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Director-General of UNESCO to be Presented with Papers of Pioneering Insulin Researchers at University of Toronto

November 17, 2014

TORONTO, ON — Media are invit­ed to take pho­tos on Tues­day, Novem­ber 18, of Iri­na Boko­va, Direc­tor-Gen­er­al of UNESCO, as Christi­na Cameron, Pres­i­dent of the Cana­di­an Com­mis­sion for UNESCO, presents to her the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto’s Thomas Fish­er Rare Book Library’s Dis­cov­ery of Insulin Col­lec­tions. Last year the Library’s collections—only one of four in Cana­da —were inscribed into UNESCO’s Mem­o­ry of the World Pro­gram Reg­is­ter.

The col­lec­tions include pho­tos and papers of the pio­neer­ing researchers respon­si­ble for the dis­cov­ery of insulin as a treat­ment for dia­betes at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to: Fred­er­ick Grant Bant­i­ng, Charles Hebert Best, John James Rickard Macleod and James Bertram Col­lip.

WHO: Iri­na Boko­va is the first woman to lead UNESCO. She is active­ly engaged in inter­na­tion­al efforts to advance qual­i­ty edu­ca­tion for all, gen­der equal­i­ty, cul­tur­al dia­logue and sci­en­tif­ic coop­er­a­tion for sus­tain­able devel­op­ment.

WHEN: 3:00–3:15 pm, Tues­day, Novem­ber 18, 2014

WHERE: Thomas Fish­er Rare Book Library, 120 St. George Street, Toron­to (Map:

Evening Event

WHAT: Ms. Boko­va will deliv­er the I.P. Sharp Lec­ture­ship, “Safe­guard­ing the Past, Shap­ing a Bet­ter Future: UNESCO Soft Pow­er in the Dig­i­tal Age,”

WHEN: 7 pm, Tues­day, Novem­ber 18, 2014

WHERE: Toron­to Ref­er­ence Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toron­to (Map:

About The Mem­o­ry of the World Pro­gram
Estab­lished by UNESCO in 1992, the pro­gram attempts to pro­tect her­itage in the form of doc­u­ments, man­u­scripts, oral tra­di­tions, audio-visu­al mate­ri­als and archival hold­ings of uni­ver­sal val­ue for present and future gen­er­a­tions. Exam­ples include the Diaries of Anne Frank, Fall of the Berlin Wall and State vs. Nel­son Man­dela. The Cana­di­an Com­mis­sion for UNESCO coor­di­nate the pro­gram in Cana­da.

About the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto’s Fac­ul­ty of Infor­ma­tion (iSchool)
Known as Canada’s glob­al infor­ma­tion school, the iSchool is a lead­ing grad­u­ate-lev­el edu­ca­tor in the fields of infor­ma­tion sci­ences, library stud­ies, archives and records man­age­ment, dig­i­tal cura­tion, knowl­edge man­age­ment, muse­um stud­ies, and cul­ture and tech­nol­o­gy.


Space is lim­it­ed for the lec­ture. For more infor­ma­tion or to reserve a seat:

Kath­leen O’Brien
Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Offi­cer, Fac­ul­ty of Infor­ma­tion, U of T
Tel. 416.978.7184