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 2018 Schedule

Course code: SCS 1665-075
Dates & Times:
February 7 – April 11, 2018 -- Wednesdays 12:30 PM - 1:30PM
Wednesday, February 7
Murder They Wrote: The Origins of Detective Fiction
Erin Piotrowski, instructor—U of T
February 14
How Software Shapes the World
Ben Rowswell, former diplomat, co-founder of better.place, a mobile app encouraging civic participation
February 21
The Healthy Brain: How to Make Your Brain Last a Lifetime
Aileen Burford-Mason, immunologist, cell biologist, orthomolecular nutritionist
February 28
Understanding Your Body’s Response to Stressful Living
David Posen, physician, author, public speaker
March 7
The Next Convergence: The Evolving Relationship Between People and Machines
Steven Convey, managing director technology, Accenture Canada
March 14
Mourning and Melancholia in the Age of Machine Learning
Sidney Kennedy, professor of psychiatry, U of T, Arthur Sommer Rotenberg Chair in Suicide and Depression Studies, St. Michael’s Hospital
March 21
Queen Victoria: Mother of Confederation Carolyn Harris, historian, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies
March 28
When is Terrorism Not Terrorism? Reflections on the Experience of a Hijacking
Jeffrey Balkind, former program manager, infrastructure projects, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank
April 4
Vietnam War Resisters Welcome: How Canadians Helped
Dennis Bartels, professor, anthropology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
April 11
Astronomy: A Tour of the Universe
Tom Vassos, author, instructor—U of T, amateur astrophysicist
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Winter 2018 Schedule

Course code: SCS 1665-073
Dates & Times: February 8 – April 12, 2018 -- Thursdays 12:30 PM - 1:30PM
Thursday, February 8
How Software Shapes the World
Ben Rowswell, former diplomat, co-founder of better.place, a mobile app encouraging civic participation
February 15
Queen Victoria: Mother of Confederation
Carolyn Harris, historian, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies
February 22
Astronomy: A Tour of the Universe
Tom Vassos, author, instructor—U of T, amateur astrophysicist
March 1
Social Impact: Doing Well by Doing Good
Upkar Arora, CEO, Purpose Capital Limitedl; strategic advisor
March 8
Understanding Your Body’s Response to Stressful Living
David Posen, physician, author, public speaker
March 15
Vietnam War Resisters Welcome: How Canadians Helped
Dennis Bartels, professor, anthropology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
March 22
TBA: Cultural Industry
Brad King, vice president, Lord Cultural Resources
March 29
When is Terrorism Not Terrorism? Reflections on the Experience of a Hijacking
Jeffrey Balkind, former program manager, infrastructure projects, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank
April 5
Mindfully Looking into Insight: Attention and Problem-Solving
John Vervaeke, assistant professor of psychology, cognitive science program, U of T
April 12
Trudeau’s Canada in the World
Adam Chapnick, deputy director of education—Canadian Forces College
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Winter 2018 Schedule

Course code: SCS 1665-074
Dates & Times: February 5 – April 23, 2018 -- Mondays 12:00 PM - 1:00PM
Monday, February 5
How Software Shapes the World
Ben Rowswell, former diplomat, co-founder of better.place, a mobile app encouraging civic participation
February 12
Vietnam War Resisters Welcome: How Canadians Helped
Dennis Bartels, professor, anthropology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
February 19
No lecture—Family Day
February 26
Understanding Your Body’s Response to Stressful Living
David Posen, physician, author, public speaker
March 5
Astronomy: A Tour of the Universe
Tom Vassos, author, instructor—U of T, amateur astrophysicist
March 12
Social Impact: Doing Well by Doing Good
Upkar Arora, CEO, Purpose Capital Limitedl; strategic advisor
March 19
Mourning and Melancholia in the Age of Machine Learning
Sidney Kennedy, professor of psychiatry, U of T, Arthur Sommer Rotenberg Chair in Suicide and Depression Studies, St. Michael’s Hospital
March 26
When is Terrorism Not Terrorism? Reflections on the Experience of a Hijacking
Jeffrey Balkind, former program manager, infrastructure projects, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank
April 2
No lecture—Easter Monday
April 9
Architecture is a Compelling Fiction
Bruce Kuwabara, partner, KPMB
April 16
Queen Victoria: Mother of Confederation
Carolyn Harris, historian, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies
April 23
TBA: Cultural Industry
Brad King, vice president, Lord Cultural Resources
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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 two weeks 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 2018 Schedule

Course code: SCS 1665-075
Dates & Times:
February 7 – April 11, 2018 -- Wednesdays 12:30 PM - 1:30PM
Wednesday, February 7
Murder They Wrote: The Origins of Detective Fiction
Erin Piotrowski, instructor—U of T
February 14
How Software Shapes the World
Ben Rowswell, former diplomat, co-founder of better.place, a mobile app encouraging civic participation
February 21
The Healthy Brain: How to Make Your Brain Last a Lifetime
Aileen Burford-Mason, immunologist, cell biologist, orthomolecular nutritionist
February 28
Understanding Your Body’s Response to Stressful Living
David Posen, physician, author, public speaker
March 7
The Next Convergence: The Evolving Relationship Between People and Machines
Steven Convey, managing director technology, Accenture Canada
March 14
Mourning and Melancholia in the Age of Machine Learning
Sidney Kennedy, professor of psychiatry, U of T, Arthur Sommer Rotenberg Chair in Suicide and Depression Studies, St. Michael’s Hospital
March 21
Queen Victoria: Mother of Confederation Carolyn Harris, historian, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies
March 28
When is Terrorism Not Terrorism? Reflections on the Experience of a Hijacking
Jeffrey Balkind, former program manager, infrastructure projects, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank
April 4
Vietnam War Resisters Welcome: How Canadians Helped
Dennis Bartels, professor, anthropology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
April 11
Astronomy: A Tour of the Universe
Tom Vassos, author, instructor—U of T, amateur astrophysicist
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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.