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Curious Minds Speaker Series

Our wildly popular speaker series goes digital! The same great lectures all on Hot Docs at Home.

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!

  • February 2021: Registration now open, courses streaming as of January 28
  • January 2021: Course available until March 31
  • December 2020: Courses available until February 28
  • November 2020: Courses available until February 1

Series Registration: $49 (Members: $33, $27, Free)

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The Secrets of Scandinavia

February 2021

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 January 28

Led by Dr. Carolyn Harris

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The Age of Innovation: La Belle Époque

February 2021

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 as of January 28

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The Italian Renaissance

January 2021

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 March 31

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The Buildings that Reshaped History

December 2020

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.

Streaming until February 28

Led by Christopher Hume

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Spain: A Historical Journey

December 2020

Embark on a virtual journey to the iconic landmarks, breathtaking landscapes and artistic masterpieces of Spain, one of Europe’s most distinctive and captivating countries.

Streaming until February 28

Led by Olivier Courteaux

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Houses of Cultural Icons

November 2020

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

Streaming until February 1

Led by John Ota

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World-Changing Women

November 2020

Journeying from ancient Egypt to Renaissance Europe to twentieth century America, this new series examines the lives and worldviews of six female leaders who left a mark on history.

Streaming until February 1

Led by Dr. Laura Carlson

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