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Hancock Lecture 2014 - Vass Bednar - Game On, or Game Over?: How to be a Policy Player

Hart House Theatre :: February 11, 2014, 7:00 pm

Since 2001, the Annual Hart House Hancock Lecture features innovative thinkers, chosen by students, who create public discourse on current issues.

Hart House


Hancock Lecture 2014
(formerly known as Hart House Lecture)

Keynote Speaker
Vass Bednar

Game On, or Game Over?
How to be a Policy Player

February 11

Hart House Theatre
- University of Toronto
- 7 Hart House Circle
- on West side of Queen's Park Circle
- a 4 minute walk South of the ROM & Museum subway station (West exit)
- Northwest of Parliament Buildings



FREE for students (with valid student card, which must be presented at door with ticket)
Maximum of 4 tickets per student

$5 (incl. 58 cents HST) nonstudent

A ticket is required to attend this Lecture

general admission


Past years' Hancock Lectures have sold out, so book your tickets early


About Vass Bednar

Vasiliki (Vass) Bednar is a Policy Advisor at Queen's Park and an Action Canada Fellow, but don't let her Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the School of Public Policy & Governance (2010) fool you. Vass' spirit playfulness is her edge in the policy world, where she uses humour to make complicated ideas more accessible. The tidal-wave feminist is on a mission to make public policy more fun and isnt afraid to be silly about "serious" things. You can follow her on Twitter @VassB.

An aggressive debater and playful inquisitor, Vass works at the University of Toronto's School of Public Policy & Governance while enjoying an Action Canada fellowship.

For fun (and so she can finally play), she's designing a Canadian board game that simulates policy-making in the federation that will highlight the joys of contemporary governance.

When she's not playing basketball, reading Maclean's, or blogging, the McMaster Arts & Science graduate spends a lot of time thinking about why things are the way they are and how they can be better.

Vass Bednar's official website


Hart House Vision

It is our hope that the Hancock Lecture Series will create a public conversation with young people. We hope to disseminate the ideas of original thinkers, encouraging public discussion and analysis of these ideas. Part of the dream is that the Lecture will expand to bridge the interests of students with the public good and to enhance the capacity of Canadians to create a vibrant, supple, and imaginative nation. We hope to make an important intellectual and cultural contribution to the University and surrounding community.

First launched in 2001, the annual Hancock Lecture is one of the biggest events on Hart House's busy calendar. Organized by students and open to the public, the lecture aspires to ignite public conversation and debate and take issues identified as important by youth to a national audience.

Originally called the Hart House Lecture, it was renamed in 2007 to honour Margaret Hancock's decade as Warden. For Hart House - a historic gathering place at the University and a home for debate, discussion and critical thought - the Lecture is a fitting medium to nurture civic leadership and participation.

"From its inception, the Hart House Lecture has inspired debate about visions of our place in the world."
- Margaret Hancock, Hart House Warden 1997-2007


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Hancock Lecture 2014 - Vass Bednar - Game On, or Game Over?: How to be a Policy Player

Hart House Theatre
Tue Feb 11 2014, 7:00pm

Ticket Sales Begin:
Tue Dec 17 2013, 11:00am

Ticket Prices:
nonstudent - $5.00
student (with valid ID) - $0.00

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