The Knox College Summer Program is a non-degree morning lecture series for the curious mind. Located at the heart of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus, the series focuses on diverse subjects with lectures presented by experts in their fields.
For more information about the Summer Program and to register for courses, visit the Summer Program homepage
Courses scheduled to run from August 17 – 21, 2015
9:00 – 10:30 AM
HARLEQUIN, STREET JESTERS AND THE IDEOLOGY OF HUMOUR
An examination of the chief conventions of street clowning and the Commedia dell’arte tradition, with special emphasis on their ideological significance in relation to the power structure of society. The topics of discussion include: the philosophy of humour, clowning, religion, culture and the military, carnivals, masks and the physical language of jesters.
LECTURER: DOMENICO PIETROPAOLO
Domenico Pietropaolo is Principal and Vice President (Academic) of St. Michael’s College, and formerly held the Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies and was Professor of Italian and Drama at the University of Toronto. Domenico is a Commendatore (Knight Commander) of the Italian Order of Chivalry Stella Della Solidarieta Italiana. Membership in the Order recognized nonItalians and Italians living abroad for Achievement in Arts and Sciences of Benefit to Italy.
11-00 AM – 12:30 PM
HOPE FOR CHANGING TIMES
Hope is something we are all familiar with, individually and collectively. Over the last several decades there has been increasing interest and research on hope and how hope functions in lived human experience and in the modern North American consciousness. Many are concerned that in the contemporary world hope is at risk because people no longer have a shared vision for the future or a sense of transcendent purpose by which to interpret the meaning of life. This course will explore the history of hope in the North American context and its presence in lived human experience. Drawing on cultural studies and healthcare research, it will propose alternative ways of recognizing and living in hope, especially in contexts of change and adversity.
LECTURER: PAMELA R. MCCARROLL
Pamela R. McCarroll is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Knox College in the University of Toronto. She is a certified teaching Supervisor in the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC), and prior to Knox she served at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre overseeing Spiritual Care. She has published 2 books on hope and several articles on related themes such as spirituality and health.