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U of T Scarborough proudly presents lecture series designed with and for the community

U of T Scarborough is bringing its global experts to a local audience.

Great Explorations, a new lecture series, welcomes local residents to hear from some of the campus’ most renowned thinkers. Building on the campus’ history of community engagement the series offers an intellectually enriching experience that explores critical issues in the world today. The four-part Spring 2017 program, aligning with Canada’s Sesquicentennial, focuses on contemporary Canadian perspectives in health and in politics.

The series launches with a talk on the emerging field of health research that is demonstrating how humanities and arts-based learning can help healthcare professionals become better practitioners. Professor Andrea Charise, the lead developer and instructor of Canada’s first undergraduate curriculum in Health Humanities and a winner of the Polanyi Prize for Literature, presents Arts and the Future of Health on April 3.

Other topics include Canada’s role in global health, the future of Canadian federalism, and the growing left/right political divide in Canada and the U.S.  Speakers for the spring program include prominent faculty members Professor Anne-Emanuelle Birn, recognized among the top 100 Women Leaders in Global Health, Professor Grace Skogstad, a specialist in Canadian federalism, and Professor Christopher Cochrane, author of Left and Right: The Small World of Political Ideas and a sought after expert by Canadian media.

The series will follow a two-part format, opening with remarks followed by a question-and-answer period with the audience.

The campus developed the series in partnership with several U of T alumnae who live in the area. “We have outstanding community partners here at U of T Scarborough,” says Vice Principal Academic and Dean, Professor William Gough. “We’re always looking for ways to share our strengths with our neighbours. What better way to do that than by opening our doors and presenting our best thinkers in a program designed just for them.”

Great Explorations is presented by the Office of the Vice-Principal Academic and Dean. For more information on the series, including the dates, topics and speaker bios, visit the lecture series webpage.

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