Ideas for the World Programs

The Office of the Dean of Students is running three Ideas for the World programs this semester:

Ideas for the World - Fall 2018 Programs


Questions about these programs can be directed to the Office of the Dean of Students at 416-585-4528 or by e-mail at vic.ideas@utoronto.ca


Humanities for Humanity

11 week program running from Tuesday, September 18 - Tuesday, December 4, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Humanities for Humanity (H4H) is well-known program offered in partnership with Trinity College. Together, students and community members look at the world through the lenses of humanities texts. We ask questions about the kind of people we once were, the kind of people we now are, and the kind of people we ought to become. The course is interdisciplinary and includes political, philosophical, economic, literary and historical issues.


It has received a lot of positive press since it began in 2007. Most recently, philosopher and cultural critic Mark Kingwell praised H4H in the midst of a thought-provoking article about university education, published in Academic Matters -- you may read Professor Kingwell's full article here: https://academicmatters.ca/2017/05/a-populist-wake-up-call-for-universities/


To view the program brochure, click here!

Note: This program is open to Victoria University and Trinity College students* as well as community members.  To register, click here.

*Student Mentors will need to attend a training session on Tuesday, September 11 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.



Culture and Conflict in the Media

6 week program running from Wednesday, September 26  - Thursday, October 31, 2018
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Over lunch, we discuss media spin, public relations, propaganda, and journalism with respect to major social and political issues in the contemporary world. Can public relations campaigns change attitudes -- e.g., can they convince populations to support war? Do particular frames in the media hide relevant interests? In the developed democratic world do journalists face any forms of censorship? Are there biases with respect to gender or race in the media? These and other questions are posed for discussion, usually after screening a brief documentary to introduce the topic of the day. Discussions facilitated by Professor John Duncan, Director of Ethics, Society and Law at U of T.


Note: This program is open to Victoria University students only.  To register, click here.


Science in Action

5 week program running from Thursday, October 4  - Thursday, November 1, 2018

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Who benefits from scientific research? How are the scientific projects we pursue chosen in the first place? How do scientific discoveries and inventions connect with broader social issues of conflict, politics and development?  Why are some scientific topics so controversial? These are the kinds of questions that will be discussed over lunch in a small diverse group of students - not just those in science! - and community members, led by University faculty and staff.

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Note: This program is open to Victoria University students and community members.  To register, click here.


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