Author: Molly Kay

ROM Friday Night Live: An Innovative Night at the Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), conveniently located across the street from Victoria College, is one of the best parts about being a student at the University of Toronto. Aside from free general entry for all students on Tuesdays, the ROM consistently makes an effort to welcome us by offering many exciting opportunities, such as gallery openings, talks, and special events.

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A Conversation with Global Thinker Jameel Jaffer

On November 15th, the ROM welcomes Jameel Jaffer for the 11th Annual Eva Holtby Lecture on Contemporary Culture. Last week, The Strand sat down with Jaffer to discuss his upcoming lecture, “Going Dark”. In this lecture, Jaffer discusses the legal, political, and social consequences of allowing democratic governments to withhold information about national security from the public.   Jaffer, a civil liberties and human rights attorney, has spent the last 14 years as Deputy Legal Director at the American Civil Liberties Union working on issues of international human rights and arguing cases of national security. Most notably, he is known for litigating a case under the Freedom of Information Act that issued the release of the “torture memos” concerning the torture of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay and in CIA black sites under the Bush administration.   “Post 9/11, the government has become increasingly more secretive regarding the terms and effects of policies,” Jaffer stated. “As we [the public] become more known by the government through significant technological developments, such as increased mass surveillance programmes, their actions are actually becoming more covert. I find myself concerned with the implications of the intersections of those two trends.”   Confidentiality is a concern for Jaffer, as he is aware of the access the government has to personal information, and what they are able to do with that kind of power. He explains,...

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Celebrity Sightings at TIFF: Exciting or Exasperating?

This year marks the forty-first annual Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF, one of the largest film festivals in the world, is internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious and high-profile celebrations of film and culture. So, it’s only natural that every year this event attracts several celebrated and outstanding members of the film community from all around the globe. Right at the heart of the Entertainment District, many of TIFF’s venues are located along King Street West. On the first Friday of the festival, I was walking along this street, completely unaware of any TIFF premieres that were...

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A Closer Look into UofT’s Faculty of Music

When I first entered the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music building (just across the road from Vic), I was fairly surprised by the interior. This faculty is one of the highest-ranking post-secondary institutions for studying music in the country, yet the inside was outdated and lacklustre. Most people know that the arts, in general, often receive little funding, and the Faculty of Music is no exception. Last month, I had the pleasure of speaking with Gordon Foote, the faculty’s Professor of Jazz Studies. Regarding the program funding, he said, “What the faculty really needs is a major donor...

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