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Plenary Sessions

The Vic One Plenary session is a weekly guest lecture series, exposing students to different areas of investigation. The plenaries are meant to encourage open-minded discussion and ignite intellectual curiosity. Rather than an academic commitment, these sessions present another opportunity for students to gather and reflect. The plenaries are a core feature of the Vic One program, allowing students a chance to explore; learn; and engage outside the classroom. Attendance at the plenary sessions is mandatory for all Vic One students.

Below is a list of our plenary speakers for the upcoming academic year. We will continue to add new speakers as details become available so please visit this page frequently to learn about our exciting lineup for the 2019-2020 year!

2019 Plenary Sessions pending

Former Vic One Plenaries

Post-plenary Receptions

After each plenary session, we host a reception where students have the opportunity to connect with lecturers face-to-face. The post-plenary is also a unique opportunity for students from different streams to connect with one another. This is also where the Vic One-On-One mentoring takes place (see Student Experience page for details). Post-plenary receptions generally take place in the foyer of the Isabel Badar Theatre.

The Pelham Edgar Distinguished Visitor in the Humanities

Each year, we host a lecture by a notable visitor in the Humanities. Funding for this endeavour was established by Dr. Johanna L. Metcalf of the Victoria College Class of 1957 to fund visiting scholars and scholarly activities for Vic One. This lecture series is named in honour of Oscar Pelham Edgar (1871-1948). Born in Toronto, Ontario, Pelham Edgar was an accomplished teacher and academic, ultimately dedicating the majority of his working years to the Department of English at Victoria College. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1915 and received its Lorne Pierce Medal for distinguished service to Canadian literature in 1936.