The Vic One Plenary sessions are a weekly guest lecture series, exposing students to different areas of investigation. The plenaries are meant to encourage open-minded discussion and ignite intellectual curiosity. This is not an academic commitment, but an opportunity for students to gather and reflect. The plenaries are a core component of the Vic One program, and are another opportunity to explore and learn outside the classroom. Attendance at the plenary sessions are mandatory for ALL Vic One students. Below is a list of our plenary speakers for the current 2017-2018 academic year.
Post plenary receptions
After each plenary session, we host a reception where students have the opportunity to speak with the lecturers personally. The post plenary is also a unique opportunity for students from different streams to connect with one another. This is also where the Vic One-On-One mentoring takes place (see Student Experience page for details). Most post-plenary receptions take place either at the Isabel Badar Theatre or at Alumni Hall, in the Old Vic building.
The Pelham Edgar Distinguished Visitor in the Humanities
Each year, we host a lecture by a notable visitor in the Humanities. Funding for this endeavour was established by Dr. Johanna L. Metcalf of the Victoria College Class of 1957 to fund visiting scholars and scholarly activities for Vic One. This lecture series is named in honour of Oscar Pelham Edgar (1871-1948). Born in Toronto, Ontario, Pelham Edgar was an accomplished teacher and academic, ultimately dedicating the majority of his working years to the Department of English at Victoria College. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1915 and received its Lorne Pierce Medal for distinguished service to Canadian literature in 1936. See Pelham Edgar Visiting Lecturer, for more information and previous guests.