Recently awarded an Excellence in Teaching Award from U of T's School of Continuing Education, Dr. Julia Zarankin holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton. 

Cultural travel adventures are a long-time passion of Julia's and she leads tours with Worldwide Quest.


She has been a featured guest on Michael Enright's Sunday Edition on CBC and has a particular fascination with all things Russian.

Dr. Mike Daley entertained us last season with his Leonard Cohen lecture and we are looking forward to this season's session on The Birth of the Beatles. 

Dr. Mike Daley holds a Ph.D in music, specializing in the history of popular music. He is currently researching the Toronto music scene of the 1960s. Mike and his wife Jill are also leading music-themed tours to destinations in Canada, the US and UK.

Ted Barris has been an award winning journalist, author and broadcaster for over 40 years. His work has appeared in several national publications. He also has been a regular host and contributor on CBC Radio and TV Ontario. He recently retired as a full-time professor of journalism at Toronto's Centennial College after 18 years. 

Brian Carlile has a broad background in professional music – as a player in major symphony and chamber orchestras, as a session musician conductor, contractor and organizer as well as a writer and arranger. 

 With audiences, he shares his perspectives and insights as a musician.

Erin Piotrowski is an educator, researcher, narrator and producer of  independent audiobooks. She is currently completing her PhD in English at U of T. As an aside, Erin is involved with an organization that aims to help women, minorities and the under-priviledged break into the technology industry.

James Lockyer is a criminal lawyer and founding director of The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted. He has been awarded the Order of Canada for his long-standing commitment to social justice and for being a champion of civil liberties and human rights.