University of Toronto Press Blog

  • Thinking Successfully at the Rotman School of Management

    Last night Mihnea Moldoveanu launched his new book, Diaminds: Decoding the Mental Habits of Successful Thinkers at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

    Moldoveanu_Martin_Dia-MindsIn DiamindsMihnea Moldoveanu and Roger Martin, creators of the Integrative Thinking curriculum at the Rotman School of Management, draw upon case studies and interviews - as well as theories and models from cognitive psychology, epistemology, analytic philosophy, and semiotics - to offer a new conception of successful intelligence that is immediately applicable to business situations. The 'diamind' (or dialogical mind) is characterized by bi-stability (simultaneously holding opposite plans, models, courses of action in mind while retaining the ability to act), meliorism (increasing the logical depth and informational breadth of one's thinking processes), choicefulness (retaining the ability to choose among various representations of the world, the self, and others), and polyphony (thinking about the way one formulates and solves a problem while at the same time thinking about the problem itself).

    It was a great turnout and Roger Martin, co-author of the book, kicked off the event with a warm welcome for his "thinking buddy" Moldoveanu. Moldoveanu gave an enthusiastic introduction to the idea of the dialogical mind, without giving away any tidbits from the book. Moldonveanu described the evening as providing the readers a way to finish the book, rather than ruin it. Moldoveanu provided examples of integrative thinking, including the algorithm involved in testing ice cream ratios, which made me hungry for ice cream!

    Moldoveanu fielded questions at the end of his talk, one reader posing the riddle: can a successful thinker continue to think successfully if they are aware that they use techniques of succesful thinking?

    A reception followed the launch of Diaminds, with a steady stream of people waiting for an autograph from Moldoveanu, and a steady stream of mini pulled pork sandwiches into my hands.

    The evening was a success! It was even described as spectacular! And if you're sad you missed it, don't be! Here's a link to a video of the launch! Note: link does not include autograph or mini pulled pork sandwich.

  • It'll Soon Be a Jungle Out There!

    Kuhlberg_OneHundresRings&CountingThe Canadian Institute of Forestry recently launched a tree planting drive with their program Forests without Borders that is looking to change the face of the earth. Partnering with several other groups such as World Clean Air Forest Initiative, CIF is offering tree planting kits with an extra little something: for every tree that is planted in Canada and registered online, an international partner will plant a sister tree in a country such as Ghana or Zambia. John Clement, a CIF member and professor at Sault College's environment and outdoor studies department thinks the kit program is "tree-mendous...The goal is to grow clean air."

    Hopefully, not only will this initiative save the world, but also generate some interest in forestry programs at Canadian universities!

    This reminds me of a time when forestry wasn't news, a time when there were no forestry programs in Canada.... I don't actually remember this time, because it was before 1907. Interesting fact: the University of Toronto started Canada's first forestry program over 100 years ago. You can read about the history of forestry in UTP's new book,  One Hundred Rings and Counting: Forestry Education and Forestry in Toronto and Canada, 1907-2007.

    We're offering the chance to read a bit of this book for free, online!

    Click this link to read an excerpt!

    Examining Canada's first Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto from its founding in 1907 to its hundredth year anniversary, One Hundred Rings and Counting is a detailed account one of the country's most successful and influential institutions. While its start was marked by opposition from both the university's uncertainty of the field's importance and from the provincial government's concern about how such an institution would affect the government's control over forests, the faculty has produced a disproportionate number of leaders in world of forestry and beyond.

    Demonstrating the Faculty of Forestry's longstanding commitment to conservation and environmental stewardship, Mark Kuhlberg depicts its struggles with governments and the public to implement sustainable natural resource practices. Using unexamined archival materials, while contextualising the Faculty within the major educational, social, and political changes of the last hundred years, One Hundred Rings and Counting is a solid institutional history that also traces the development of conservationism in Canada.

  • Liz Driver is a Winner!

    driver_culinarylandmarksThe Royal Winter Fair opened with a bang, Emeril style, for Liz Driver and University of Toronto Press as author Driver won the Canadian Culinary Landmarks Hall of Fame Award at the Fair's opening ceremonies on Friday, November 6th for her book Culinary Landmarks: A Bibliography of Canadian Cookbooks, 1825–1949, a rather fitting award, as if the two were made for each other!

    Members of the Press were on hand to offer congratulations and see Driver happily accept her award (and bring me back a meat calendar!).

    Driver told the audience that her book was twenty years in the making and that it could not have been completed without the help of the University of Guelph’s comprehensive Canadian cookbook collection.

    Culinary Landmarks is a definitive history and bibliography of Canadian cookbooks from the beginning, when La cuisinière bourgeoise was published in Quebec City in 1825, to the mid-twentieth century. Over the course of more than ten years Elizabeth Driver researched every cookbook published within the borders of present-day Canada, whether a locally authored text or a Canadian edition of a foreign work. Every type of recipe collection is included, from trade publishers' bestsellers and advertising cookbooks, to home economics textbooks and fund-raisers from church women's groups.

  • The 30th Anniversary of the Osgoode Society

    On Thursday, October 29th, the Osgoode Society and UTP got together to celebrate the publication of four new titles: Canadian Maverick: The Life and Times of Ivan C. Rand by William Kaplan, A Trying Question: The Jury in the Nineteenth Century Canada by R. Blake Brown, Canadian State Trials, Volume III: Political Trials and Security Measures, 1840-1914 edited by Barry Wright and Susan Binnie, and The Last Day, The Last Hour: The Currie Libel Trial by Robert J. Sharpe. In the stately Convocation Hall at Osgoode Hall, guests were treated to refreshments and a variety of tasty food (which I enjoyed sampling). The crowd was enthusiastic about the event (and the selection of cheeses!). The editor-in-chief of the Odgoode Society, Jim Phillips, gave a very rousing introduction to the evening, joking about the work habits of both himself and the authors he edits. Following Phillips's  speech, the authors and editors of the celebrated titles spoke.

    Overall the evening was a success! Books, food, drink, and humour made it quite a night in a room full of lawyers!

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    Canadian Maverick: The Life and Times of Ivan C. Rand by William Kaplan: In Canadian Maverick, best-selling author William Kaplan critically examines the life and times of lawyer, politician, academic, and Supreme Court Justice Ivan C. Rand. Born to a working-class New Brunswick family, Rand would build an extraordinary career that redefined Canada’s legal landscape.

    A Trying Question: The Jury in Nineteenth Century Canada by R. Blake Brown: The jury, a central institution of the trial process, exemplifies in popular perception the distinctiveness of our legal tradition. Nevertheless, juries today try only a small minority of cases. A Trying Question traces the history of the jury in Canada and links its nineteenth-century decline to the rise of the professional class.

    Canadian State Trials, Volume III: Political Trials and Security Measures, 1840-1914 edited by Barry Wright and Susan Binnie: The third volume in the Canadian State Trials series examines Canadian legal responses to real or perceived threats to the safety and security of the state from 1840 to 1914, a period of extensive challenges associated with fundamental political and socio-economic change. Trials for treason and related political offences, suspensions of habeas corpus, and other public order and security-related measures, supported by new institutions such as secret policing, are studied in essays by leading scholars in the field.

    The Last Day, The Last Hour: The Currie Libel Trial by Robert J. Sharpe: On November 11, 1918, the last day of the Great War, the Canadian Corps, led by Sir Arthur Currie, liberated Mons after four years of German occupation. The push to Mons in the last days and weeks of the war had cost many lives. Long after the war, Currie was blamed by many for needlessly wasting those lives. When the Port Hope Evening Guide published an editorial in 1927 repeating this charge, Currie was incensed. Against the advice of his friends, he decided to sue for libel and retained W.N. Tilley, kc, the leading lawyer of the day, to plead his case.

  • Michael Prince Launches Absent Citizens at University of Victoria

    The Canadian health care system may count as one of the 4.41 million Canadians that self-identified as being disabled in the 2006 Census, according to Michael Prince. Absent Citizens: Disability Politics and Policy in Canada, Prince's new book, launched on October 22nd at the University of Victoria where Prince is a social policy professor. Prince's book reveals the lack of opportunity and care provided for mentally and physically disabled Canadians. The book launch for Absent Citizens, hosted by the Friends of UVIC Libraries in the McPherson Library Staff Lounge, was well-received by the 40 guests in attendance for Prince’s talk and book signing.

    Susan Henderson, the Communications Officer at the UVic Libraries, said about the event: “Even though the topic was serious and Michael didn’t mince words when it came to describing the absence of leadership, the lingering stereotypes and policy failures, everyone appreciated the refreshments and opportunity to linger and meet the people who came to the event.”

    Karen Wallace-Prince (left, Michael’s wife), Wendie McHenry (Assistant University Librarian), Michael Prince, and Deirdre Roberts (Friend of UVic Libraries) share in the success of Prince’s launch at UVic.

    Michael Prince Book Launch

    Prince was recently interviewed by The Georgia Straight about his new book, saying that Absent Citizens is a "'...challenge' to the conventional wisdom that we are doing enough for people with disabilities in this country."

    Absent Citizens was reviewed by the Toronto Star this weekend. Disabilities Columnist Helen Henderson says she couldn’t agree more with Prince’s argument that Canada needs more ‘positive action legislation.’ Prince believes that “if the Harper government is developing an [federal disability] act, then the disability community needs to engage in that process.”

    With the launch of Absent Citizens, Prince is revealing that it’s not Canadians with disabilities who are absent, but rather the Canadian government with their lack of inclusive policy for people with disabilities. However, with the release of Prince's book, and events such as those at UVic, Prince is making his move to correct the public policy that has left Canadians with disabilities on the wayside.

    Photo taken by Susan Henderson (Communications Officer, UVic Libraries)

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