Spring Talks

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Wednesdays through April and May, Academy members and guests enjoy the opportunity to hear presentations from well-known experts on a wide range of thought-provoking topics, and to interact with one another in an informal learning environment.

Talks are free for Academy members, $10 for guests. Pre-booking is not required.

Click Here To See The Entire Listings of Spring Talks 2018

Details of 2019 Talks to follow.



Academy Forums

On Wednesdays, September through November and January through March, Academy members congregate at Knox College to hear debates on topical issues and talks from members and well-known experts on a wide range of academic, social, and political issues.

There is no charge for Forums, and pre-booking is not required. All Forums are at 2:15pm

Click here for the listing of 2018 Fall Forums


Jeff Biteen, David Kister, Susan Murphy
Jeff Biteen, David Kister, Susan Murphy

October 3 Forum - 2:15pm

Presenting the Presenters

The Father of Modern Information Technology - Jeff Biteen

Old Toronto in Pictures - David Kister

Not Just Cartoons: Poetry in the New Yorker


October 17 Forum - 2:15pm

Sing Me A Song of Canada

Robin Elliott, Jean A. Chalmers Chair in Canadian Music at the University of Toronto


October 31 Forum - 2:15pm

A Fascinating Tour of the Universe

Tom Vassos, Instructor, University of Toronto


November 14 Forum - 2:15 pm

Rapid Transit and City Planning in Toronto - the Missing Link
Some Personal Observations Based on 25 Years of Involvement in Key Transit Projects

George Davies, former Deputy Minister of Transportation for Ontario

George's observations are based on his four years of experience as DM of Transportation in the 1990s, and six years as advisor at Infrastructure Ontario more recently. His hypothesis is that transit planning should be a subset of good urban planning, and both have been largely missing in Toronto, allowing major urban transit projects to be driven by largely changeable political whim.

November 28 Forum - 2:15 pm

Academy Debate:
Resolved that the 21st Century belongs to China

Moderated by the Academy's Ernie Fallon


Speaker / Topic Suggestions

The Academy's Talks Committee welcomes suggestions for topics and speakers for future Forums and Spring Talks.