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Cities of Learning
Munk School of Global Affairs, Campbell Conference Centre
Time: May 11th, 9:30 am End: May 12th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Urban, United States Studies, Latin American, Humanities, Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in (OISE/UT), Education, Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Cities and Humanities, Canada
Symposium on the University in the Americas

CIties of Learning

Cities of Learning: the University in the Americas is a two-day symposium about the ways in which major research-intensive universities across the hemisphere engage with their respective cities/regions to enhance research, teaching and city building. This symposium will be the culmination of a series of academic colloquia and conferences on themes related to the Americas at the University of Toronto, inspired by the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games being held in Toronto this summer.

The symposium will examine these inter-relationships, exploring university-city interactions and the dynamics between major games and cities, focusing on city building and the role of the university in contributing to the arts, science, design and critical understanding of the city.

The symposium will occur in two parts:

The morning of Monday May 11 will feature a Presidents’ Panel where University of Toronto President Meric Gertler will welcome President Marco Antonio Zago of the University of São Paulo, Brazil, President Alberto Edgardo Barbieri of the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and President Robert Zimmer of the University of Chicago. The Presidents will discuss the most important ways in which their universities contribute to their cities/regions, the questions these relationships raise and the lessons they can offer to other universities in the Americas. This panel will be held at:  Joseph L. Rotman School of Management – Desautels Hall, 105 St. George Street.

The afternoon of May 11 and all day May 12 will feature issue specific sessions by University of Toronto faculty who will be joined by colleagues from other cities in the Americas, with the participation of undergraduate and graduate students. These sessions will be held at: Munk School of Global Affairs – Campbell Conference Facility.

The Jackman Humanities Institute is pleased to have organized a session on Humanites and the Civic. This session will be held in room 108N at the Munk School of Global Affairs on Tuesday 12 May at 10:45 a.m.

Humanities and the Civic

  • Robert Gibbs, Professor of Philosophy & Director, Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto
  • James Chandler, Professor of English & Director, The Franke Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago
  • Eva-Lynn Jagoe, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese, University of Toronto
  • Álvaro Fernández-Bravo, Department Member, National Scientific and Technical Research Council, CONICET, Buenos Aires


Cities of Learning: the University in the Americas is open to the UofT Community & its friends and free, but space is limited and you must register to attend. To RSVP, please click HERE.

For further information, please contact:

Debbie Glass
Project Coordinator, Cities of Learning: The University in the Americas
University of Toronto Scarborough

Brenda Ichikawa
Director of University Events and Assistant to the Chancellor
University of Toronto


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