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Curious Minds Speaker Series

Hot Docs’ signature lecture series, now streaming nationwide on Hot Docs at Home. New on-demand courses offered each month!

Led by acclaimed lecturers and cultural leaders, and ranging in a dynamic variety of topics, series are offered in six installments each and can be watched on your own schedule.

Series Registration: $49 (Members: $33, $27, Free)


Curious Minds Speaker Series sponsored by

Rebel Women

Celebrate the trailblazing women in music, politics, film, writing and science, who refused to play by the rules—and changed the world in the process.

Streaming until November 6

Led by award-winning Globe and Mail journalist and author Elizabeth Renzetti


The 1970s: Cold Wars, Hot Art and the Legacy of the Sixties

Survey the influential people, movements and ideas that defined the 1970s—an era of new social freedoms, enduring political divisions and lots of unfinished business from the swinging 1960s.

Streaming until July 6, 2022

Led by Dr. Peter Harris, the former Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science of the University of Toronto.


Rome: The Eternal City

After his popular series on The Renaissance, celebrated academic Dr. Kenneth Bartlett returns to explore the rich cultural traditions, the stunning art and architecture, and the dramatic political history of one of the world's most enchanting cities.

Streaming until June 2022

Dr. Kenneth Bartlett is a Professor of History and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto.


Politics at the Movies

Acclaimed author and film critic Adam Nayman uses some of the greatest films in history to examine the impact that movies have had on the politics, and the culture, of the world’s most powerful country.

Streaming until October 8, 2021.

Adam Nayman is the author of several acclaimed books, including The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together, and Paul Thomas Anderson: Masterworks.


The Age of Reinvention

Learn about the cultural and political changes that emerged in the wake of WWII, and in the shadow of the Cold War—and their extraordinary impact on the modern world.

Streaming until April 28, 2022

Led by Dr. Peter Harris, the former Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science of the University of Toronto.


Beethoven: Maestro for the Ages

On the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, explore the life, times and music of the legendary composer.

Streaming until April 28, 2022

Led by broadcaster, writer and lecturer Rick Phillips, former host and producer of CBC Radio's Sound Advice®.


Rebel Paris

Meet the rebellious spirits and renegade thinkers who have shaped the City of Light throughout history.

Streaming until April 28, 2022

Led by Lisa Pasold, a Governor General’s Award–nominated travel writer and journalist.


The Treasures of South Asia

A fascinating journey through the history and art that flourished in the South Asian kingdoms from the 16th to 18th centuries.

Streaming until April 28, 2022

Led by Professor Sudharshan Durayappah, who teaches in the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Toronto.


Houses of Cultural Icons

From the aromatic kitchens of Julia Child to the mid-century modernist rooms of Frank Lloyd Wright, this series uses the houses of some of history’s most celebrated figures to explore the meaning of home.

Streaming until April 28, 2022

Led by architecture writer and consultant John Ota, writer of the popular book The Kitchen.


Great Streets of the World

A source of wonder and delight, the city street has evolved into one of our most impactful human creations. From Paris to Tokyo to Marrakech, discover the history, philosophy and design behind some of the most culturally vibrant pathways in the world.

Streaming until August 31

Led by renowned writer and travel journalist Lisa Pasold (Curious Minds: Rebel Paris, Inventing Modern Paris)


Eat this City: An Edible History of Toronto

If you are what you eat, then what is Toronto? From the mouth-watering specialties of immigrant neighbourhoods to the classic dishes served up at historic markets and restaurants, explore how Canada’s largest city became a global culinary capital.

Streaming until August 31

Led by food historian Dr. Laura Carlson (Curious Mind: Meals That Changed The World, World-Changing Women)


The Magic of Musicals

An insider’s guide to the biggest Broadway shows in history, from West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof to Dream Girls and Les Mis.

Streaming until September 30

Led by Michael Rubinoff, the Olivier Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated producer of Come From Away.


The Great Old Masters

Explore the influential work of The Old Masters: Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, Velázquez and Goya, and its lasting impact on generations of artists and art lovers.

Streaming until August 26

Led by acclaimed art lecturer Barbara Isherwood


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