TVO announces 10 finalists in the Big Ideas 2008 Best Lecturer Competition!

    TORONTO, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - The race has narrowed in TVO's Big Ideas 2008
Best Lecturer Competition and TVO is pleased to announce 10 finalists. From
English and psychology to architecture and the culinary arts, the professors
represent a range of disciplines but have all distinguished themselves for
their ability to present ideas with conviction, clarity, energy and authority.
    The finalists were chosen by a panel of independent judges - former
teacher, school principal and politician Zanana Akande; author, poet and
award-winning journalist Barry Callaghan; and actor/writer/producer Tony Nardi
- who reviewed video submissions of lectures.
    "Some are flamboyant; others are solid. All embody intellectual passion
in action," says Big Ideas producer Wodek Szemberg. "The 10 finalists have
been endorsed by their students and passed muster with an unusually demanding
jury. The broadcast of their lectures will allow viewers to experience the
best that higher education in Ontario has to offer, and then to cast their
vote for their favourite professor. It's a month-long course in humanities and
social sciences without any registration or exam - just for the sheer love of
    The 10 finalists will deliver complete lectures on Big Ideas Saturdays
and Sundays over five weeks beginning March 1, 2008, between 4 and 6 pm ET.
Then, it's over to the viewers to grade the professors online at or by
phone at 1.866.281.3536, and ultimately decide who will be Ontario's next Best
Lecturer. The winner's institution will receive a $10,000 TD Meloche Monnex
scholarship. One lucky viewer will win a 55" plasma television and home
theatre system.
    Big Ideas is TVO's televised lecture series. Now in its third year, the
Best Lecturer Competition sponsored by TD Meloche Monnex galvanizes the
post-secondary community and plays an important role in raising awareness
about the province's great educators.
    A complete list of finalists and broadcast schedule of lectures follows.
For more information, including contestant bios, videoclips of lectures,
student quotes and full contest details, please visit

    TVO's Big Ideas 2008 Best Lecturer Competition:
    10 Finalists and Lecture Broadcast Schedule
    ((*) indicates nomination in last year's competition)

    Saturdays from 4 - 6 pm ET beginning March 1, 2008 on TVO
    Repeated Sundays at 4 pm

    March 1, repeated March 2

    -  Tim Conley, Department of English, Brock University, on "Coordinating
       the Self in Contemporary Poetry"
    -  John Schneeberger, Culinary Management, Loyalist College, on "Creative
       Menu Design"

    March 8, repeated March 9

    -  John Mitterer, Department of Psychology, Brock University, on "Truth
       and Humility in Professional Practice"
    -  Nick Bontis, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, on
       "Knowledge Worker Productivity"

    March 15, repeated March 16

    -  Marc A. Fournier(*), Department of Psychology, University of Toronto
       (Scarborough), on "Dominance and Depression"
    -  Robert Jan van Pelt, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo,
       on "Architecture after Auschwitz"

     March 22, repeated March 23

    -  Finney Cherian(*), Faculty of Education, University of Windsor, on
       "Unbinding Baby Elephants"
    -  Ken Cramer, Department of Psychology, University of Windsor, on
       "Alfred Adler: The Most Famous Personality Theorist You Likely Never
       Heard Of"

    March 29, repeated March 30

    -  Gerald Cupchik(*), Department of Psychology, University of Toronto
       (Scarborough), on "Two Faces of Emotion"
    -  Christopher diCarlo(*), Faculty of Social and Health Sciences,
       University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), on "The
       Relations of Natural Systems"

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires, and
stimulates curiosity and thought. We are committed to empowering people to be
engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media.

    About TD Meloche Monnex

    TD Meloche Monnex is proud to be the presenting sponsor for the third
edition of TVO's Big Ideas Best Lecturer Competition. For over 55 years, TD
Meloche Monnex has been a dedicated supporter of Ontario university alumni,
providing high-quality home and auto insurance to its members.

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Angela Garde, (416) 484-2600,
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