One of my favourite things to do as an undergraduate student is attending guest lectures. When I was at the University of Manitoba, I attended at least two a month. (They were well advertised)
One of the perks of my Maclean’s gig is that I get news releases from universities informing me of guest lectures. I’ll often attend them out of personal interest.
Two of the lectures that stood out for me last year were a discussion about property law in video games and another about the influence of developers money in Ontario municipal elections. (Robert MacDermid, the political scientist at York University who gave the presentation is presently on sabbatical. I’m looking forward to the release of his research and will likely attend his next presentation)
Many universities have started to record their guest lectures.
The University of Manitoba recently hosted Michael Wesch who spoke on the topic of the future of education in the Web 2.0 world. The recording is an hour long, listen to it in the background or on watch your second monitor.