Workshops on a range of topics in the arts, sciences, and current affairs are generally offered every two weeks at Knox College at the University of Toronto. The workshops are led by member-facilitators, and topics are researched and presented by the members of the class.




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Workshop Space Availability


Two Weeks at a Glance


Workshop Dates

Week 1 Workshop dates are the weeks beginning:
Mon. Sept. 9, 23, Oct. 7, 21, Nov. 4, 18, Jan. 6, 20, Feb. 3, 17, Mar. 2, 16

Week 2 Workshop dates are the weeks beginning:
 Tues. Sept. 17, Oct. 1, 15, 29, Nov. 12, 26, Jan. 14, 28, Feb. 11, 25, Mar. 10, 24

Workshops listing:

Comedy in Film – New Offering for 2019 / 2020

Biweekly, Tuesday, 2 – 4, Week 1  – Space available
Room 1 

In film, comedy has always been considered a lesser art form than drama. How often is a comedy awarded the top prize in any major competition? In this workshop we will look at the history of films that make us laugh from the beginning of this art form, concentrating on films made in USA, Canada and the UK. We will explore films from the point of view of the producers, directors, and actors (e.g, Charlie Chaplin, Mel Brooks, Monty Python). What factors have made them funny and successful or unsuccessful?

Participants will research a 30-minute presentation on a film, actor, or director of their choice discussing what makes his or her work funny and what impact their films might have had on social and political issues.

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Contemporary Conflict Resolution

Biweekly,Tuesday, 12 – 2, Week 1 – CANCELLED 

Since the end of the Cold War, conflict prevention and resolution has risen to the top of the international agenda. This workshop covers the theory and practice of conflict resolution. It charts the development of the field from its pioneers to its contemporary exponents, offers an assessment of its achievements, and looks at the challenges it faces in today’s changed security environment.

Topics include reconciliation, responses to terror, gender issues, the ethics of intervention, dialogue, culture, and future directions for the field. Conflict remediation at the personal, community, and international levels will be explored.  Members of the workshop will be expected to prepare a presentation on one of the topics.

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Contemporary Film A

Biweekly, Wednesday 12 – 2, Week 2 – Space available
Room 5   

Please join us for lively discussions of contemporary films. At each meeting we choose two films to view on our own before the next class. Films may be from any genre — indies, art films, block-busters — or whatever moves the class when voting. The two presentations per class will focus on aspects such as themes, production values, and take-home values. We rate the films individually, and then compare our class rating to the Internet rating, just for fun. For the first session, the facilitator will contact registered members with the two films for consideration and solicit volunteers for presentations.

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Contemporary Film B

Biweekly, Thursday 12 – 2, Week 2  – Full
Room 5

Welcome to all Film Fans! In each session we jointly choose two contemporary films. Each member is then expected to view and rate them, based on a set of criteria developed by the group, as well as their personal enjoyment. This has been a lively workshop where members are never at a loss for discussion. Members will take turns introducing the films, but everyone should come prepared to discuss them.

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Crime, Prevention, and Punishment – New Offering for 2019 / 2020

Biweekly, Wednesday, 10 – 12, Week 2 – Workshop Full
Room 1

As long as there have been people there has been crime. And as long as there has been crime, there have been victims and societies seeking revenge, retribution, or rehabilitation.

Join us to explore historical and cultural topics as diverse as forms of crime, law enforcement, the justice system, criminology, cultural representation of crime, infamous criminals, famous crimes and/or trials, gangs, and organized crime.

With a broad range of subjects from which to select, and no required readings, you will have the freedom to explore in detail any topic that inspires you, and every session will have plenty of time for lively discussion. Each participant will be expected to give a 20-minute presentation.

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Dance Me to the End of Time

Biweekly, Wednesday, 12 – 2, Week 1  – Space available
Room 1 

Join us again in exploring great choreographers, dancers, and dance companies that have shaped and changed the language of ballet and added to our understanding of dance. Each participant will be expected to research and do one presentation to be followed by group discussion. Topics may be either (a) a great choreographer, dancer, or dance company highlighting the history, social context, and significance to dance, or (b) an issue facing ballet such as the #MeToo movement, race, body image, or (c) an aspect of ballet such as ballet and the movies, ballet shoes, or ballet costumes. Come be inspired by Nijinsky, Nureyev, and many others and be stimulated by lively discussions.

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Disruptive Technologies and Their Impact on Our Future – New Offering for 2019 / 2020

Biweekly, Wednesday, 12 – 2, Week 1 – FULL
Room 5  

We are living in an era where technological change is occurring at a rapid pace and is impacting the way we live now and will impact the way we live in the future. In this workshop, we will examine some of the disruptive technologies that are being developed and their potential impact. Topics will include, but are not limited to, the Internet of Things (IOT), cryptocurrencies, assistive technologies, the Cloud, artificial intelligence, renewable energy, autonomous cars, healthcare technology, 3D printing, advanced robotics, mobile internet, voice-based personal assistants, and gene editing. For each session, an overview of the technology will be presented in the first hour and the second hour will focus on the potential impact of the technology. No prior knowledge of any of the technologies is required.

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Documentary Film

Biweekly, Monday, 10 – 2, Week 1  – Space Available
Robarts Media Commons Robarts Library 3/F

Documentary films have become increasingly popular as they effectively reflect the richness and ambiguity of life, bringing us real stories from the world around us. Together we will explore this exciting medium by presenting films on a wide variety of topics. All films (some of which may contain subtitles) will be screened in class. For each documentary a team of three group members will be responsible for making brief introductory presentations about the filmmaker(s), themes introduced, and film techniques used. Two other participants will co-ordinate to lead our group discussion.All documentaries will be available in advance to presenters and discussion leaders from the library, Netflix, etc., or will be provided on DVD by the facilitators.

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Economist Readers

Weekly, Thursday, 10-12, Weeks 1 & 2 – Full
Room 1

This group will meet to extract the wit and wisdom in politics, business, finance, culture, literature and science from this influential international journal. Subscription copies can be delivered by mail (phone 1-800-456-6086) or e-mail ( At each session, the group selects about a dozen articles and the discussion is led by the person proposing each article.

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Equality and Inequality – New Offering for 2019 / 2020

Biweekly, Thursday, 2 – 4, Week 1 – Space available
Room 1

“Inequality is the defining challenge of our time,” said President Obama in December 2013. ‘Equality’ and ‘Inequality’ are words used every day but what do they mean? Are they mutually exclusive? Both will be considered in their broadest sense and not solely in monetary terms. The workshop will look at authors as diverse as Kurt Vonnegut and Thomas Piketty. Each participant will be expected to make a 20- 25 minute presentation on a topic. The focus will be on breaking EQUALITY and INEQUALITY down into ‘bite- sized’, more manageable issues such as affirmative action programs, universal basic income, education, race, social mobility, income and wealth.

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