October 23, 2017 | By: Peter Boisseau
Tamara Walker’s mission is to help people connect with history and other cultures.
Tamara Walker’s mission is to help people connect with history and other cultures.
There was nothing, and then there was something. That’s how Nick Mount describes the start of Canadian literature, but it’s also an apt way to explain his new book, Arrival: The Story of CanLit, on the country’s literary boom that began in the 1960s.
With support from the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM), the University of Toronto has launched a Nordic Studies initiative at the Munk School of Global Affairs.
As a scholar of Islamic art and architecture, Heba Mostafa feels she is in the perfect spot as she joins the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto this year.
English Professor Andrea Charise is the lead developer of Canada’s first undergraduate program in health humanities, which looks at the impact of the humanities and critical social sciences on health.
For more than two decades, Professor Tania Li was effectively embedded in a communities in Indonesia where she did groundbreaking ethnographic research.
A University of Toronto course is letting students handle centuries-old artifacts – from oil lamps to needlepoint – to learn about the medieval period.
The remains of a majestic female statue uncovered at the archaeological site of Tayinat in Turkey may challenge our understanding of the public role of women in the ancient world.
According to a 2010 UNESCO report, about half of the world’s more than 6,000 languages are at risk of disappearing over the next century. Eighty-seven of these are Indigenous languages in Canada.
Students are getting insights about their own lives by interviewing their parents and grandparents about the reasons they immigrated to Canada.
“This is the first time anyone has excavated the iconic front campus circle,” says U of T’s Paul Duffy.
Prior to her trek in the mountains of the Himalaya, Pavitra Giritharan’s travel experiences were trips to British Columbia and California with her family that hadn’t quite prepared her for the gruelling, eight-day hike that was part of her summer course.
McElhinny, a former director of the WGSI, has written about a broad range of topics– from the integration of people of colour in the Pittsburgh Police to the experiences of Filipinos in Canada.
Authors of ‘Murder in Plain English’ say it’s the first book to look at crime through the written word.
Jooyoung Lee, assistant professor of sociology, is teaching a fourth-year undergraduate course this summer on gun violence in the U.S.
A&S News spoke with outgoing director Robert Gibbs, who has led the institute since its inception and incoming director Alison Keith to find out what the JHI has achieved so far and what’s yet to come.
Q&A with Andrea Most, a professor of American literature and environmental studies in the Department of English at the University of Toronto.
Her path to NYU took her through U of T, where she earned a master’s degree in 2008 and a doctorate seven years later.
In 1898, an Anglican missionary in Toronto set out for the Rainy River region on the Ontario-Minnesota border. Almost 120 years later, his diary tells a bigger story than he ever imagined, thanks to the Rainy River First Nations and Faculty of Arts & Science students.
For students in Aggrey Wasike’s course, being at some of the sites where the Rwandan genocide took place was an unusually profound experience.
As part of the Scholars in Residence, a collaborative program between Jackman Humanities Institute and U of T’s colleges, undergraduate students gathered at Fort York to learn how to cook like it’s 1817.
Historians generally gain an understanding of the past from texts, or what Nakanyike Musisi calls “cold” sources that are frozen in time and unchanging. That’s why she created an opportunity for her students to experience a more dynamic version of history by travelling to Uganda to study the life of a powerful — and very much alive — African woman.
“It’s not much of a secret that philosophy is not exactly a practical education to equip a person for a specific trade or calling, but as experience has borne out, it turned out to be a wonderful preparation for everything.” — Stephen Bowman (BA 1976).
“Undergraduate journals take students’ research experiences in the humanities to the next level.” — Donald Ainslie, Principal of University College & Provostial Advisor on Undergraduate Humanities Education.
The humanities — history, philosophy, languages and so on — shape the way we engage our world as citizens.
A succession of students have assisted John Traill with Persons of Ancient Athens, a book series that is the mainstay of a unique Faculty of Arts & Science undergrad research project.
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Author Margaret Atwood and poet George Elliott Clarke featured in public conversations at the National Gallery and University of Ottawa.
University Professor Thomas Hurka, the Chancellor Henry N. R. Jackman Professor of Philosophical Studies at the University of Toronto has been awarded the 2017 Killam Prize in the Humanities.
Cheryl Misak and Margaret Morrison, both professors in the Department of Philosophy, have each received a Guggenheim Fellowship. The 2017 fellowship recipients were announced by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation today in The New York Times.
Bright red dresses blowing in the wind — symbolizing the 12,000 missing and murdered Indigenous women — will confront people walking through U of T’s downtown Toronto campus over the next few days.
Hawai’i may be best known as a holiday paradise, but for Professor Bonnie McElhinny and six University of Toronto anthropology students, it is a learning lab for multiculturalism and de-colonization strategies.
Astrophysicist Renée Hložek has teamed up with U.S. colleagues to create the black history online resource BlackLight.
Amos Key Jr., Centre for Indigenous Studies and Department of Linguistics, joined the Faculty of Arts & Science last summer. He’s already developed a reputation as someone whose classes students don’t want to miss.
A&S News asked some Faculty leaders what’s ahead in their fields in 2017 and beyond. Here’s what the head of our linguistics department, Keren Rice and her colleagues see coming soon.
The humanities, especially the literature of the Asian diaspora in North America, would have lost a major champion if Denise Cruz had followed her initial plan to attend medical school.
“Beading complex motifs from works in museum collections helps me understand their process and the kinds of techniques and aesthetic decisions artists made. It’s like having a conversation with the woman who made the piece. Putting my hands where her hands have been is a way of learning.” — Sherry Farrell Racette, the Jackman Humanities Institute’s first Indigenous Faculty Scholar.
There are important parallels between a Soviet-era dissident movement and the modern digital culture that helped Donald Trump gain power, says Associate Professor Ann Komaromi of the Centre for Comparative Literature in the Faculty of Arts & Science.
“Language is not just a means of communication; it holds within it an entire worldview that connects us to our land base, our ancestors, and our communities today and in the future. Language is at the heart of social cohesion within our communities and helps to perpetuate and maintain our collective ethos of life affirmation.” — Assistant Professor Ryan DeCaire, Centre for Indigenous Studies and the Department of Linguistics.
Clive Veroni is a leading marketing strategist, media commentator and author. After a successful advertising career with Stringer Veroni Ketchum Advertising, he founded the management consulting firm of Leap Consulting and wrote the book, Spin: How Politics Has The Power To Turn Marketing On Its Head.
The university is now one of the only places in the world where students can learn Ge’ez.
What do our political institutions and drama storylines have in common? They’re both important contributions from the Greeks. To say Greek culture is present in our everyday lives would be an understatement.
John Noyes is honoured with the Modern Languages Association’s Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Germanic Languages and Literatures.
A&S News talked with the inaugural director about the study of Buddhism, what it has to offer contemporary society and what has inspired her as a teacher.
The University of Toronto has launched The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies on its St. George campus. An endowment — originally from Tung Lin Kok Yuen, the Hong-Kong based charitable organization established by Robert H. N. Ho’s grandmother, Lady Clara Ho Tung — will provide an intellectual home for the largest contingent of Buddhist studies experts in Canada.
A group of University of Toronto students recently took the old adage that you are what you eat to a whole new level, assuming the identities of diverse individuals from Southeast Asia’s past.
Barack Obama hasn’t left the Oval Office yet – but that isn’t stopping a first-year history class at U of T from dissecting his presidency.
U of T students are helping their city reconnect with its lake system by collecting personal stories about water as part of two unique courses that let the new scholars get their feet wet in social and environmental issues outside of the classroom.
Kensington Market has rich multicultural history and long tradition of grassroots community outreach.
Steve Batiuk, a Research Associate in the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations and the Archaeology Centre, discusses the role wine and wine-making played in the played in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia 8,000 years ago. And he also makes a few suggestions for contemporary Georgian wines you might want to try.