Fall 2016 Site Specific: The Cultural Geography and Local History of Toronto

University in the Community
Exploring Toronto’s Local History

Wednesdays, October 5th – December 7th 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Contact/Course Coordinator: Joanne Mackay-Bennett
Email: universityinthecommunity@gmail.com

Academic Advisor: Professor Emeritus (Ryerson University) Donald Gillies
Chair, Senior College University-in-the-Community Committee

October 5th
Registration for UitC and TTC. Course details: Joanne Mackay-Bennett
Course overview: Entry questionnaire. Handout.
Reminder: The Art of Cartography on at Toronto Reference Library until October 16th “The unexpected beauty of maps and atlases from the 16th to the 19th century.”

October 12th
Planetarium show: “The Sky Above…and Beyond”
Followed by a telescope tour and night sky viewing (weather-permitting).

Michael Reid, Asst. Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto; Public Outreach Coordinator, Dunlap Institute.
Jason Leung, PhD student, Dept. of Astronomy and Astrophysics, U of T.

We will meet at Innis at 6:30 and walk together to the Dept. of Astronomy at 60 St. George. Note: the planetarium show is in the basement of 60 St. George/2 Russell St. Access to the basement via 5-6 stairs.

October 19th
A New Use for Dusty Old Maps: Digital Mapping of the Don River Valley.

Marcel Fortin. Head, Map and Data Library, Robarts Library, University of Toronto.

Handout on Jennifer Bonnell’s Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto’s Don River Valley. Toronto: UTP 2014.
Handout; Toronto Star article: “When the Don Valley was Cottage Country.” Katie Daubs, September 4 2016.

October 26th
Toronto’s Don River: Social Outcomes of a City’s Need for Nature.

John Wilson. Ecologist. Community activist. Founder, “Take Back the Don” and “Lost Rivers Project.”

We will meet at Innis at 6:20 pm and walk over together to Philosopher’s Walk, U of T (weather permitting) where John will begin his talk. To be continued in our classroom.

November 2 or weekend of November 5-6
(TBD at first class)
Native Canadian Centre’s ‘First Story Bus Tour.’

(Chartered bus tour of important and sacred indigenous sites in downtown Toronto).

November 9th
Ogimaa Mikana (Leader’s Path) – Creative Strategies for Indigenous Language Revitalization.

Susan Blight. Artist and Aboriginal Student Life Co-ordinator, First Nations House, University of Toronto. Founding member, Ogimaa Mikana Project

November 16th
The Toronto Purchase

The Honourable David Crombie. Former Mayor of Toronto, former Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament and Chief Federal Negotiator on a specific claim made by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation concerning the ‘The Toronto Purchase’ (1805)

November 23rd
Colonial Toronto on a Dangerous Frontier, 1793-1841

Professor Carl Benn, Department of History, Ryerson University

November 30th
Uncovering Diversity

Rosemary Sadlier. Former Executive Director, Ontario Black History Society

Black Settlement in Ontario. Archaeological findings at site of former British Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Toronto (Centre Ave. and Chestnut St.)

December 7th
Student panel (3-4 students). Course evaluation

Joanne Mackay-Bennett
In-class evaluation
Course certificates

Party Date TBD!