Speaker's Night and Annual Meeting

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Dan Falk - The Science of Shakespeare

William Shakespeare lived at a remarkable time, a period we now recognize as the first phase of the Scientific Revolution and yet Shakespeare and science are rarely uttered in the same breath. But as Dan Falk has found, a reassessment is at hand. In this illustrated talk, he will explore Shakespeare's interest in the scientific discoveries of his time, with a particular focus on the changing conceptions of the cosmos, from Aristotle to Copernicus and Galileo. Copies of his latest book, The Science of Shakespeare will be available for purchase and signing.

Dan Falk has written for Smithsonian, New Scientist, Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, The Walrus and many other publications, and is the author of two previous popular science books, In Search of Time and Universe on a T-Shirt. He's been a regular contributor to Ideas on CBC Radio, and has won several international awards for his radio documentaries. He's a long-time member of the RASC's Toronto Centre, and is also a past recipient of the society's Simon Newcomb Award for writing about astronomy for a general audience. Falk was a 2011 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and he lives in Toronto.

After the conclusion of Dan Falk’s lecture, there will be a short recess followed by the RASC Toronto Centre's annual business meeting.

1. Adoption of the Minutes of the 2014 Annual Meeting. (The Draft Minutes were published on p.4 of the January 2015 issue of SCOPE)

2. Business Arising from the Minutes

3. Reports of Officers

i. President’s Report

ii. Treasurer’s Report

iii. Secretary’s Report

4. Elections of 2015-2016 Toronto Centre Council

5. Motion to Amend Bylaw No. 1*

6. Appointment of the Auditor

7. Other Business

8. Adjournment

*Motion to amend Bylaw No. 1 Article 3 Section 3.1.1, concerning the location of the head office of the Centre, so that it shall be located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Province of Ontario, and at such place therein as the Council may from time to time determine. The bylaw amendment must be passed by a Special Resolution of the Annual Meeting (2/3 of the votes cast).

Who can attend: everyone including non-members
Fee: free
Reservation not needed
Location: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street, Toronto ON  M2N 5V7
Meeting Room: Council Chambers