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Regent Park – ‘Ask a Prof’ 2013-2014

askaprof1The University of Toronto has a longstanding relationship with the Regent Park community (read more about it here).  Since 2003, Innis College has facilitated – free of charge – short courses, workshops and events in the community, and is a partner in the recently opened Daniels Centre of Learning which provides adult education opportunities in the neighbourhood.  In 2013-2014 we are running a monthly drop-in lecture series called ‘Ask a Prof’.

Each evening focuses on a different theme, and faculty from across the university have eagerly joined us to speak with attendees about issues and challenges that matter to them.  All sessions begin with a short presentation by the faculty member followed by a focus on dialogue with attendees.  The sessions are open to the public and have attracted a variety of residents from both non-market and market housing in Regent Park, community organizations, and others.

The full series wraps up in April with a small celebration and panel discussion topic that will be chosen from a list of topics sent out to community members, and will feature UofT faculty as well as community representatives.

UofT Ask A Prof 2013-2014 Course Offerings: 

Monday October 7, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Regent Park: After the Mix – Panel Discussion with Professor David Hulchanski (University of Toronto), Professor Sean Purdy (Universidade de Sao Paolo), Sureya Ibrahim (Regent Park resident), Ines Garcia (Regent Park resident)

Thursday November 7, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

How Do You Be Religious in a Secular Democracy? Professor Stephen Scharper, School of the Environment and Department of Anthropology (UTM), Senior Fellow, Massey College and Fellow, Trinity College, University of Toronto.

Monday December 2, 6:30 – 8:30pm

The Global Classroom with Professor Joe Wong, Professor & Canada Research Chair, Political Science and Director, Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs.

Thursday February 6, 6:30 – 8:30pm

An Honest & Open Discussion about Mental Illness with Dr. Ayal Schaffer, Head, Mood & Anxiety Disorders Program, Deputy Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and Dr. Adam Enchin, Lecturer Dept. of Psychiatry Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Toronto and Staff Psychiatrist Youthdale Treatment Centres.

Monday March 3, 6:30-8:30pm

Race, Class, Gender In/Out of the Classroom with Professor Lance McCready, Urban Education, and Director, Centre for Urban Schooling, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

Thursday April 7, 6:30-8:30pm

Series Finale (TBA)


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