Woodsworth College has offered an annual lecture, previously known as the Fall Lecture, since 1993. The lecture series offers subjects of general interest in current affairs, scholarly pursuits, public policy and history. Speakers have included Margaret McMillan, Janice Gross Stein, James Lockyer, Rosemary Gartner and Desmond Morton.
In 2007 the Fall Lecture was renamed the Saul Goldstein Memorial Lecture.
Biography of Saul Goldstein
Saul Goldstein was born in 1910 in Germany to a line of Rabbis. He left Europe as a refugee in 1938.
He settled in the UK and became a director in a company that made fashion accessories. Mr. Goldstein was a founder of his local synagogue and was very learned in Jewish laws and customs.
In 1983, he came to Canada when he retired and was active in his community. Following the death of his wife, Mr. Goldstein enrolled in the University of Toronto in 1999. He was a student registered at Woodsworth College and was part of the Senior Citizen Student cohort at the College.
At the age of 93 he was granted his B.Sc. in Psychology in 2004. He attended his convocation in June of that year and in the fall he continued his studies in psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.
When he passed away in the winter of 2007, his family requested that donations in his honour be made to Woodsworth College.
Mr. Goldstein’s family is a U of T family: his son Roger is Professor of Medicine, his daughter-in-law, Rose Geist, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. His granddaughter is now also studying psychology at the university.
In Saul Goldstein’s honour and with the support of his family and friends, an endowment has been created and henceforth this annual Fall Lecture at Woodsworth College will now be known as the Saul Goldstein Memorial Lecture.
2008 The Hon. Frank Iacobucci, C.C., Q.C., gave the inaugural lecture on the Story Leading to Prime Minister Harper’s Apology on Indian Residential Schools.
2009 Professor Meric Gertler, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Goldring Chair in Canadian Studies spoke about Urban Planning.
2010 Professor Ian Hacking, Professor Emeritus. Recipient of the Holberg International Memorial Prize awarded for his work on how statistics and the theory of probability have shaped society.
2011 Professor Faye Mishna, Dean, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Chair in Child and Family spoke about Cyber Bullying.
2012 Professor Ron Deibert, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, spoke on big data and the culture of surveillance.
2013 Professor Janice Gross Stein, Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in the Department of Political Science, Director of the Munk School for Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, spoke about the innovation frontier in the 21st century.