Every year, SLUGS dedicates to organize different academic and social events for our vibrant undergrad linguist community. We also sometimes collaborate in event organizing with the linguistics department, different course unions and student societies, and other friends of SLUGS.
The event offerings may differ year-to-year. But here is a non-exhaustive list of the events that we had organized or have been organizing (for the events that are about to be held, please follow the notices on our social pages):
- see event page for more details.
Every year we invite a linguist or language worker to talk about their works with our undergrad linguists. Usually held in the Winter Semesters.
Toronto Undergraduate Linguistics Conference (TULCON)
The largest undergraduate linguistics conference in Ontario since 2008. Every year we invite undergrad linguists across the world to present their high-quality research, as well as keynote speakers who are faculties or grad students to talk about their works with our attendees. Usually held in the first weekend of March. See the TULCON page in our menu for more information.
SLUGS loves games! Whether it’s in-person boardgames night or virtual trivia afternoon, we have always organized at least one game event every semester.
SLUGS brings linguistics-related-ish films to our members every semester, including comedies and documentaries. In 2020-21, we upgrade our movie event to the monthly SLUGS Movie Fridays. Join for the movie and stay for the discussion–we don’t force people to talk about linguistics when watching films like Knives Out. But when you are watching something with other linguists, it usually just happens.
In academic year 2020-21, to foster a community in this difficult time, SLUGS started the virtual Communitea, a drop-in office hour for students to chat with other students and our execs (also students), relax or just study together.
The Communitea hour for Winter 2021 is 4:10 – 6:00 every Thursday (subject to change), hosted by our social coordinator Kai. For event link click here (passcode: slugs).
When the circumstances allow, we usually organize a pub night every semester. Non-alcohol drinkers welcome too.
Meet-the-profs is an event designed to be a casual setting where the students can chat with linguistics professors of different backgrounds about careers in academia. The first Meet-the-profs was held virtually February 2021.
What can you do with a BA in Linguistics? Surely be on Avenue Q is not available to you anymore (thanks, English majors), but that doesn’t mean all hopes are lost! We held our first Q&As where students discussed about career options with 3 UofT linguistics alums working in tech, marketing and art in March 2020.
Collaborated/Other UofT Linguistics Events
Professor Welcome Teas & Department End of Semester Parties
Every September, the linguistics department holds a welcome tea for new and returning undergraduate students to meet with the faculties. And near the end of every semester the department will hold a party where all undergrad students are welcome.
The Humanities Gala
Organized by SLUGS along with other course unions in humanities disciplines, the first Humanities Gala took place in February 2020. It was fun but you know what happened one month later. Do look out for it when things turn better.
SLUGS holds a (sometimes semi-) Annual General Meeting every Fall and/or Winter Semester according to the society by-laws. It is the place for execs to talk about the society’s plan for the coming semester and for members to provide opinions and suggestions for our works. Amendments to the by-laws are also voted on on the general meetings.