Ideas for the World Programs

The Office of the Dean of Students is running two Ideas for the World programs this year:

Ideas for the World – Fall 2019  Program 

Questions about these programs can be directed to the Office of the Dean of Students at 416-585-4528 or by e-mail at

Humanities for Humanity 
10 Weeks.

The Program begins on September 17, 2019

Humanities for Humanity is a unique course where members of the community are invited into the college to listen to lectures by U of T faculty and guest speakers, and also engage in discussion about a selection of broad questions related to the subject of the lecture.  Currently we recruit participants for the program from The Centre for Community Learning& Development (CCL&D), West Neighbourhood House, Davenport-PerthNeighbourhood and Community Health Centre, The Stop, Parkdale Project Read and the CRC in Regent Park. 

We impose no specific criteria on community members for eligibility into the programs.  Anyone intrigued by the idea of working through the subject matter is welcome!  We cover the costs of the reading material, public transit to and from the college and we provided a meal to be eaten in common before each session. There are also no exams or assignments.  In other words, we aim to eliminate every barrier that would in many circumstances prevent individuals from enjoying a robust learning experience within the university.

A brochure about Humanities for Humanity can be found here: Humanities for Humanity

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Student Mentor Registration. 

Theatre for Thought
9 weeks
The program begins TBD
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In Theatre for Thought we will examine works of theatre starting with Greek Tragedy and ending with a Contemporary Canadian play. In this program, short performances of excerpts from plays will be followed by discussion. The plays will include historically significant works and social justice writings. Topics will include the nature of justice, the importance of humour, the impact of revolution and war, the role of passion, the vehicles of social oppression, the nature of happiness, and the trials and tribulations of human relationships.

Note: This program is open to Victoria University students* as well as community members.  

*Student Mentors will need to attend a training session TBD



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