Friends of Fisher Events

2024 Lectures

Time: 6pm
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Location: Maclean Hunter Room, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

In this lecture, Surekha Davies shows how print and manuscript miscellanies and geographical works produced in Europe by geographers, naturalists, and collectors like Sir Hans Sloane were artefacts with which their compilers puzzled through the boundaries (or lack thereof) between human, animal, and the idea of the monster.

2023 Lectures

Time: 6:00pm
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Location: Maclean Hunter Room, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

This talk employs the lens of Afrofuturism to address new dimensions of the Underground Railroad, detailing what imagination, tact, and technology, it took for fugitive Blacks to flee to the "outer spaces of slavery."

Time: 6:00-7:00pm
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Location: Maclean Hunter Room, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Massimo Riva, Professor of Italian Studies and Modern Media at Brown University, will be speaking on eighteen- and nineteen-century optical devices.

2022 Lectures

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Location: Thomas Fisher Library

Rebecca Romney, rare book dealer, appraiser and author, on "Putting Together a Collection of Popular Romance Novels."

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Location: Thomas Fisher Library

Professor Andrew Pettegree, Bishop Wardlaw Professor at University of St. Andrew's, Scotland, on "The Book at War: Libraries and Reading in a Time of Conflict."

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Location: Maclean Hunter Room at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Shawn Micallef, Toronto author and editor on "Understand Toronto: Trying to Figure Out a Confounding City."

2021 Lectures

Date:
Location: Maclean Hunter Room at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Dr Alexandra Gillespie, Vice-President and Principal, University of Toronto Mississauga, on "The Silk Roads Project."

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Location: Maclean Hunter Room at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Garrett Herman, Toronto book collector, on "Collecting Darwin."

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Location: Maclean Hunter Room at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Michelle Brown, Professor Emerita of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London on "The Luttrell Psalter: Incestuous Knights, Abducted Heiresses and Other Everyday Folk in Early 14th-century England."

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Location: Maclean Hunter Room at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Colette Fu, photographer, book artist and paper engineer, on "We Are Tiger Dragon People: The Magical Pop-up Books of Paper Engineer and Artist Colette Fu."

2020 Lectures

Date:
Location: Maclean Hunter Room at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Dr Margaret Schotte, Associate Professor of Early Modern, History, York University on "For Merchants and Mariners - The Business of Nautical Manuals."

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Location: Maclean Hunter Room at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Dr Thomas Keymer, University Professor, Chancellor Jackman, Professor, University of Toronto on "Authorship, Print, and Sedition in Eighteenth-Century England."