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TVO to announce winner of best lecturer competition

And the winner is …

Tune in to TVO this Saturday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. to find out the name of the winner of TVO’s Best Lecturer competition.

Television viewers have now had the chance to watch and listen to the talks by all 10 finalists from across Ontario. The lectures have been broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays for the past two months on TVO’s Big Ideas program. The winning lecturer will earn a $10,000 scholarship from Meloche Monnex for his or her university.

University of Toronto professors dominate the list of finalists for TVO’s Best Lecturer competition, with U of T faculty earning six of the 10 coveted spots – with half of those from U of T Scarborough.

Altogether, the University of Toronto has six finalists in the top 10 for the Best Lecturer Competition at TVO -- the most of any university -- with three of those from U of T Scarborough. They are: Professors Maydianne Andrade, (Biology, U of T Scarborough), Kenneth Bartlett (History), Marc Fournier, (Psychology, U of T Scarborough), and Steve Joordens, (Psychology, U of T Scarborough), Bryan Karney (Civil Engineering), and Nick Mount (English).

The four remaining finalists were: Rupinder Brar, (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Jacalyn Duffin, (Queen’s University), Allan Hutchinson, (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University), and Michael Persinger, (Laurentian University).

Contestants were initially nominated by students across the province, with 155 names in the first round, a semi-final round cut to 71, then to 30, and most recently, to 10. A panel of judges selected the 10 finalists, who were chosen for their ability to present complex ideas with clarity, energy and authority. The judges were: Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente, novelist Camilla Gibb, and Maclean’s managing editor Tony Keller.Television viewers have been voting to determine the ultimate winner, so stay tuned.

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