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Previous Lectures

Video archives of many of the past lectures are kept by Instructional Technologies & Multimedia Services (ITMS) and are available for in-house viewing. View the full list of the lectures available at ITMS, or see below for individual links.

Lecturer Date(s) Title

Dr. Thomas King

Award-winning novelist, screenwriter, essayist and performer, and recipient of a 2014 Governor General’s Literary Award.

November 17, 2015

Love in the Time of Cholera: Canadian Edition

Sir Michael Marmot

President of the British Lung Foundation, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, and Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians.

November 3, 2014 Fair Society, Healthy Lives

Dr. Margaret MacMillan

Officer of the Order of Canada, member of the Royal Society of Literature, and professor of history at Oxford University.

September 29, 2013

Choice or Accident: The Outbreak of World War One

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Dr. Paul Collier

Oxford Professor of Economics, Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, critically acclaimed author.

November 22, 2012

Will Africa's resource scramble lead to development or disaster?

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November 23, 2011 Student colloquia                                                   

Dr. Ian Hacking

Internationally acclaimed, award-winning Canadian philosopher, author, and a Companion of the Order of Canada.

October 3, 2011

How did mathematics become possible?

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October 4, 2011 Student colloquia                                                   

John Mighton

Mathematician, best-selling author, award-winning playwright, and founder of Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies (JUMP)

November 29, 2010 The high cost of intellectual poverty: how myths about intelligence and talent are slowing human progress
November 20, 2010 Student colloquium

Dr. Vandana Shiva

Internationally renowned physicist, ecologist, activist, and author

Oct 21, 2009 Earth democracy: beyond dead democracy and killing economies.
Oct 22, 2009

Student colloquium: soil not oil

Dr. Roberta Bondar

Canada's first female astronaut

November 14, 2007 When we get to Mars, will our legs be flippers? What space medicine teaches Canadians about life on Earth.
November 14, 2007 Student colloquium

Seymour Hersh

American Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist, author and regular contributor to the New Yorker

November 8, 2006 U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East: the road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib to today
November 8, 2006 Student colloquium

John Meisel, C.C., F.R.S.C.

Internationally acclaimed political scientist, author and winner of numerous prestigious scholarly awards and a Companion of the Order of Canada .

November 28, 2005

The curse and potential of greed: social and political issues arising from acquisitiveness


November 29, 2005 Student colloquium: student symposium

Dr. Ursula M. Franklin 

Internationally acclaimed Physicist, Engineer, Feminist, Peace Activist, Environmentalist, Humanist

March 2, 2005

Thinking about technology: defining technology as practice

March 3, 2005 Student colloquium

Atom Egoyan

Internationally-renowned, award-winning, filmmaker

November 3, 2003 In other words: poetic license and the incarnation of history
November 4, 2003 Student colloquium

Dr. John Stanford

Professor of Microbiology/ Vaccine Developer

November 21, 2002 Environmental echoes - immunological learning from the environment
November 22, 2002 Student colloquium

Dr. Michael Ignatieff

Harvard University, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School of Government. Distinguished author, historian and journalist.

January 24, 2001 Human rights and the rights of states - are they on a collision course?
January 25, 2001 Student colloquium - putting cruelty first

Dr. Morton Cohen

Professor Emeritus, City University of New York; Lewis Carroll expert

March 31, 1999 The paradoxical Lewis Carroll
April 1, 1999 Student colloquium - the many faces of Lewis Carroll’s Alice

Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University, California

November 10, 1999 Optimal experience and the quality of life
November 11, 1999 Student colloquium

David Cayley

Canadian writer

November 19, 1997 The expanding prison: is there an alternative?
November 20, 1997 Student colloquium

Dr. John Ralston Saul

Canadian writer

November 20, 1996 Power versus the public good: the conundrum of individualism and the citizen
November 21, 1996 Student colloquium

Dr. Patricia Smith Churchland

Professor of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego

October 18, 1995 Can neurobiology teach us anything about consciousness?
October 19, 1995 Student colloquium - feeling reasons: what happens to free will if the brain is a causal mechanism?

Dr. John C. Polanyi

1986 Nobel Prize Laureate; Professor of Chemistry, University of Toronto

January 17, 1995 The molecular dance in chemical reaction
January 18, 1995 Student colloquium - research in jeopardy: thoughts concerning science policy

Dr. Andrea A. Lunsford

Professor of English, Vice Chair for Rhetoric and Composition, Ohio State University

October 27, 1993 Intellectual property in an age of information: what’s at stake for the academy
October 28, 1993 Discussion with A. Lunsford: literacy and other topics

Mr. Frank O. Gehry

Architect, Principal-in-Charge, Frank O. Gehry and Associates, Santa Monica

November 1992 The current work of Frank Gehry

Dr. Abbyann Lynch

Director, Bioethics Department, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

October 22, 1991 Biotechnology & Bioethics: collaboration or combat
October 21, 1991 Student Colloquium - Assessing bioengineering and biotechnology: the bioethical imperative

Dr. Gregory Benford

Professor of Physics, University of California, Irvine

October 3 & 4 1990 Science, fiction, and things in between

Dr. Lynn Hunt

Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

November 27, 1989 Family images and sexual problems in the french revolution
November 28, 1989 Student colloquium - the many bodies of Marie Antoinnette

Dr. Ronald Melzack

E.P. Taylor Professor of Psychology, McGill University

October 25 1988 Dangerous myths about pain
October 26 1988 Student colloquium- phantom limb pain

Dr. R. Allan Freeze

Professor of Geological Sciences, University of British Columbia

October 20 1987 The subsidence of Venice
October 21 1987 Student colloquium - groundwater contamination technical analysis and social decision making

Dr. Joseph Weizenbaum

Professor of Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

October 21, 1986 Prospects for artificial intelligence
October 22, 1986 Student colloquium - without us! Computer scientists and the arms race

Dr. Lynn Margulis

Professor of Biology, Boston University

October 28, 1985 The origins of sex
October 29, 1985 Student colloquium - early life on Earth

Mr. Nani A. Palkhivala

Noted Author, Teacher, Scholar and Lawyer, India

October 31, 1984 Where the north meets the south
November 1, 1984 Student colloquium - imperative for growth in the global economy

Dr. Hedley Bull

Montague Burton Professor of International Relations, Oxford University, Fellow of Balliol College

October 12, 1983 The concept of justice in international relations
October 13, 1983 Student Colloquium - justice in international relations today

Dr. Gerhard Herzberg

Distinguished Research Scientist,National Research Council of Canada

October 19, 1983 The space between the stars
October 20, 1983 Student Colloquium - the interplay between theory and experiment in spectroscopy

Ms. Margaret Atwood

Canadian Writer (Novelist, poet and critic), Toronto, Ontario

February 9, 1982 Writing the male character
February 10, 1982 Answers to frequently asked questions

Sir Ernst Gombrich

Director (Retired), Warburg Institute, London

October 22, 1979

Beyond realism: the cult of beauty

October 23, 1979 Beyond realism: twentieth century mystics

Mr. Richard Leakey

Director, National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya

October 17 & 18, 1978

The african origin of mankind: current evidence

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Professor Kenneth E. Boulding (Economics) and Professor Elise Boulding (Sociology)

Institute of Behavioural Science, University of Colorado

January 16, 1978 Kenneth Boulding, the nature and sources of peace
January 17, 1978 Elise Boulding, the evolution of peace
January 18, 1978 Kenneth and Elise Boulding, a policy for peace

Dr. Hans Selye

Professor of Experimental Medicine and Surgery, University of Manitoba

January 24, 1977 Stress without distress
January 25, 1977 Creativity and science

Mr. Maxwell Henderson

Past Auditor General of Canada

February 23, 1976 Canada in the year 2000: where are we going?

Mr. Arthur Maloney

Ontario Ombudsman

January 27, 1976

Dr. Boyd Neel

Conductor and Musicologist, Retired Dean of Music, University of Toronto

January 27, 1975 The Baroque Orchestra
January 28, 1975 The Baroque Revival
January 29, 1975 Gilbert and Sullivan

Dr. Geoffrey Elton

Professor of History,University of Cambridge

January 28, 1974 A critique of historical reason
January 29, 1974 In it and at it: knowledge
January 30, 1974 Getting where? Purpose

Dr. David Suzuki

Professor of Zoology, University of British Columbia

February, 1972 Genetics and the destiny of man

Dr. Fred Hoyle

Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy, and Director, Institute of Theoretical Astronomy, Cambridge University

February 15, 1971 Stonehenge
February 16, 1971 The present day relation of science and society
February 17, 1971 Modern developments in cosmology

Dr. George Wald

Nobel Laureate in Medicine for 1967, Professor of Biology, Harvard University

January 30, 1971 The human perspective

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