Experience Visionary Conversations at U of M


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This article was published 27/01/2015 (2926 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

If you want to have your mind stimulated by emerging national and world issues, then attending Visionary Conversations at the University of Manitoba is where you want to be. You will hear leading experts, drawn from the university’s researchers, professors and alumni, talk on a variety of subjects.

Now in its fourth season, Visionary Conversations is hosted by Dr. David  Barnard, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Manitoba. The program runs during the academic year, from
September to April.  

In 2012, the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education honoured the series as best community outreach initiative. It was also honoured that same year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education as the best alumni engagement program.

The format is simple. Each panel member presents his or her unique perspective on the evening’s topic, most often accompanied by visuals projected on easily viewed screens.

Once each person has spoken, a lively interaction between the audience and the experts ensues via questions and viewpoints from the audience and answers from the speakers.

Past topics since the series began have ranged from We Need to Talk about Racism, Livable Cities, and A Culture of Conflict — What Have We Learned about War? to Giving the Red Light the Green Light: Would Legalizing Prostitution Change Canada?

To watch videos on many of the past discussions visit
Two talks remain in the 2014-15 season. The March 4 topic is Are You Happy Now? The Pursuit of Happiness in the Modern Age. The April 29 presentation will be on Universities Today — Where do Century-Old Institutions fit in Modern Society?

The seminars are free and open to the public. Attendance at this series has been quite robust. You can check out available parking lots on a campus map online. There is also a parkade right across from the entrance to the theatre. Public transit is an alternative to coming by private vehicle.  

The talks are held in the Robert B. Schultz Theatre in St. John’s College at the U of M’s Fort Garry Campus. The theatre has very good acoustics and the seating is comfortable.    

The panel discussion including the question and answer period runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

If you plan to attend an RSVP is requested. This can be done online or by calling 204-480-1440. The number can also be used to obtain more information about the series, parking, etc.

Jeannette Timmerman is a community correspondent for Fort Richmond.

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