U of T Talks

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Featuring leading scholars from our three campuses, U of T Talks is a new initiative designed to bring some of the world’s foremost intellectuals directly to you. What will it take to end poverty—or curb climate change? Why is disinformation so hard to combat? When and where will the next major epidemic emerge? Don’t miss these unique opportunities to learn directly from researchers who are tackling today’s most pressing problems. With just a few clicks, you’ll be able to join in and pick their brains.

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Title: The Walking Wounded
Presented by: Associate Professor Jooyoung Lee
Date: Monday, January 29th at 5:00pm
Description: When people think about gun violence, they often think about fatal shootings. But advancements in emergency trauma care have improved the odds of surviving a shooting. These days about 20% of shootings are fatal. What happens to survivors after the fact? How does getting shot impact their health? And what can we as a society do to better meet the needs of the wounded and their families? This talk will draw from ethnographic work in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which at the time of this research had the highest homicide rate amongst large cities in the United States. I will sketch the struggles that victims and their families endure in the aftermath and show how some of the same lessons can be applied to the Canadian context.

Jooyoung Lee is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. He also has faculty appointments in the School of Cities and the Centre for the Study of the United States, which is housed within the Munk School of Global Affairs. His first book, Blowin’ Up: Rap Dreams in South Central (2017 University of Chicago Press) won the Cooley Book Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. He is in the final stages of revising a new book, Gunshot: Festering Trauma in the Aftermath of Gun Violence (under contract with the University of Chicago Press). In 2023 he became culture editor for Contexts, a sociological magazine that aims to translate research for interested public readers. In the future, he will be writing a book about teaching with video games.

Previously on U of T Talks

This U of T Talks was presented by Professor Sarah Kaplan who is the Director, Institute for Gender and the Economy, Distinguished Professor of Gender & the Economy, Professor of Strategic Management and Fellow of the Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Presented on October 23, 2023.

This U of T Talks was presented by Dr. Madeleine Mant, Assistant Professor, Anthology at The University of Toronto Mississauga. Presented on May 30, 2023.

This U of T Talks was presented by David Goldreich, Professor of Finance at Rotman Commerce, University of Toronto. Presented on February 22, 2023.

This U of T Talks was presented by Jon French, Director University of Toronto Entrepreneurship (UTE). Presented on January 24, 2023.

This U of T Talks is presented by Professor Rasmus Larsen who is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto Mississauga in the Forensic Science Program and Department of Philosophy. Recorded on November 17, 2022.

This U of T Talks is presented by Professor Fiona Rawle who has a Ph.D. in Pathology and Molecular Medicine and is a Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Dept. of Biology at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Recorded on September 28, 2022.

This U of T Talks is presented by Eliot Britton who is a composer and researcher cross posted between composition and Music Technology at the University of Toronto faculty of Music. Recorded on May 18, 2022.

This U of T Talks is presented by Jay Pooley who is an Assistant Professor at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design. Recorded on March 22, 2022.

This U of T Talks is presented by Dr. Philip Asare who is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Engineering Science and the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice (ISTEP) – an institute created “to drive change in how we prepare future engineering leaders.” Recorded on February 17, 2022.

Presented by Dr. Steve Joordens, who is the Professor of Psychology and Director of the Advanced Learning Technologies Lab at U of T Scarborough. Recorded on November 23, 2021.

Presented by Professor Christopher Yip, who is the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. Recorded on September 18, 2021.

Presented by Dr. McEwan, who is the Vice-Principal, Academic and Dean, U of T Mississauga. Recorded on October 25, 2021.

Presented by Professor Joseph Wong, who is the University of Toronto’s Vice-President, International. He is also the Roz and Ralph Halbert Professor of Innovation at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, and a Professor of Political Science. Recorded on September 18, 2021.

This U of T Talk was presented by Prof. Obidimma Ezezika, Assistant Professor, Department of Health & Society, U of T Scarborough. Recorded on May 27, 2021.

Description: Over the years I have come to realize how often the bridge from the lab to village is broken, and it drives me crazy… Every scientist, engineer, politician, and entrepreneur experiences the “delivery gap” at one time or another. Having knowledge about what works is no guarantee it will reach the people it’s intended for. What is needed is Implementation Science, a methodology that can guide the uptake and adaptation of evidence-based innovations and practices to local constraints. In this talk I describe my journey from the lab to the village, both metaphorically and literally.

This U of T Talk was be presented by Prof. Alexander Koo, who is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto Mississauga and in the Faculty of Arts & Science. Recorded on April 20, 2021.

Description: Why should we trust science? Some commonly heard reasons are: it’s true, it’s objective, or it follows the scientific method. Philosophers of science have examined these reasons and have argued that all of them are false. Science is, in fact, not true, nor is it objective, nor does it follow the scientific method. Despite this, philosophers still overwhelmingly trust science. But why? In this talk I will argue that there is no tension in rejecting the truth, objectivity, and methodology of science and still maintaining that one ought to trust science. An important payoff to this position is that it robs enemies of science of many of their standard arguments for not trusting science.

This U of T Talk was be presented by Prof. Nouman Ashraf, who is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream within the Organizational Behavior area and Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Rotman School of Management. Recorded on March 16, 2021.

This U of T Talk was presented by Professor Janelle Joseph, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Recorded on February 18, 2021.

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This U of T Talk was presented by Professor Jason Bazylak, who is a Metis Professional Engineer (Homeland: Duck Lake / Professional Engineers of Ontario), Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Dean’s Advisor on Indigenous Initiatives, and Associate Professor Teaching Stream. Prof. Bazylak also runs an award winning first year design course series for engineering students.

Description: In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada (June 21), Metis Engineer Professor Jason Bazylak spoke about his own personal journey into engineering. About how his path into engineering was driven by a desire to bring Voice to the Indigenous people of Turtle Island and eventually to all peoples whose Voice was not previously heard in the engineering profession. About how the strength of a community is in its inclusion. The great Metis leader, unacknowledged for his important role in the founding Canada, Louis Riel once said, “My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.” As well, Professor Jason Bazylak believes that it will be the Indigenous scholars, like engineers, who give us our Voice back.

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Our mission at the University of Toronto is to build bridges and break barriers, whether disciplinary, sociohistorical, or geographic. One of the ways we’re doing this is by making our talks available to anyone who can’t join us live, whatever the reason. We’re just getting started, but we’ll eventually publish each talk here for future students to peruse. In the meantime, feel free to reach out anytime with suggestions for future seasons of U of T Talks.