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Knox College Announces 2014 Honorary Degree Recipients

At its 170th Convocation ceremony on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, Knox College will confer the degree Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) to The Rev. Dr. John de Gruchy and The Rev. Mark Lewis. The Board of Governors have selected The Rev. Dr. John de Gruchy and The Rev. Mark Lewis based on their effective, faithful creative leadership in mission and various levels of church life, as well as their scholarly contributions to the life of the Church and academic community.

The Rev. Dr. John de Gruchy

John de Gruchy is Emeritus Professor of Christian Studies at the University of Cape Town. He studied at the University of Cape Town, Rhodes University, Chicago Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago, and at the University of South Africa. An ordained minister in the United Congregational Church, he served two congregations before joining the staff of the South African Council of Churches in 1968, where he was director of Communications and Studies. In 1973 he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Cape Town where he eventually became the Robert Selby Taylor Professor of Christian Studies and during the last few years of his tenure, the Director of the Graduate School in Humanities. He retired in 2003 and was appointed a Senior Research Scholar at UCT and an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch, and remains active in both institutions engaged in research publishing and mentoring.

John has authored or edited more than thirty books on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the church in South Africa, contextual, public and Reformed theology, social history, Christianity and the arts, reconciliation and justice, and Christian humanism. Among his books are Christianity, Art and Social Transformation; Reconciliation: Restoring Justice; Being Human: Confessions of a Christian Humanist; John Calvin: Christian Humanist and Evangelical Reformed; and, most recently, Led Into Mystery: Faith Seeking Answers in Life and Death.

The Rev. J. Mark Lewis

J. Mark Lewis is the minister at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kitchener. Mark is a graduate of McMaster University and Knox College. He has served as a prison chaplain and a pastoral minister. During his ministry In Knox Presbyterian Church, Dunnville, he was elected “Citizen of the Year” in recognition of his volunteer service to the Fire Department, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Canadian Cancer Society and several other community organizations. Mark was elected Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Canada in 2002 and has served as Vice-Convener and Convener of the National Assembly Council, Convener of the National Long Range Planning Committee and the National Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee. He continues to serve the National Church as a member of the Canadian Christian-Jewish Consultation and the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission of Canada.

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

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 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.

1 course (incl. break)       $125   H.S.T. included

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 Mon-Fri.                $75/per week    H.S.T. included

Lunch Fri. only                  $15

(Our caterer requires a minimum of 15 people for this option to be viable.)

View the 2015 brochure here

AUGUST 10 – 14, 2015
COURSE A         9:00-10:30 AM


From the polar vortex to greenhouse gases to tsunamis and wildfires, our changing global climate is at the top of the news.  It can be a challenge to navigate an accurate and evidence-based path through alarmism and denial.  This course will explore how the global climate system functions, how we determine the role that humans play in a dynamic climate, how we study and make predictions about the climate, and the effects of a changing climate on human populations, biodiversity and ecosystems.

Lecturer: Monika Havelka
Monika Havelka is a Lecturer in the Department of Biology at UTM. She obtained her PhD in Zoology from the University of Western Ontario, studying the reproductive energetics of white-footed mice. She has taught courses in evolutionary biology, landscape ecology, biostatistics, comparative physiology and environmental science. She was selected as one of the semi-finalists in the TVO Best Lecturer competition in 2006.

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break included

COURSE B       11:00 – 12:30 PM


This course provides alternative perspectives to the Middle East and North Africa conflicts.  Although this region is the birthplace of many of the world’s religions and cultures, the peoples of the region, especially women, children, ethnic and religious minorities suffer immensely.  We will examine many of the present day conflicts through the lens of these groups and their struggles for a better life and a better world.

Lecturer: Amir Hassanpour
Amir Hassanpour specializes in modern Middle Eastern history and culture. He studied literature and linguistics at the University of Tehran, and communications and near Eastern history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has taught courses on nationalism, mass media and social movements in the Middle East at the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. His more recent publications deal with genocide and nationalism.

AUGUST 17 - 21, 2015
COURSE C   9:00-10:30 AM


An examination of the chief conventions of street clowning and the Commedia dell’arte tradition, with special emphasis on their ideological significance in relation to the power structure of society. The topics of discussion include: the philosophy of humour, clowning,  religion, culture and the military, carnivals, masks and the physical language of jesters. \

Lecturer: Domenico Pietropaolo
Domenico Pietropaolo is 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 nonItalians and Italians living abroad for Achievement in Arts and Sciences of Benefit to Italy.

10:30-11:00 Coffee Break included

COURSE D 11:00 - 12:30 PM


Hope is something we are all familiar with, individually and collectively. Over the last several decades there has been increasing interest and research on hope and how hope functions in lived human experience and in the modern North American consciousness.  Many are concerned that in the contemporary world hope is at risk because people no longer have a shared vision for the future or a sense of transcendent purpose by which to interpret the meaning of life. This course will explore the history of hope in the North American context and its presence in lived human experience.  Drawing on cultural studies and healthcare research, it will propose alternative ways of recognizing and living in hope, especially in contexts of change and adversity.

Lecturer: Pamela R. McCarroll
Pamela R. McCarroll is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Knox College in the University of Toronto.  She is a certified teaching Supervisor in the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC), and prior to Knox she served at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre overseeing Spiritual Care. She has published 2 books on hope and several articles on related themes such as spirituality and health.

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