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 The Royal Conservatory of Music: An Architectural Case Study Marianne McKenna, architect, founding partner of KPMB Architects March 16 Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians 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   No Lecture
February 23 City Building through the Arts Anthony Sargent, CEO, Luminato Festival March 30 Mea Culpa, What Now? A Doctor Talks About Medical Errors 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 Russia, Post Trump Susan Ormiston, senior correspondent, CBC News
April 20 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
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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: Depression Sakina Rizvi, scientist at the ASR Suicide and Depression Studies Program, St. Michael’s Hospital; assistant professor of psychiatry, U of T
February 13 The New Philanthropy Sharon Avery, president and CEO, Toronto Foundation March 27 Dissonance or Harmony? The State of the TSO Today Gary Hanson, interim CEO, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
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, assistant professor of kinesiology, U of T
March 6 Russia, Post Trump Susan Ormiston, senior correspondent, CBC News April 17 No lecture – Easter Monday
March 13 Lecture canceled due to speaker’s sudden unavailability 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 Wednesday 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.

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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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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.