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November 1, 2011
Spadina Museum presenting salon-style speaker series this month
Spadina Museum explores the controversies of the 1920s and '30s - and how those issues still resonate today - with a four-event series entitled "Uncertain Futures, Imperfect Pasts." Inspired by the salon style of idea exchange and debate, each two-hour interactive talk will be led by subject experts who, with audience participation, will analyze the past, critique the present and challenge the future.

All events take place at Spadina Museum: Historic House and Gardens, 285 Spadina Rd. Paid parking is available next door at Casa Loma. To register, the public can email or call 416-392-6910 and speak to the receptionist or leave a message.

Sunday, November 6 - Hell Witches and Pansy Boys
The rise of mass media in the 1920s and 30s shifted public awareness and understanding of sexuality. In a talk called "Hell Witches and Pansy Boys: Media, Modernity and Queer Identity in Interwar Toronto and Today," Steve Naynard of Queen's University and Robert Teixeira of York University will discuss the image of gays and lesbians in 1920s media and how their image has changed. Start time is 2 p.m.

Tuesday, November 8 - Persona: Politics and Private Lives in 20th-Century Canada
William Lyon Mackenzie King biographer Allan Levine and Toronto City Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22 St. Paul's), columnist and radio show host, will lead a discussion on the public versus private lives of politicians - and how the situation has changed over the years with increased media scrutiny. Start time is 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 13 - Body Image and Diet in the 1920s and Today
In 1918, the concept of calorie restriction was introduced to the general public. Jill Andrew, journalist and founder/director of "BITE ME! - the Toronto International Body Image Film & Arts Festival," and Ann McDougall, writer and Spadina Museum educator, will talk about the emergence of the diet industry and its influence on body image. Start time is 2 p.m.

Tuesday, November 15 - Prohibition Then and Liquor Control in Ontario Today
How did Ontario develop a liquor sales system unique in the world? How has it affected Torontonians since starting in 1927? This talk will be led by author Dr. Mariana Valverde and Kathy Klas of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. Start time is 7 p.m.

The fee is $12 a session or $40 (plus HST) for admission to all four. More details about the series are available at

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