Skip to Content Skip to Main Menu

Faculty of Arts & Science

Arts & Science News


  • Did you know Athens is home to “Canada House”?

    August 28, 2015 | By: Joseph Ticar

    U of T students from the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies recently took their studies beyond the classroom and 2,500 years into the past to the “cradle of Western civilization.” Among the highlights was a trip to the Vorres Museum — aka “Canada House” — which helped to put the entirety of Greek history and culture into context.

  • First Discovery for a New Planet Finder

    August 13, 2015 | By: Chris Sasaki

    An international team that includes astronomers from the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics has discovered a first-of-its-kind “young Jupiter” exoplanet which could help explain how our Solar System formed.

  • What does it take to thrive in the digital economy?

    August 7, 2015 | By: U of T Staff

    The digital economy is critical to Canada’s future growth and prosperity. However, without a plan to exploit the tremendous opportunities of advanced information technology, we even risk being left behind. A new project led by Professor David Wolfe aims to put Canada on track.

  • Anthropological study in India hooks student on research

    July 27, 2015 | By: Elaine Smith

    U of T students connected with the students at the Centre for Research and Education for Social Transformation (CREST) in Calicut, Kerala, India. CREST — run by anthropologists — helps members of the former Dalit (untouchable) caste and Adivasi (tribal) youth acquire the additional skills that will make them stronger competitors in the job market.

  • African-Canadian Collaboration Bears Fruit

    July 16, 2015 | By: Elaine Smith

    Women are still at a disadvantage, whether they are academics or farmers, as participants in a recent workshop at the University of Toronto discovered.

  • Archaeologists uncover new perspective on early colonialism in South Africa

    June 22, 2015 | By: Peter Boisseau

    “About 150 years ago this hill was teaming with people, a real mixture of European and African. The separation of races that came to characterize South Africa was maybe not quite so prevalent in the 1860s, and the division of labour we came to think of under apartheid did not develop as early on as people had believed.” — U of T anthropologist Michael Chazan.

  • New U of T-China Connection Positively Medieval

    May 22, 2015 | By: Elaine Smith

    “This program is one in which U of T and the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts are working together to make art history a more global discipline.” — Jennifer Purtle, a U of T professor specializing in Chinese art and principal investigator for the project.

  • Chandler Davis on science and social justice: “break some rules”

    May 5, 2015 | By: Nicole Bodnar

    University of Toronto Professor Emeritus Chandler Davis, imprisoned during the McCarthy Era in the United States for his political actions, delivered the third Dr. Zofia Pakula Public Lecture April 27, 2015 at U of T and urged his audience to be advocates for change.

  • A&S students gain transformative field experience in Republic of Georgia

    April 29, 2015 | By: Elaine Smith

    “For many of us, it was the first time doing primary research. It was very valuable to speak to our sources firsthand. The political landscape in Georgia changes so fast; it was really beneficial.” — Sonia Liang, a third-year political science student.

  • Joseph Heath shortlisted for Donner Prize following Shaughnessy Cohen Prize win

    April 27, 2015 | By: Kevin Temple

    Relaxing in his office at University College amidst neatly overflowing bookshelves, Heath admits surprise at being shortlisted for the Donner Prize, which tends to award scholarly works of public policy. Enlightenment 2.0, Heath’s fourth book aimed at a general audience, is less intent on recommending policies than on sparking a conversation about reason in public life.

  • The Greek debt crisis explained (for now)

    April 8, 2015 | By: Jelena Damjanovic

    A positive outcome for Greece and Europe requires compromise, but overheated rhetoric, strategic gaffes, and the collapse of trust on both sides have made reaching such a compromise all the more difficult. I don’t know how things will go. I worry for Greece and I worry for Europe.” — Phil Triadafilopoulos

  • The problem with solitary confinement

    March 27, 2015 | By: Jenny Hall

    “The desire for retribution is understandable, but it doesn’t necessarily make good policy.” — Kelly Hannah-Moffat

  • Smoothing the way for international students

    February 10, 2015 | By: Elaine Smith

    “Within five years, we anticipate that 25 per cent of our undergraduate student body will be international students. We need to ensure that the services and support they receive are of the same high quality as the education the university provides.” — Mark McGowan

  • Shaping the future of global innovation

    February 4, 2015 | By: Joseph Ticar

    When you’ve spent your career helping improve the living standards of people in developing nations around the world, what’s the next step? If you’re U of T alumnus Paul Cadario (BASc 1973, LLD 2013), you become a Distinguished Senior Fellow in Global Innovation at the University of Toronto, and return to your roots by helping future generations of global innovators.

  • A&S students visit “third” Korea

    January 29, 2015 | By: Sean Bettam

    “Our visit to Seoul and then the city of Yanji in Yanbian, China was the best possible way to study issues pertaining to North Korea, besides, of course, a visit to North Korea itself,” said Victoria College student Allison Conners, one of nearly a dozen students in Andre Schmid’s historiography of North Korea course who made the trip.

  • Fighting Ebola in West Africa: Arts & Science alumna Stefanie Carmichael

    December 17, 2014 | By: Terry Lavender

    Reactions to the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa have been varied – from cancelled flights to highly-publicized quarantines to heroic efforts by nurses and doctors to treat the afflicted. Many people are trying to help out however they can, including Stefanie Carmichael, a U of T alumna now working for the United Nations.

  • Sea snails provide glimpse of profound socio-political change in ancient Greece

    September 23, 2014 | By: Barrett Hooper

    Hexaplex trunculus. It sounds like a Harry Potter spell, although there’s nothing particularly magical about this species of sea snail common in the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Still, these tiny purplish mollusks are an important piece of an enormous puzzle that’s been perplexing Carl Knappett for years.

  • Life death and meaning in the Jequetepeque Valley of northern Peru

    September 18, 2014 | By: Barrett Hooper

    Archaeology is about more than filling in the blanks of human history. It is fundamentally a philosophical pursuit with questions about life and death at the very core of all that digging. This is particularly evident in Edward Swenson’s research at Huaca Colorada, a 1,400-year-old pre-Inca pyramid in northern Peru.

  • A&S alumna hosts world’s top authors at Icelandic retreat

    September 12, 2014 | By: Jessica Lewis

    Eliza Reid studied international relations when she was at the University of Toronto in the ’90s, but she probably didn’t think she’d end up as something of a cultural ambassador for Iceland.

  • Robot road trip

    September 2, 2014 | By: Jenny Hall

    Meet hitchBOT, the creation of three Ontario researchers, including Frank Rudzicz of U of T’s Department of Computer Science and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute of the University Health Network.

  • Hope for African Farmers

    August 26, 2014 | By: Sean Bettam

    How do you stop a killer plant that wastes thousands of acres of crops each year? If you are cell & systems biologist Peter McCourt, you try to trick the ruthless weed into committing botanical suicide.

  • Social tolerance key to liberal democracies

    August 25, 2014 | By: Kim Luke

    A new study by University of Toronto and University of Tübingen researchers suggests that Islam is not as much of an impediment to liberal democracy as is often thought.

  • Michael Pelz on LGBT rights in the European Union

    July 22, 2014 | By: Terry Lavender

    LGBT rights vary considerably in Europe – even within the European Union, Pelz says. For example, according to the European LGBT rights group ILGA’s Rainbow Europe scale, on a scale of 1 to 100 in terms of strength of LGBT rights, England rates 82, France 64, and Italy only 25. Pelz attributes the differences to a number of reasons, such as level of economic development, religiosity, history and constructions of national identity.

  • 500 scientists gather to explore latest in chemistry education

    July 8, 2014 | By: A&S News Staff

    Learning in the laboratory is key to understanding chemistry, but today’s class is also likely to include Twitter, podcasts and video-on-demand. Scientists from 40 countries will gather at the University of Toronto next week to share the latest innovations in teaching and learning chemistry at the 23rd International Conference on Chemistry Education.