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 at the St George Campus in Toronto and in Markham. It is also available online.

 

UNIVERSITY LECTURE SERIES - WINTER 2023

Expand the lists below for lecture information.

Friday, January 27
Building a Creative Life
Anne Fitzgerald

lawyer, former chief legal officer, Cineplex

February 3
Dream States: How Smart City Technology Fits into the Post-Pandemic World    
John Lorinc

author, journalist, editor

February 10
Canada and the Civil War: Opening Canadian Eyes about a "Foreign" War    
Brian Martin

author, historian, journalist

February 17

Winnie Cooper: The True Story of a British Home Child in Canada    
Carol Marie Newall

author

February 24

The Future Is Analog: How to Create a More Human World
David Sax

author, journalist

March 3

Can Zelensky’s Ukraine Find Peace? Stories from the Frontline    
Susan Ormiston

CBC international correspondent

March 10

The Future of Data Privacy: A World Beyond Imagination
Patricia Kosseim

information and privacy commissioner of Ontario

March 17
The Invisible Siege: The Secret History of Coronavirus Science and What it Means for Our Collective Future
Dan Werb

writer, epidemiologist, assistant professor, University of Toronto, and University of California, San Diego

March 24
Change for Good: The New Role of Business in Society        
Paul Klein

author, social change advisor

March 31
Good Sleep Requires Shiny Shoes – and Other Life and Leadership Lessons from the Command Post
Matthew Pegg

fire chief, City of Toronto 

Thursday, February 2
The Invisible Siege: The Secret History of Coronavirus Science and What it Means for Our Collective Future
Dan Werb

writer, epidemiologist, assistant professor, University of Toronto, and University of California, San Diego

February 9
Teacher by Nature, Storyteller by Nurture, Entrepreneur by Necessity
Linda Schuyler

co-creator of Degrassi and CEO, Skystone Media

February 16

The Zoo’s Mission in 2023 (Title to be confirmed)    
Dolf DeJong

president and CEO, Toronto Zoo

February 23

Winnie Cooper: The True Story of a British Home Child in Canada    
Carol Marie Newall

author

March 2
Title to be confirmed
Jo-anne Marr

president and CEO, Oak Valley Health

March 9
"Nothing is Constant but Change”: Leading the Varley Art Gallery of Markham      
Niamh O’Laoghaire

director, Varley Art Gallery of Markham

March 16
Change for Good: The New Role of Business in Society        
Paul Klein

author, social change advisor

March 23
Listening to History’s Ghosts: Writing Eight Strings as Historical Fiction
Margaret DeRosia

writer, historian

March 30
Title to be confirmed
Eric Lariviere

general manager, Flato Theatre, Markham

April 6
What’s at Stake in Ontario’s Ring of Fire?        
Virginia Heffernan

author, geoscientist

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