U of T Talks

Bringing Bold Ideas to Every Classroom

Featuring leading scholars from our three campuses, U of T Talks is a new initiative designed to bring some of the world’s foremost intellectuals directly to you. What will it take to end poverty—or curb climate change? Why is disinformation so hard to combat? When and where will the next major epidemic emerge? Don’t miss these unique opportunities to learn directly from researchers who are tackling today’s most pressing problems. With just a few clicks, you’ll be able to join in and pick their brains.

Mark Your Calendars!

We’ll soon be offering a full menu of U of T Talks through a rich selection of program streams—starting with an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Stream. Highlighting the work of our diverse faculty and their research, this series will be essential viewing for today’s emerging leaders. Every session will include a facilitated, live Q&A. Sign up now to reserve your spot. Let’s get you connected with some of the world’s top minds.

Prof. Obidimma Ezezika
Assistant Professor, Department of Health & Society

Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021
Time: 4PM-5PM
Location: Online
Presenter: Prof. Obidimma Ezezika
Description: Over the years I have come to realize how often the bridge from the lab to village is broken, and it drives me crazy… Every scientist, engineer, politician, and entrepreneur experiences the “delivery gap” at one time or another. Having knowledge about what works is no guarantee it will reach the people it’s intended for. What is needed is Implementation Science, a methodology that can guide the uptake and adaptation of evidence-based innovations and practices to local constraints. In this talk I describe my journey from the lab to the village, both metaphorically and literally.

This U of T Talk will be presented by Professor Obidimma Ezezika (Bsc, PhD, MEM, ACUE), who is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Health & Society at the University of Toronto Scarborough, and cross appointed at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Headshot of Prof. Jason Bazylak
Prof. Jason Bazylak
Associate Professor, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

Date: Monday, June 21, 2021
Time: 4PM
Location: Online
Presenter: Prof. Jason Bazylak
Description: In honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada (June 21), Metis Engineer Professor Jason Bazylak will be talking about his own personal journey into engineering. About how his path into engineering was driven by a desire to bring Voice to the Indigenous people of Turtle Island and eventually to all peoples whose Voice was not previously heard in the engineering profession. About how the strength of a community is in its inclusion. The great Metis leader, unacknowledged for his important role in the founding Canada, Louis Riel once said, “My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.” As well, I think that it will be the Indigenous scholars, like engineers, who give us our Voice back.

This U of T Talk will be presented by Professor Jason Bazylak, who is a Metis Professional Engineer (Homeland: Duck Lake / Professional Engineers of Ontario), Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Dean’s Advisor on Indigenous Initiatives, and Associate Professor Teaching Stream. Prof. Bazylak also runs an award winning first year design course series for engineering students.


Previously on U of T Talks

This U of T Talk was be presented by Prof. Alexander Koo, who is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto Mississauga and in the Faculty of Arts & Science. Recorded on April 20, 2021.

Description: Why should we trust science? Some commonly heard reasons are: it’s true, it’s objective, or it follows the scientific method. Philosophers of science have examined these reasons and have argued that all of them are false. Science is, in fact, not true, nor is it objective, nor does it follow the scientific method. Despite this, philosophers still overwhelmingly trust science. But why? In this talk I will argue that there is no tension in rejecting the truth, objectivity, and methodology of science and still maintaining that one ought to trust science. An important payoff to this position is that it robs enemies of science of many of their standard arguments for not trusting science.

This U of T Talk was be presented by Prof. Nouman Ashraf, who is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream within the Organizational Behavior area and Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Rotman School of Management. Recorded on March 16, 2021.

This U of T Talk was presented by Professor Janelle Joseph, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Recorded on February 18, 2021.


Teachers, Stay Tuned.

Customize your curriculum with one of our pre-recorded U of T Talks—a great way to prompt discussion at any level. At just twenty minutes each, they’re a perfect fit for any lesson plan.

Our mission at the University of Toronto is to build bridges and break barriers, whether disciplinary, sociohistorical, or geographic. One of the ways we’re doing this is by making our talks available to anyone who can’t join us live, whatever the reason. We’re just getting started, but we’ll eventually publish each talk here for future students to peruse. In the meantime, feel free to reach out anytime with suggestions for future seasons of U of T Talks.