Jewish Studies Program

It probably shouldn’t surprise anyone to learn that Jacqueline Davies considers Socrates one ­of her heroes. She is, after all, a professor of philosophy. But Dr. Davies has another hero, who has influenced her in ways Socrates never could.

Ms. Frizzle, the eccentric, adventuresome ­third-grade teacher from the “Magic School Bus” cartoon series, keeps Dr. Davies inspired as she encourages her students to “take chances, make mistakes, get messy!”

Ofyn Veg: A Symposium on Canadian Jewish Studies in Honour of Gerald Tulchinsky will be held next month at the University of Toronto's Centre for Jewish Studies. Dr. Tulchinsky is a Queen's professor emeritus of history and a leading scholar in the area of Jewish studies in Canada.

The Yiddish phrase Ofyn Veg, which means “on the road,” is a fitting way to describe Dr. Tulchinsky’s exploration and scholarship into the Jewish experience in Canada.