Wednesday, 25 November 2020

COVID-19 Update: Delayed Start to Winter 2021 Semester

NOVEMBER 25, 2020 UPDATE


The following is an important change in the start date for winter term classes in January. ICS will be following the lead of the University of Toronto, Knox College, and the Toronto School of Theology by delaying the start of the Winter 2021 semester by one week. 

This means that classes for the winter term will now begin on Monday, January 11, 2021. For regular 13-week synchronous courses, final assignment deadlines will also be extended by one week. The dates for Reading Week remain the same (February 15-19, 2021). The Academic Calendar has been updated to reflect these changes, and a list of Winter 2021 courses is available here.

Below is a brief note from President Ronald A. Kuipers about this schedule change:

To quote President Gertler of the University of Toronto, these decisions are “prompted by the fact that we’ve all been under an extraordinary amount of stress for months now, because of the burdens imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.... [W]e care deeply about the wellness of each and every one of you. We want to make sure that you’re able to rest and recharge, and to make the most of the upcoming holiday break.”

Let me echo President Gertler's comments, and offer my own words of encouragement to the ICS community. The global pandemic has thrown many challenges our way, and has dramatically changed our daily working and studying routines. I deeply appreciate the efforts everyone has made to maintain community in the midst of our relative isolation. Let's continue to support, pray for, and reach out to each other. If you are struggling, please let us know, so that we can find ways to care for you or address any concerns that you have. Let us continue to bless each other as we have since this all began.

I wish you all God's strength and peace as we continue on this strange journey,

Ron

Please reach out to Elizabet, course leaders, or our Senior Members if you have any questions or concerns.

Monday, 9 November 2020

Undergrad Workshop: November 13-14 with Mary Jo Leddy


On November 13th and 14th, the CPRSE will host ICS's Fourth Annual Undergraduate Workshop, "Evil, Resistance, and Judgment: Creating a World Fit for Human Habitation" via Zoom. After many months of COVID-19 contingency planning, we have managed to put together a fantastic program.

This two-day virtual conference will feature four seminar sessions with visiting undergraduate students from across the world presenting their own research projects, and an ICS Junior Member panel where JMs will share their latest research as it connects with the topic of the workshop. 

The workshop will begin on Friday afternoon with a keynote presentation from Dr. Mary Jo Leddy, founder of Romero House, TST professor, and a member of the Order of Canada. Dr. Leddy's keynote is entitled “From Above and From Below: Hannah Arendt's Two Encounters with Evil,” and she is looking forward to engaging in conversation with members of the ICS community following her presentation.

We wish all the workshop participants well over the course of these two days as they discuss these weighty topics and consider their own research more deeply in community with one another. If you would like to attend Dr. Leddy's keynote address, you can find the Zoom details below. Please RSVP to haceroferrer@icscanada.edu if you'd like to join us for this event.


From Above and From Below: Hannah Arendt's Two Encounters with Evil
Dr. Mary Jo Leddy
Friday, November 13, 4:00-5:00pm (EST)

Zoom Meeting Link:
Meeting ID: 853 3969 1503
Passcode: Undergrad



A special thanks to Scarboro Foreign Missions for sponsoring this event.