University Lecture Series


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.  

This Winter, the University Lecture Series is offered online only.



Expand the lists below for lecture information

Wednesday, October 6
Say Less, Get More at Home and at Work!
Fotini Iconomopoulos

author, negotiation advisor

October 13

Shut Out: The Game That Did Not Love Me Black
Bernie Saunders, retired professional hockey player, and Barry Meisel, sports writer

October 20

Covid-19: Staying Strong with a Well-fed Immune System
Aileen Burford-Mason

immunologist, nutritionist, author

October 27

Supertall Skyscrapers:  Celebrated and Controversial Monumentality from New York to Toronto
Sybil Wa

architect; adjunct assistant professor, Columbia University; vice-chair of Toronto Community Housing Design Review Panel

November 3
Canada: How a Global People Can Shape the World of the 2020s
John Stackhouse

author and senior vice-president, office of the CEO, Royal Bank of Canada

November 10
My Best Mistake: Epic Fails & Silver Linings
Terry O’Reilly

writer, broadcaster, author

November 17

Pleasures of Suffering
Paul Bloom

psychology professor, University of Toronto; Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Yale University

November 24
Would Mona Lisa Please Stand Up? The Powerful Female Characters of Tuscan Daughter, and Their Connection to Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci

Lisa Rochon

author, architecture critic, urban designer

December 1
Our Canada: Forward as One for Our Brightest Chapter
Dany Assaf

lawyer, author, co-founder of Toronto’s annual Fast in the 6:Diversity.Unity.Prosperity

December 8

In the Children’s Best Interests: Unaccompanied Children in American-Occupied Germany, 1949-1952

Lynne Taylor

professor of history, University of Waterloo

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