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Below is a list of our plenary speakers for the upcoming academic year. Plenary lectures take place on Wednesdays at 4 p.m.

Sep. 14, 2022 | Vic One Welcome Session

Vic One Welcome Session

Date: Sep. 14, 2022

Join us for the Vic One Welcome Session! This event will include a few announcements about Vic One, followed by a meet and greet with your fellow Vic One students and stream mentors! This is a mandatory session, so please email if you cannot attend.

Sep. 21, 2022 | Bob Phillips

Date: Sep. 21, 2022
Speaker: Bob Phillips

Bob Phillips (Great Bear) is a non-Status Urban Mi’kmaq.

Although a traditional Pipe Carrier, Bob is also very contemporary and holds a PhD in Indigenous Studies from Trent University. He also holds an MA in Fine Art History from York University. Bob Phillips also spent ten years as host of the Aboriginal Voices Radio Arts Review show discussing art, culture and contemporary issues with community members from across Canada and the Far North.

Sep. 28, 2022 | Mike Naraine

The Sport Business Complex: Nuances and Implications for the Aspiring Managers

Date: Sep. 28, 2022
Speaker: Mike Naraine

Dr. Michael Naraine is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sport Management at Brock University. His research concentrates on the digital frontier of sport, examining the strategy, fan engagement, and analytics related to new developments in the sport business industry landscape. He is a Research Fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), and was recently named the American Marketing Association’s “emerging scholar” for the Sport and Sponsorship-Linked Marketing special interest group. In addition to publishing more than 55 peer-reviewed publications and three books, Dr. Naraine has also been no stranger to industry, working for major brands like Rogers, BlackBerry, and Samsung, and consulting for major sport properties like the Canadian Olympic Committee. He currently lends his business development expertise to Canada Snowboard, where he was elected to the Board of Directors in 2021.

Oct. 5, 2022 | Rhonda McEwen

“Alexa: Are you my friend?” The Rise of the Social Robots

Date: Oct. 5, 2022
Speaker: Rhonda McEwen

Dr. Rhonda N. McEwen is the 14th President and Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University in the University of Toronto; Canada Research Chair in Tactile Interfaces, Communication and Cognition; a Professor of Emerging Media & Communication; and a faculty member at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information & Technology.

With an MBA in IT from City, University of London, England; an MSc in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado; and a PhD in Information from the University of Toronto, Dr. McEwen combines communication studies, and applied and behavioral sciences to examine the social and cognitive effects of technologies. Her pioneering approach to communication research employs experimental techniques, eye tracking, observations, sensor data, and interviews to investigate Human-Machine Communication involving children and adults across the user spectrum, including those diagnosed with communication and learning disorders.

Dr. McEwen has worked with and researched digital communications media for over 20 years, both in companies providing services, and in management consulting to those companies. Journalists from CBS news magazine 60 Minutes covered McEwen’s research in 2012 and 2013, and she has over 47 publications, including articles in Human-Robot Interaction Companion; Information, Communication & Society; Computers and Education; Learning & Instruction; New Media and Society; and information science journals. 

Oct. 19, 2022 | International Opportunities

International learning opportunities at Vic and U of T

Date: Oct. 19, 2022

Oct. 26, 2022 | Albert Moritz and Blake Goldring

Date: Oct. 26, 2022
Speaker: Albert Moritz and Blake Goldring

Blake C. Goldring and Albert F. Moritz

The Vic One program is excited to welcome Blake C. Goldring and Albert F. Moritz for a discussion on the importance of the arts in society, and the responsibility to give back and contribute to our communities, moderated by Adam Sol.

Blake C. Goldring Vic 8T1 CM MSM DHL is the Executive Chairman of AGF Management Limited. Dr. Goldring sits on a number of private company and not-for-profit boards and is the founder of Canada Company: Many Ways to Serve, a charitable, non-partisan organization created to connect business and community leaders with Canada’s military. In December 2018, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada. He is also a member of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts, a CFA charterholder and a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.

Albert F. Moritz is the Goldring Professor of the Arts and Society at Victoria College and taught for many years in the Frye and Jewison streams of Vic One. Professor Moritz has written over 20 books of poetry, and won numerous awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and the Award in Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has also won the Bess Hokin Award of Poetry magazine, the Elizabeth Matchett Stover Award of the Southwest Review, the ReLit Award, selection to the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets, and three of his books have been named finalists for the Governor General's Award. Professor Moritz is presently the Poet Laureate of the City of Toronto (2019-2023).

Adam Sol is the Coordinator of the Creative Expression & Society program at Victoria College, and teaches a number of courses for that program, as well in the Vic One Program. Before joining the Victoria College Faculty he was an Associate Professor of English at Laurentian University’s campus in Barrie, Ontario. His academic scholarship focuses on the concept of ethnicity in American literatures, particularly from the early 20th century. His 2021 book Broken Dawn Blessings was awarded the Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Poetry, and has been shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award from the League of Canadian Poets.

Nov. 2, 2022 | J. Garrett-Walker

Exploring Multiple Identities for BIPOC Queer People in Psychological Science

Date: Nov. 2, 2022
Speaker: J. Garrett-Walker

Dr. J. Garrett-Walker is an Associate Professor in the department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. They earned their B.A. from University of San Francisco and their Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of City University of New York.

Dr. Garrett-Walker is a developmental psychologist whose research focuses on mental health and multiple identity development for two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (2SLGBTQ+) emerging adults with a focus in Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC). Dr. Garrett-Walker utilizes quantitative and qualitative methodologies to examine the intersections of multiple identities; specifically gender, race, religion, and sexuality. Dr. Garrett-Walker is most interested in the ways in which BIPOC 2SLGBTQ+ young adults maintain positive mental health and well-being in the face of negative religious rhetoric, racism, homophobia, transphobia, cissexism, and heterosexism. Dr. Garrett-Walker's work has emphasized the role of identity in the development of culturally competent HIV prevention interventions and community resources. Dr. Garrett-Walker also has a line of inquiry that examines the ways in which shared educational privilege impacts colorblind racial ideologies and privilege awareness among college students. Dr. Garrett-Walker implemented a University-wide social marketing campaign at University of San Francisco, Check Your Privilege, that sought to raise student, faculty, and staff awareness around social inequalities and privilege. The campaign went viral on the internet and has been implemented at universities from Turtle Island to New Zealand.

All of Dr. Garrett-Walker's research challenges systems and structures that seek to oppress, and marginalize, racialized gender and sexually expansive people. Dr. Garrett-Walker's research focuses on the ways in which BIPOC 2SLGBTQ+ people survive and thrive as opposed to the pathology entrenched in psychology.

Nov. 16, 2022 | David Wright

The US Midterm Elections and the War in Ukraine

Date: Nov. 16, 2022Speaker: David Wright and Vic One alumni

Professor Wright will be moderating a panel discussion featuring Vic One alumni Sanjna Ullal and Foti Vito.

David Wright is the Kenneth and Patricia Taylor Distinguished Professor of Foreign Affairs at Victoria College, University of Toronto. Prior to coming to Vic, he was Canada’s Ambassador to NATO for six years, during the conflicts in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. As Assistant Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Europe he dealt with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Professor Wright also served as Canadian Ambassador to Spain and in postings in Paris, Tokyo, Rome and the UN in New York.

Foti Vito is a Juris Doctor candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He graduated as a Global Scholar from the University of Toronto, where he studied International Relations and Political Science with a minor in European Affairs. Most recently, Foti worked as a Legal Intern at the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague, where he supported a team of international prosecutors on war crimes investigations.Sanjna Ullal graduated from the University of Toronto in 2021 with a double major in Global Health & Peace, Conflict and Justice. Currently, she is student case worker in the immigration division at Parkdale Community Legal Services, as part of the JD program at Osgoode Hall Law School. Her work seeks to understand, impact, and learn from the lives of women and other marginalized groups.

Nov. 23, 2022 | Judy LaMarsh Lecture Celebrating Women in Leadership

Judy LaMarsh Lecture Celebrating Women in Leadership

Date: Nov. 23, 2022
Speaker:  Wendy Cecil, Maureen Kempston Darkes, Sheelagh Whittaker

Wendy M. Cecil, C.M, Vic 7T1, FRCGS is a Toronto-based philanthropist and the former vice-president of business development at Brascan Ltd. (now Brookfield Asset Management). She is also Victoria University's first woman chancellor (2010–2015). In 2016, she was named a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her commitment to “create stronger communities, a better country and a better world.” Cecil was president of Brookmoor Enterprises Limited, chair of the Governor’s Council at St. Michael’s Hospital, chair of the Presidents’ Circle at the University of Toronto, a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, is an associate senior fellow at Massey College and holds on honorary doctor of law degree from U of T. On Dec. 4, 2009, the Government of Canada recognized Cecil for her many years of voluntary service and extraordinary contributions by naming her a recipient of the Thérèse Casgrain Volunteer Award. She is past chair of the University of Toronto Governing Council (1998–2002) and a member since 1993. She has been instrumental in strategic planning and fundraising for a number of institutions including Branksome Hall, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the Royal Ontario Musuem and the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation, among others. She has also served on various boards including, but not limited to, the Li Ka-Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital, the Olympic Trust of Canada, Toronto-Central YMCA, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Canadian Opera Company, the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, Canadian Stage Company and the campaign cabinet for the Toronto Reference Library.


Maureen Kempston Darkes was appointed General Motors Corporation Group Vice President and President, GM Latin America, Africa and Middle East (LAAM) and a member of the General Motors Automotive Strategy Board, effective January 1, 2002, a position which she held until her retirement from General Motors in December, 2009. Prior to this appointment, she was President and General Manager of General Motors of Canada Limited (GMCL) and Vice President of General Motors Corporation from 1994 to 2001.

Kempston Darkes currently serves on the board of Brookfield Asset Management and she is a Member of the RCMP Advisory Board. In January 2013, she was appointed by the Government of Canada to the Science, Technology and Innovation Council. She has also served on the Boards of Brascan, Noranda, Falconbridge, Thomson Corporation, Balfour Beattie pie, Schlumberger Limited, Irving Oil, Canadian National Railway, Enbridge Inc. and The Canadian Olympic Committee. During her tenure as President of GM of Canada, she was a board member of the Vehicle Manufacturers' Association; the Ontario Government Education, Quality and Accountability Board; and the Ontario Minister of Health's Women's Health Council.

Kempston Darkes was appointed by the federal government to the Free Trade Agreement Automotive Select Panel in 1989 and, in 1994, to the Transportation Equipment Sectoral Advisory Group on International Trade.

Kempston Darkes is a former Director of Bridgepoint Health Foundation. She has served as the former chair for major gifts for Women's College Hospital Fund Raising Campaigns; co-chaired the BC Cancer Foundation's Millennium Campaign, focused on genome science and research into finding cures for and treatment of cancer.

Kempston Darkes was born and raised in the Toronto area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from Victoria College, University of Toronto. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto Law School and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1975.

She has received honorary doctor of laws degrees from the University of Toronto, University of Victoria, McMaster University, Dalhousie University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Mount Saint Vincent University; and the Law Society of Upper Canada, an honorary doctorate of business administration from Laurentian University and an honorary doctor of commerce degree from Saint Mary's University.

In 1997, Kempston Darkes received The Order of Ontario and was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000. The American Bar Association in 1998 recognized her with the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award. In 1999, she received the Distinguished Service Citation from the Automotive Hall of Fame. In 2006, she received the Government of Canada's Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. In May, 2011 she was honored with the Global Athena Leadership Award, and in December, 2011 the Automotive Hall of Fame and the Women's Automobile Association International honored her with the Alice B. Ramsey Award.


Sheelagh Whittaker was the first female CEO of a company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (Canadian Satellite Communications Inc.).

Her early days with The Canada Consulting Group (now Boston Consulting) were followed by the tremendous satisfaction of winning the license for CBC Newsworld, and later, her appointment as CEO at Canadian Satellite. Her role as CEO at Electronic Data Systems in Canada led to work in Australia, the UK, Middle East and Africa.

Ms. Whittaker served on the Boards of Directors of CanWest Global Communications Corp, CanWest MediaWorks Income Fund, Catalyst Canada, Donahue Inc., General Trust Inc., Imperial Oil Limited, Network 10 Australia, Phamacia & Upjohn Animal Health Board, Royal Bank of Canada, Spar Aerospace Ltd, Sterling Trust and Standard Life PLC.

Sheelagh has authored three books: The Slaidburn Angel, Evaline: A Feminist’s Tale, and When Harvey Didn’t Meet Sheelagh – Emails on Leadership. At present, she serves as a member of the board of Banting Research Foundation.

Honoured with a DHumL (Hon) from Mount Saint Vincent University, and LL.D. (Hon) from the University College of Cape Breton, and an Honourary Fellowship from Ryerson University, Ms. Whittaker was also named to the Honour Roll of Outstanding Canadians by Maclean’s Magazine.

The rough and tumble of an international business career has served to make Ms. Whittaker more, rather than less, humble about her insight and experience. Nevertheless, she can never resist offering her opinion, if asked

Jan. 18, 2023 | Liz Howard

Against Assimilation: Anticolonial Poetics, Cosmology, and the Shaking Tent

Date: Jan. 18, 2023 
Speaker: Liz Howard

Liz Howard is a poet, editor, and teacher. Her work explores Anishinaabe ways of knowing, cosmology, ecology, and the philosophy and neuroscience of consciousness. Her first collection, Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent, won the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the 2015 Governor General’s Award for Poetry. Her second collection, Letters in a Bruised Cosmos, was shortlisted for the 2022 Griffin Poetry Prize and the Trillium Poetry Prize. Howard received an Honours Bachelor of Science with High Distinction from the University of Toronto, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. She has completed creative writing and Indigenous arts residencies at the University of Winnipeg, McGill University, University of Calgary, UBC Okanagan, Douglas College, Sheridan College, and The Capilano Review. She is the 2023 Shaftesbury Creative Writer-in-Residence at Victoria College in the University of Toronto. She has taught creative writing at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the University of Toronto. She will be joining Concordia University’s Department of English as an Assistant Professor of creative writing in June 2023. She is of mixed settler and Anishinaabe heritage. Born and raised on Treaty 9 territory in Northern Ontario, she currently lives in Toronto.

Jan. 25, 2023 | Sheila Heti - Pelham Edgar Distinguished Visitor in the Humanities

Pelham Edgar Distinguished Visitor in the Humanities

Date: Jan. 25, 2023 
Speaker: Sheila Heti

Sheila Heti is the author of ten books, including the novels Pure Colour, Motherhood and How Should a Person Be? She recently published her second children’s book, A Garden of Creatures, illustrated by Esme Shapiro. In early 2024, Alphabetical Diaries will be published by Fitzcarraldo Editions, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and Knopf Canada. The book, which was excerpted over 10 weeks in the New York Times, has been optioned for a television series by Hulu.

This fall, she is in residence at Yale as the Franke Visiting Fellow, and as Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer in Religious Studies.

She was named one of "The New Vanguard" by The New York Times; a list of fifteen writers from around the world who are "shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century." Her books have been translated into twenty-five languages.

Motherhood was chosen by the book critics at the New York Times as one of the top books of 2018, and New York magazine chose it as the Best Book of the year. How Should a Person Be? was named one of the 12 “New Classics of the 21st century” by Vulture. It was a New York Times Notable Book, a best book of the year in The New Yorker, and was cited by Time as "one of the most talked-about books of the year.”

Pure Colour is the recipient of the 2022 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction.

Women in Clothes, a collaboration with Leanne Shapton, Heidi Julavits, and 639 women from around the world, became a New York Times bestseller. She is also the author of a children’s book titled We Need a Horse, with art by Clare Rojas.

Her play, All Our Happy Days are Stupid, had sold-out runs at The Kitchen in New York and Videofag in Toronto.

She was Interviews Editor at The Believer magazine, and has conducted many long-form print interviews with writers and artists, including Joan Didion, Elena Ferrante, Agnes Varda, Sophie Calle, Dave Hickey and John Currin. Her fiction and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Bookforum, n+1, Granta, The London Review of Books, and elsewhere.

A six-hour writing class and lecture, delivered in the Spring of 2021, can be purchased through the Shipman agency.

She is the founder of the Trampoline Hall lecture series, and appeared in Margaux Williamson’s 2012 film Teenager Hamlet, and in Leanne Shapton’s book, Important Artifacts. She lives in Toronto and Kawartha Lakes, Ontario.

Feb. 1, 2023 | Justin Nodwell

Infectious Disease and Pandemics Then, Now, and in the Future

Date: Feb. 1, 2023
Speaker: Justin Nodwell 

Justin Nodwell is Vice Dean, Research and Health Science Education in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He was a professor of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University from 1998 to 2013, before moving to the University of Toronto in 2013 as the Chair of Biochemistry. Nodwell grew up in Montreal and holds a BSc (1986) and PhD (1993) from the University of Toronto for a thesis with Dr. Jack Greenblatt on bacteriophage Lambda. He completed postdoctoral fellowship research (1993-98) with Dr. Rich Losick on the sporulation mechanism of Streptomyces coelicolor. Nodwell’s research is interested in antibiotic discovery and the molecular genetics of antibiotic resistance. His interests as an instructor and administrator include chemical biology of antibiotics, supporting student success, and funding scientific research.

Feb. 8, 2023 | Michael Winter

I've Been Thinking a Lot About Fences and Trees

Date: Feb. 8, 2023
Speaker: Michael Winter

Michael Winter has published two collections of stories, five novels, and one work of non-fiction. He has won the CBC short story contest and the Engel/Findley award. His novel, Minister Without Portfolio, was a Canada Reads finalist and he’s been twice nominated for the Giller Prize. His most recent book, Into the Blizzard, sets out to retrace the steps of the Newfoundland Regiment during the first world war. He divides his time between Toronto and Newfoundland. 

Feb. 15, 2023 | Program Advising

Program Advising

Date: Feb. 15, 2023

Mar. 1, 2023 | John Borrows

The Resurgence of Indigenous Peoples’ Law

Date: Mar. 1, 2023
 John Borrows

John Borrows Vic 8T7, M.A., LL.M. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Osgoode Hall Law School), LL.D. (Hons., Dalhousie, York, SFU, Queen’s & Law Society of Ontario), D.H.L, (Victoria University), F.R.S.C., O.C., is the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School in British Columbia, and Loveland Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Toronto Law School. His publications include, Recovering Canada; The Resurgence of Indigenous Law (Donald Smiley Award best book in Canadian Political Science, 2002), Canada's Indigenous Constitution (Canadian Law and Society Best Book Award 2011), Drawing Out Law: A Spirit's Guide (2010), Freedom and Indigenous Constitutionalism ((Donald Smiley Award best book in Canadian Political Science, 2016), The Right Relationship (with Michael Coyle, ed.), Resurgence and Reconciliation (with Michael Asch, Jim Tully, eds.), Law’s Indigenous Ethics (2020 Best subsequent Book Award from Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, 2020 W. Wes Pue Best book award from the Canadian Law and Society Association). He is the 2017 Killam Prize winner in Social Sciences and the 2019 Molson Prize Winner from the Canada Council for the Arts, the 2020 Governor General’s Innovation Award, and the 2021 Canadian Bar Association President’s Award winner. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2020. John is a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada

Mar. 8, 2023 | Kathleen Wynne

Why are we still having this conversation? The current state of misogyny in politics and beyond. 

Date: Mar. 8, 2023
Speaker: The Hon. Kathleen Wynne

Kathleen Wynne was Ontario’s 25th Premier. She was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 as the MPP for Don Valley West, and she became the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party in January 2013.

Kathleen has dedicated her professional life to building a better province for the people of Ontario. She and her government were guided by the values and principles that knit this province together: fairness, diversity, collaboration and creativity.

Kathleen has served as Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Education and Minister of Agriculture and Food.

In her role as Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, Kathleen worked in partnership with First Nations communities to address issues such as mining development, First Nations land claims, and improving quality of life for Indigenous people living off-reserve through affordable housing and recreation programs.

As Minister of Education, Kathleen led the government’s efforts to reduce class sizes, implement full-day kindergarten and provide more opportunities for high school students to reach their full potential.

Kathleen has served as a Public School Trustee in Toronto. She has led citizens’ groups in a number of grassroots community projects, and has played a major role as an organizer and facilitator. This experience has contributed to her results-based approach to life, government and community.

Kathleen is currently the Hon. Newton W. Rowell Professor at Victoria College and an instructor in the Chambers stream of the Vic One program.

Kathleen has three adult children, Chris, Jessie and Maggie, and four grandchildren, Olivia, Claire, Hugh and Violet. Before moving to Alliston, Ontario, Kathleen and her partner Jane lived in North Toronto for more than 30 years.

Mar. 15, 2023 | Jewel Amoah

Form.Function.Impact: Our Role in Climate Change, Social Justice and Education Reform (or everything everywhere all at once)

Date: Mar. 15, 2023
Speaker: Jewel Amoah

Jewel Amoah is a Canadian-Trinidadian human rights advocate, activist and academic.  She is committed to research, advocacy and activism to inspire and produce systemic change, enhance access to justice and the full enjoyment of rights. 

She is currently the Assistant Dean, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto.  In that role Jewel woks collaboratively with academic, administrative and student leaders to develop and implement initiatives aimed at advancing equity, diversity and inclusion within the learning and working environments across the Daniels Faculty.

She has facilitated organizational change in various domestic and international public sector entities by raising awareness of harassment, discrimination, human rights and equity in teaching, learning and working environments. These environments have provided an opportunity to apply and expand her academic analysis of intersectionality and its impact on the attainment of equitable outcomes on the basis of race, gender identity, religion and disability, amongst other identity dimensions.

Apart from her work in Canadian legal, K-12 and postsecondary educational environments, Jewel has worked internationally to advocate for the promotion and protection of human rights, good governance and gender equality in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Namibia and as a lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Trinidad.

Jewel is a graduate of McMaster University, the University of Ottawa and the University of Cape Town.  She also serves as a part-time Commissioner with the Ontario Human Rights Commission and is a member of the McMaster University Research Ethics Board.

Jewel will happily trade a thousand snowflakes for a thousand grains of sand on any given day.

Mar. 29, 2023 | Hakob Barseghyan

How to Be Creative

Date: Mar. 29, 2023
Speaker: Hakob Barseghyan

Hakob is Assistant Professor at Victoria College, University of Toronto, and Coordinator of the Science & Society Program. Having completed his BS in computer science, BA, MA, and PhD in philosophy at Yerevan State University and having taught there for several years, he moved to Canada where he completed another MA in philosophy and a PhD in the history and philosophy of science at the University of Toronto.

Hakob’s research interests reside at the intersection of integrated history and philosophy of science, knowledge visualization, and digital humanities. In his 2015 book, The Laws of Scientific Change, he proposed a general descriptive theory of scientific change that has since become the basis of a newly emerging empirical study of science, scientonomy. Together with his colleagues, Hakob developed a new academic workflow and implemented it by co-founding the online encyclopedia and the peer-reviewed journal of scientonomy as digital means for a fruitful integration of the history and philosophy of science. He leads a team of scholars that work on advancing a theory of scientific change by developing a system of diagram-templates for visualizing worldviews, refining and propagating the new workflow, and creating a database of intellectual history.

As an instructor, Hakob has designed and taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses, including a number of online courses, and won several teaching awards. Hakob currently teaches:

  • VIC 173 – Philosophy of Science for Physical Scientists (VIC ONE – Schawlow Stream)
  • VIC 245 – Science Wars
  • REN 242 – Scientific Worldviews of the Renaissance

Hakob also supervises a research opportunity program on knowledge visualization, where each year a group of talented undergraduate students joins his team of graduate students, postdocs, and established scholars to work on developing and applying diagrammatic tools to visualize various aspects of historical and contemporary belief systems and debates.

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Mar. 29, 2023 | Year End Dinner

Date: Mar. 29, 2023