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GOOD COMPANY

A section of the WW1 exhibition at the Fisher Library.

A section of the WW1 exhibition at the Fisher Library.

An Eventful Winter Season at Fisher

photo of Dr. Eric McLuhan and Andrew McLuhan

Dr. Eric McLuhan and Andrew McLuhan.

A LIBRARY WITHIN A LIBRARY: FISHER CELEBRATES THE ACQUISITION OF MARSHALL MCLUHAN’S PERSONAL LIBRARY

On January 20 Dr. Eric McLuhan and Andrew McLuhan gave a lecture to a full house on the role Marshall McLuhan’s personal library (now housed at the Fisher Library, see previous page) played in his life and research. The lecture was a fascinating tale of how the son (Eric) and grandson (Andrew) have maintained, catalogued and tirelessly sought a permanent place in a major academic and research setting for the books. Heavily annotated and used extensively by their famous forbear, this collection was Marshall McLuhan’s working archive. Annotations in his handwriting reveal the progress of his thought over the course of his life.



‘WE WILL DO OUR SHARE’: THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO AND THE GREAT WAR

photo of Marnee Gamble, Loryl MacDonald and Harold Averill.

Marnee Gamble, Loryl MacDonald and Harold Averill.

This exhibition opened on February 5 to a good crowd in spite of the snowy weather. It draws on the extensive and diverse holdings relating to the War effort in the University of Toronto Archives, the wider University library system and elsewhere on campus. It focuses on how the University prepared for and carried out its duties during the war, and on the impact of the war on faculty, staff, students, the physical plant, academic and research programmes, and on student and other organizations. The material on display includes correspondence, diaries, official documents, photographs, posters, maps and a wide range of publications and artifacts. ‘We Will Do Our Share’ was curated by Loryl MacDonald, University Archivist, and her colleagues Harold Averill and Marnee Gamble of the University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services. The exhibit closed May 2.

A handsome exhibition catalogue is available for $20.00. To order publications by Visa or MasterCard, please contact the Fisher Library at 416-978-5285 or fisher.library@utoronto.ca.

SIXTH ANNUAL LEON KATZ MEMORIAL LECTURE

photo of Carole Gerson with Mrs. Johanna Sedlmayer Katz.

Carole Gerson with Mrs. Johanna Sedlmayer Katz.

On March 10 Carole Gerson, a professor in the English department at Simon Fraser University, gave an intriguing lecture on how early Canadian writers are represented as characters in the works of subsequent literary authors. Gerson focused primarily on Susanna Moodie and Pauline Johnson, and discussed ways that twentieth- and twenty-first century Canadian writers have commemorated and recreated their predecessors in fiction, poetry and drama. The Leon Katz Memorial Lecture is generously endowed by Mrs. Johanna Sedlmayer Katz.


photo of Michael Walsh and Anne Dondertman with cake.

Michael Walsh and Anne Dondertman with cake knives at the ready.

30 YEARS OF FRIENDS OF FISHER!

At the end of Carole Gerson’s lecture, Michael Walsh, Chair of the Friends of Fisher, spoke about this year being the thirtieth anniversary of the Friends. He produced the letter he received 30 years ago from then Chief Librarian Marilyn Sharrow, inviting him to join. Walsh also paid tribute to the donors who endowed the lecture series and all of the loyal Friends over the years. All those present celebrated the special occasion with cake and Prosecco.









TWENTIETH ANNUAL GRYPHON LECTURE ON THE HISTORY OF THE BOOK

photo of Sasha Suda

Sasha Suda delivers the Gryphon Lecture.

On April 2 Sasha Suda, Associate Curator of European Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, gave a lecture titled The Art of the Late Mediaeval Manuscript. The talk was very interesting and illustrated by many beautiful and pertinent slides. It was very well received and sparked many questions from the audience.

At the beginning of the evening, Chief Librarian Larry Alford gave a short tribute to George Kiddell, who endowed the Gryphon Lecture twenty years ago. George died last year and will be greatly missed by all his friends at the Libraries.

Listen to Fisher lectures at http://fisher.library.utoronto.ca/lectures-audio.




 

Other Events

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Jubilant Degrassi trivia prize winners.

DEGRASSI ENTHUSIASTS MAKE THE GRADE

Hard-core fans of the Toronto-based Degrassi series braved the freezing cold temperatures to compete in a trivia night about the show on February 27. The event was organized to highlight Degrassi’s producer, Epitome Pictures, and its collection at the Media Commons Archives. Degrassi spirit was out in full force with numerous teams dressed as characters from the show’s more than 25 year history. Among the excited guests was former cast member Shane Kippel, who played Spinner on Degrassi: The Next Generation. The night was a huge success with winning trivia team, The Have-Nots, walking away with a Degrassi prize pack and a tour of the Degrassi set during filming.



photo of Mark Kingwell

Mark Kingwell signs books for guests after the Friends of the Libraries lecture.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARIES LECTURE

On March 27 Mark Kingwell, award-winning Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, gave the last lecture in the series, titled ‘We Shall Look Into It Tomorrow’ On the Art of Procrastination.

Kingwell arrived at procrastination by describing akrasia (acting against one’s better judgement or weakness of will), looking at addiction and boredom and finally explaining procrastination. The audience was spellbound as he traced the relationships among these afflictions. Many interesting questions ensued at the end of the lecture and during the reception that followed.