Tyler Cowen

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

“In DAYS OF DESTRUCTION, DAYS OF REVOLT (Random House Canada; June 12, 2012), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and American Book Award-winning graphic artist Joe Sacco offer an illustrated exposé of how corporate greed and government indifference have unleashed unbridled socio-economic decay in the United States. With uncompromising portraits of the often forgotten underclass that subsists at the lowest rank of American life, Hedges and Sacco put forth a searing indictment of the human, ecological, and moral costs of the excesses of unregulated corporate capitalism. Turning its gaze to the still active Occupy movement, this stirring testament to the need for radical change provides an eye-opening, often shocking vision of the way we live now.”

You are invited for a discussion with Chris Hedges


When: Monday, July 9 5-7:30pm

Where: Innis Town Hall University of Toronto 2 Sussex Avenue(at St. George Street)

For more information about this event, please contact the Centre for the Study of the United States at: csus@utoronto.ca, or call 416-946-8972.

Margaret Visser


The Locavore’s Dilemma

Please join the Institute for Liberal Studies, Mises Canada, and authors Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu to celebrate the launch of their book “The Locavore’s Dilemma”. There will be a short talk, followed by Q&A and books will be available for sale.

This event will be held in the Music Room in Hart House, on the University of Toronto downtown campus.




7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5S 3H3

In The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet, the husband-and-wife team of geographer Pierre Desrochers and economist Hiroko Shimizu offer the first book to debunk the locavore perspective. The authors—backed by several inconvenient truths documented by engineers, economists, historians, and nutritionists—discuss why, if implemented as proposed, such a food system can only ever deliver increased social and economic misery, environmental degradation, great food insecurity and poorer nutrition.

Transit of Venus 2012

On June 5th, 2012 starting at 5:30pm astronomers will be on hand at Varsity Stadium at the University of Toronto to lead the public in viewing the transit of Venus. Don’t miss this event, you’re next opportunity will be 2117.

What is a Transit? A ‘transit’ occurs when once celestial body, such as a planet or moon, passes in front of another from our perspective on Earth.

Free transit glasses will be provided for all who attend this event.

Please register online to be eligible for door prizes and more.

This event is free and open to the public.

Planetarium Shows are $5 and going fast.

Rebecca MacKinnon at the Munk Centre


Rebecca MacKinnon speaks about her new book

Consent of the Networked

at the Munk Centre

on Thursday, May 24th from 2-4pm in the North House.

“For nearly a decade, Rebecca MacKinnon has been at the center of evolving debates about how the Internet will affect democracy, privacy, individual liberties, and the other values free societies want to defend. Here she makes a persuasive and important case that, as with other technological revolutions through history, the effects of today’s new communications systems, for human liberation or for oppression, will depend not on the technologies themselves but rather on the resolve of citizens to shape the way in which they are used.”
—James Fallows, Atlantic Monthly

Professor Mike Brown talks about Pluto

May 19th @8pm

Professor Michael Brown

Location: J.J.R. MacLeod Auditorium,
Medical Sciences Building,
1 King College Circle

Brown is the author of “How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming”, a best selling memoir of the discoveries leading to the demotion of Pluto.

“While the occasional “Bring back Pluto!” t-shirt can still be found in the used-shirt bin at the store, most of the world has moved on after the raucous debates about the status of Pluto and its fellow dwarf planets. Most people, though, still have little understanding for what happened to Pluto and why. Was it just too small? Was it too close to Neptune? Are astronomers just mean and arbitrary? I will answer all of these questions while giving a history of discovery in the outer solar system and explaining how the now-dead Pluto suddenly makes sense in a much more exciting new solar system of today.”