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Night of Ideas 2019: Schedule

Facing the Present

February 2, 2019 from 7pm-2am
Hart House


Join artists, philosophers, and scientists for a night of thinking through the urgencies of our time. Click here for more information about the participants.



5-7pm: Opening Reception of Winter Exhibitions at the Art Museum (University of Toronto Art Centre & Justina M. Barnicke Gallery)

7pm: Welcome (Hart House, Great Hall, main floor)

7:15pm: Keynote (Hart House, Great Hall, main floor)

  • Alain Mabanckou, novelist, poet, Professor of Literature, UCLA
  • Respondent: Alexie Tcheuyap, Chair of French Department, UofT

7:30pm: Territorial Tales presented by Canadian Stage (Chapel, main floor)

  • Performance

8:30pm: Territorial Tales presented by Canadian Stage (Gallery Grill Café, 2nd floor)

  • Performance and talkback

9pm: Facing Zones of Detention (East Common Room, main floor)

  • Moderator: Alison Mountz, Canada Research Chair in Global Migration, Wilfred Laurier University
  • Panel:
    • Fabienne Brugère, Professor of Philosophy, University Paris Lumières/Université Paris 8
    • Anne Bordeleau, O’Donovan Director, University of Waterloo School of Architecture
    • Rasha Elendari, PhD Candidate, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, UofT
    • Hanna Gros, Refugee and Immigration Advocate, UofT International Human Rights Program

9pm: Facing Dislocation (Great Hall, main floor)

  • Moderator: John Monahan, Warden Hart House, UofT
  • Panel:
    • Marc Carbonell, SOS Méditerranée
    • Marine Denis, PhD Candidate, Sciences Po Paris
    • Syed Hussan, No One is Illegal-Toronto activist, writer, Migrant Workers Alliance

9-11pm: UTSG Cricket Club Demonstration (Fitness Centre)

  • Viewing from Running Track, 2nd floor.

9:15-10pm: Janelle Joseph discusses Cricket (Fitness Centre, Running Track)

9:15pm: Performance and Conversation (Fitness Centre, Exercise Room)

  • Aguibou Bougobali Sanou, dancer, choreographer, Fulbright Scholar
  • Respondent: Seika Boye, dancer, choreographer, Director Institute for Dance Studies, UofT

9:30pm: Curatorial Talk (University of Toronto Art Centre, University College)

  • Curators of Vision Exchange: Catherine Crowston and Jonathan Shaughnessey with artist, Sarindar Dhaliwal  

10:30pm: A Conversation with the Curators (Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, ground floor)

  • Curators of P. Mansaram: The Medium is the Medium is the Medium, Indu Vashist and Toleen Touq

10:45pm: Facing the Future (East Common Room, main floor)

  • Moderator: Karyn Recollet, Assistant Professor, Women and Gender Studies, UofT
  • Panel:
    • Lisa Jackson, Director Biidaaban: First Light VR Project
    • Mawena Yehouessi, Art + Culture Director, Founder Black(s) to the Future

10:45pm: Facing the Monumental (Debates Room, 2nd floor)

  • Moderator: Tong Lam, Associate Professor, Department of History, Asian Institute, UofT
  • Panel:
    • Kari Cwynar, Curator Evergreen Brickworks, editor and critic
    • Divya Mehra, artist
    • Richard Sommer, Dean and Professor, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, UofT

12:30am: Anwar Kurshid and Lasso from KUNÉ – Canada’s Global Orchestra perform, presented in partnership with City Hall Live (Great Hall, main floor) 


Ongoing Art Installations and Activities:

7pm-12am: Exhibitions open late

7pm-12am: art installation (Music Room, 2nd floor)

  • Divya Mehra, Afterlife of Colonialism, a reimagining of Power: It’s possible that the Sun has set on your Empire OR Why your voice does not matter: Portrait of an Imbalanced, and yet contemporary diasporic India vis-à-vis Colonial Red, Curry Sauce Yellow, and Paradise Green, placed neatly beneath these revived medieval forms: The Challenges of entering a predominately White space (Can you get this in the gift shop?), 2019, inflatable attempt at the Taj Mahal, acrylic deep base paint, 15’ x 15’ x 15’

7:30-10:30pm: screening (Map Room, main floor)

  • Jumana Manna. Wild Relatives, 2018, 66 min
  • Idrissa Guiro. Barcelone ou la mort, 2007, 50 min (French with English Subtitles): Documentary by  Idrissa Guiro, shot in Senegal and released in 2007. (Simbad Film). Fisherman pirogue from Dakar are turning into canoe ferrymen crossing the sea to Spain.
  • Mati Diop. Atlantiques. 2009, 15 min (French with English subtitles): Documentary by Mati Diop, shot in Senegal and released in 2009. (Le Freysnois – Studio National des arts contemporains). Serigne, a young Dakar man, tells his clandestine epic journey across Atlantic to a couple of friends.
  • Luc Perez, Découvrir l’ailleurs – Miniyamba, 2012, 14 min (French with English Subtitles): Animation documentary by Luc Perez, made in France and released in 2012. (Agence du Court-métrage) As tens of thousands of people who every day in the world leave their native land, Abdu, a young Malian, decided to gain Europe. A journey from the river Niger to the barbed wires of the enclave of Ceuta, where the dreams confront with the harsh reality of the migrants, with far off the lights of the West.
  • Marion Duale, Pour eux pour moi (Ateliers Varon 2016) 2015, 27 min (French with English Subtitles): Documentary by Marion Duale, shot in France and released in 2015. (Atelier Varan). The story of migrants living in a school in France, helped by volunteer women.

7:30-11pm: art installation (Library, 2nd floor)

  • Raqs Media Collective,The Necessity of Infinity
  • Performative multi-media piece, with readings at 7:30pm, 8:30pm, and 9:30pm

7:30-11pm: Board Games and Buttonmaking (Reading Room, main floor)

Ongoing: Talking Walls Main Floor: Reframing Difference: Voices of Students with Disabilities presented by the Hart House Hancock Lecture Student Advisory Committee

Ongoing: Talking Walls Second Floor: Innocence Project

Ongoing: Talking Walls Fitness Centre: Building Black: Mythos by Ekow Nimako


Note: Times, locations and speakers subject to change.


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