 for 5:30 p.m.

RSVP: fotl@trinity.utoronto.ca


Tuesday, January 23, 2018: Sylvia Lassam on The Art of Trinity College

Listen as Trinity College’s Rolph-Bell Archivist explores the countless examples of artistic expression scattered throughout the college’s campus.

 

Location: Combination Room, Trinity College

Time: 7:30 for 8:00 p.m.

RSVP: fotl@trinity.utoronto.ca


Tuesday, December 5: Annual Christmas Celebration

Join the Friends for their annual holiday festivities, complete with readings, carols, and more!

 

Location: Seeley Hall, Trinity College

Time: 7:30 for 8:00 p.m.

RSVP: fotl@trinity.utoronto.ca


Monday, September 18: The Friends of the Library Annual General Meeting with speaker Hillary Cunningham Scharper on Discovering the "Ecogothic" on Georgian Bay

perdita cover

(From her website) Hilary Scharper is a Canadian novelist. Her stories have been described as ecogothic: a new and emerging literary genre that builds on elements of the traditional gothic but highlights human-nature relationships. Her major works include a novel Perdita (Simon & Schuster, Source Books, La Court Echelle French version), a collection of short stories Dream Dresses (Seraphim Editions), and an award winning ethnography on the US Sanctuary Movement: God and Caesar at the Rio Grande (University of Minnesota Press; Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award). Hilary is also a professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Toronto where she teaches courses on the anthropology-of-animals, cultural-approaches-to-nature, and cities-and-nature.

Location: Combination Room, Trinity College

Time: 7:30 for 8:00 p.m.

RSVP: fotl@trinity.utoronto.ca