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Innovative speakers tonight

BIG ideas are coming back to Winnipeg tonight, as the Winnipeg Art Gallery plays host to the second edition of an innovative speaking series.

The second edition of TEDx Winnipeg, an independently organized spinoff of the world-famous ideas conference, will kick off at 5 p.m. tonight. There were still about 50 tickets left at $49 a pop. More information is available at TedXWinnipeg.ca .

In the spirit of the 25-year-old TED conference -- which bills itself as "Ideas Worth Spreading" -- tonight's event features a slate of speakers from home and abroad who will give short, spunky talks on innovative ideas in everything from agriculture to psychology.

Among tonight's eight speakers are Frontiers North manager John Gunter, who will speak on the relationship between climate change and human rights, and Cornell University professor Jeff Hancock, who will illuminate some of the reasons people lie on the Internet.

 

The University of Winnipeg: aboriginal strength

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The University of Winnipeg: aboriginal strength

U of W exceeds 10,000 mark

THE University of Winnipeg has finally shattered the 10,000-student barrier, registering 10,104 students this year.

That's a 1.11 per cent increase in enrolment over last year.

The jump includes a 0.66 per cent increase in undergraduate students and an 11.85 per cent boost in the university's still-fledgling graduate programs. There are 507 international students this year.

Credit hours -- the course load students take, and on which their tuition fees are based -- are up slightly this year.

Speaking Wednesday, U of W president Lloyd Axworthy said the university's growth rate over the past decade is more than double the rate of any other Manitoba university.

With 12.03 per cent of its student body self-declared as aboriginal, the U of W is one of Canada's top universities for indigenous participation, said U of W officials.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 13, 2012 A6

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