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Graduate Speaker Series

September 24, 2020 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm UTC

Graduate Speaker Series is a bi-weekly series for UofT students featuring UofT graduate students from all academic backgrounds presenting their research and ideas to a general audience of graduate students. We invite all UofT graduate students to attend, engage with speakers, learn about academic disciplines other than their own and build new connections.

This week, we have two speakers!

David DeGrow
PhD Candidate, Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies

“COVID-19 and Toronto Not-for-Profit Theatre”

This presentation will examine how the safety and legal measures put in place to protect the public from the COVID virus have changed the operating models and production realities of not-for-profit theatre companies in the city of Toronto. It will discuss how theatre companies in the city are responding, and what all of this could mean for the future of the performing arts in Toronto.

Sheragim Jenabzadeh
PhD Candidate, Department of History

“The Battle for Youth: Iranian Student Activists in Interwar Berlin”

From current movements of environmentalism in the Western world to protests over political and economic grievances in Southwest Asia, younger generations are key participants in demands for a more hopeful future. Far from a recent development, transnational movements of youth were prevalent during the interwar period. Iranian students sent to Europe as part of the modernizing efforts of the Iranian government were not only witnesses to, and instruments of state policy, they were actors/agents in the formation of ideas about the state and societal structure. It was in Berlin that these students engaged and observed the machineries of the modern state, and movements of republicanism, communism, and fascism. They resisted both Iranian and German governmental expectations of their student activities. Instead, they charted their own course to securing a future for Iran free from foreign intervention, religious dogmatism, traditional values, and censorship of thought.

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