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is the space in between extremes
breaking barriers,
blurring lines,
refusing to fall into categories,
embodying the complexity of our everyday.
Spectrum fuels human curiosity,
and is at the heart of ideas worth spreading
pushing us to imagine past the boxes
we place ourselves in.
‘Spectrum’ reflects on the idea that our existence is riddled with complexities, with very few things falling into an easily definable category. Dealing with a spectrum means navigating the often overlooked grey areas and grappling with the ambiguity that lies in between extremes.
Join us on March 23rd
8am - 5pm
at the St.Lawrence Centre for the Arts.

is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at U of T.

Dr. Mideo’s talk will attempt to answer the question, how much of you is, well, … you? And of the bits that aren’t you, what are they doing in there? She will explore how evolutionary insight may force us to reexamine our concept of ‘self’.

is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto and an Indigenous Rights advocate.

Riley’s talk will reflect on dominant perceptions of Canadian identity, and question if they are truly as accurate as we may think they are. She will challenge us to think critically about the identities we create and their ability to be changed. Ultimately, her talk will leave you asking: Is it time to reimagine Canada’s identity?

is a Doctoral student at The University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education studying curriculum, teaching, and learning and in the collaborative program of engineering education.

Stacy's talk will explore why puzzles exist and how they help us function in bettering our lives. They are more than time wasters used for amusement. With ancient roots, they provide cognitive, and social benefits in more ways than you might think.

is Professor of Philosophy and senior Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Perception at the University of Toronto.

We see things, we touch things. But how do we get our eyes and our fingers to tell the same story? It’s not as simple and straightforward as you might think! Dr. Matthen will tell you a story about some puzzles about this vital question, starting with a North African Muslim author and a Dublin physician 350 years ago and culminating in a clinic for eye surgery in 21st century India.

is a graduate student at IHPME at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in Health Services Research.

Her talk will ask: how do we motivate bystanders to act when it comes to a life-threatening situation? By reflecting on her recent experience in the Toronto Van Attack, Tiffany hopes to dispel some myths around why we hesitate to act and why it's so important to compel others to step out of their comfort zone and help.

is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto

His talk draws on his life experiences as a former solo climber (before being paralyzed by an accident) and delves into the bizarre human impulse that makes some of us want to leave the security and predictability of familiar environments, and venture into the terrifying unknown – often just for the fun of it. Professor Garton draws on his experiences both as a climber and a scientist to bring colour to the idea.

is a notable and award-winning Toronto-based engineer-turned-stand-up comedian.

Salma will talk about how people pleasing has a larger impact in our lives than we think and how you can learn from it. She will share her journey of achieving her true potential as an artist by balancing input from others with personal goals and why this complexity can help you grow. Join Salma as she presents some takeaway moments from personal stories to illustrate the importance of this journey, and how you can do the same!

is an associate professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He is the Canada Research Chair in Law, Economics, and Innovation.

His talk is about how big data and machine learning can help us see the black and white through the grey areas. Such tools can help us understand not only what the law is, but also what the law should be.

is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Statistical Sciences , where she conducts research in data visualization and human-computer interaction.

Her talk will explore why we may not always make well-informed decisions, even when our motivations are driven by careful examination of data. She will challenge the ways we use data for analysis and communication, and show how to embrace the imperfect, subjective nature of human reasoning to improve decision-making for everyone.

holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Architectural Science from Ryerson University.

Yupin will discuss the Toronto Housing Industry. The city of Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in Canada mostly due to its sense of “livability”. As the city grows and the population increases, there are numerous novel urban challenges that Toronto is currently facing. Urbanism affects everyone and involves a multidisciplinary approach.

is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto Mississauga where she directs the Digital Well-Being Lab. Using a biopsychological framework, current studies in her lab examine nonverbal communication in digital and virtual social contexts.

Anna will explore the challenges and successes of nonverbal communication in computer-mediated interactions. One of the common challenges of communicating in the modern world is transmitting the meaning of a message in a few lines of text.

is a doctoral student in Psychology at the University of Toronto and her research examines how dogs think, feel and learn.

Her talk challenges the anthropocentric view of how nonhuman animals sense and perceive the world, using domestic dogs as an example. Humans often view dogs as little humans. Yet, they are vastly different in some sensory abilities, such as sight and smell. By critically examining our assumptions about animal abilities, we can change how we view ourselves as well as our relationships to other animals.


To hear from some of UofT's brightest minds

are a sister-brother duo from Toronto! Their music and art reflect their advocacy by challenging the norm and relating their experience of living in the margins. They speak on themes of belonging, love and family and friends. Poetry and glitter help tell their story. They have performed around Toronto at  NXNE ,the ROM, the AGO, and at other various venues. Their work with the POC/LGBTQ+ arts community helps to uplift people and their influence in an alternative generation of creatives.

is an Indian Bollywood Dance studio that integrates culture and community with dance. For TEDxUofT 2019, a group led by Vivek Parikh, the Toronto studio director, choreographer, and instructor at RRB will take the stage!
Founded by the Winner of Dance India Dance NA, RRB Dance Company's training is based on a curriculum meant for students of all ages and all levels. RRB Dance Company has been featured on NBC, ZeeTV, TV Asia, and more.

is a composer, violinist, violist, electronic musician, improviser, and music educator active across a broad spectrum of contexts. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Music Arts at the Faculty of Music. Equally comfortable in his roles as composer and performer, in classical, new music, and improvised music settings, Matthias is establishing a varied career that keeps him on his toes.

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