Breaking New Ground: Learn the history, create the future.
Details: Join us at Hart House for the Breaking New Ground conference to celebrate the remarkable possibilities for change that women have already realized and continue to create locally and globally. Revitalize your mind, body and spirit with a series of engaging workshops, inspiring talks, and creative activities.
Featuring a panel of inspiring women, attendees will hear stories of the past while engaging in dialogue and activities that explore the struggle of those trailblazers who brought social change to the University of Toronto campus, including the establishment of the women’s studies department, the fight for childcare on campus, for access to men-only spaces such as Hart House and the push to make U of T more accessible to a more diverse student body.
To view the detailed schedule of events, download the PDF program.
Presented by Hart House in recognition of 40 years of women at Hart House, with support from the University of Toronto Multi-Faith Centre, this conference is a unique opportunity to honour and further contribute to the unfinished history of social change at Hart House and the University of Toronto.
Events & Workshops
Activist and author Judy Rebick will deliver a rabble rousing keynote address celebrating strategies for transformational change across generations, cultures and ideologies.
Panelists and Special Guests
- Michele Landsberg, award-winning author, journalist, and social activist who has impacted opinion leaders across the country about local and global issues of race and gender equality.
- Keren Brathwaite, A long-time advocate for access and equity in higher education and co-founder of the highly successful Transitional Year Program (TYP).
- Meg Luxton, Professor and Director of the graduate program of Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York.
- Pauline Shirt, Cree Elder, respected educator, mentor, and founder of the First Nations School and the Red Willow.
- Kathryn Morgan, feminist philosopher and Professor with the Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto, cross-appointed to the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto.
- Njoki Wane, Special Adviser on Status of Women at the University of Toronto and Director of Centre for Integrative Anti-Racist Research Studies.
- Lee Maracle, award-winning Aboriginal poet, novelist, lecturer, storyteller, actor and keeper/mythmaker among the Stó:lō people.
- Poetry workshop Who is this Woman? Be guided by poetry, and the company of each other, to recognize, claim and celebrate the woman you are or might be and the women around you — on paper and out loud with Ronna Bloom, University of Toronto Poet in Community, Organized by the KPE Student Equity Initiatives Team.
- Vision Boards with Day Milman, transforming ideas, dreams and goals into a fun and excellent reality.
- Making Inclusion Happen with Sandra Carnegie- Douglas, Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Officer. Organized by the Hart House Social Justice Committee.
- Sharing Circle with Jan Sherman, an Anishnaabe Metis woman who honours her Aboriginal, English, and Irish ancestors as integral parts of herself. This circle will explore themes of women’s wisdom and holistic learning.
- Why is thinking about gender and sexuality on campus important? Co-organized by the Centre for Women & Trans People and the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office.
- Learning and Unlearning Gender as Embodied with Rae Johnson, founding Coordinator for the Student Crisis Response Programs at U of T. Through dialogue, personal reflection, and group exercises, this session will explore the lived embodied experiences and understandings of women with respect to gender and gender inequity.
- “The Real Runway” workshop will examine the representation of women in media and challenge the image of the ‘idealized woman’ in society through dialogue and creativity. Organized by the KPE Student Equity Initiatives Team.
- Indigenous Women’s Knowledge and Cultural Resistance with Njoki Wane, Special Adviser on Status of Women at U of T and Director of Centre for Integrative Anti-Racist Research Studies, and Lee Maracle, award-winning Aboriginal poet, novelist, lecturer, storyteller, actor and keeper/mythmaker among the Stó:lo people.