Ten finalists selected to compete for the 2010 title in TVO's largest ever Big Ideas Best Lecturer Competition
TORONTO, Feb. 8 /CNW/ - Five women and five men have made it to the final round of TVO's 2010 Big Ideas Best Lecturer Competition. The Top 10 finalists were chosen from a group of more than 300 nominated lecturers. This year marks the biggest competition to date, and the battle to win the $10,000 TD Insurance Meloche Monnex scholarship and bragging rights for the winning school will be tougher than ever.
Seven schools are represented among the top 10: Laurentian University at Georgian College, Queen's University (two contenders), Ryerson University, University of Toronto (two contenders), University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Ottawa and York University (two contenders).
For the first time in the five-year history of the Big Ideas Best Lecturer Competition, sponsored by TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, five women have advanced to the finals. Last year nine men and one woman made it to the Top 10. Could a woman take home the title this year?
The finalists consist of a diverse group of experts from a wide range of academic disciplines including English, political studies, biology, psychology, physics, economics, and liberal arts, and this year's competition for the Best Lecturer title is definitely one to watch.
The shortlisted lecturers were judged on their ability to present ideas with confidence, and authority, clarity and coherence, and energy and enthusiasm. The finalists were chosen by an independent jury made up of teacher, trainer, television producer and host Linda Armstrong; journalist Jesse Brown of TVO's Search Engine podcast; and journalist-poet Clifton Joseph. The panel reviewed video submissions from the top 20 lectures that were selected in December.
"Excellent cooks become so not because they like good food but because they like to cut, slice and stir," says Big Ideas producer Wodek Szemberg. "The same applies to great lecturers. This year's 10 finalists confirm that to be an excellent lecturer one has to love the act of performing what one knows before a classroom of students."
Viewers across the province can watch the top 10 lectures on Big Ideas beginning March 6 (air dates and shortlisted lecturers are listed below). Viewers will be able to rate contestants following each lecture, and vote for an overall winner at the end of the contest. A panel of judges will also rate the lectures. This year, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex is generously sponsoring a new contest for viewers who go to tvo.org/bigideas to cast their vote online. Participants will be entered to win a $5000 grand prize pack: a laptop, HD camcorder, digital SLR still camera, an iPod touch, and an iTunes gift card. A new weekly contest during the voting period will also allow viewers to enter to win a portable reader.
There are two ways to vote for Ontario's Best Lecturer:
- Online at tvo.org
- Toll free phone at 1-877-792-VOTE (8683)
The voting period closes on Sunday April 11 2010. The winner will be announced on Saturday April 17 2010.
Big Ideas is TVO's popular television program offering lectures on a variety of thought-provoking topics that range across politics, culture, economics, art history and science. Now in its fifth year, the Best Lecturer Competition was created to recognize the best and brightest lecturers at Ontario's colleges and universities, it invites students and alumni to nominate professors whose love of learning has helped to stimulate imaginations, open eyes and push boundaries in institutions of higher learning across the province.
A complete list of the top 10 and scheduled lectures follows (please check listings closer to the date to confirm times). For more information, including bios, videoclips of lectures, student quotes and full contest details, please visit visit tvo.org/bigideas.
Laurentian University at Georgian College
Department of English
LECTURE AIRS: March 27
TITLE: The Four Phases of Yeats
Department of Political Studies
LECTURE AIRS: March 7
TITLE: Are We Postmodern?
Department of Biology
LECTURE AIRS: March 21
TITLE: HIV, Parasites and the Exhausted Immune System
Department of Psychology
LECTURE AIRS: March 13
TITLE: Birth Order and Personality
University of Toronto
Department of Biology, Mississauga Campus
LECTURE AIRS: MARCH 28
TITLE: Why Sex? The Evolution of a Paradox
University of Toronto
Department of Psychology, Scarborough Campus
LECTURE AIRS: March 6
TITLE: You Can Lead Students to Knowledge, But How Do You Make Them
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Faculty of Physics
LECTURE AIRS: March 20
TITLE: Exoplanets: The Search for Other Earths
University of Ottawa
Department of Economics
LECTURE AIRS: APRIL 4
TITLE: Open Economy Macroeconomics: Foreign Trade, the Current Account,
and Exchange Rates
Humanities, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
LECTURE AIRS: APRIL 3
TITLE: Reflections on Gender & Sexuality
Karolyn Smardz Frost
School of Arts and Letters, Atkinson College
LECTURE AIRS: MARCH 14
TITLE: Fugitive Sources: Uncovering Toronto's Underground Railroad
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