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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**

THE PROGRAM:

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

Enlightenment

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.

LECTURER: DOMENICO PIETROPAOLO

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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