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.
Details of 2019 Talks to follow.
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
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
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.