University Lecture Series

ABOUT THIS PROGRAM

A consistent favourite, the University Lecture Series is guaranteed to pique your interest with a fascinating list of hour-long talks. This series features a line-up of scholars and thought leaders who weigh in on subjects across the intellectual spectrum, including history, politics, geography, art, science, architecture, media and more.  

Every week offers another illuminating talk that will challenge your assumptions and potentially shift your perspective. Provocative, critical and insightful, this series welcomes learners of all ages.  

The University Lecture Series is offered in-person, but can also be accessed online. 

 

UNIVERSITY LECTURE SERIES - WINTER 2019

Expand the lists below for campus-specific lecture information

February 4
Master of Persuasion: Assessing Brian Mulroney’s Global Legacy
Fen Hampson

professor, Carleton University; director, global security & politics, Centre for International Governance Innovation

February 11
The Curiously Elastic Limits of Endurance
Alex Hutchinson 

science journalist, Globe and Mail

February 18

No lecture -- Family Day

February 25
A Score to Settle with Hitler:
Canada’s Jewish Servicemen in WWII

Ellin Bessner

writer, broadcaster, professor of journalism—Centennial College

March 4
A Higher Calling: One Woman's Journey from Corporate Law to the Top of the World's Tallest Mountains
Grace McDonald 

climber

March 11
Canadians in the Spanish Civil War
Michael Petrou

historian

March 18
Film Criticism: Does It Still Matter?
Shlomo Schwartzberg

film critic, teacher, arts journalist

March 25
Human-centred Cities: Co-designing with Citizens
Zahra Ebrahim 

urbanist, co-lead (Canada), Doblin, a design-led innovation firm

April 1

From Adversity to Empowerment and the Importance of Paying it Forward
Samra Zafar

author, speaker, social entrepreneur 

April 8
Woman Enough: How a Boy Became a Woman and Changed the World of Sport
Johanna Schneller

freelance journalist, broadcaster, writer

April 15
What I Learned Living on a First Nations Reserve
Heather MacTaggart

executive director, Classroom Connections Learning Foundation

February 6
Master of Persuasion: Assessing Brian Mulroney’s Global Legacy
Fen Hampson 

professor, Carleton University; director, global security & politics, Centre for International Governance Innovation

February 13

Why Young Men: Rage, Race and the Crisis of Identity
Jamil Jivani 

author, lawyer, community organizer

February 20

Toronto Through the Lens of Public Sculpture and Art
Hamish Saxton

president, TalkWalk; tourism consultant

February 27
A Score to Settle with Hitler:
Canada’s Jewish Servicemen in WWII

Ellin Bessner 

writer, broadcaster, professor of journalism—Centennial College

March 6
A Higher Calling: One Woman's Journey from Corporate Law to the Top of the World's Tallest Mountains
Grace McDonald

climber

March 13
What I Learned Living on a First Nations Reserve
Heather MacTaggart

executive director, Classroom Connections Learning Foundation

March 20
Doug Ford and the Power of Populism
Martin Regg Cohn

political columnist, Toronto Star

March 27
The Perfect Predator: An Epidemiologist’s Journey to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug 
Steffanie Strathdee 

 infectious diseases epidemiologist; associate dean, global health sciences, University of California, San Diego

April 3
The Curiously Elastic Limits of Endurance
Alex Hutchinson

science journalist, Globe and Mail

April 10
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans: The Genesis of Jazz
Mike Daley

musician, musicologist, writer and lecturer

February 7
Master of Persuasion: Assessing Brian Mulroney’s Global Legacy
Fen Hampson

professor, Carleton University; director, global security & politics, Centre for International Governance Innovation

February 14

Why Young Men: Rage, Race and the Crisis of Identity
Jamil Jivani 

author, lawyer, community organizer

February 21

Architecture

Marta O’Brien 

architectural historian, instructor — U of T School of Continuing Studies 

February 28
A Score to Settle with Hitler:
Canada’s Jewish Servicemen in WWII

Ellin Bessner 

writer, broadcaster, professor of journalism—Centennial College

March 7
A Higher Calling: One Woman's Journey from Corporate Law to the Top of the World's Tallest Mountains
Grace McDonald 

climber

March 14
What I Learned Living on a First Nations Reserve
Heather MacTaggart

executive director, Classroom Connections Learning Foundation

March 21

Misfit: The Amazing Journey of one of Canada’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs

Andreas Souvaliotis 

founder, Green Rewards; creator, Carrot Rewards health and wellness app

March 28

From Adversity to Empowerment and the Importance of Paying it Forward
Samra Zafar

author, speaker, social entrepreneur 

April 4
Woman Enough: How a Boy Became a Woman and Changed the World of Sport
Johanna Schneller 

freelance journalist, broadcaster, writer

April 11
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans: The Genesis of Jazz
Mike Daley

musician, musicologist, writer and lecturer

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