University Lecture Series

The University Lecture Series features leading scholars, thinkers and experts who address an eclectic range of topics in an accessible one-hour format. Come hear their thoughtful insights, critical analyses and provocative ideas. A brief question and answer period follows each presentation. The series is offered online, and in Markham, Oakville and at the University of Toronto St. George campus. In-class students at all venues get free access to the St George lectures online.

What You’ll Learn

  • Hear leading scholars and thinkers offer fresh perspectives and ideas on a wide range of subjects.
  • Discover an interest in topics that are new to you.
  • Challenge your own opinions by listening to a controversial point of view.
  • Get a better sense of current events.
  • Understand the relevance today of history, politics, geography, art, science, architecture, literature, media and more.
To see the list of speakers at your venue, click on the appropriate “Locations” tab below.

To register, please click on the “Register” button and scroll down for the course information, or call 416-978-2400 and press 1. Visit our website often for updates.

Locations

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Winter 2017 Schedule

Course code: SCS 1665-069
Dates & Times: February 1 – April 5, 2017 — Wednesdays 12:30PM - 1:30PM

Wednesday, February 1

Own the Podium: The Power of an Idea

Chris Rudge, sports business executive, chairman, Niko Resources Ltd., former CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee and Chair of the Own the Podium initiative

March 8

The Stateswoman: Women in Power in the 20th and 21st Centuries 

Carolyn Harris, historian, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies

February 8

The Life of a Drug Addict: Before and After Recovery

Andrew Galloway, drug addiction specialist and interventionist

March 15

The Lives of Writers

Eleanor Wachtel, host, CBC Radio’s Writers & Company

February 15

The New Philanthropy

Sharon Avery, president and CEO, Toronto Foundation

March 22

Using Social Causation to Build Better Services

Kwame McKenzie, CEO, Wellesley Institute, director of health equity, CAMH; professor of psychiatry, U of T

February 22

City Building through the Arts

Anthony Sargent, CEO, Luminato Festival

March 29

The Ubiquity of Violence:

Violence in Our Daily Lives

Kristin Blakely, sociologist, part-time faculty, York University, leader and advocate, not-for-profit women’s sector

March 1

No News is Bad News

John Cruickshank, chairman, Canadian Journalism Foundation; former publisher, Toronto Star

April 5

Waking the Frog: Solutions for Our Climate Change Paralysis

Tom Rand, engineer, entrepreneur, philosopher

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Winter 2017 Schedule

Course code: SCS 1665-067
Dates & Times: February 9 – April 13, 2017 — Thursdays 12:30PM - 1:30PM

February 9

TBA: Architecture

Marianne McKenna, architect, founding partner of KPMB Architects

March 16

How to Improve the Health-Care System

Danielle Martin, physician, vice president, medical affairs and health system solutions, Women’s College Hospital; professor, U of T

February 16

The Stateswoman: Women in Power in the 20th and 21st Centuries 

Carolyn Harris, historian, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies

March 23

The Ubiquity of Violence:

Violence in Our Daily Lives

Kristin Blakely, sociologist, part-time faculty, York University, leader and advocate, not-for-profit women’s sector

February 23

City Building through the Arts

Anthony Sargent, CEO, Luminato Festival

March 30

How to Be Your Own Health Control Board

Brian Goldman, emergency room physician; host, CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art

March 2

The Lives of Writers

Eleanor Wachtel, host, CBC Radio’s Writers & Company

April 6

No News is Bad News

John Cruickshank, chairman, Canadian Journalism Foundation; former publisher, Toronto Star 

March 9

TBA: TIFF’s Mission and Future

Piers Handling, director and CEO, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

April 13

The Ripple Effect

Greg Wells, physiologist, researcher, professor, U of T

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Winter 2017 Schedule

Course code: SCS 1665-068
Dates & Times: February 6 – April 24, 2017 — Mondays 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Monday, February 6

The Stateswoman: Women in Power in the 20th and 21st Centuries 

Carolyn Harris, historian, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies

March 20

TBA

TBA

February 13

The New Philanthropy

Sharon Avery, president and CEO, Toronto Foundation

March 27

TBA

TBA

February 20

No lecture -- Family Day

April 3

The Ubiquity of Violence:

Violence in Our Daily Lives

Kristin Blakely, sociologist, part-time faculty, York University, leader and advocate, not-for-profit women’s sector

February 27

City Building through the Arts

Anthony Sargent, CEO, Luminato Festival

April 10

The Ripple Effect

Greg Wells, physiologist, researcher, professor, U of T

March 6

TBA

TBA

April 17

No lecture – Easter Monday

March 13

TBA: TIFF’s Mission and Future

Piers Handling, director and CEO, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

April 24

The Lives of Writers

Eleanor Wachtel, host, CBC Radio’s Writers & Company

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New Online Availability!

The ULS is now available online! Each lecture in the St George series is filmed and archived after the presentation. In-class students can view them again, as part of their learning experience. Or learners who cannot attend the series in class can purchase access to the playlist of the St George lectures and watch them any time during the series and for three months afterwards. Lectures will be posted online by Monday of the week after they are delivered in class. In-class students at all venues automatically get free access to the St George lectures online.

Purchase Online Access

Winter 2017 Schedule

Course code: SCS 1665-069
Dates & Times: February 1 – April 5, 2017 — Wednesdays 12:30PM - 1:30PM

Wednesday, February 1

Own the Podium: The Power of an Idea

Chris Rudge, sports business executive, chairman, Niko Resources Ltd., former CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee and Chair of the Own the Podium initiative

March 8

The Stateswoman: Women in Power in the 20th and 21st Centuries 

Carolyn Harris, historian, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies

February 8

The Life of a Drug Addict: Before and After Recovery

Andrew Galloway, drug addiction specialist and interventionist

March 15

The Lives of Writers

Eleanor Wachtel, host, CBC Radio’s Writers & Company

February 15

The New Philanthropy

Sharon Avery, president and CEO, Toronto Foundation

March 22

Using Social Causation to Build Better Services

Kwame McKenzie, CEO, Wellesley Institute, director of health equity, CAMH; professor of psychiatry, U of T

February 22

City Building through the Arts

Anthony Sargent, CEO, Luminato Festival

March 29

The Ubiquity of Violence:

Violence in Our Daily Lives

Kristin Blakely, sociologist, part-time faculty, York University, leader and advocate, not-for-profit women’s sector

March 1

No News is Bad News

John Cruickshank, chairman, Canadian Journalism Foundation; former publisher, Toronto Star

April 5

Waking the Frog: Solutions for Our Climate Change Paralysis

Tom Rand, engineer, entrepreneur, philosopher

Purchase Online Access

To register for In-class sessions, click here or call (416) 978-2400 and press 1. Check back often for seasonal updates. Late registrations are welcome.