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The Summer Program at Knox College is a non-degree morning lecture series for the curious mind. The series focuses on diverse subjects with lectures presented by experts in their fields.



Save the Dates for the 2019 Summer Program at Knox College:

Week 1: August 12-16, 2019

Week 2: August 19-23, 2019

The brochure of programs and speakers will be online after March 25, 2019, and registration will begin at that time.




Last year’s courses…

2018 Courses: August 13-17 & August 20-24

All classes are held at Knox College, 59 St. George Street, Toronto. Click here for a PDF version of the 2018 courses

Course prices, including HST:

  • 1 course $145, HST included
  • 2 courses (save $30) $260, HST included
  • 3 courses (save $75) $360, HST included
  • 4 courses (save $160) $420, HST included


THE FOCUSING APPLIANCE: How the camera transforms the photographer (and the rest of us)

COURSE A: August 13-17, 2018, 9:00 – 10:30 AM


The camera is the first mechanical sense organ. It is a machine that can both see and remember. It also captures an ethereal measure of time called, “a moment.” This paired recording of space and time by mechanical means has profoundly transformed the ways in which humans engage with the world and with each other. He will touch briefly on photo history and technique, Using his own and others’ images, Professor Hlynsky will ask such questions as, “How was the world different on the day before photography was invented? How are cameras and eyeballs profoundly different from each other? Do cameras actually stop time?  How does photographic time differ from real time? How do photo mechanics dictate visual aesthetics?”


David Hlynsky is an artist, photographer, writer, and teacher at OCAD, Ryerson, Sheridan, and UToronto. He has worked in a broad range of photographic practices including video, photo journalism, theatrical set projection, publishing, holography, and digital design. We welcome Professor Hlynsky and his eclectic approach to thinking about photography.


SHELTER FROM THE STORM: Perspectives on Global Migration

COURSE B: AUGUST 13-17, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM


This course will address multiple issues related to immigration and how this process is influenced by multiple institutions. For example, we will discuss how criminal justice institutions like the US. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement influences the migratory paths of individuals in the U.S. and Mexico. How policies like forced repatriation in places like the US and Israel have affected the lives of individuals moving to a new country, and how current groups like African immigrants in Europe or the Rohinga in Burma are treated by their respective nation states. Additionally, we will identify some successful refugee programs across the world.


Jerry Flores is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Toronto. He grew up in a suburban barrio of Los Angles, son of Mexican immigrants. He knows first-hand the challenges faced by new immigrants both in the United States and Canada. He obtained his PhD at the University of California on a prestigious Ford Foundation Scholarship. Dismayed by the growing alt right movement in the USA and Donald Trump’s presidency, he and his wife emigrated to Canada to raise their young family. He will share his academic and personal perspectives on the current world-wide immigration issues.




COURSE C: AUGUST 20-24 9:00 – 10:30 AM


Back to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary, Domenico Pietropaolo will present his latest research. This course offers an interdisciplinary account of the Christian imagination as a symbolic system for the cultural expression of Christian spirituality. It examines a series of works across the spectrum of the liberal arts, each shedding light on the intersection of the Bible, theology and culture in the Renaissance, before and after the Reformation. Its primary thematic focus will be the Fall and Redemption of man in Christian culture. 


Domenico Pietropaolo is a Professor of Italian and Drama at the University of Toronto, a senior fellow of Massey College, and former Principal of the University of St. Michael’s College. His main fields of interest are Italian literature, theatre history, and Christianity and culture, all areas in which he has active research projects. His scholarly works in these areas include three authored books and several edited collections of essays.


NOT THE WATER BUT THE FIRE NEXT TIME: Extreme weather in a rapidly changing climate

COURSE D: AUGUST 20-24, 11:00AM – 12:30 PM


One consequence of rapid climate change is an increase in the frequency, severity, duration, and spatial extent of extreme weather and climate events, such as forest fires, tropical storms, heat waves, droughts, floods, and other natural disasters.  What does this mean for natural resources, biodiversity, ecosystems at risk – and us?  This lecture series explores the link between our changing climate and extreme climate events — what is happening now, what we think will be happening in the future, and what we can do to prepare ourselves.


Monika Havelka is a professor in the Programs in the Environment at University of Toronto Mississauga campus. She obtained her PhD in Zoology from the University of Western Ontario, and has taught courses in evolutionary biology, landscape ecology, biostatistics, restoration ecology and environmental science. She was selected as one of the semi-finalists in the TVO Best Lecturer competition in 2006. We welcome her back to share her joy in her work and the cautionary tales of her ideas.




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