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University of the Streets Café in action


Our participatory events seek to reinvent the idea of the ‘university’ by creating spaces for lifelong learning, critical thinking and community engagement in local neighbourhoods.


A public conversation is much like a conversation you’d have with friends or family around a dinner table, except with more people, more points of view, and slightly more structure.

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Thanks to the support of our volunteers, venues and parterning organizations, the program is free and open to participants of all ages, backgrounds and levels of education.


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Fall 2017: Private Choices / Public Impact schedule

In the context of our collective investment in a shared landscape, private choices inevitably lead to public impact. This season’s University of the Streets Cafe conversations will strive to consider how these decisions - made in the context of the personal realm - slowly trickle up, coalescing into the boundaries of our cultures and communities. Do we hold the power to change our world? If so, how? We encourage you to draw your own links between these conversations or to experience them individually.


We strive to hold all of our public conversations in venues that are accessible to persons with limited mobility. Contact us to find out more about the accessibility details or for any accessibility-related questions and/or needs.

CANCELATION NOTICE: Please note that our October 5 conversation Decriminalization or Legalization: How do we address the impact of drugs in our lives and communities, has been canceled.

Past events

University of the Streets discussion Photo by Johanna Baes

Since its inception in 2003, University of the Streets Café has hosted over 400 public conversations! As a community-drive program, the topics we explore grow, change and occasionally reappear depending on what’s happening in the world and the interests of our participants. To get an idea of what we’ve talked about during our 12+ year history, explore our list of past events

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