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 Royal Parenting in Medieval and Modern TimesCarolyn Harris, historian, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies 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? Canada in the Age of Trump and Brexit Michael Adams, author, president, Environics Institute
October 25 Moments of Meaning: A New Definition of “Life” Mariana Bockarova, behavioural scientist, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies November 29 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 Born too Soon: Combatting the Rising Rates of Preterm BirthChloe McDonald, program officer, Every Woman, Every Child 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 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 Origins of Detective Fiction Erin Piotrowski, instructor—U of T
November 2 Could It Happen Here? Canada in the Age of Trump and Brexit Michael Adams, author, president, Environics Institute December 7 The Next Convergence: The Evolving Relationship Between People and Machines Steven Convey, managing director technology, Accenture Canada
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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 Origins 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 The Next Convergence: The Evolving Relationship Between People and Machines Steven Convey, managing director technology, Accenture Canada October 30 Could It Happen Here? Canada in the Age of Trump and Brexit Michael Adams, author, president, Environics Institute
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 Royal Parenting in Medieval and Modern TimesCarolyn Harris, historian, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies November 13 Mindfully Looking into Insight: Attention and Problem-Solving John Vervaeke, assistant professor of psychology, cognitive science program, U of T
October 9 No lecture—Thanksgiving Day November 20 From Radicalization to Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Mubin Shaikh, former CSIS and RCMP counter-terrorism operative; expert on radicalization and terrorism
October 16 Born too Soon: Combatting the Rising Rates of Preterm BirthChloe McDonald, program officer, Every Woman, Every Child
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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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Fall 2017 Schedule

Course code: SCS 1665-072
Dates & Times:
October 4 -- December 6, 2017 -- Wednesdays 12:30 PM - 1:30PM
Wednesday, October 4 Royal Parenting in Medieval and Modern TimesCarolyn Harris, historian, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies 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? Canada in the Age of Trump and Brexit Michael Adams, author, president, Environics Institute
October 25 Moments of Meaning: A New Definition of “Life” Mariana Bockarova, behavioural scientist, instructor—U of T Continuing Studies November 29 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 Born too Soon: Combatting the Rising Rates of Preterm BirthChloe McDonald, program officer, Every Woman, Every Child 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.