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Subject: [Adr-rlo] Samuel Weiner Distinguished Visitor Award Lectures


This message is sent on behalf of Dr. B. Mario Pinto, Vice-President (Research and International)


Dear Colleagues, 


Please see the attached announcement of our 2023 Samuel Weiner Distinguished Visitor Award recipients, Linda Hutcheon and Michael Hutcheon, from the University of Toronto.  Please distribute widely in your areas.


More detail is provided below.


Lecture One:

February 7, 2024, 4:15, Robert B. Schultz Lecture Theatre, St. John’s College:

“Straddling Research Boundaries: Interdisciplinarity and Collaboration” 

When a literary theorist and a physician collaborate to research and write about opera, many disciplinary boundaries must be negotiated. Considering both personal experience and the critical literature, the Hutcheons will investigate the process of interdisciplinary collaboration and explore its advantages as well as its challenges. Addressing the differences between the sciences and the humanities/social sciences in terms of disciplinary culture, the nature of evidence in research, as well as institutional demands and limitations, they will unpack the forces driving the current movement in academia towards working in interdisciplinary teams.  

A reception will follow.


Lecture Two:

February 8, 2024, 4:15, ArtLab 136, Tache Hall Arts Complex:

“Aging and Creativity: Later Life, Last Works” 

Some of the world’s greatest opera composers—including Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Strauss, and Olivier Messiaen—composed works late in life that reveal their unique responses to the aging process. Disputing the trend of generalized descriptions of aging artists’ “late style”, this talk will offer illustrated examples of later life works that display “late styles” that are as individual as the lives and personalities of the artists themselves. Drawing from their work on opera, the Hutcheons will discuss how age has provided artists the impetus for some of their best accomplishments. 


Both Lectures are open to the public.




B. Mario Pinto, Ph.D., FRSC

Vice-President (Research & International)


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