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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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Winter 2018: Public Choices / Private Impact

Our lives are anchored in spheres that lie outside of the realm of strict individual experience. Whether in cultural movements, the workplace or in relation to political sphere dynamics, we must inevitably position ourselves in relation to what occurs around and above us. This season looks at how we are affected by decisions initiated outside of our immediate frame of reference. How do we make sense of a hierarchized world? To what extent are individual expressions and informal relationships valued in relation to attributed decisions? 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.

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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