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FRIDAY-SATURDAY JANUARY 10-11 – WWI ON FILM

The International Relations Society and the Peace, Conflict and Justice Society are pleased to announce WWI on Film! The horrors of the First World War are hard for a modern audience to grasp. Through film screenings followed by panel discussions featuring distinguished faculty from across the University, this film festival will explore our historical memory of the War. A premiere screening and discussion on Friday night opens the festival, followed by a matinee and evening film and panel discussion on Saturday.

WWI on Film is part of the year-long academic and remembrance series entitled “1914-1918: The Making of the Modern World.” This is a year-long remembrance of the centenary of the First World War organized by the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History at Trinity College.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10

4:10-4:20 Introductory remarks contextualizing importance of festival in WWI series – Professor John English
4:20-4:50 Keynote Address – Dr. Seth Feldman
4:50-5:45 Break
5:45-7:30 Film Screening: Paths of Glory

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11

1:00-2:00 Film Screening: Black and White in Color
2:00-3:30 Discussion underlining global implications; critical examination of colonial impact; politics of memory – Professor Mairi MacDonald, Professor Stephen Rockel
3:30-4:00 Break
4:00-5:00 Film Screening: Propaganda films
5:00-6:00 Discussion analyzing how major countries framed war, efforts, impact; what narratives were constructed, emphasized in different places, regions, patterns – Professor Charlie Keil, Peter Mersereau (PhD Candidate), Justin Morris (PhD Candidate)
6:00-6:45 Break
6:45-8:45 Film Screening: All Quiet on the Western Front

We look forward to seeing you there! Refreshments will be served both days of the event.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21 – DRUGS AND DISCRIMINATION: RUSSIAN DRUG POLICY AS THE “PERFECT CRADLE” FOR DISCRIMINATION

We are pleased to announce the second installment in our BRICS Regional Rountable Series, Drugs and Discrimination: Russian Drug Policy as the ‘Perfect Cradle’ for Injustice.

In the lead up to the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the Russian government has come under intense scrutiny for controversial legislation that limits the rights of marginalized communities. Historically, attempts to limit support for these groups have assumed their connection to pedophilia, religious hatred and drug use, and suggested that these affiliations undermine Russia’s sovereignty and societal integrity. As a result, Russia’s current drug policy has reduced low-threshold services such as opioid substitution therapy and harm reduction programs in favour of “healthy lifestyle” advocacy and criminalization. Join us to learn how these political strategies have dehumanized issues of drug dependence and HIV infection in a way that disproportionately affects marginalized communities including LGBTQ groups, and is allowing for discrimination of this nature to continue unchecked nationally and internationally.

Our esteemed speaker will be Mr. Mikhail Golichenko. A senior policy analyst and human rights lawyer at AIDS Law Canada, he leads their human rights research and advocacy work in Russian-speaking countries, with a particular focus on drug policy issues. Prior to his appointment with the Legal Network, Mr. Golichenko was a Legal Officer with the UNODC Country Office for the Russian Federation in Moscow, where his work focused on the promotion of human rights and addressing legal barriers to accessing effective HIV/AIDS prevention and care programs for prisoners and people who inject drugs.

We look forward to seeing you there! Refreshments will be served.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15 – FIND AN INTERNSHIP! SEMINAR

Looking for relevant experience? want to do more in the summer than catch up on Game of Thrones? Learn how to research internships!

International Relations Librarian Courtney Lundrigan will show the best ways and places to look for internships, especially in the field of IR.

A number of students will also speak about internships they have done in the past, how they got them, and tips they have:

Kaleem Hawa – Kaleem worked at 2 departments in the WHO. (1) Department of Public Health and the Environment and (2) Mental Health GAP Programme and wrote two of his own research papers.

Hayden Rodenkirchen – Hayden was a public affairs and international trade intern in Vietnam. Which entailed speech and script writing, writing articles for Vietnamese newspapers and magazines, travelling with delegations promoting Canadian trade/ Vietnam-Canada bilateral projects, and the organization of diplomatic events and public diplomacy programming.

It’s never too soon to get prepared for summer internships, come out to this event as your first step in the process!

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 30 – BETTING ON BRAZIL: ADDRESSING THE NEXT DECADE IN CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS

The International Relations Society presents our first BRICS Regional Roundtable event with a discussion on Brazil.

Our distinguished panelists will analyze the nation through a variety of internal and external lenses and how its rise will play out over the next decade. Themes to be addressed include Brazil’s place in the international system, the effects of globalization on the country’s economy and its people, the importance of its urban centres, and emergency preparedness and disaster politics. The panel discussion comes at a time of greater international focus and attention on Brazil, as it prepares to welcome the world twice in the next 3 years as host of the World Cup and Summer Olympics. Join us for what promises to be an exciting conversation!

Our six panelists for the event are:

Richard Stren – Professor of Political Science and Director, University of Toronto Urban International at the Centre for Urban and Community Studies 
Mariana Mota Prado – Associate Professor, UofT Law School
Ana Virginia Gomes – Research Fellow at the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace, Queen’s University

Daniel Drache – Professor of Political Science, York University
Robert Coates – PhD Candidate, King’s College 
Matt Lundy – Web Editor, The Globe and Mail

Please note: This event will be taking place in the South Dining Room at Hart House (second floor, to your left). We look forward to seeing you there! Refreshments will be served.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 23 – YOUR ESSAY IS DUE NEXT WEEK! THE 4.0 DIFFERENCES BETWEEN POL AND HIS

Join the IR Society for our first mentorship event of the year! Essays are coming up, the stress is rising, and the coffee is brewing. But wait! what is the difference between the POL and HIS IR essays you need to write? What is historiograpy and where do I consider theory? How do I get a 4.0 in each?

There’s no need for this added stress. Come out to our workshop next Wednesday, October 23 at 2pm in the Rigby Room (St. Hilda’s, Trinity College, 44 Devonshire Place) to learn about the key differences between writing for POL and HIS, and how to succeed once and for all!

Featuring advice from:

Susie Colbourn: HIS311Y TA – Susie is completing her PhD in history under Professor Bothwell. She holds a masters degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Fern Ramoutar and Zane Schwartz: Trinity College International Relations Peer Counsellors

This is a mentorship program event but it is open to all interested students in the wider UofT community. We look forward to seeing you there! Refreshments will be served.

TUESDAY OCTOBER 8 – SHATTERING THE CULTURAL MOSAIC? THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE QUEBEC CHARTER OF VALUES

Join the International Relations Society for our first academic panel on the Parti Québécois government’s recently proposed Charter of Values, which would ban public employees from wearing “overt” religious symbols at work. Our distinguished panel will assess the core elements of the ongoing debate, and explore its consequences for Canada’s domestic and foreign relations.

As experts in their fields, each panelist will examine questions of legal and constitutional validity, the relationship between religious institutions and immigrant integration, the charter in historical context, and the influence of similar legislation in other regions on minority and international relations.

We are proud to host three esteemed guest speakers:

Jamie Cameron – Former Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Osgood Law School Professor
Ruth Marshall – Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Department and Centre for the Study of Religion
Chris Selley – Federal Politics Columnist at the National Post

We look forward to seeing you there! Refreshments will be served.

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22 – IR PROGRAM KICKOFF LUNCH

All students who are currently in the IR program or any first years who are interested in applying to the IR POSt are invited to join us for the IR Program Kickoff Lunch. We will be cohosting this *free* lunch with IR Program Director, Mairi Macdonald, and Program Administrator, Marilyn Laville. We encourage second year students in particular to come out as this will be your first real introduction to the IR Progam team.

This is a great opportunity to meet the IR faculty one-on-one, learn about the program, meet other IR students, and find out new ways to become involved with the IR Society. This year we will also be running a session at 12:45 on how to succeed in IR, featuring advice and information from 3rd and 4th year IR students who have made it through year 2 of the program! For more information and to click attending please check out the Facebook event linked above.

Thursday, September 22, 12-2PM in the Rigby Room, St. Hilda’s, Trinity College