A curated list of after-work, not-for-work talks & lectures in Toronto, Oct 2019 edition.


In Respect to Beyonce, Monday October 21st, 7:00 - 8:00

  • Hosted by TPL @ Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge St
  • Free
  • A panel discussion and in-depth examination of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Cultural critics and academics take a deep dive into her personal and professional personas as they unpack the evolution of her career -- from Destiny's Child to her force as a solo artist, from Lemonade and her marriage to Jay-Z to motherhood and her momentous Homecoming performance. A celebration and deconstruction of one of the most influential artists of our generation. Hear Kevin Allred, Michael Arcenaux and Tanisha C. Ford discuss the influence and power of the pop culture icon, with host Kim Katrin Milan.

Millennial Womxn in Policy - 2019 Post-Election Panel, Tuesday October 22nd, 6:30 - 9:30

  • Hosted by Millennial Womxn in Policy @ YWCA Toronto, 87 Elm St
  • Free
  • Excerpts from event description: In partnership with the Equity, Diversity and Public Policy Initiative at the University of Toronto, we're excited to create a platform to have critical conversations about what this election's outcome will mean for your communities and organizations.Maggie Zhang - Advocacy Specialist at Heart and Stroke & MC, Anne Rucchetto - Writer, Public Health Researcher & Moderator, Maya Menezes - Senior Manager of Programming & Development of The Leap, Olivia Labonté - Executive Director of Young Diplomats of Canada, Seher Shafiq - National Manager of Canadian Vote Coalition, Shireen Salti - Interim Executive Director of Canadian Arab Institute, Teshini Harrison - Policy Analyst of Ontario Nonprofit Network

Ben Lerner: The Topeka School, Fri, 25 October 2019, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

  • Hosted by Toronto Public Library @ 789 Yonge Street
  • Free
  • Excerpts from event description: Ben Lerner appears to discuss The Topeka School, a family drama set in the American Midwest at the turn of the century that follows a famous feminist analyst, an expert psychologist working with “lost boys” and a high school senior immersed in a culture of toxic masculinity. Named one of the most anticipated fall books by: The New York Times Book Review, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Vogue, Vulture, The Observer, Kirkus, Lit Hub, The Millions, The Week, Oprah Magazine, The Paris Review Daily, Nylon, Pacific Standard, Publishers Weekly, Slate, The Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, the New York Post, and The Guardian

Why We Should All be Activists, October 28, 2019, 6:30 - 9:00

  • Hosted by Ryerson @ LIB072, 350 Victoria Street
  • Free
  • Excerpts from event description: This event explores aspects of Haudenosaunee philosophy and its relationship to social justice struggles today.  Writer Alicia Elliott will address: the nature of activism, its criminalization, and how Indigenous peoples are on the frontlines of battles over the politics of development, climate, and social change in Canada.  Is government's responsibility to the people it governs, or is it to capital? And what would happen if we all decided that a person's responsibility isn't only to themselves and their families, or even to the government, but also to the Earth upon which all of us depend? Maybe the time has come, Elliott argues, for all of us to be activists. Alicia has written for Globe and Mail and CBC. Her essays have been nominated for National Magazine Awards for three straight years, winning Gold in 2017, and her short fiction was selected for Best American Short Stories 2018, Best Canadian Stories 2018, and Journey Prize Stories 30.

Everything you ever wanted to know about recycling, Tuesday, October 29, 2019

  • Hosted by Civic Tech TO and MyPlanet @ 252 Adelaide E
  • Free
  • Excerpts from event description: Lucas Playford will take you on an expert deep dive into recycling to address everything you ever wondered about recycling. Lucas is a Senior Customer Success Manager at Myplanet and was previously the director of product at Recycle Coach, the makers of a suite of intuitive digital tools and print solutions, that help make waste management and recycling education accessible to everyone.

Trinity Title Talks: Mark Kingwell, Wednesday October 30th, 8:00 - 9:00

  • Hosted by Trinity College @ George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place
  • Free
  • Excerpts from event description: Mark Kingwell is a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, who's research focuses on Aesthetics, Continental Philosophy, and Social and Political Theory. He holds degrees from the University of Toronto, the University of Edinburgh, and Yale University, and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, the University of California at Berkeley, the City University of New York, and the University of Chicago. Professor Kingwell will discuss his book Wish I Were Here: Boredom and the Interface. Offering a timely meditation on the profound effects of constant immersion in technology, also known as the Interface, Wish I Were Here draws on philosophical analysis of boredom and happiness to examine the pressing issues of screen addiction and the lure of online outrage. Without moralizing, Mark Kingwell takes seriously the possibility that current conditions of life and connection are creating hollowed-out human selves, divorced from their own external world.

Diary of an Innu Elder, Wednesday November 6th, 6:00 - 7:00

  • Hosted by TPL @ Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge Street, #2nd floor
  • Free
  • Through documenting changes to the Innu and their land, Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue's book presents her personal reflections on her people's land, culture, politics and history. Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue and her daughter Elizabeth Yeoman appear together to share their book Nitinikiau Innusi: I Keep the Land Alive.

Inclusionary Zoning: Lessons Learned for Building Mixed-Income Communities, Wednesday November 6th, 6:30 - 8:30

  • Hosted by Toronto City Planning at YWCA Toronto, Nancy's Auditorium, 87 Elm Street
  • Free
  • The City of Toronto is considering a new Inclusionary Zoning policy that would require private developments to include affordable housing units.  Join us on November 6th as we advance the conversation on Inclusionary Zoning with leaders from New York City and Boston. The Panel will share their experiences with developing and implementing Inclusionary Zoning and explore lessons learned for creating mixed income communities. Speakers: Louise Carroll is the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the nation's largest municipal housing agency. Tim Davis has been the Housing Policy Manager at the Boston Planning & Development Agency since 2015.

MARGARET ATWOOD: A Word after a Word after a Word is Power, Thursday, November 7th, 7:00PM

  • Hosted by TIFF  TIFF
  • $17
  • Excerpt from description: World premiere screening of this fascinating documentary on the renowned poet and novelist behind The Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments, followed by an onstage conversation with special guests — including directors Nancy Lang and Peter Raymont. About the film: Margaret Atwood is a household name. Millions of readers worldwide know her books cover to cover, but few know the woman behind these stories. For a year, directors Nancy Lang and Peter Raymont and their film crew kept pace with Atwood and her late partner, Graeme Gibson, as they travelled to speaking engagements, spent time with family, and visited the set of The Handmaid’s Tale, the wildly popular TV series adapted from Atwood’s 1985 novel.

The Social Commons, Transformational Thinking on Social Solidarity for the 21st century, Thursday, Nov 14, 2019, 6:30

  • Hosted by YWCA @ Nancy's Auditorium, YWCA, 87 Elm Street
  • Free
  • Excerpts from event description: Dr. Mestrum is a key thinker and leading proponent of the social commons, whose writing Marvyn was studying and discussing with some of his colleagues in his last years. Dr. Mestrum is a Belgian academic dividing her research and writing between Europe and Mexico. Her research focuses on the social dimension of globalization, poverty, inequality, social protection, public services and gender. She is the author of several books on development, poverty, inequality and social commons. Panelists inlcude: Dr. Kofi Hope, Senior Policy Advisory, Wellesely Institute and former Executive Director of the Centre for Young Black Professionals, Ms. Alejandra Bravo, Director of Leadership and Training, Broadbent Institute and former Director of Community Engagement, Maytree Foundation, Dave Meslin, Community activist, author Teardown

Cheryl Thompson on Blackface in Hollywood: Past and Present, Wednesday, Nov 20th 2019, 6:30

  • Hosted by TIFF @ BelL Lightbox
  • (Not on sale yet)
  • Scholar Cheryl Thompson joins us to illustrate the historical roots of blackface in popular culture and minstrelsy performance in Toronto to better understand and inform the present moment. This talk will also draw upon examples of blackface in film and explore how its racial politics have changed throughout the decades.

Loved It: Ira Madison III on Bring It On, Monday, Nov 25th 2019, 6:30

  • Hosted by TIFF @ Bell Lightbox
  • $21
  • Excerpt from description: Courtney, this is not a democracy, it’s a cheerocracy.” Culture critic, Twitter sensation, and host/creator of the Keep It podcast Ira Madison III revisits this bitchin’, pompom-twirling, still-relevant exposé of cultural appropriation and white privilege in the cutthroat world of high-school cheerleading.  Bring It On has been one of my favourite films since its release in late summer 2000, where I saw it in my local movie theatre no less than six times. It has endured as a teen comedy not only because it’s hilarious, but also because the casting of Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union as rival heads of cheer squads was lightning-in-a-bottle casting, and they’re both still some of the most exciting people working in Hollywood. Being that Torrance (Dunst) is the film’s central heroine, you get lulled into rooting for her...

Sharon Olds: Arias of the Personal and Political (Conversation hosted by Jane Sibery), Thursday December 12th, 2019, 7:00 - 8:00

  • Hostel by TPL @ Bram & Bluma Appel Salon (Reference Library)
  • Free (registration opens Nov 28)
  • Excerpts from event description: Sharon Olds presents Arias, her radical new collection of intimate life and political conscience, of race and class and a mother's violence. She is the winner of several prestigious awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award. One of contemporary poetry's leading voices, Sharon Olds writes with sensuality, humor, sprung rhythm, and remarkable imagery, to express truths about domestic and political violence, sexuality, family relationships, love, and the body.