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Big Ideas (Video)

Big Ideas offers lectures on a variety of thought-provoking topics which range across politics, culture, economics, art history, science.... By nature of its lecture format, pacing and inquisitive approach, it is the antithesis of the prevailing sound-bit
Big Ideas (Video)

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Big Ideas offers lectures on a variety of thought-provoking topics which range across politics, culture, economics, art history, science.... By nature of its lecture format, pacing and inquisitive approach, it is the antithesis of the prevailing sound-bite television norm. The simple, bold concept is a victory of substance over style.

Link: www.tvo.org/bigideas/

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Education

Episodes

Robert Adams on the novel Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry.

Sep 7, 2013 01:28:49

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Robert Adams, author of A Love of Reading, discusses the novel Family Matters by Rohinton Mistry.

Christopher Hitchens on The Three New Commandments

Aug 24, 2013 00:55:09

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Christopher Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great, on The Three New Commandments.

Robert Adams on the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Aug 10, 2013

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Robert Adams, author of A Love of Reading, discusses the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

Hazel Carby on Belonging to Britain

Jul 27, 2013 00:53:11

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Hazel Carby looks at the historic relationship between England and Jamaica, including the history of the slave trade in Bristol and the complex question of identity for those of mixed British and West Indian heritage.

Robert Adams on Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

Jul 13, 2013 01:23:11

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Robert Adams, author of A Love of Reading, discusses the novel Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie.

Thomas Merritt on genetics, talents and aptitudes

Jul 4, 2013 00:44:16

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Thomas Merritt, Canada Research Chair in Genomics and Bio-informatics at Laurentian University 19s department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, on the extent to which our genetic makeup is responsible for our talents and aptitudes.

Michael Shermer on Why People Believe Weird Things.

Jun 29, 2013 00:54:02

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The editor of Skeptic Magazine, Michael Shermer, delivers a lecture on his book Why People Believe Weird Things.

Michael Fullan on Schools in Need of Re-Education

Jun 22, 2013 00:47:45

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Michael Fullan of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education delivers a lecture entitled Schools in Need of Re-Education

Christopher Hitchens on Freedom of Speech

Jun 15, 2013 00:41:46

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Christopher Hitchens voices his opinion on the subject of the Hart House Debating Club debate: Be it resolved: Freedom of speech includes the freedom to hate.

Michael Ruse on Is Darwinism Past its Sell-by Date?

Jun 1, 2013 00:49:19

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Michael Ruse is professor of the philosophy of biology at Florida State University. In this lecture he addresses the question Is Darwinism Past its Sell-by Date?

Daniel Gottesman on Quantum Computing

May 18, 2013 00:54:52

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Daniel Gottesman of the Perimeter Institute discusses quantum computing and the cryptographic protocols that use quantum physics, and that one day will protect all that which we would want to stay secret.

Robert Adams on Herzog by Saul Bellow.

May 18, 2013 01:26:02

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Robert Adams, author of A Love of Reading, discusses the 1964 novel Herzog by Saul Bellow.

Jeffrey Rosenthal on The Curious World of Probabilities

May 4, 2013 00:44:34

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The author of Struck by Lightning - and the statistician who crunched the numbers to reveal that a statistically improbable number of lottery retailers were winning major prizes in Ontario - Jeffrey Rosenthal guides us through the maze of numbers and percentages to show us to how calculate correct probabilities.

Simon Winchester on A Crack in the Edge of the World

Apr 27, 2013 00:55:15

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Simon Winchester on his book A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906.

Janna Levin on her book Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

Apr 20, 2013 00:47:04

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Janna Levin on her book Madman Dreams of Turing Machines, the story of two great mathematicians, Kurt Godel and Alan Turing. They were men who had the capacity to think about the most abstract of mathematical truths but had very limited abilities when it came to confronting the mundane aspects of life. Both committed suicide.

Robert Adams on the novel No Great Mischief

Apr 20, 2013 01:27:56

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Robert Adams, author of A Love of Reading, discusses the novel No Great Mischief by Alastair MacLeod.

Kevin Dutton on The Wisdom of Psychopaths

Apr 13, 2013 00:41:54

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Kevin Dutton on his book The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success.

Nima Arkani-Hamed on the Large Hadron Collider

Apr 6, 2013 00:54:46

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Nima Arkani-Hamed on the Large Hadron Collider and the Future of Fundamental Physics. Located on the Swiss-French border, the Large Hadron Collider is a circular tunnel 27 km in circumference. It will allow physicists to probe the constituent parts of the proton, looking for new forms of matter and insights into the formation of the universe.

Robert Adams on the novel The Corrections

Apr 6, 2013 01:22:44

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Robert Adams, author of A Love of Reading, discusses the novel The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen.

William Rees on Environmental Economics

Mar 23, 2013 00:53:42

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Ecological footprint is an idea originated by William Rees, an environmental economist from the University of British Columbia. If you need a primer in environmental economics, this lecture is for you.

Salmon Akhtar on The Trauma of Geographical Dislocation

Mar 23, 2013 00:52:10

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Salmon Akhtar on The Trauma of Geographical Dislocation, how immigration can affect a person's mental health.

Steven Pinker on The Blank Slate

Mar 16, 2013 00:59:30

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Harvard University psychology professor, Steven Pinker, dicusses his book The Blank Slate.

Marc Abrahams, editor of The Annals of Improbably Research

Mar 9, 2013 00:34:17

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Marc Abrahams, editor of The Annals of Improbably Research and one of the organizers of the annual Ig-Nobel Prize ceremonies at Harvard University, discusses the work of scientists and academics that, "first makes you laugh, and then makes you think".

Maude Barlow on Water: The Most Pressing Women's Issue

Mar 2, 2013 00:50:45

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Maude Barlow, National Chair of the citizens' advocacy organization The Council of Canadians, on Water: The Most Pressing Women's Issue of All.

Ken Cramer on Alfred Adler

Feb 23, 2013 00:40:32

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Ken Cramer - Psychology, University of Windsor -on Alfred Adler: The Most Famous Personality Theorist You Likely Never Heard Of

Kwame McKenzie on Immigration Sickness

Feb 23, 2013 00:58:32

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Kwame McKenzie on Immigration Sickness. What psychological and social attributes help us predict who will be a good at being an immigrant?

Nick Mount on T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land

Feb 16, 2013 00:47:59

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University of Toronto English professor, Nick Mount, explores T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land.

Susannah Varmuza on the evolving field of Epigenetics

Feb 9, 2013 00:22:11

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University of Toronto Zoology researcher, Susannah Varmuza, discusses the evolving field of Epigenetics and what research into such things as mouse coat colour is telling scientists about the age-old "nature versus nurture" debate.

Jordan Peterson on Slaying the Dragon Within Us

Feb 2, 2013 00:56:37

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Jordan Peterson on Slaying the Dragon Within Us. Peterson, a University of Toronto professor of psychology, talks about fear of the unknown and fear of dealing with problems.

Clare Hasenkampf on Chromosomes Dividing

Jan 26, 2013 00:44:16

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Clare Hasenkampf of the Biology Department at University of Toronto Scarborough presents her lecture Chromosomes Dividing: How It Is Done and Why It Matters.

Clare Hasenkampf profile - plant biology research

Jan 26, 2013 00:08:18

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Clare Hasenkampf from the Biology Department at University of Toronto Scarborough is profiled. Hasenkampf's plant biology research and her passion for New Orleans cooking are featured.

Lt. General (ret.) Andrew Leslie on Lessons From Afghanistan

Jan 26, 2013 00:50:55

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Lieutenant General (retired) Andrew Leslie, the Former Chief of Transformation for the Canadian Armed Forces, discusses the lessons that can be learned from the Canadian military mission in Afghanistan. He explores how these lessons need to be applied to the Canadian Force's priorities in the face of future budget cuts.

Oliver Sacks on Musicophilia

Jan 19, 2013 00:45:01

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Neurologist and best-selling author, Oliver Sacks, discusses his book Musicophilia. and the ways our brains interact with and understand music.

Noam Chomsky on The Imperial Presidency

Jan 12, 2013 01:20:21

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American author and political activist, Noam Chomsky, speking at a benefit for Canadian Dimension Magazine, delivers a talk entitled The Imperial Presidency. Recorded at University of Toronto on Nov 21/04.

Harvey Brown on the Concepts of Time and Motion

Jan 12, 2013 00:49:53

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Focusing on the work of Galileo, Newton, Descartes and Einstein, Harvey Brown examines the evolution of thinking about the surprisingly difficult concepts of time and motion.

Philip Ball on How Science Became Interested in Everything

Jan 5, 2013 00:49:11

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Science writer Philip Ball on his book Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything. Ball explores how the history of science was influenced by the cultural accetance or rejection of human curiosity.

Philip Ball Q and A following his lecture on Curiosity

Jan 5, 2013 00:09:12

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Philip Ball - Question and Answer session following the lecture based on his book, Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything

Samantha Nutt - interviewed by Carol Off

Dec 29, 2012 00:29:23

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Samantha Nutt, Founder and Executive Director of War Child, is interviewed by Carol Off following her talk at the Grandest Challenge symposium.

Stephen Lewis - interviewed by Gillian Findlay

Dec 29, 2012 00:23:41

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Stephen Lewis of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, is interviewed by Gillian Findlay following his talk at the Grandest Challenge symposium.

Jordan Peterson on Music and the Patterns of the Mind and W.

Dec 29, 2012 00:47:25

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Jordan Peterson on Music and the Patterns of the Mind and World. Peterson, a University of Toronto professor of psychology, discusses the way in which music is perceived by humans. He compares the way we respond to visual arts, particularly the paintings of Picasso, to our perceptions of music in an effort to show how our brains respond differently to varied art forms.

Jill Tarter on the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence

Dec 27, 2012 00:56:48

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Dr. Jill Tarter, Director at the Centre for SETI Research, discusses the ongoing Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence and how new tools including the Allen Telescope Array and the Keplar Spacecraft are helping to make the search much more likely to succeed.

Stephen Lewis on Climate Change

Dec 22, 2012 00:51:16

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Stephen Lewis, social sciences scholar in residence at McMaster University, delivers a talk entitled, Climate Change; the New Big Thing.

Samantha Nutt, Founder and Executive Director of War Child

Dec 15, 2012 00:26:34

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Samantha Nutt, Founder and Executive Director of War Child Canada, and author of the book Damned Nations speaks at The Grandest Challenge Symposium.

Stephen Lewis of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law

Dec 15, 2012 00:26:41

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Stephen Lewis of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, and author of Race Against Time speaks at The Grandest Challenge Symposium.

Jordan Peterson on Redemption and Psychology in Christianity

Dec 15, 2012 00:46:35

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University of Toronto Psychology Professor, Jordan Peterson, on Redemption and Psychology in Christianity. Dr. Peterson's lecture was the keynote address at the 2012 Meaning Conference held in Toronto.

Rupinder Brar profile - Astronomy and political aspirations

Dec 15, 2012 00:07:39

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Rupinder Brar (Physics - University of Ontario Institute of Technology) is profiled, focusing on his interest in astronomy, his desire to be an astronaut and his political aspirations.

Rupinder Brar on Relativity, Einstein, and How to Stay Young

Dec 15, 2012 00:44:13

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Rupinder Brar lectures on the topic of Einstein's special relativity theory and it's explanation of time dilation and simultaneity. The lecture is entitled Relativity, Einstein, the Speed of Light and How to Stay Young.

Julian Barbour on Does Time Exist?

Dec 8, 2012 00:54:15

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Julian Barbour, visiting professor at the University of Oxford and the author of The End of Time, addresses the question, Does Time Exist? Barbour explores the history of scientific thought on the concept of time and presents his own interpretations of what time is.

Margaret Atwood: Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth

Dec 8, 2012 00:56:11

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Preeminent author, Margaret Atwood, delivers the 2008 Massey Lecture, "Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth".

Tyler Cowen and Andrew Coyne on The Great Stagnation

Dec 1, 2012 00:54:47

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Tyler Cowen discusses his book The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All the Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick and Will (Eventually) Feel Better. Andrew Coyne (National Post) presents a rebuttal and the pair discuss Cowen's thesis focusing on issues of productivity, innovation and government policy (moderated by Wendy Dobson).

Senator Hugh Segal on Fighting Poverty in Canada

Nov 24, 2012 00:57:06

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In a lecture entitled "Fighting Poverty", Senator Hugh Segal explains why we need a new national approach to tackling poverty arguing that the costs and consequences of poverty are much larger than direct spending on social programs. Segal has been a long-time proponent of establishing a Guaranteed Annual Income. This lecture was produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada.

Louis A. Perez, Jr. on Cuban culture and revolution

Nov 17, 2012 00:53:54

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Louis A. Perez, Jr. of the Department of History at the University of North Carolina, speaks about Cuban culture and revolution.

Jacalyn Duffin profile - History of Medicine

Nov 17, 2012 00:09:11

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Jacalyn Duffin from the Department of Medicine at Queen's University is profiled. She discusses her teaching style and how she ended up researching the history of medicine.

Jacalyn Duffin on the History of the Stethoscope

Nov 17, 2012 00:47:20

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Jacalyn Duffin of the Department of Medicine at Queen's University on History of the Stethoscope and the Meaning of Life.

Douglas Thomas on A New Culture of Learning

Nov 10, 2012 00:56:17

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Douglas Thomas, author of A New Culture of Learning, delivers a lecture on the intersections of technology, culture and education. This lecture is part of Learning 2030, TVO's special series on the future of education and was recorded on October 28, 2012.

Grandest Challenge Symposium Pt 2 featuring James Orbinski

Nov 3, 2012 00:52:33

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Our second installment of The Grandest Challenge Symposium features James Orbinski, author of An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action in the Twenty-First Century. Following Dr. Orbinski's lecture he is joined in conversation by moderator Gillian Findlay.

Abdallah Daar and Peter Singer on The Grandest Challenge

Nov 3, 2012 00:22:36

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Taking it's name from the book The Grandest Challenge: Taking Life-Saving Science from Lab to Village, this part of the symposium features the book's authors, Dr. Abdallah Daar and Dr. Peter Singer.

Dr. James Maskalyk, author of Six Months in Sudan

Nov 3, 2012 00:29:35

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Dr. James Maskalyk, author of Six Months in Sudan: A Young Doctor in a War-Torn Village, speaks at The Grandest Challenge Symposium and is interviewed by moderator Carol Off.

Doug Richards profile - Concussion research

Nov 3, 2012 00:08:14

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Doug Richards from the Physical Education & Health department at University of Toronto St. George is profiled. Richards' concussion research, his passion for photography and cycling are featured.

Doug Richards on Stretching: The Truth

Nov 3, 2012 00:45:15

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Doug Richards from the Physical Education & Health department at University of Toronto St. George on Stretching: The Truth. Richards discusses the science and the fiction of the benefits of stretching prior to exercise.

Iain McGilchrist on the divided brain's impact on our world

Oct 27, 2012 00:51:17

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Dr. Iain McGilchrist is a renowned psychiatrist and author. Drawing from his book, "The Master and his Emissary", McGilchrist explores how the divided brain is shaping modern civilization. His lecture was delivered at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, on March 7, 2012.

Don Kurtz on Stellar Seismology

Oct 20, 2012 00:56:18

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Don Kurtz, of the University of Central Lancashire, discusses asteroseismology in a lecture entitled Songs of the Stars: The Real Music of the Spheres. He explains how sound waves are helping to locate distant Earth-like planets, study solar storms and explain what happens in the core of stars.

Rebecca MacKinnon on Internet Freedom and Security

Oct 13, 2012 00:55:51

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Rebecca MacKinnon, co-founder of Global Voices, discusses her book Consent of the Networked which examines issues of internet freedom and security. MacKinnon looks at Internet regulation in China, how Social Media affected the Arab Spring and the fight over SOPA.

David Weinberger:Knowledge at the End of the Information Age

Oct 13, 2012 00:52:07

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The author of "Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder", David Weinberger, delivers a lecture entitled "Knowledge at the End of the Information Age".

Northrop Frye on An Approach to the Bible

Oct 6, 2012 00:46:02

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Professor Frye explains the origins of his course on The Bible and Literature and his approach to the Bible, namely exploring its narrative and imagery.

Northrop Frye on The Shape of the Bible.

Oct 6, 2012 00:40:32

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Renowned literary theorist, Northrop Frye, examines the pattern of U-shaped narratives in the bible that deal with loss, return, and deliverance.

Michael Persinger profile - Neuroscience research

Oct 6, 2012 00:07:37

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Profile of Dr. Michael Persinger focussing on his research into brain stimulation to recreate drug experiences.

Michael Persinger on Psychotropic Drugs

Oct 6, 2012 00:41:24

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Dr. Michael Persinger, (Laurentian University - Neuroscience) winner of the 2007 Best Lecturer Competition, on Psychotropic Drugs.

Chris Turner on How to Thrive in the Sustainable Economy

Sep 29, 2012 00:55:11

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Chris Turner discusses his book The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy. Citing German energy policy and business examples such as Walmart, Turner explains how sustainability makes excellent business sense.

Andrew Coyne Q & A

Sep 29, 2012 00:15:48

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Following his lecture on Post-Economic Politics in Canada, National Post columnist Andrew Coyne fields questions from the audience. The event was produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada (LRC).

Leon Kass on Why Not Immortality?

Sep 22, 2012 00:50:12

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Dr. Leon Kass, Chair of the President's Council on Bioethics, examines the ethical dilemmas surrounding stem cell research. Dr. Kass addresses the philosophical question: Why not immortality?

Arthur Herman: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World

Sep 15, 2012 00:44:32

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Arthur Herman on his book "To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World".

Leroy Hood: From Reactive to Proactive Medicine

Sep 8, 2012 00:53:57

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Leroy Hood, of the Institute for Systems Biology, on Emerging Technologies and the Transformation from Reactive to Proactive Medicine.

Liam Kennedy on The Irish Famine and the Jewish Holocaust

Sep 1, 2012 00:41:08

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Liam Kennedy of the School of History at Queen's University (Belfast) delivers a lecture entitled, Cry Holocaust: The Great Irish Famine and the Jewish Holocaust.

Vaclav Smil on Energy Transitions

Aug 25, 2012 00:26:58

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Vaclav Smil of the Faculty of Environmental Studies, University of Manitoba, discusses Energy Transitions in this lecture which was part of the Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI)Equinox Summit, hosted by the Perimeter Institute.

Jane Goodall on Chimpanzee and Human Emotions

Aug 18, 2012 00:54:45

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Primatologist Jane Goodall delivers a lecture on the similarities between chimpanzee and human emotions, preserving the environment, and hope.

Nick Mount on Nabokov's "Lolita"

Aug 11, 2012 00:50:14

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University of Toronto English Professor Nick Mount on Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita". The lecture was part of his Literature for Our Time series and was delivered at Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto, on Feb. 12th, 2009.

Ian Buruma on Death of Metropolis

Aug 4, 2012 00:32:58

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Writer and academic, Ian Buruma on Death of Metropolis: Why are Some Hostile to Cities?

Natalia Toro on Fundamental Physics at the LHC

Jul 28, 2012 00:47:21

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Natalia Toro explains how complex collision data from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is being digested and examined and how it may set the course for the science of the future. Her lecture was delivered at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo on September 18, 2011.

Seth Lloyd on Programming the Universe

Jul 21, 2012 00:51:27

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Seth Llyod is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His talk, "Programming the Universe", is about the computational power of atoms, electrons, and elementary particles.

Adam Gopnik on Christian Writers and Liberal Readers

Jul 14, 2012 01:06:42

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Adam Gopnik, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, discusses W. H. Auden, William Emerson and Lewis Carol in a lecture entitled, The Morning Star is the Evening Star: Christian Writers and Liberal Readers.

Alain de Botton on Status Anxiety

Jul 7, 2012 00:38:55

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Alain de Botton discusses his book Status Anxiety which examines our fears over what others think about us and about how we are judged to be either a success or failure.

Robert Morrison on Islam and Science

Jun 30, 2012 00:43:19

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Robert Morrison, Associate Professor of Religion at Bowdoin College, on Islam, Science and the Importance of History. Morrison cites Islamic religious scholars from historical times and from the present in order to show how Islam and science are compatable.

Paul Steinhardt on Impossible Crystals

Jun 23, 2012 00:54:15

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Physicist Paul Steinhardt discusses the creation of "Impossible crystals": quasi-crystals with five-fold symmetry previously believed impossible.

Andrew Coyne on Post-Economic Politics in Canada

Jun 16, 2012 00:40:31

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National Post columnist, Andrew Coyne, presents a lecture entitled Post-Economic Politics in Canada. In Coyne's opinion, the state of the economy, contrary to popular belief, will not be the defining issue in our public policy debates. His lecture was produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada and was delivered at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto on May 14th, 2012.

Simon Winchester on his book The Meaning of Everything

Jun 9, 2012 01:02:20

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Simon Winchester discusses his book The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Dallaire and Lewis Q & A following talk on child soldiers

Jun 2, 2012 00:12:54

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Following their PEN Canada discussion on child soldiers, Romeo Dallaire and Stephen Lewis field questions from the audience.

Marc D. Lewis Questions and Answers

Jun 2, 2012 00:14:46

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Marc D. Lewis answers questions following his lecture based on his book Memoirs of an Addicted Brain.

Dr. Marc D. Lewis on Memoirs of an Addicted Brain

May 26, 2012 00:48:39

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Dr. Marc D. Lewis discusses the story and the science behind his book Memoirs of an Addicted Brain. Lewis is a professor at the Behavioral Science Institute, part of Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Lewis's book documents the years he spent addicted to drugs including morphine and heroin, and links his first-hand drug experiences to his current behavioral science research into the interaction between drugs and brain chemistry.

Lisa Harvey-Smith on the SKA mega-telescope

May 19, 2012 00:53:59

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Lisa Harvey-Smith of CSIRO discusses the mega-telescope known as the Square Kilometre Array. CSIRO, the Australian Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation, is part of the continent-spanning next-generation radio telescope project which is due to be completed in 2019.

Allen J. Frances on The Overdiagnosis of Mental Illness

May 12, 2012 00:57:15

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Psychiatrist and author, Allen J. Frances, believes that mental illnesses are being over-diagnosed. In his lecture, Diagnostic Inflation: Does Everyone Have a Mental Illness?, Dr. Frances outlines why he thinks the DSM-V will lead to millions of people being mislabeled with mental disorders. His lecture was part of Mental Health Matters, an initiative of TVO in association with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Dr. Iain McGilchrist on The Divided Brain

May 5, 2012 00:52:07

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Renowned British psychiatrist and author, Iain McGilchrist, delivers a lecture entitled Our Mind at War. Drawing from research in his latest book, The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, Dr. McGilchrist explains how an overreliance on ways of looking at the world characteristic of the left hemisphere may be partially responsible for the increase in mental illnesses globally, including depression. His lecture was produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada.

Meloy and Carveth on The Mind of the Psychopath

May 1, 2012 00:55:54

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J. Reid Meloy, a clinical professor of psychology at the University of California discusses his research into the mind of the psychopath, based on his years of experience working with incarcerated killers and with the families and victims of psychopaths. Donald Carveth, professor of sociology and social and political thought at York University, critiques Meloy's paper.

David Healy on Psychopharmacology

May 1, 2012 00:53:09

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Psychiatrist David Healy with his lecture Gripped by a Python: How Pharmaceutical Companies Control the Medical Marketplace. The lecture was delivered at Bethune College in Toronto on February 27, 2003.

Dr. Norman Doidge on Neuroplasticity

May 1, 2012 00:55:36

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Psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and best-selling author, Dr. Norman Doidge, on his book, The Brain that Changes Itself, an examination of the most important breakthrough in neuroscience: the discovery of neuroplasticity. His lecture was delivered at the University of Toronto on March 29th, 2008.

Graeme Gibson on Our Human Connection to Nature

Apr 28, 2012 00:44:06

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Graeme Gibson, author of The Bedside Book of Beasts, and recipient of the Order of Canada, explores the ways we humans relate emotionally, imaginatively, and physically to the natural world. His lecture entitled Echoes of a Working Eden, also addresses the damage done to us by our abandonment of Nature.

Francis Broun on Artemisia

Apr 21, 2012 00:53:57

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Art historian Francis Broun discusses the work of the 17th century painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Broun explores why Artemisia, who was widely respected in her own time, was forgotten and why she has recently been returned to her rightful place as a groundbreaking painter.

Ian Hacking on The Biosocial Being

Apr 14, 2012 00:48:28

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Philosopher Ian Hacking delivers the 2011 Ioan Davies Memorial Lecture entitled Who Are You? The Biosocial Being. The lecture took place at York University on November 14, 2011.

Romeo Dallaire and Stephen Lewis on Child Soldiers

Apr 7, 2012 00:55:57

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Drawing on their vast experiences and first-hand knowledge, distinguished humanitarians Senator Romeo Dallaire and Stephen Lewis, enter into a dialogue about the issues that they have committed their lives to: the eradication of the use of child soldiers and stopping the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. Their discussion, moderated by journalist Anna Maria Tremonti, was organized by PEN Canada.

Daniel Kahneman on The Machinery of the Mind

Mar 31, 2012 00:47:25

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Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, on The Machinery of the Mind. Kahneman is Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University and the winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics.

Darin Barney on Citizenship in the Technological Republic

Mar 29, 2012 00:50:43

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McGill University professor, Darin Barney, delivers the 2007 Hart House Lecture entitled One Nation Under Google. His lecture looks at many important issues, including how we are used by technology and how technology challenges citizenship. Barney is the Canada Research Chair in Technology & Citizenship.

George Dyson on the Origins of the Digital Universe

Mar 24, 2012 00:52:28

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Science historian and author (Darwin Among the Machines) George Dyson on the Origins of the Digital Universe. The talk focuses on the work done at The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton New Jersey by such renowned scientists as John von Neumann and Kurt Godel.

Alberto Manguel on The Screen of Hal

Mar 22, 2012 00:52:33

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Alberto Manguel delivers the final lecture in the 2007 Massey Lecture series, entitled The Screen of Hal.

John Duffy on the emerging politics of technology

Mar 17, 2012 01:01:33

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John Duffy, advisor to former Prime Minister Paul Martin and founder of StrategyCorp, tackles the subject of The Emerging Politics of Technology in a lecture produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada. Duffy has spent years pondering the role of technology in our thinking about policy and politics. And he believes that the politics of technology is at the forefront of Canada's public policy debates. But is technology beyond political and democratic control? And if not, how can we ensure that the cost and benefit of new technological developments do not deepen the already growing inequalities in our society?

Sean Martindale on Playful Interventions: Urban Environments

Mar 10, 2012 00:52:09

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Toronto-based public-space artist, Sean Martindale on Playful Interventions: Engaging Our Urban Environments.

Graham Farmelo on Paul Dirac and Mathematical Beauty

Mar 3, 2012 00:54:03

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Adjunct Professor of Physics at Northeastern University in Boston, Graham Farmelo, on Paul Dirac and the Religion of Mathematical Beauty. Apart from Einstein, Paul Dirac was probably the greatest theoretical physicist of the 20th century. Dirac, co-inventor of quantum mechanics, is now best known for conceiving of anti-matter and also for his deeply eccentric behavior. For him, the most important attribute of a fundamental theory was its mathematical beauty, an idea that he said was "almost a religion" to him.

Charles Taylor on Religion and Violence

Feb 22, 2012 00:49:38

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Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Philosophy at McGill University, Charles Taylor, on Religion and Violence.

Steven Pinker on Thinking About Our Society

Feb 18, 2012 00:49:35

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Steven Pinker, author of The Better Angels of Our Nature, delivers a lecture entitled Thinking About Our Society: Why Violence Has Declined.

Charles Taylor and Jonathan Sacks on The Future of Religion

Feb 11, 2012 00:54:03

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Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Philosophy at McGill University, Charles Taylor and Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, Jonathan Sacks discuss The Future of Religion in a Secular Age.

Robert J. Sawyer on Humanity 2.0

Feb 4, 2012 00:57:55

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What will it mean to be human in the future? Uploading consciousness into virtual worlds and prolonging life through biotechnology are already being contemplated. Canada's leading science fiction writer, Robert J. Sawyer, offers his insights in a lecture entitled Humanity 2.0, produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada.

SF writer Robert J. Sawyer on humans living forever

Feb 2, 2012 00:05:15

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Following his lecture at the Gardiner Museum, Robert J. Sawyer responded to questions from the audience. This is an excerpt from the Q & A. Sawyer's full lecture, entitled Humanity 2.0, will be broadcast on Big Ideas on February 4, 2012 at 5pm as well as podcast on tvo.org, iTunes and You Tube.

Ray Jayawardhana on Alien Planets

Jan 28, 2012 00:51:44

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Author and astronomer Ray Jayawardhana discusses Alien Planets and his latest book Strange New Worlds. The lecture focuses on techniques for detecting planets orbiting distant stars.

Robert J. Sawyer on the issue of life prolongation

Jan 26, 2012 00:02:40

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Following his lecture at the Gardiner Museum, sci-fi writer Robert J. Sawyer responded to questions from the audience. This is an excerpt from the Q & A. Sawyer's full lecture, entitled Humanity 2.0, will be broadcast on Big Ideas on February 4, 2012 at 5pm as well as podcast on tvo.org, iTunes and You Tube.

Clay Shirky on Cognitive Surplus

Jan 21, 2012 00:54:33

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Author, teacher and activist, Clay Shirky, discusses the visionary insights of Marshall McLuhan as well as his own ideas about the effects of new media and social networking on our society. Shirky's latest book Cognitive Surplus explores how new technology is unleashing a wave of creative production that he believes is transforming the world. Following the lecture, Shirky sits down for an interview with broadcaster Jesse Hirsh. The event was part of the McLuhan 100 series at the International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront Centre.

SF writer Robert J. Sawyer on Artificial Intelligence

Jan 19, 2012 00:05:55

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Following his lecture at the Gardiner Museum, science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer responded to questions from the audience. This is an excerpt from the Q & A. Sawyer's full lecture, entitled Humanity 2.0, will be broadcast on Big Ideas on February 4, 2012 at 5pm as well as podcast on tvo.org, iTunes and You Tube.

David Brooks on The Social Animal

Jan 14, 2012 00:49:55

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In a lecture entitled How Success Happens, New York Times columnist and author, David Brooks, draws from the research in his latest book The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement. His lecture was delivered at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Julie Payette, Canadian Space Agency Perspectives from Space

Jan 7, 2012 00:51:25

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The Canadian Space Agency's Chief Astronaut, Julie Payette delivers a lecture entitled Canadian Space Agency Perspectives from Space: Research and Diplomacy.

Roger Penrose on Twistors and Quantum Non-Locality

Dec 31, 2011 01:00:23

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Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at University of Oxford, Sir Roger Penrose, discusses Twistors and Quantum Non-Locality.

Thomas Homer-Dixon Questions and Answers

Dec 24, 2011 00:10:29

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Thomas Homer-Dixon answers questions following his lecture entitled Civilization Far From Equilibrium: Energy, Complexity and Human Survival.

Palestine and the Arab Spring - Bonus video

Dec 24, 2011 00:10:42

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Bonus video - Moderator Mark Kingwell and panelists Michael Ignatieff and Ramin Jahanbegloo discuss Palestine and The Arab Spring as viewed through the writings of political philosopher Isaiah Berlin

Keith Devlin on Leonardo and Steve: How Fibonacci Beat Apple

Dec 17, 2011 00:55:05

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Keith Devlin, Executive Director of the H-STAR Institute at Stanford University, discusses Leonardo and Steve: How Fibonacci Beat Apple to Market by 800 Years

John Ibbitson on the Collapse of the Laurentian Consensus

Dec 10, 2011 00:53:21

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John Ibbitson, Ottawa bureau chief for The Globe and Mail, delivers a lecture on The Collapse of the Laurentian Consensus and the Rise of Ontario as a Pacific Province. This lecture was produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada.

Liberty and the Arab Spring: Exploring Isaiah Berlin's Ideas

Dec 3, 2011 00:55:24

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Moderator Mark Kingwell and panelists Michael Ignatieff and Ramin Jahanbegloo discuss the writings of political philosopher Isaiah Berlin as they pertain to Liberty and The Arab Spring

Armine Yalnizyan and William Watson on economic disparity

Dec 3, 2011 00:55:33

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Armine Yalnizyan, senior economist at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and William Watson, McGill economics professor, debate Inequality: A Threat to Democracy? This is the 2011 Keith Davey Forum on Public Affairs, moderated by political scientist Jeffrey Kopstein.

Gaspar Tamas on The Failure of Liberal Democracy

Nov 26, 2011 00:52:17

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Hungarian philosopher, Gaspar Tamas,on The Failure of Liberal Democracy in Eastern Europe and Everywhere Else. His lecture was delivered at the Munk School of Global Affairs on September 20, 2011. Tamas is a prolific writer of essays with a wide-ranging and distinguished career in academics and government. He was also a leading figure in the East European dissident movements.

Hod Lipson on Programmable Matter: Shape of Things to Come

Nov 19, 2011 00:53:16

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Hod Lipson of Cornell University discusses the future of 3-D printing in his lecture entitled, Programmable Matter: The Shape of Things to Come

Alex Himelfarb on the consequences of tax cuts

Nov 12, 2011 00:53:43

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How Did Taxes Become a Bad Word? The Former Clerk of the Privy Council, Alex Himelfarb, discusses why we should be investing more, not less, in our future. While today's political leaders exalt the benefits of increased tax-cutting, Himelfarb argues that further tax cuts will come with serious consequences, including cuts to services and deeper inequality. According to Himelfarb, what we need is nothing less than a re-think about what our future is worth. His lecture was produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada.

Leonard Susskind on The World As Hologram

Nov 5, 2011 00:55:25

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Leonard Susskind of the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics discusses the indestructability of information and the nature of black holes in a lecture entitled The World As Hologram.

Noam Chomsky on the State-Corporate Complex

Oct 29, 2011 00:55:24

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Academic, author and political activist, Noam Chomsky, on the State-Corporate Complex: A Threat to Freedom and Survival. Chomsky's lecture was delivered at the Hart House Great Hall at the University of Toronto on April 7, 2011.

Thomas Homer-Dixon on Civilization Far From Equilibrium

Oct 22, 2011 00:54:56

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Thomas Homer-Dixon presents his lecture Civilization Far From Equilibrium: Energy, Complexity and Human Survival at the Equinox Summit - Energy 2030.

John Gray on The Immortalization Commission

Oct 15, 2011 00:43:09

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Philosopher and author, John Gray, on The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death. In the late nineteenth century and as a consequence of Darwinism, many thinkers turned to science to solve the riddle of death. Gray explores humankind's dangerous striving toward a scientific version of immortality.

Freeman Dyson on Living Through Four Revolutions

Oct 8, 2011 00:55:47

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Freeman Dyson, Professor Emeritus at Princeton University delivers a lecture entitled, Living Through Four Revolutions. Dyson discusses Space Technology, Nuclear Energy, the Genome and the Computer Revolution.

Jeff Melanson on The Evolving Role of the Arts in Canada

Oct 1, 2011 00:55:31

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Jeff Melanson on The Evolving Role of the Arts in Canada. This lecture was produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada and was recorded at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto on May 24, 2011.

David Keith on Technology, Energy and Nature

Sep 24, 2011 00:56:35

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David Keith, speaking at the Equinox Summit, discusses Technology, Energy and Nature - Human Values and Open Choices. Professor Keith holds the Canada Research Chair in Energy and the Environment.

Stephen Hawking: The Power of Ideas

Sep 21, 2011 00:50:42

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Ivan Semeniuk, Chief of Corespondents for Nature leads a discussion centered on the ideas and thoughts of Stephen Hawking. Neil Turok, Julie Payette, Rebecca Saxe and S. James Gates, Jr. cover topics including unfied theory, cosmology and colonization of space.

Nick Mount interviews novelist Sam Lipsyte

Sep 17, 2011 00:20:48

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University of Toronto English professor, Nick Mount, in conversation with author Sam Lipsyte. The interview was taped following Mount's lecture on Lipsyte's novel Home Land

Andrei Markovits on European Anti-Americanism

Sep 10, 2011 01:01:19

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Big Ideas presents University of Michigan professor, Andrei Markovits, on European Anti-Americanism

Nick Mount on Sam Lipsyte's novel Home Land

Sep 3, 2011 00:42:14

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English professor, Nick Mount, provides insight into Sam Lipsyte's novel Home Land. The lecture was part of the Literature for Our Time series at the University of Toronto.

Alexander Nehamas -individual character and ideas of beauty

Aug 27, 2011 00:51:24

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Big Ideas presents Princeton University professor of Philosophy and Comparative Literature, Alexander Nehamas, on how individual character defines our ideas of what is beautiful

Eric Mazur on Stopping Time

Aug 20, 2011 00:55:54

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Eric Mazur, the Dean of Applied Physics at Harvard University, delivers a lecture entitled, Stopping Time. In it he breaks time down into it's smallest measureable components via photography and developments in laser technology.

Michael Hardt on The Politics of Love and Evil

Aug 13, 2011 00:49:38

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Big Ideas presents Duke University Literary Theorist, Michael Hardt, discussing The Politics of Love and Evil

Joseph Emerson on The Quantum Tamers

Aug 6, 2011 00:51:42

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Joseph Emerson of the Department of Applied Math at the University of Waterloo on the documentary The Quantum Tamers which he co-produced at the Perimeter Institute

John O'Leary on Popular, Informal Education

Jul 30, 2011 00:24:59

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Big Ideas presents John O'Leary, the President of Frontier College on Popular, Informal Education: From the Archives of Frontier College

The Age of Unequals: An Evening with Richard Wilkinson

Jul 23, 2011 00:37:24

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Armine Yalnizyan, Jordan Peterson, and Matthew Mendelsohn join epidemiologist Richard Wilkinson to discuss why equality is better for everyone, the theme of Wilkinson's book, The Spirit Level

Robert K. Logan on The Origin and Evolution of Language

Jul 16, 2011 00:23:52

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University of Toronto Physics professor Robert K. Logan on The Origin and Evolution of Language and the Emergence of Concepts

Ensuring Electricity - Equinox Summit: Energy 2030

Jul 14, 2011 01:22:32

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Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 - Bill Rosehart, Maria Skyllas-Kazacos, Ted Sargent and Walt Patterson discuss Ensuring Electricity: What Happens If the Lights Go Out?

Energy Blueprint - Equinox Summit: Energy 2030

Jul 14, 2011 00:54:10

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Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 - Energy Blueprint presentations

Marcus Chown on 10 Bonkers Things About the Universe

Jul 9, 2011 00:48:29

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Marcus Chown of New Scientist Magazine on his Top 10 Bonkers Things About the Universe

Equinox Summit: Energy 2030, Panel on Efficiency

Jul 7, 2011 01:24:48

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A panel on Investing in Efficiency examines ways to manage energy demand and advance technological ideas that may improve efficiency at every stage of the energy system. Featured panelists are Linda Nazar, Jillian Buriak, Alan Aspuru-Guzik and Cathy Foley. The Equinox Summit was held at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, from June 5 - 9, 2011.

Kevin B. Anderson, Janet Afary on The Seductions of Islamism

Jul 2, 2011 00:38:15

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Kevin B. Anderson and Janet Afary on their book The Seductions of Islamism: Revisiting Foucault and the Iranian Revolution

Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 first plenary session

Jun 30, 2011 01:25:42

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A panel on Building Capacity for the Future examines today's emerging technologies as well as the challenges associated with meeting global demand as we move toward an increasingly electrified energy system. Speakers include Jay Apt, Yacine Kadi, Craig Dunn, and Greg Naterer. The Equinox Summit was held at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, from June 5 - 9, 2011.

Renate Loll on the Quantum Origins of Space and Time

Jun 25, 2011 01:11:18

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Renate Loll from Utrecht University's Institute for Theoretical Physics delivers a lecture on Searching for the Quantum Origins of Space and Time. The lecture was recorded at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, on May 5, 2010.

Equinox Summit: Benchmarking for Our Energy Future

Jun 23, 2011 00:41:50

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This kick-off session to the Equinox Summit features animated videos and a panel discussion on the themes of electricity generation, distribution, and storage. The energy experts discuss some of the technological challenges and implementation hurdles to be overcome if we are to meet our future electricity needs. The Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 was held at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, from June 5 - 9, 2011.

Alan Middleton on the History of Branding

Jun 18, 2011 01:00:41

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Big Ideas presents York University professor of Marketing, Alan Middleton, on The History of Branding

Arne Kislenko on Southeast Asia and the Cold War (Part 2)

Jun 11, 2011 00:35:54

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Big Ideas presents Arne Kislenko, winner of the 2005 Best Lecturer Competition, as he delivers part 2 of his lecture on Triumph and Tragedy: Southeast Asia and the Cold War

Cory Doctorow Q and A on computer regulation

Jun 4, 2011 00:40:17

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Cory Doctorow answers questions following his lecture, Why it's a Bad Idea to Regulate Computers the Way We Regulate Radios, Guns, Uranium and Other Special-Purpose Tools

Peterson and de Sousa debate Living Without the Sacred

May 28, 2011 00:51:36

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Philosopher Ronald de Sousa and clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson debate Living Without the Sacred: Should John Lennon's Imagine Become Our Reality? The debate was hosted by the University of Toronto Secular Alliance, and sponsored by TVO's Big Ideas and the Centre for Inquiry Ontario.

Noam Chomsky on Academic Freedom

May 21, 2011 00:55:29

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Noam Chomsky is one of America's leading scholars and intellectuals. He is a professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His lecture on Academic Freedom and the Corporatization of Universities was delivered at the University of Toronto Scarborough on April 6, 2011.

Charles Foran on Mordecai Richler and Nationalism

May 14, 2011 00:52:57

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Novelist and critic, Charles Foran, delivers a lecture on Mordecai Richler and Canadian Cultural Nationalism. Mr. Foran recently won the 2011 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for his book Mordecai: The Life & Times.

Arne Kislenko on Southeast Asia and the Cold War

May 14, 2011

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Big Ideas presents Arne Kislenko, winner of the 2005 Best Lecturer Competition, on Triumph and Tragedy: Southeast Asia and the Cold War

Michael Persinger on No More Secrets

May 7, 2011 00:54:41

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Big Ideas presents Michael Persinger, winner of the 2007 Best Lecturer Competition, on Just Suppose You Could Know What Others Are Thinking: No More Secrets

Armine Yalnizyan on Economics, Equality and Democracy

May 7, 2011 00:52:04

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Senior economist Armine Yalnizyan examines how growing economic inequality and injustice is affecting democracy. Her lecture, entitled Economics, Equality and Democracy, was produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada.

Christopher W. diCarlo on The New Ethics

Apr 30, 2011 00:54:47

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Big Ideas presents Christopher W. diCarlo, winner of the 2008 Best Lecturer Competition, on The New Ethics: A Synthetic Approach to Understanding Good and Evil.

Cory Doctorow on Why it's a Bad Idea to Regulate Computers

Apr 30, 2011 00:54:59

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Big Ideas presents Cory Doctorow on Why it's a Bad Idea to Regulate Computers the Way We Regulate Radios, Guns, Uranium and Other Special-Purpose Tools

Rod Carley on Theatre in the 21st Century

Apr 22, 2011 00:54:25

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Big Ideas presents Rod Carley, winner of the 2009 Best Lecturer Competition, on Theatre in the 21st Century: Touchstone to Humanity

Piergiorgio Odifreddi on the Arts and Mathematics

Apr 22, 2011 00:55:18

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Italian mathematician, Dr. Piergiorgio Odifreddi, asks What Can the Arts Do for Mathematics? In this illustrated talk, he'll examine the deep and close relationships between the objects of mathematics and of the arts. This lecture was co-sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute and the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science.

Rupinder Brar on The Impact of Astronomy

Apr 16, 2011 00:55:01

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Big Ideas presents 2010 Best Lecturer Competition winner Rupinder Brar on The Impact of Astronomy on Humankind's Perception of the Universe

Robert Adams on The Forgotten

Apr 16, 2011 00:47:26

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Popular Welsh-born storyteller Robert Adams reviews Elie Wiesel's novel, The Forgotten, the profoundly moving story of an ailing Holocaust survivor who lives with disturbing memories and entrusts his son with a mysterious mission. Adams' talk was delivered at the Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue on November 2nd, 2010, as part of Holocaust Education Week.

Sara Seager on Exoplanets the Search for Habitable Worlds

Apr 9, 2011 00:50:38

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Big Ideas presents Sara Seager of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discussing Exoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds

Michael Adams on The Boomer Impact

Apr 2, 2011 00:53:00

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Environics co-founder, leading pollster, and author, Michael Adams, delivers a lecture on the Boomer Impact, drawing on the insights and research in his latest book Stayin' Alive: How Canadian Boomers Will Work, Play and Find Meaning in the Second Half of Their Adult Lives. This lecture was produced in collaboration with the Literary Review of Canada.

Hod Lipson on The Robotic Scientist:Mining Experimental Data

Mar 26, 2011 00:55:27

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Big Ideas presents Hod Lipson of Cornell University exploring his work in such areas as evolutionary robotics and programmable self-assembly, Lipson delivers a lecture entitled The Robotic Scientist: Mining Experimental Data for Scientific Laws, from Cognitive Robots to Computational Biology.

Ian Hacking on The Mathematical Animal

Mar 19, 2011 00:55:21

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Winner of the prestigious Holberg International Memorial Prize, philosopher Ian Hacking presents a lecture entitled The Mathematical Animal.

Nick Mount on It's A Good Life, If You Don't Weaken

Mar 12, 2011 00:55:00

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Big Ideas presents University of Toronto English professor, Nick Mount, on the graphic novel It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken by Seth.

Short documentary on Toronto graphic novelist, Seth.

Mar 12, 2011 00:07:08

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Big Ideas presents a short documentary on Toronto graphic novelist, Seth. Seth is the creator of Palookaville and It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken.

David Sloan Wilson on Religion and Other Meaning Systems

Mar 5, 2011 00:50:44

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Professor David Sloan Wilson, author of Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society, delivers the annual Wiegand Memorial Foundation lecture entitled Religion and Other Meaning Systems. He examines how the experience of the religious believer differs from the secular thinker and argues that both can be understood in terms their particular meaning systems.

Robert Adams on The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Feb 26, 2011 01:15:08

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Big Ideas presents author and book reviewer Robert Adams as he discusses the novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.

Richard Wilkinson on The Age of Unequals

Feb 19, 2011 00:52:53

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One of Britain's leading social epidemiologists, Richard Wilkinson, looks at what it means to live in a new age of inequality. Wilkinson is the co-author of the groundbreaking, international bestseller The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone.

Seth Lloyd on Quantum Life

Feb 12, 2011 00:56:15

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Big Ideas presents Seth Lloyd of the Massachusetts Institute for Technology on Quantum Life, how organisms have evolved to make use of quantum effects.

Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott on his life and work

Feb 5, 2011 00:50:04

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English professor, Christian Campbell, interviews Caribbean poet and playwright, Derek Walcott, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. Walcott discusses issues of identity, culture, and language in this illuminating conversation, filmed at Hart House Theatre on November 23, 2010.

PZ Myers on Science and Atheism: Natural Allies

Jan 29, 2011 00:55:28

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Biology professor and well-known blogger, PZ Myers, on Science and Atheism: Natural Allies. This lecture was delivered at the Humanist Canada/Atheist Alliance International 2010 Convention in Montreal.

Daniel C. Dennett on What Should Replace Religions?

Jan 29, 2011 00:37:25

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Daniel C. Dennett, Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University, on What Should Replace Religions?

Brian Dalton on Mr. Deity podcasts & the morality of atheism

Jan 29, 2011 00:33:03

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Big Ideas presents Brian Dalton on his Mr. Deity podcasts, the amorality of Christianity and the morality of atheism

Chris Hedges on Death of the Liberal Class

Jan 22, 2011 00:55:42

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Journalist and author Chris Hedges delivers a lecture based on his book Death of the Liberal Class. Hedges argues that there are five pillars of the liberal establishment - the press, liberal religious institutions, labor unions, universities and the Democratic Party - but that these institutions have failed the constituents they purport to represent.

Jordan Peterson on The Necessity of Virtue

Jan 15, 2011 00:51:04

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University of Toronto professor and clinical psychologist, Jordan Peterson, delivers the 2010 Hancock Lecture entitled The Necessity of Virtue. He discusses virtue from a contemporary perspective that both encompasses and extends beyond moral and religious contexts. Through compelling stories and research, Dr. Peterson illustrates the necessity of virtue both for the individual and for society at large.

Simon Winchester on The Man Who Loved China

Jan 8, 2011 00:57:23

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Journalist, broadcaster, and bestselling author, Simon Winchester, tells the remarkable story of Joseph Needham, an eccentric English chemist who wrote a vast book on Chinese science which remains the longest book about China ever written in the English language. Winchester's lecture on The Man Who Loved China was delivered at the Royal Ontario Museum on October 14, 2010.

Sean M Carroll on Origin of the Universe & the Arrow of Time

Dec 31, 2010 00:55:34

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Big Ideas presents Sean M. Carroll of CalTech discussing how the direction of the arrow of time was defined by the Big Bang. He also speculates about what might have come before the Big Bang. The lecture is entitled The Origin of the Universe & the Arrow of Time.

Craig Kaplan on Mathematical Art and Artistic Mathematicians

Dec 25, 2010 00:54:10

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Craig Kaplan discusses origami, tiling patterns and other areas of art where mathematics and computers have had a significant impact. The lecture, entitled Mathematical Art and Artistic Mathematicians, was deliverd at the Quantum to Cosmos Festival.

Francis Broun on Genius Denied: The Art of Sir Edwin Landsee

Dec 17, 2010 00:52:38

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Art historian Francis Broun presents his lecture entitled Genius Denied: The Art of Sir Edwin Landseer. It was recorded at the Women's Art Association in Toronto on May 24th, 2010.

William R. Newman on Why Did Isaac Newton Believe in Alchemy

Dec 10, 2010 00:48:19

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Indiana University professor of History and Philosophy of Science, William R. Newman presents his lecture, entitled Why Did Isaac Newton Believe in Alchemy? Through historical documents and experiments that demonstrate alchemical processes, this lecture explains why one of the most insightful scientists in history was convinced that alchemical transformations were scientifically plausible. It was delivered at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario, on October 6th, 2010.

Climate Reality

Dec 3, 2010 00:53:38

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A panel discussion on climate science and climate justice with the world's foremost climate scientist, Dr. James Hansen, as well as Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, and Clayton Thomas-Muller, the Indigenous Environmental Network's Tar Sands Campaigner. The event moderator is Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux.

Dr. James Hansen on Human-Made Climate Change

Dec 3, 2010 00:53:30

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Dr. James Hansen of the NASA Goddard Institute delivers a lecture on Human-Made Climate Change: A Moral, Political, and Legal Issue.

S. James Gates, Jr. on Does Reality Have a Genetic Basis?

Nov 26, 2010 00:52:12

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S. James Gates Jr., Director of the Center for String and Particle Theory at the University of Maryland, discusses the question "Does Reality Have a Genetic Basis?"

Nick Mount on Sylvia Plath's Ariel

Nov 19, 2010 00:46:48

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As part of the Literature for Our Time series, University of Toronto English Professor Nick Mount examines Ariel, Sylvia Plath's posthumously published collection of poems.

MichaelR. Marrus on Antisemitism - 2003

Nov 17, 2010 00:16:06

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MichaelR. Marrus is Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies at the University of Toronto. He spoke on Antisemitism: The Politicization of Prejudice in the Contemporary World. The lecture was recorded on February 10, 2003.

Todd Endelman on Antisemitism - 2003

Nov 17, 2010 00:45:53

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Todd Endelman of the University of Michigan and Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies speaks on Antisemitism: The Politicization of Prejusdice in the Contemporary World. The lecture was recorded on February 10, 2003.

Stephen J. Zipperstein on Antisemitism

Nov 17, 2010 00:42:56

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Stephen J. Zipperstein of Stanford University speaks on Antisemitism: The Politicization of Prejudice in the Contemporary World. The lecture was recorded on February 10, 2003.

Stewart Brand on his book Whole Earth Discipline

Nov 13, 2010 00:56:13

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Stewart Brand delivers a lecture focusing on his book Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto.

Bhikhu Parekh on Secularism and the Role of Religion in Publ

Nov 5, 2010 00:54:18

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Lord Bhikhu Parekh is Emeritus Professor of Political Philosophy at the Universities of Westminster and Hull and a Fellow of the British Academy. He is the author of several books in political philosophy including Rethinking Multiculturalism and A New Politics of Identity. This lecture on Secularism and the Role of Religion in Public Life was hosted by the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto on April 6, 2010.

John Mighton on The Ubiquitous Bell Curve

Oct 30, 2010 00:54:01

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John Mighton of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences delivers a lecture on The Ubiquitous Bell Curve. The talk focuses on JUMP Math and Mighton's work helping teachers learn how to excite students about mathematics.

Robert Adams on The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Oct 23, 2010 01:08:19

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Robert Adams discusses Mohsin Hamid's 2007 novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, which was short listed for the Booker Prize.

Terry Eagleton on Marxism as a Theodicy

Oct 15, 2010 00:31:21

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Big Ideas presents British literary and cultural theorist, Terry Eagleton. His lecture"Is Marxism a Theodicy?" was delivered at a conference on Historical Materialism at York University, on May 14, 2010

Terry Eagleton on the metaphysics of terror

Oct 15, 2010 00:24:31

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British literary and cultural theorist, Terry Eagleton, on The Metaphysics of Terror. This lecture was culled from our archives and first aired in 2004.

Chris Lintott on The Galaxy Zoo

Oct 9, 2010 00:55:33

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Chris Lintott of the University of Oxford discusses The Galaxy Zoo, an internet-based program for enlisting the help of amateur astronomers in cataloguing other galaxies.

Tariq Ramadan

Oct 4, 2010 00:51:23

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The Swiss-born Muslim philosopher gives a lecture based on his recent book In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad.

Jeremy Rifkin on The Empathic Civilization

Oct 2, 2010 00:55:24

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Jeremy Rifkin, President of the Foundation on Economic Trends and author of The Empathic Civilization: Rethinking Human Nature in the Biosphere Era spoke about environmental issues at the Tulip Festival in Ottawa on May 16, 2010.

Jeff Rubin and Andrew Nikiforuk on the future of oil

Oct 2, 2010 00:59:41

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Big Ideas presents Jeff Rubin and Andrew Nikiforuk on The Future of the Oil Economy. This panel discussion took place at the 2010 Globe and Mail Festival Open House. Moderator is Paul Waldie.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Islam

Sep 25, 2010 00:56:21

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Ayaan Hirsi Ali on her book Nomad: From Islam to America: A Personal Journey Through the Clash of Civilizations.

Ruth Wisse on Serious Thoughts on Jewish Humor - 2004

Sep 17, 2010 01:02:16

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Ruth Wisse delivers her lecture entitled Getting Serious about Jewish Humor recorded at Beth Tzedec Synagogue in Toronto, in November, 2004.

Gerard t'Hooft on Science Fiction and Reality

Sep 11, 2010 00:52:56

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Gerard t'Hooft, a Nobel Laureate from Utrecht University delivers a lecture on Science Fiction and Reality at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario on May 7, 2008

Simon Blackburn on Truth: A Guide for the Perplexed - 2005

Sep 3, 2010 00:52:33

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Simon Blackburn discusses his book Truth: A Guide for the Perplexed. The lecture was delivered at the University of Toronto, in May, 2005

David Gray profile - ice skating, coffee and being American

Aug 27, 2010 00:07:21

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David Gray discusses ice skating, his coffee preferences and being American by birth but feeling more like a Canadian.

Rupinder Brar profile - telescopes, gender divide, X-Men

Aug 27, 2010 00:08:31

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Rupinder Brar discusses telescopes, the gender divide in the sciences and his role in the movie X-Men

Daniel Pink on his book A Whole New Mind - 2005

Aug 27, 2010 00:30:19

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Daniel Pink delivers a lecture discussing his book A Whole New Mind at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, in June, 2005.

Nadia Habib profile - Egypt, family life, York University

Aug 20, 2010 00:08:48

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Nadia Habib discusses her childhood in Egypt, her family life and her love for teaching at York University.

Monika Havelka profile - horseback riding, biology, teaching

Aug 20, 2010 00:07:51

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Monika Havelka discusses horseback riding, her children's reactions to growing up with biologists for parents and her excitement for teaching

Bruce Meyer profile - poetry, happiness, his dog Daisy

Aug 13, 2010 00:08:36

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Bruce Meyer discusses his poetry, happiness in his life and in fiction, and his dog Daisy.

Ralph Wood on JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis - 2004

Aug 13, 2010 00:57:08

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Ralph Wood delivers a lecture entitled Tolkien and Lewis: Friends and Combatants. It was delivered at Yorkminster Baptist Church in Toronto, in September, 2004.

Virginia Walker profile - teaching biology, women's hockey

Aug 13, 2010 00:09:56

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Virginia Walker discusses her involvement in women's hockey, attending school in Nova Scotia and her love of research.

Karolyn Smardz Frost profile - archaeology, social justice

Aug 6, 2010 00:08:30

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Karolyn Smardz Frost discusses her passion for archaeology, how social justice shaped her childhood and her return to school at age 39.

Sohail Rashid profile - cars, cats, the immigrant experience

Aug 6, 2010 00:08:33

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Sohail Rashid discusses his love of cars, his cats and the immigrant experience.

Eleanor MacDonald profile - poetry, quilts, political theory

Jul 30, 2010 00:10:32

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Eleanor MacDonald discusses her early passion for poetry, her quilting, her love of dogs and what attracted her to political theory.

Steve Joordens profile - veganism, internet-based teaching

Jul 30, 2010 00:08:01

Description:

Steve Joordens discusses veganism, the concept of "big ears" and the benefits of using the internet-based teaching program peerScholar in large classes.

Kay Redfield Jamison on her book Exuberance

Jul 30, 2010 00:43:57

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Kay Redfield Jamison delivers a lecture discussing her book Exuberance: The Passion for Life, at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, in October, 2004.

George Steiner on the history of Literacy - 2002

Jul 23, 2010 00:57:16

Description:

Author George Steiner, speaking at the Living Literacies Conference (November 2002) at York University in Toronto, delivers a lecture on the history of literacy.

Gerald Cohen on Rescuing Conservatism

Jul 17, 2010 00:42:58

Description:

Political philosopher, G.A. Cohen, on Rescuing Conservatism: A Defence of Existing Value. His lecture was presented by the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto on Oct. 16, 2008.

Malcolm Gladwell on his best-selling book Blink - 2005

Jul 9, 2010 00:32:49

Description:

Malcolm Gladwell delivers a lecture discussing his best-selling book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking at the University of Toronto, in February, 2005.

Mel Hurtig on The Truth about Canada

Jul 3, 2010 00:52:33

Description:

Bestselling author, Mel Hurtig, combs through the world of statistics to see how Canada measures up - and the results are astonishing.

Susan Sontag on modern literacy - 2002

Jun 25, 2010 01:05:02

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Author Susan Sontag, speaking at the Living Literacies Conference (November 2002) at York University in Toronto, delivers a lecture on modern literacy.

Brian Schmidt on The Universe from Beginning to End

Jun 18, 2010 00:50:21

Description:

Brian Schmidt of the Australian National University delivers his lecture entitled The Universe from Beginning to End. The lecture explores the geometry and age of the universe to give us a picture of the effects of Dark Energy.

Edward Shorter on the history of sex - 2005

Jun 11, 2010 00:28:06

Description:

Edward Shorter delivers a lecture discussing the history of sex and his book Written in the Flesh at Hart House at the University of Toronto - September, 2005.

Charles Sabine & Sydney Brenner on The Personalized Genome

Jun 4, 2010 00:25:08

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Charles Sabine & Sydney Brenner speak at the Gairdner Symposium on The Personalized Genome in Toronto (October 30, 2009)

Robert Adams on Booker Prize winning novel The White Tiger

May 28, 2010 01:18:28

Description:

Teacher, writer and critic, Robert Adams, reviews Aravind Adiga's Booker prize-winning novel, The White Tiger. Corruption, murder, and a series of letters composed by a former chauffeur allow the novel to explore India's caste system and how it's been affected by the country's economic miracle.

Jordan Peterson on Reality and the Sacred

May 25, 2010 00:56:34

Description:

This video podcast includes the lecture and the Q & A.

Vaclav Smil: The Future of the Planet

May 21, 2010 00:55:04

Description:

Author and distinguished professor, Vaclav Smil, is interviewed by Andrew Revkin about the future of the planet. This discussion was part of the Q2C Festival in 2009.

Jordan Peterson: Reality and the Sacred

May 14, 2010 00:44:38

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In his lecture entitled Reality and the Sacred, psychology professor, Jordan Peterson, explores the human search for meaning in a chaotic world and how our perceptions and beliefs shape our sense of reality.

Palagummi Sainath: The Age of Inequality

May 7, 2010 00:55:46

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Award-winning journalist, Palagummi Sainath, examines the impact of corporate globalization on Indian society. He argues that neoliberal policies have increased inequality and have had devastating affects on the poor, including farmers. His lecture, entitled Slumdogs vs Millionaires: India in the Age of Inequality, was delivered at York University.

Cory Doctorow on Copyright vs. Universal Access

Apr 30, 2010 00:54:14

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Author, activist, journalist and blogger, Cory Doctorow, delivers a lecture on Copyright vs. Universal Access. Subtitled, The State of Play in the Global Copyfight, this lecture was part of the Q2C Festival at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo.

Nick Mount on T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland

Apr 23, 2010 00:47:44

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English professor Nick Mount presents us with an examination of T.S. Eliot's The Wasteland and how it became a post-war, modernist masterpiece

David Gray on Open Economy Macroeconomics

Apr 2, 2010 00:43:20

Description:

David Gray from the Economics Department at the University of Ottawa presents his competition lecture entitled Open Economy Macroeconomics

Nadia Habib on Reflections on Gender & Sexuality

Apr 1, 2010 00:41:04

Description:

Nadia Habib from the Liberal Arts and Professional Studies Department at York University presents her competition lecture entitled Reflections on Gender & Sexuality

Bruce Meyer on The Four Phases of Yeats

Mar 27, 2010 00:35:08

Description:

Bruce Meyer from the English Department at Laurentian University at Georgian College presents his competition lecture entitled The Four Pases of Yeats.

Monika Havelka on Why Sex? The Evolution of a Paradox

Mar 26, 2010 00:43:28

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Monika Havelka from the Biology Department at the University of Toronto Mississauga presents her competition lecture entitled Why Sex? The Evolution of a Paradox

Virginia Walker on HIV, Parasites and the Exhausted Immune S

Mar 19, 2010 00:33:32

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Virginia Walker from the Biology Department at Queen's University presents her competition lecture entitled HIV, Parasites and the Exhausted Immune System.

Finalist version of BL 2010 winner lecture

Mar 19, 2010 00:44:05

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Finalist version of BL 2010 winner lecture

Karolyn Smardz Frost on Toronto's Underground Railroad

Mar 12, 2010 00:43:50

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Karolyn Smardz Frost from the History Department at York University presents her competition lecture entitled Fugitive Sources: Uncovering Toronto's Underground Railroad Connections.

Sohail Rashid on Birth Order and Personality

Mar 12, 2010 00:43:49

Description:

Sohail Rashid from the Psychology Department at Ryerson University presents his competition lecture entitled Birth Order and Personality.

Eleanor MacDonald on Are We Postmodern?

Mar 5, 2010 00:34:20

Description:

Eleanor MacDonald from the Political Studies Department at Queen's University presents her competition lecture entitled Are We Postmodern?

Steve Joordens on Critical Thinking

Mar 5, 2010 00:39:12

Description:

Steve Joordens from the Psychology Department at the University of Toronto Scarborough presents his competition lecture entitled You Can Lead Students to Knowledge, But How Do You Make Them Think?

Nick Mount: Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

Feb 26, 2010 00:51:19

Description:

As part of his Literature for Our Time series, University of Toronto English professor Nick Mount discusses Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse.

Michael Ruse: Is Darwinism Past its Sell-by Date?

Feb 23, 2010 00:49:03

Description:

Michael Ruse is professor of philosophy at Florida State University.

Francis Broun on the sculptures of Michelangelo

Feb 12, 2010 00:55:08

Description:

Art historian Francis Broun explores the life, the passions and the sculptures of Michelangelo.

Dambisa Moyo: Innovating away from Aid

Feb 7, 2010 00:54:00

Description:

Economist Dambisa Moyo is the author of Dead Aid.

Sean B. Carroll

Jan 31, 2010 51:41

Description:

The theory of evolution is credited to Charles Darwin but important contributions were also made by Henry Walter Bates and Alfred Wallace. The stories of these three adventurers are chronicled by Sean B. Carroll, author of the book Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species.

Harold Kushner: Conquering Fear

Jan 24, 2010 56:12

Description:

The author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People, discusses his new book about fear - and what we can do to overcome it.

Wade Davis

Jan 17, 2010 55:34

Description:

Anthropologist and author, Wade Davis, delivers the 2009 Massey Lecture The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World. Davis explores the importance of the myriad and diverse cultures of the world and the impact on all of us when a culture disappears.

Peter Diamandis on promoting radical scientific breakthroughs through his X Prize foundation

Jan 10, 2010 55:06

Description:

Dr. Peter Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, a non-profit initiative focused on designing and launching large incentive prizes, such as the Google Lunar X PRIZE, to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. This lecture entitled The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Invent it Yourself! was delivered at the Quantum to Cosmos science festival at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo.

Nick Mount on Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot

Dec 20, 2009 48:14

Description:

University of Toronto English professor Nick Mount discusses Samuel Beckett?s controversial play Waiting For Godot.

Robert Adams on the Booker Prize winning novel Mister Pip

Dec 13, 2009 1:19:10

Description:

The author of A Love of Reading, acclaimed book reviewer Robert Adams, discusses the Man Booker Prize winning novel Mister Pip by New Zealand author Lloyd Jones.

Howard Gardner on excellence in education

Dec 6, 2009 50:17

Description:

Harvard psychologist and author, Howard Gardner, best known for his theory of multiple intelligences, delivers a lecture based on his book Good Work: When Excellence and Ethics Meet.

Shel Israel on Twitterville

Nov 29, 2009 48:36

Description:

Influential blogger, Shel Israel, shares insights from his book Twitterville: How Businesses Can Thrive in the New Global Neighbourhoods.

Michael Shermer on why people believe weird things

Nov 22, 2009 53:47

Description:

Editor of Skeptic Magazine, Michael Shermer, delivers an entertaining lecture on his book Why People Believe Weird Things.

Liaquat Ahamed on his book Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

Nov 15, 2009 54:54

Description:

The author of Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World, Liaquat Ahamed, discusses the connections between the world's financial decision makers in the period leading up to the Great Depression and their counterparts in the current global financial crisis.

Camille Paglia on religion

Nov 8, 2009 51:18

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Describing herself as an atheist who defends religion, academic and author, Camille Paglia, argues that an understanding of world religions and their symbols is essential to fully understanding human civilization and our place in the universe.

Michael Marrus (Pt. 2) on great moments in great trials

Nov 2, 2009 55:48

Description:

The second part of the lecture entitled Justice and Theatre: Great Moments in Great Trials examines Nicolae Bukharin and the Moscow Show Trials and the 1945 Nuremberg Trials.

Michael Marrus on great moments in great trials

Nov 1, 2009 51:33

Description:

The first of this two-part lecture entitled Justice and Theatre: Great Moments in Great Trials looks at the libel trial of Oscar Wilde in 1895.

Richard Leakey on Climate Change and the Future of Life on Earth

Oct 25, 2009 48:06

Description:

Richard Leakey, professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University in New York is best known for his paleontological work in Africa. His lecture, entitled Climate Change and the Future of Life on Earth deals with wildlife conservation and was recorded at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto on May 30th, 2009.

Leonard Mlodinow on randomness and his book The Drunkard's Walk

Oct 18, 2009 28:09

Description:

Leonard Mlodinow, of the California Institute of Technology is the author of The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives. His lecture on the subject of randomness was presented by the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario on May 6th, 2009.

Lawrence Krauss on dark matter, dark energy and the end of the universe as we know it

Oct 11, 2009 53:57

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Lawrence Krauss is a professor in the Department of Physics at Arizona State University. His lecture entitled Life, the Universe and Nothing was recorded at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto on March 27th, 2009.

Christopher Hitchens on The Ten Commandments

Oct 4, 2009 54:54

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Christopher Hitchens, author of God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, delivers a lecture at the Royal Ontario Museum entitled The Three New Commandments in conjunction with the exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

J Ralston Saul, Naomi Klein and others, on leadership

Sep 27, 2009 54:50

Description:

Panelists John Ralston Saul, Margaret MacMillan, Naomi Klein, and Adam Gopnik discuss what constitutes a great leader and why some leaders fail while others thrive.

Thomas King on stories and the Native Canadian experience

Sep 20, 2009 50:20

Description:

The author of The Truth About Stories, Thomas King, delivers his 2003 Massey Lecture entitled, What Is It About Us that You Don?t Like?

Noam Chomsky on international policy continuity in the wake of 9-11

Sep 13, 2009 60:27

Description:

MIT professor of Linguistics, Noam Chomsky, delivers his 2002 lecture on international policy continuity in the wake of 9-11.

Leonard Susskind on the Black Hole Wars

Sep 6, 2009 28:09

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Stanford University professor of Physics, Leonard Susskind, on ?The Black Hole Wars?, the scientific disagreement between Susskind and Stephen Hawking.

Elizabeth Abbott on her book A History of Mistresses.

Aug 30, 2009 36:14

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Elizabeth Abbott on her 2003 book A History of Mistresses.

Elaine Dewar on her book The Second Tree: Of Clones, Chimeras and Quests for Immortality.

Aug 23, 2009 34:31

Description:

Author Elaine Dewar delivers her 2002 lecture about her book The Second Tree: Of Clones, Chimeras and Quests for Immortality.

Niall Ferguson on his book Empire

Aug 9, 2009 48:18

Description:

Harvard University professor of History, Niall Ferguson, delivers his 2002 lecture on the lessons the US ought to learn from the British Empire experience in the Middle East.

Saskia Sassen on citizenship in the age of globalization

Aug 2, 2009 53:25

Description:

Columbia University professor of Sociology, Saskia Sassen, delivers her 2003 lecture on the concept of citizenship in the age of globalization.

Maynard Olson on The Genome and Your Future (Part 2)

Jul 26, 2009 27:41

Description:

Professor of Genome Sciences and of Medicine, Dr. Maynard Olson delivers his 2003 lecture, companion piece to the Francis S. Collins lecture The Genome and Your Future.

Francis S. Collins on The Genome and Your Future (Part 1)

Jul 26, 2009 28:39

Description:

The leader of the Human Genome Project, Dr. Francis S. Collins delivers his 2003 high school lecture entitled The Genome and Your Future.

Steven Pinker on his book The Blank Slate

Jul 19, 2009 59:16

Description:

Harvard University Psychology professor, Steven Pinker delivers a lecture on the modern denial of human nature with a specific focus on his 2003 book The Blank Slate.

June Carroll on Modern Genetics

Jul 12, 2009 26:21

Description:

Dr. June Carroll of Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto delivers her 2003 lecture on Modern Genetics.

Janice Stein on the ethics of responsibility and accountability.

Jul 5, 2009 34:55

Description:

The Director of the Munk Centre for International Studies, Janice Stein, delivers her 2002 lecture on the ethics of responsibility and accountability in North American society.

John Polanyi on the world that science has built

Jun 28, 2009 30:12

Description:

Winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, University of Toronto professor John Polanyi delivers his 2002 lecture on the world that science has built.

Alexander Wendt on why a one state world is inevitable

Jun 21, 2009 38:44

Description:

Ohio State Political Science professor Alexander Wendt delivers his 2002 lecture on why he believes a one state world is inevitable.

Philip Ball on Chemistry and Colour in Art

Jun 14, 2009 51:41

Description:

Philip Ball outlines how developments in chemistry have impacted painters and the art world throughout history.

Robert Fulford on A World Reconfigured: Politics and Perceptions Since 9-11

Jun 7, 2009 43:25

Description:

Canadian author, journalist and broadcaster Robert Fulford delivers his 2003 lecture A World Reconfigured: Politics and Perceptions Since 9-11

J.B. Mackinnon, Alisa Smith, and Adria Vasil on the environment

Jun 1, 2009 48:40

Description:

The authors of The 100-Mile Diet and Ecoholic deliver lectures on eating and living more sustainably.

Thomas Homer-Dixon and Chris Turner on the environment

May 31, 2009 54:53

Description:

Authors Thomas Homer-Dixon and Chris Turner deliver lectures on a range of environmental issues including climate change, green energy, and creating the foundations of a sustainable future.

Don Tapscott on the ways the Net Generation learn differently

May 24, 2009 54:28

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The author of Grown Up Digital, Don Tapscott, refutes the belief that the internet is turning today's youth into "the dumbest generation". Tapscott illustrates how the net has changed the way people learn and offers suggestions on how to tap into the expertise that the Net Generation possesses.

John Ralston Saul on what defines Canada as a nation

May 17, 2009 55:53

Description:

John Ralston Saul argues that Canada is a Metis nation, critically influenced and shaped by aboriginal ideas.

Gwynne Dyer on global warming and his book Climate Wars

May 10, 2009 1:11:06

Description:

Journalist and historian, Gwynne Dyer, discusses his book Climate Wars, outlining the impact that climate change is likely to have on international relations. Dyer focuses particularly on the military conflicts that he sees resulting from global warming.

Leo Panitch on the lessons of Marxism

May 3, 2009 43:25

Description:

Leo Panitch delivers this year's Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture entitled "Still a Marxist After All: Lessons and Insights for our Time".

Hazel Carby on the British slave trade and the question of identity for people of West Indian heritage in the U.K.

Apr 26, 2009 46:36

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In her lecture, Belonging to Britain, Hazel Carby looks at the historic relationship between England and Jamaica, including the history of the slave trade in Bristol and the complex question of identity for those of mixed British and West Indian heritage. Carby is a professor of African American Studies and American Studies at Yale University.

Bernard-Henry Levy's

Apr 19, 2009 50:23

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Philosopher and journalist Bernard-Henri Levy critiques present-day leftist politics for its anti-liberalism, anti-Americanism, and for being soft on radical Islamism.

Merv Mosher - Best Lecturer Finalist - on Statistics: What's the Point?

Mar 30, 2009 44:34

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Merv Mosher from the Kinesiology and Health Science department at York University in Toronto is profiled and delivers his lecture entitled, Statistics: What's the Point?

Rod Carley - Best Lecturer Finalist - on Adapting Shakespeare within a Modern Canadian Context

Mar 29, 2009 44:57

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Top ten finalist, Professor Rod Carley, from the Communication Arts department at Canadore College in North Bay is profiled and delivers his competition lecture entitled, Adapting Shakespeare Within a Modern Canadian Context.

Clare Hasenkampf - Best Lecturer Finalist - on Chromosomes Dividing: How It Is Done and Why It Matters

Mar 23, 2009 44:02

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Clare Hasenkampf from the Biological Sciences department at the University of Toronto Scarborough delivers her competition lecture entitled "Chromosomes Dividing: How It Is Done and Why It Matters".

Darryl Davies - Best Lecturer Finalist - on Explaining Crime

Mar 22, 2009 42:55

Description:

Darryl Davies from the Sociology and Anthropology department at Carleton University in Ottawa delivers his competition lecture entitled "Explaining Crime".

Shawn Lehman - Best Lecturer Finalist - on Primate Infanticide: Adaptation or Social Pathology?

Mar 16, 2009 42:45

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Shawn Lehman from the Anthropology department at the University of Toronto St. George delivers his competition lecture entitled "Primate Infanticide: Adaptation or Social Pathology?"

Paul Stevens - Best Lecturer Finalist - on Milton's Satan

Mar 15, 2009 44:27

Description:

Paul Stevens from the English department at the University of Toronto St. George delivers his competition lecture entitled "Milton's Satan".

Doug Richards - Best Lecturer Finalist - on Stretching: The Truth

Mar 9, 2009 45:01

Description:

Doug Richards from the Physical Education and Health department at the University of Toronto St. George delivers his competition lecture entitled "Stretching: The Truth".

James Allard - Best Lecturer Finalist - on Frankenstein: Five Ways

Mar 8, 2009 46:03

Description:

James Allard from the English Language and Literature department at Brock University in St. Catharines delivers his competition lecture entitled "Frankenstein: Five Ways".

Anton Allahar - Best Lecturer Finalist - on Why Isn't the Whole World Developed?

Mar 2, 2009 45:08

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Anton Allahar from the Sociology department at the University of Western Ontario in London delivers his competition lecture entitled "Why Isn't the Whole World Developed?"

Matthew Bellamy - Best Lecturer Finalist - on A Watershed Moment: Canada and the Second World War

Mar 1, 2009 35:00

Description:

Matthew Bellamy from the History department at Carleton University in Ottawa delivers his competition lecture entitled "A Watershed Moment: Canada and the Second World War".

Toby Miller on electronic waste

Feb 22, 2009 51:35

Description:

Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, Toby Miller, examines the environmental impact of our obsession with technology.

Jean Bethke Elshtain on religion and democracy

Feb 15, 2009 50:18

Description:

"Religion and Democracy: Antagonists or Allies?" is the title of the 2008 Seymour Martin Lipset Memorial Lecture.

David Weinberger on Knowledge at the End of the Information Age

Feb 8, 2009 51:52

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The author of "Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder", David Weinberger, delivers a lecture entitled "Knowledge at the End of the Information Age". In this talk Weinberger argues that the internet is both profoundly weird, and deeply familiar. He claims that, by changing the way we receive information from the broadcast era's one-way monologue into a multi-directional conversation, the internet has humanized information.

Maude Barlow on the global water crisis

Feb 1, 2009 50:30

Description:

Barlow argues that access to safe drinking water should be a basic human right and makes a compelling case for why the global water crisis will be the greatest environmental and human crisis of this century.

Lewis Lapham on education

Jan 25, 2009 44:09

Description:

Lewis Lapham laments the state of the American education system.

Umberto Eco on Beauty and Ugliness

Jan 18, 2009 52:43

Description:

Internationally renowned author and philosopher, Umberto Eco, gives "An Illustrated Presentation on the History of Beauty and Ugliness", based on his two recent books "On Beauty" and "On Ugliness".

Margaret Atwood's 2008 Massey Lecture

Jan 11, 2009 55:56

Description:

Author Margaret Atwood delivers the 2008 Massey Lecture, "Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth".

Margaret Visser on The Gift of Thanks

Dec 21, 2008 52:27

Description:

Cultural historian and author, Margaret Visser, explores the history and significance of gratitude.

Jordan Peterson on the nature of evil

Dec 14, 2008 42:35

Description:

University of Toronto Professor of Psychology Jordan Peterson discusses the nature of evil and its distinction from tragedy in this lecture presented at the 2008 Conference on Personal Meaning.

Thomas Homer-Dixon on climate change

Dec 7, 2008 55:21

Description:

Author and scholar, Thomas Homer-Dixon, explores the convergence of natural, social, and economic stresses that could lead to the breakdown of world economies and political systems.

Mark Federman on the impact of the internet on education

Nov 30, 2008 55:56

Description:

"No Educator Left Behind" is the title of this lecture by Mark Federman. In it Federman contends that, as a result of the changes the internet has brought to the way students communicate and interact, universities, if they are to remain relevant, must move from the current model of education as skills centered to one that is more focused on connectivity.

Ron Deibert on internet censorship

Nov 23, 2008 53:39

Description:

Political science professor Ron Deibert looks at the issue of internet censorship and surveillance around the world.

Richard Florida on the creative class

Nov 16, 2008 56:41

Description:

Best-selling author, Richard Florida, describes how the creative class is impacting cities, business and society at large.

Ronald Wright on American identity

Nov 9, 2008 34:53

Description:

Ronald Wright, the author of "What Is America?: A Short History of the New World Order", examines the dichotomy between "America's ideals and the realities". Wright discusses how such conflicts as those between Native Americans and the Europeans who came to settle the new world have shaped the American identity.

Leanne Simpson on aboriginal traditional knowledge

Nov 9, 2008 26:01

Description:

Leanne Simpson of Athabasca University's Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research delivers a lecture entitled, "Can Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Survive in the Modern World?"

Mark Kingwell and Malcolm Gladwell on social change

Nov 2, 2008 55:56

Description:

University of Toronto philosophy professor and author, Mark Kingwell, and journalist Malcolm Gladwell square off in a lively debate about social change and how best to achieve it.

Gabor Mate on addictions

Oct 26, 2008 54:17

Description:

Drawing on his experience with drug addicted patients from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Dr. Gabor Mate discusses how the medical and legal systems are failing in the so called "war on drugs". Dr. Mate reads from his fourth book, "In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction", and suggests ways in which society's approach to dealing with drugs and drug addicts could be improved.

Ovide Mercredi on Truth and Reconciliation

Oct 19, 2008 53:49

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In light of the Canadian government's recent apology, and as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission commences its work, Ovide Mercredi, chief of the Misipawistic Cree nation and former chief of the Assembly of First Nations, reflects on what true reconciliation means and explains that it will only work if the reconciliation process engages aboriginals as equal partners.

Salman Akhtar on the trauma of dislocation

Oct 12, 2008 51:55

Description:

Jefferson Medical College professor Salman Akhtar discusses "The Trauma of Geophysical Dislocation", proposing that psychoanalysts need to pay special attention to their immigrant patients. Akhtar suggests that the immigration experience creates disruptions to the waking screen that are too often ignored in therapy and that the objects and landscapes that are left behind have a more significant impact on the immigrant's psychological well being than has generally been recognized.

Strobe Talbott on modern statehood

Oct 5, 2008 36:44

Description:

Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., delivers this year's Donner Canadian Foundation lecture drawing upon his recently released book The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States and the Quest for a Global Nation.

Benjamin Barber on consumerism and globalization

Sep 28, 2008 54:51

Description:

Benjamin Barber's books include "Strong Democracy", "Jihad vs. McWorld" and "Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole". Speaking at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Barber explains how the ideal of people as citizens has been undermined by the drive to turn us all into consumers. The title of his talk is, "Consumerism, Globalization and the End of Sovereignty".

William D. Phillips on the universe

Sep 21, 2008 55:49

Description:

"Time and Einstein in the 21st Century: The Coolest Stuff in the Universe" is the title of this exceptionally entertaining lecture. Phillips, who works with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, demonstrates the cooling potential of liquid nitrogen, the laser based technique known as "optical molasses" and shows how magnetic bottles can help science built more accurate atomic clocks.

Richard Lewontin on co-evolution of organisms and environment

Sep 14, 2008 52:52

Description:

Professor Richard C. Lewontin of Harvard University delivers a lecture on the topic of The Co-evolution of Organisms and the Environment.

Alberto Manguel on Picasso

Sep 7, 2008 45:39

Description:

Alberto Manguel on the duality of Pablo Picasso's artistic brilliance and personal evil.

Guy Proulx on the aging brain

Aug 31, 2008 54:16

Description:

Dr. Guy Proulx, Director of Psychology and NeuroRehabilitation at the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care delivers a lecture entitled, Wisdom Versus Dementia: A Walk Through the Aging Brain.

Kay Redfield Jamison on understanding suicide

Aug 24, 2008 52:15

Description:

Kay Redfield Jamison of Johns Hopkins University gives a lecture about suicide drawing on the research from her book, Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide.

Lee Smolin on why science works

Aug 17, 2008 50:03

Description:

Lee Smolin of Perimeter Institute delivers his lecture, Why Does Science Work?

Zach Hall on neuroethics

Aug 3, 2008 60:00

Description:

Zach Hall - Dean of Research at the School of Medicine of University of Southern California discusses, Neuroethics: A Challenge for a New Age.

Clifford Will on Was Einstein Right? Can Einstein’s Theories Survive Today’s Scientific Scrutiny?

Jul 20, 2008 60:17

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Clifford Will delivers a lecture entitled "Was Einstein Right? Can Einstein?s Theories Survive Today?s Scientific Scrutiny?"

Arthur I Miller on Einstein, Picasso: Space Time and the Beauty That Causes Havoc

Jul 6, 2008 50:05

Description:

Arthur I. Miller compares Einstein to Picasso. Miller is the author of a book entitled "Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time, and the Beauty That Causes Havoc".

Howard Gardner on Five Minds for the Future

Jun 22, 2008 52:21

Description:

Howard Gardner is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is the author of "Five Minds for the Future". In this lecture he discusses his latest theories on cognition and creativity and outlines why he is currently researching what place the "ethical mind" and the "respectful mind" hold in today?s technologically sophisticated and interrelated world.

Michael Eric Dyson on the life and death of Martin Luther King and modern US race issues

Jun 1, 2008 54:41

Description:

Michael Eric Dyson, the author of "April 4, 1968", discusses the life and death of Martin Luther King as they pertain to race issues in the U.S. and around the world. 40 years after King's assassination, the race for the leadership of the Democratic Party has returned issues of race to the forefront of American politics and Dyson uses his book as a springboard to examine Barack Obama's candidacy and what it means for America.

Charles Jencks on post-modernism

May 25, 2008 55:08

Description:

Architect and author, Charles Jencks, presents a lecture based on his recent book "Critical Modernism: Where is Post-Modernism Going?"

Neil Turok on What Banged? Causes of the Big Bang

May 4, 2008 52:35

Description:

Professor Neil Turok, Chair of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University, presents his lecture "What Banged?" which examines the possible causes of The Big Bang, the initial singularity that created our universe.

Christopher diCarlo on The Relations of Natural Systems

Mar 30, 2008 52:19

Description:

University of Ontario Institute of Technology professor Christopher diCarlo (Health Sciences and Criminology) delivers his competition lecture entitled The Relations of Natural Systems.

Gerald Cupchik on The Two Faces of Emotion

Mar 30, 2008 41:15

Description:

University of Toronto (Scarborough) psychology professor Gerald Cupchik delivers his competition lecture entitled Two Faces of Emotion.

Ken Cramer on Alfred Adler: The Most Famous Personality Theorist You Likely Never Heard Of

Mar 23, 2008 40:45

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University of Windsor psychology professor Ken Cramer delivers his competition lecture entitled Alfred Adler: The Most Famous Personality Theorist You Likely Never Heard Of.

Finney Cherian on Unbinding Baby Elephants

Mar 23, 2008 45:42

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University of Windsor education professor Finney Cherian delivers his competition lecture entitled Unbinding Baby Elephants.

Robert Jan van Pelt on Architecture After Auschwitz

Mar 16, 2008 46:23

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University of Waterloo Architecture professor Robert Jan van Pelt delivers his Best Lecturer competition lecture entitled Architecture After Auschwitz.

Marc Fournier on Dominance and Depression

Mar 16, 2008 42:05

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University of Toronto (Scarborough) psychology professor Marc Fournier delivers his competition lecture entitled Dominance and Depression.

Nick Bontis on Knowledge Worker Productivity

Mar 9, 2008 43:15

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McMaster University Strategic Management professor Nick Bontis delivers his Best Lecturer competition lecture entitled Knowledge Worker Productivity.

John Mitterer on Truth and Humility in Professional Practice

Mar 9, 2008 43:51

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Brock University psychology professor John Mitterer delivers his competition lecture entitled Truth and Humility in Professional Practice.

Tim Conley on The Self in Contemporary Poetry

Mar 2, 2008 42:26

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Brock University professor Tim Conley delivers his competition lecture entitled Coordinating the Self in Contemporary Poetry.

John Schneeberger on Creative Menu Design

Mar 2, 2008 39:58

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Loyalist College professor John Schneeberger delivers his competition lecture entitled Creative Menu Design.

Rory Stewart on state building in Afghanistan

Feb 10, 2008 55:38

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State building in Afghanistan is the focus of this lecture by Rory Stewart, a former Coalition Deputy Governor in southern Iraq. Stewart's book The Places In Between chronicles his walk across war-torn Afghanistan. Stewart's dry sense of humour shines through to illuminate many of the problems he sees in the manner in which the West is tackling the problems of state building in the wake of the Taliban.

Steven Pinker on The Stuff of Thought

Feb 3, 2008 51:00

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Harvard psychology professor, Stephen Pinker, author of The Stuff of Thought examines how language reveals the way we think by exposing the physics built into our nouns, the temporal characteristics of our verbs and the manner in which our brains react to profanity.

January 26 2008: Israel-Palestine: 60 Years On

Jan 28, 2008 55:48

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An hour-long version of the special series, "Israel-Palestine: 60 Years On", which originally aired on The Agenda with Steve Paikin.

Eric Thurman on microcredit

Dec 16, 2007 46:00

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Microcredit expert and consultant, Eric Thurman, discusses the ideas behind his book, "A Billion Bootstraps".

H. Jay Melosh on what killed the dinosaurs

Dec 9, 2007 53:31

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H. JAY MELOSH: What killed the dinosaurs? And is humanity headed for a similar fate? These questions are addressed by H. Jay Melosh, a Professor of Theoretical Geophysics at the University of Arizona, in this lecture entitled, "Death of the Dinos: Giant Impacts and Biological Crises". With the help of sophisticated computer simulations Melosh presents his "hot" new theory on the KT extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago.

Ariel Garten on the neuroscience of conflict

Nov 18, 2007 25:57

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Psychotherapist and artist, Ariel Garten, explores the neuroscience of conflict.

Bruce Kuwabara on models of urbanization

Nov 13, 2007 43:12

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Award-winning architect, Bruce Kuwabara, discusses emerging models of urbanization and sustainability that are transforming Toronto and other major Canadian cities.

Robert Adams on Brick Lane

Nov 3, 2007 01:24:11

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Robert Adams gives his assessment of "Brick Lane" by Monica Ali. Short-listed for the 2003 Man Booker Prize, the novel is a finely textured picture of Bangladeshi immigrants in contemporary London.

Robert Adams on The Corrections

Oct 27, 2007 1:22:30

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Robert Adams offers his opinions on Jonathan Frazen's critically acclaimed novel The Corrections. It tells the story of an American family's disintegration and metamorphosis in modern America.

Robert Adams on the Booker Prize winning novel Disgrace

Oct 27, 2007 1:21:37

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Robert Adams discusses J.M. Coetzee's Booker Prize-winning novel, Disgrace.

Robert Adams on The Kite Runner

Oct 23, 2007 1:29:14

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The irrepressible Robert Adams presents an enthralling review of Khaled Hosseini's, The Kite Runner. The Kite Runner is the unforgettable, beautifully told story of a friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul.

Marc Abrahams on science

Sep 30, 2007 34:03

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Marc Abrahams, editor of The Annals of Improbable Research and one of the organizers of the annual Ig-Nobel Prize ceremonies at Harvard University, discusses the work of scientists and academics that, "first makes you laugh, and then makes you think". Highlights of the lecture include discussions of a study that proves that Kansas is flatter than a pancake and a paper investigating The Forces Required to Drag Sheep Over Various Surfaces.

Susannah Varmuza on epigenetics

Sep 30, 2007 21:57

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University of Toronto Zoology researcher Susannah Varmuza who discusses the evolving field of Epigenetics and what research into such things as mouse coat colour is telling scientists about the age-old "nature versus nurture" debate.

Paul Masson on the International Monetary Fund

Sep 23, 2007 28:09

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Paul Masson's lecture entitled The IMF: Institutional Failure or Victim of Its Own Success? Masson is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.

Wendy Steiner on The Trouble With Beauty

Feb 13, 2006 64:26

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Wendy Steiner, a professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania presents a lecture based on her book The Trouble with Beauty.