OSFAS – Ottawa Society for the Arts and Sciences

Part of the joy of information management is delving into a vast panoply of subjects and activities; information architects tend to develop a taste for variety – even outside of work. This is why I am involved in the Ottawa Society for the Arts and Sciences (OSFAS) – an organization dedicated to promoting broadly intellectual pursuits in the NCR, primarily through lectures and accompanying social events. They are hosting some fascinating, free events this Spring sure to get you thinking about some of the most interesting and hot topic intellectual issues of the day.

What is OSFAS?

The Ottawa Society for the Arts and Sciences (OSFAS) was founded to fill an important gap in the life of the National Capital Region.

Ottawa, as the National Capital, has one of the most highly educated populations per capital of major urban areas in Canada:

From the OSFAS website:

“As the seat of the Federal Government, as a major centre for the Canadian media and arts and science institutions, and as home to universities, colleges, foreign embassies, and other cultural organizations, Ottawa is in need of a forum to connect these people of varied interests. OSFAS provides this forum. In doing so, OSFAS aims to enhance the image of Ottawa as a dynamic place to live, work, and visit.

Prior to the creation of OSFAS, Ottawa did not have an organization in which those who work professionally in the arts and sciences or in areas related to them—artists, scientists, scholars, professional researchers, writers, communicators, and community leaders—could interact with one another, exchange ideas and information and explore the potential of co-operative enterprises. OSFAS was designed to fill this gap by providing a milieu in which those in professions relating to the arts and sciences can meet, intermingle, learn from one another and collaborate.”

What OSFAS events are coming up?

Physician Assisted Dying – Thursday, April 28

A panel discussion that will comprise health, legal and religious professionals who will examine the medical, legal, ethical and religious issues involved in this highly important topic.

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2016

Time: 7:00 pm

Place: Ottawa Public Library Main Auditorium (120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, ON

Free Admission

Shakespeare: A Celebration – Wednesday, May 18

This celebration will commemorate the genius of Shakespeare for the 4th centenary of his death in 2016. The evening will consist of scenes and readings from the bard’s works and will be hosted by the Shakespearian scholar Dr. Ian Cameron. Passages and scenes to be drawn from King Lear, MacBeth, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Love’s Labor’s Lost among others together with readings from his Sonnets.

Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Time: 7:00 pm

Place: Ottawa Public Library Main Auditorium (120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, ON)

Free Admission

Visit the OSFAS webpage for more details:



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