Academic Programming at the College is overseen by the Academic Committee; chaired by the Principal, and its membership is drawn from both Junior Fellows and Faculty Fellows.
Aoki Legacy Programming
St. John’s College is proud to partner with friends of Harry Aoki to honor the work and achievements of Harry and Ted Aoki. Harry Aoki was a second-generation Japanese Canadian professional musician, recipient of the Living Heritage Award from the Asia Pacific Foundation, and a well respected bassist and musical arranger performing jazz, classical and world music. Mr. Aoki passed away January 24, 2013 and will be missed.
Ted Aoki has been described as a “legendary figure in North American curriculum studies”. He has received numerous honours including the Canadian Education Association Whitworth Award, as well as honorary doctorates from four universities. Thanks to an initial generous donation from Harry Aoki, the Aoki Legacy Fund was established in 2008 to support the sponsorship or co-sponsorship of events that use music, dialogue, and other cultural productions for the purpose of celebrating and promoting intercultural understanding.
GRANT INGRAM VISITING LECTURER SERIES
Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Helen Burt, Grant Ingram’s wife and St. John’s College Senior Fellows, the Grant Ingram Distinguished Visiting Lecturer program was established at St. John’s College to honour Dr. R. Grant Ingram, founding Principal of St. John’s College contributions to the College by bringing in speakers in areas which were of particular interest to him. A Visiting Lecturer is to be invited annually to spend a period in resident at St. John’s College and give public talks which will focus on the following general themes: aboriginal issues, including poverty, health, education, environment, youth or housing; environment and sustainability, including climate change, marine conservation, water resources, polar research, or biodiversity; women in science, including contributions made by women scientists, and the working climate.
Dr. Ingram (1945 – 2007) was a distinguished physical oceanographer, in addition to his work as founding Principal of St. John’s College, he was Dean of Science Pro Tem, Strategic Planning and research in the Faculty of Science, and Principal of Interdisciplinary Studies.
Junior Fellow Speaker SerieS
The Junior Fellow Speaker Series is a lecture series that allows for residents to present their academic research in a supportive environment. Generally, these talks are presented weekly during the academic term.
Performing Arts Series
The College hosts a number of performing arts events every year. Musical guests range from student ensembles, to the professional and perennial favourite, the Borealis Quartet.
Principal Lecture series 2010/11 – Drivers of environmental change
Drivers of Environmental Change Webcasts
“Drivers of Environmental Change during the Present Century”
Dr. Olav Slaymaker, Acting Principal of St. John’s College 2010/11
“The Case of the Arctic”
Dr. Marie- Francoise Andre, University of Blaise Pascal
“The Case of the Mountains”
Dr. Hans Schreier, University of British Columbia
“The Case of the Drylands”
Dr. Andrew Goudie, Oxford University
“The Case of the World’s Rivers”
Dr. Mike Church, University of British Columbia
“The Case of the World’s Coastlines”
Dr. Denise Reed, University of New Orleans
“Focus on Energy Transitions”
Dr. Vaclav Smil, University of Manitoba