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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Fall 2017 Schedule

Course code: SCS 1665-072
Dates & Times:
October 4 -- December 6, 2017 -- Wednesdays 12:30 PM - 1:30PM

Wednesday, October 4
Born too Soon: Combatting the Rising Rates of Preterm Birth
Chloe McDonald, program officer,
Every Woman, Every Child

November 8
Why Is a Good Death Still So Hard to Achieve? The Right-to-Die Struggle in Canada and Abroad
Sandra Martin, author, journalist, broadcaster

October 11
The Rise and Fall of Rocco Perri, King of the Bootleggers
Trevor Cole, journalist, novelist

November 15
Breaking the Ice: Dead Reckoning in the Northwest Passage Ken McGoogan, author, instructor—Continuing Studies

October 18
Russiagate and Trump: The Drama of Russia/U.S. Relations
Susan Ormiston, senior correspondent, CBC News

November 22
Could It Happen Here? The Rise of Populism
Michael Adams, TBA

October 25
Moments of Meaning: A New
Definition of “Life”
Mariana Bockarova, behavioural scientist, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies

November 29
TBA: Depression
Sakina Rizvi, scientist at the ASR Suicide and Depression Studies Program, St. Michael’s Hospital; assistant professor of psychiatry, U of T

November 1
Royal Parenting in Medieval and Modern Times
Carolyn Harris, historian, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies

December 6
Dissonance or Harmony? The State of the TSO Today
Gary Hanson, interim CEO, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

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Fall 2017 Schedule

Course code: SCS 1665-070
Dates & Times: October 5 -- December 7, 2017 -- Thursdays 12:30 PM - 1:30PM

Thursday, October 5
The Rise and Fall of Rocco Perri, King of the Bootleggers
Trevor Cole, journalist, novelist

November 9
Breaking the Ice: Dead Reckoning in the Northwest Passage Ken McGoogan, author, instructor—Continuing Studies

October 12
Born too Soon: Combatting the Rising Rates of Preterm Birth
Chloe McDonald, program officer,
Every Woman, Every Child

November 16
Russian Literature and the Questions It Asks
Julia Zarankin, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies

October 19
Moments of Meaning: A New
Definition of “Life”
Mariana Bockarova, behavioural scientist, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies

November 23
TBA: Depression
Sakina Rizvi, scientist at the ASR Suicide and Depression Studies Program, St. Michael’s Hospital; assistant professor of psychiatry, U of T

October 26
Royal Parenting in Medieval and Modern Times
Carolyn Harris, historian, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies

November 30
The Origin of Detective Fiction
Erin Piotrowski, instructor—U of T

November 2
Could It Happen Here? The Rise of Populism
Michael Adams, TBA

December 7
TBA: Technology and AI
Steven Convey, TBA

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Fall 2017 Schedule

Course code: SCS 1665-071
Dates & Times: September 11 – November 20, 2017 -- Mondays 12:00 PM - 1:00PM

Monday, September 11
The Origin of Detective Fiction
Erin Piotrowski, instructor—U of T

October 23
Moments of Meaning: A New Definition of “Life”
Mariana Bockarova, behavioural scientist, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies

September 18
TBA: Technology and AI
Steven Convey, TBA

October 30
Could It Happen Here? The Rise of Populism
Michael Adams, TBA

September 25
The Rise and Fall of Rocco Perri, King of the Bootleggers
Trevor Cole, journalist, novelist

November 6
Breaking the Ice: Dead Reckoning in the Northwest Passage
Ken McGoogan, author, instructor—Continuing Studies

October 2
Born too Soon: Combatting the Rising Rates of Preterm Birth
Chloe McDonald, program officer, Every Woman, Every Child

November 13
TBA
TBA

October 9
No lecture—Thanksgiving Day

November 20
TBA
TBA

October 16
Royal Parenting in Medieval and Modern Times
Carolyn Harris, historian, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies

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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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Fall 2017 Schedule

Course code: SCS 1665-072
Dates & Times:
October 4 -- December 6, 2017 -- Wednesdays 12:30 PM - 1:30PM

Wednesday, October 4
Born too Soon: Combatting the Rising Rates of Preterm Birth
Chloe McDonald, program officer,
Every Woman, Every Child

November 8
Why Is a Good Death Still So Hard to Achieve? The Right-to-Die Struggle in Canada and Abroad
Sandra Martin, author, journalist, broadcaster

October 11
The Rise and Fall of Rocco Perri, King of the Bootleggers
Trevor Cole, journalist, novelist

November 15
Breaking the Ice: Dead Reckoning in the Northwest Passage Ken McGoogan, author, instructor—Continuing Studies

October 18
Russiagate and Trump: The Drama of Russia/U.S. Relations
Susan Ormiston, senior correspondent, CBC News

November 22
Could It Happen Here? The Rise of Populism
Michael Adams, TBA

October 25
Moments of Meaning: A New
Definition of “Life”
Mariana Bockarova, behavioural scientist, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies

November 29
TBA: Depression
Sakina Rizvi, scientist at the ASR Suicide and Depression Studies Program, St. Michael’s Hospital; assistant professor of psychiatry, U of T

November 1
Royal Parenting in Medieval and Modern Times
Carolyn Harris, historian, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies

December 6
Dissonance or Harmony? The State of the TSO Today
Gary Hanson, interim CEO, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

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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.