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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