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ROM Winter 2019 Lectures and Programs

Stay warm this winter with ROM Speaks, ROM Connects, ROM Daytime programs, and the annual ROM Ideas Research Colloquium.


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Visitors can also experience the Museum’s slate of Winter exhibitions, including: Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur and Wildlife Photographer of the Year on now, and Gods in My Home: Chinese New Year with Ancestor Portraits and Deity Prints, opening January 26, Being Japanese Canadian: Reflections on a Broken World opening February 2, and Treasures of a Desert Kingdom: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India opening March 9.

ROM Speaks
Chinese New Year Celebration 
Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 pm
Join us to celebrate Chinese New Year and the opening of the new ROM-original exhibition, Gods in My Home: Chinese New Year and Ancestor Portraits and Deity Prints. Guests will experience a lively New Year Lion Dance with a special dotting of the eye ceremony, followed by performances by Chinese erhu virtuoso George Gao, and the Chinese Canadian Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto. This special evening event will be followed by an exclusive sneak peak of the exhibition and an elegant cocktail reception with Chinese cuisine catered by Dynasty Restaurant. 
For more information and tickets, click here

Dinosaur Fight Club
Tuesday, January 29, 7:00 pm
This year’s Madeleine Fritz Annual Lecture in Palaeontology features the ROM’s newest dinosaur—
the incomparable Zuul crurivastator. Hear palaeontologists Tom Holtz and Victoria Arbour battle it out as they discuss the co-evolution of tyrannosaurs and armoured dinosaurs such as Zuul.
For more information and tickets, click here

Being Japanese Canadian: Reflections on a Broken World
Thursday, January 31, 7:00 pm
Join Grammy-nominated Japanese Canadian flutist Ron Korb, and celebrated Japanese Canadian author and playwright Terry Watada for an evening of spoken word and musical performance to mark the opening of the ROM-original exhibition Being Japanese Canadian: Reflections on a Broken World. This special evening of performance will be followed by an exclusive sneak peak of the exhibition and an elegant cocktail reception and Japanese cuisine.
For more information and tickets, click here. 

Our Changing Oceans: The Past, Present & Future of Whales
Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 pm
This year’s annual Darwin Lecture features Smithsonian researcher Nick Pyenson as he describes the larger-than-life leviathans that have evolved over 50 million years. He will discuss how the ancestors of whales returned from land to the sea, and how whales survive the sweepstakes of human-driven habitat and climate change.
For more information and tickets, click here. 

ROM Connects 
OSIRIS-REx program with Canadian Space Agency
Thursday, January 25, 6:00 pm
Learn about this amazing mission that explores the near-Earth asteroid Bennu, the plans to bring a small sample back to Earth, and how ROM research is contributing to this out of this world exploration.  
For more information and tickets, click here. 

The Dinosaur Artist
Sunday, January 27, 2:00 pm
Explore the perilous world of the illicit international fossil trade with New Yorker staff writer Paige Williams as she delves into the riveting true story of one man’s dangerous obsession with a rare dinosaur skeleton. 
For more information and tickets, click here.

ROM Daytime 
Clothing the Countess de Castiglione 
Thursday, January 10, 11:00 am
Explore the fascinating history of the Countess de Castiglione, an Italian aristocrat renowned for her daring costumes and spectacular beauty, who arrived in Paris in 1855 and became a short-lived star in Napoleon III’s fête impériale.  
For more information and tickets, click here.

Unearthing a Giant: The Making of Zuul
Thursday, January 31, 11:00 am
What’s it like to bring dinosaurs back to life? Hear from Peter May, President of Research Casting International, as he takes you behind the scenes of what went into preparing Zuul for the latest ROM-original feature exhibition Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur. 
For more information and tickets, click here.

Remembering the Ancestors: Chinese New Year Celebration with Ancestor Portraits and Prints
Thursday, February 14,11:00am 
Join ROM Senior Curator Dr. Wen-chien Cheng as she describes the importance of ancestral images from painted portraits to mass-produced prints from China. This lecture is in conjunction with the ROM- original exhibition Gods in My Home: Chinese New Year and Ancestor Portraits and Deity Prints
For more information and tickets, click here.

ROM Ideas
Research Colloquium and Vaughan Lecture
Tuesday, February 26. 
Colloquium: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Vaughan Lecture: 5:30 pm.
Join us for the Annual ROM Ideas Research Colloquium and Vaughan Lecture, a thought-provoking one-day event highlighting the Museum’s ongoing research and recent discoveries.  ROM curatorial staff and research associates will present on their diverse field of study in a series of fifteen-minute presentations.  See the full list of presentations click here.  

This year’s Vaughan Lecture is titled Archaeology of, in, and for a Modern World, and is presented by Dr. Craig Cipolla, ROM Associate Curator of North American Archaeology. Craig will draw upon his recent research in New England and the Great Lakes area to address archaeology’s role in contemporary society, including studying histories of settler colonialism, capitalism, and cultural plurality, and the effecting change in the discipline of archaeology.  
The Vaughan Lecture is a free, separately ticketed, program. RSVP is required. Please click here to reserve.  

For the complete list of ROM programs, courses, activities and more, see the ROM website page What’s On at the ROM. Make the most of your winter and visit often with a ROM Membership. Members enjoy free, unlimited access to galleries and feature exhibitions, plus exclusive previews, tours, lectures, and discounts.


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