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Register Now for the Summer Program (non-degree) at Knox College

The Knox College Summer Program is a non-degree morning lecture series for the curious mind. Located at the heart of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus, the series focuses on diverse subjects with lectures presented by experts in their fields.

**please note that this is a non-degree program for older adults**


Each week there are two 1 1/2 hour lectures per morning starting at 9:00 a.m. sharp, with a 1/2 hour coffee break in between.
Followed at 12:30 p.m. with a nice lunch, which is optional.

2 courses (incl. break)           $218     H.S.T. included

3 courses (incl. break)      $303 H.S.T. included

4 courses (incl. break)    $394 H.S.T. included

Lunch per week       $75       H.S.T. included

View the 2014 brochure here>>

AUGUST 11 – 15, 2014

COURSE A                                     9:00 – 10:30 AM

Regenerative medicine: Taking Research from the Bench to the Bedside, Faster

In just five years, the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine scientists have made incredible medical breakthroughs towards curing many of today’s prevalent diseases and ailments. And what holds the cure for much of what ails us? Stem cells.

Beginning with a Stem Cell 101, this course will provide participants with a basic understanding of stem cells and the research that is currently in progress. Offering a glimpse of the advances that have already been made, this course will also examine the remarkable potential of stem cell research in developing innovative treatments for a broad range of devastating and life-threatening diseases.

LECTURER: The McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine

The McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine is a catalyst for regenerative medicine by facilitating collaboration, supporting research and promoting awareness of stem cell research. The Centre includes 15 scientists at UHN’s four Toronto hospitals and the University of Toronto. These scientists are discovering more effective treatments for heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, diseases affecting loss of vision and spinal cord injury. Its investigators collaborate with research scientists and clinicians at institutions throughout North America, Europe and the Asia/Pacific region.

COURSE B                                11:00 – 12:30 PM

Latin American Cultural Studies

In this course, we will examine a series of visual and literary texts from Latin America. We will explore the work of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Fernando Botero, Oswaldo Guayasamin, to name but a few possible artists. Textually, brief examples will include Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Octavio Paz, and others. How do we understand works of art that are often removed from our own cultural contexts? This course provides an introductory understanding of Latin American Culture, and asks questions about how we reflect on these images, texts, films.

LECTURER: Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allan is a lecturer in the Faculty of Arts at Brandon University, where he teaches courses on literature and culture, gender and sexuality studies. He received his Ph.D. from the Center for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. He is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Popular Romance Studies. Additionally, he participated in the Summer Program at Knox in 2012.

AUGUST 18-22, 2014

COURSE C                                   9:00 – 10:30 AM


The Enlightenment taught that man should dare to think freely, and he should seek at all times to be useful to humanity. The pursuit of knowledge and understanding must lead to the liberation of society from the bondage of superstition and from the burden of ignorance. Explore the chief ideas of great eighteenth-century thinkers in which the Enlightenment reached its greatest heights.


Domenico Pietropaolo, Principal and Vice President (Academic) of St. Michael’s College, formerly held the Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies and was Professor of Italian and Drama at the University of Toronto. Domenico is a Commendatore (Knight Commander) of the Italian Order of Chivalry Stella Della Solidarieta Italiana. Membership in the Order recognized non-Italians and Italians living abroad for Achievement in Arts and Sciences of Benefit to Italy.

COURSE D                                11:00 – 12:30 PM

Planets: Near and Far

Throughout the centuries, humans have gazed into the sky trying to answer fundamental questions about the nature and origin of our planet, our Sun, our galaxy, and our universe. The quest to understand our place in the universe, the life on Earth and the prospects for life elsewhere in the universe touches on the most profound questions of human existence. This course will address these questions through scholarly debate on interdisciplinary topics. We will learn more about our place within the Solar System, the origin and nature of our planet, meteorites and their impacts on Earth and further explore the current efforts in discovering planets like our Earth and determine if they could support extraterrestrial life.

LECTURER: Marija Stankovic

Marija Stankovic, a Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto, is committed to sharing her passion and enthusiasm for astronomical discoveries with her students and the diverse audience of all backgrounds and ages.  She is also a frequent presenter at the university’s planetarium where she developed programs for children. Additional speakers are fellow scientists and astronomers from the Dunlap Institute and the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Both institutions have achieved international reputation through ground-breaking research being conducted in collaboration with researchers from around the world and working with the most advanced telescopes on Earth and in space.

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Ewart Centre announces courses for Winter 2014

The Ewart Centre for Lay Education is offering two courses thiswinter for those pursuing their Certificate in Christian Faith and Life.

Register now!

Course: Can Christian Education revitalize and empower your congregation?

Date: Feb 3 – Mar 10, 2014

Instructor: Mary Jane Bisset

Details: All denominations in Canada are experiencing decline and transition. However, there are many examples of new life and energy giving hope and excitement that come from new ways of doing Christian Education. This six week course will introduce you to new and creative approaches to engaging children and adults in making the faith come alive.

Instructor: Mary Jane has been a diaconal minister of the Presbyterian Church in Canada for 36 years. She has served in congregations and conducted many workshops and seminars for congregations. More recently she was Diaconal Minister of Knox Goderich for 12 years responsible for Christian Education. She has just finished work as Regional Staff for Education and Leadership in the Synod of Southwestern Ontario.

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Course: The Gospel of Matthew

Date: March 17 – April 21, 2014

Instructor: The Rev. Tim Purvis

Details: Welcome to this online course on the Gospel According to Matthew. Many are familiar with Matthew’s version of the nativity story through Sunday School Christmas pageants and carols about the three wise men who followed the star. Matthew’s Gospel also contains some of the most famous parables like the Unmerciful Servant, the Wise and Foolish Bridesmaids, and the Sheep and the Goats. In this course we will take a closer look at these and other passages in light of Matthew’s particular theological interests and thematic emphases. The course will emphasize close reading of the text, comparison with Matthew’s known sources (Mark and Q), and attention to both the immediate context (the material before and after a passage) and overall context (the position of a passage within Matthew’s Gospel as a whole) as clues to understanding and interpreting the text as Scripture for the church. The key question is “so what?” What does this mean for us as Christians and how does it connect to our daily living?

Instructor: Rev. Tim Purvis has served as minister of Westview Presbyterian Church in Toronto for the past 9 years and a minister of the Presbyterian Church in Canada for 29 years. He has a deep interest in New Testament studies and has taught other lay ed courses.

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