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Curious Minds Speaker Series~Now Available

Join our roster of acclaimed lecturers for dynamic six-week courses.

NEW *Best Of* Series Now Available!
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HOT DOCS wildly popular speaker series goes digital! The same great lectures all on Hot Docs at Home.
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Join our roster of acclaimed lecturers for dynamic six-week courses accompanied by handy online resources and Q&As. Courses are available to stream worldwide—tell your friends!

Series Registration: $49 (Hyland Members: $33)


The Age of Reinvention

Learn about the cultural and political changes that emerged in the wake of WWII, and in the shadow of the Cold War—and their extraordinary impact on the modern world.
Led by Dr. Peter Harris, the former Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science of the University of Toronto.

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beethoven.pngBeethoven: Maestro for the Ages
On the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, explore the life, times and music of the legendary composer.

Led by broadcaster, writer and lecturer Rick Phillips, former host and producer of CBC Radio's Sound Advice®.

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rebelparis500.pngRebel Paris

Meet the rebellious spirits and renegade thinkers who have shaped the City of Light throughout history

Led by Lisa Pasold, a Governor General’s Award–nominated travel writer and journalist.

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The Treasures of South Asia
A fascinating journey through the history and art that flourished in the South Asian kingdoms from the 16th to 18th centuries.

Led by Professor Sudharshan Durayappah, who teaches in the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Toronto

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Houses of Cultural Icons
From the aromatic kitchens of Julia Child to the mid-century modernist rooms of Frank Lloyd Wright, this series uses the houses of some of history’s most celebrated figures to explore the meaning of home.

Led by architecture writer and consultant John Ota, writer of the popular book The Kitchen.

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greatstreets_500.jpegGreat Streets of the World
A source of wonder and delight, the city street has evolved into one of our most impactful human creations. From Paris to Tokyo to Marrakech, discover the history, philosophy and design behind some of the most culturally vibrant pathways in the world.

Led by renowned writer and travel journalist Lisa Pasold (Curious Minds: Rebel Paris, Inventing Modern Paris)

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Eat this City: An Edible History of Toronto
If you are what you eat, then what is Toronto? From the mouth-watering specialties of immigrant neighbourhoods to the classic dishes served up at historic markets and restaurants, explore how Canada’s largest city became a global culinary capital.

Led by food historian Dr. Laura Carlson (Curious Mind: Meals That Changed The World, World-Changing Women)

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cm_scandinavia_500.jpgThe Secrets of Scandinavia

From Vikings to Hygge to the Nobel Prize, find out what makes the Nordic nations so unique in this exciting survey of Scandinavian history and culture.

Streaming as of May 27
Led by Dr. Carolyn Harris

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cm_belleepoque_500.jpgThe Age of Innovation: La Belle Époque
Curious Minds favourite Dr. Peter Harris returns to guide us through the social and artistic innovations that shaped Europe’s cultural hotbeds at the turn of the 20th century.

Streaming until May 27

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cmitalianrenaissance500.jpgThe Italian Renaissance
In his anticipated Curious Minds debut, world-renowned Renaissance scholar Dr. Kenneth Bartlett offers a richly illustrated survey of the great cultural flourishing that occurred on the Italian peninsula from the 14th to 16th centuries.

Streaming until April 30

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cm_architecturalwonders500.jpgThe Buildings that Reshaped History
What are the buildings that have influenced the places we live, work and play? Longtime Toronto Star architecture critic Christopher Hume returns to assess history’s most influential structures, and what they mean to us today.

Led by Christopher Hume

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cmspain500_0.jpgSpain: A Historical Journey
Embark on a virtual journey to the iconic landmarks, breathtaking landscapes and artistic masterpieces of Spain, one of Europe’s most distinctive and captivating countrie

Led by Olivier Courteaux

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broadwaymusicals.pngThe Magic of Musicals
An insider’s guide to the biggest Broadway shows in history, from West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof to Dream Girls and Les Mis.

Led by Michael Rubinoff, the Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated producer of Come From Away.

Streaming until Sept 30

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great_masters_0.pngThe Great Old Masters
Explore the influential work of The Old Masters: Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, Velázquez and Goya, and its lasting impact on generations of artists and art lovers.

Streaming until August 25
Led by acclaimed art lecturer Barbara Isherwood

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