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What does U of T’s motto mean?

In Memoriam: Jack Canfield

A passionate Wittgenstein scholar, he also pursued a spiritual practice in the Zen tradition

Enter the Dragon

Why did this U of T alum build a fire-breathing dragon bus? To go to Burning Man, of course!

Build It and They Will Come

A whole house made out of toy bricks? Kids of all ages love this anthropology grad’s designs

In Memoriam: Paula Goering

This U of T alum and prof helped people grappling with mental illness and homelessness

Children of Earth and Sky

Guy Gavriel Kay’s latest novel takes place during the European Renaissance

Contemplating the Cosmos

Thousands of spectators witnessed a double celestial phenomenon on the St. George campus

The Art of the Brew

Filmmaker Rock Baijnauth’s search for the perfect brew inspired Barista

The Magic and Tragedy of Street Art

Alumna Fathima Mohiuddin takes her art to where the people are

Roadmap for Life

Camilla Gibb’s new book, This is Happy, reflects on past moments and intense grief and joy

Photo by Mike Fergusson (ROM ID # 960.234.21)

Statue Rescuer

Susan Stock cleans the corrosion from ancient metal artefacts so museum-goers can see the original beauty

There’s Nothing Buttery About It

The Trinity College cafeteria draws its name from the French word for “cask” or “barrel”

Suspense on Spaniel Island

Suzanne Kingsmill is a zoologist, carpenter and mystery author — which leads to some unusual storylines

courtesy of Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

Looking for Bears in High Park

In her new novel, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer reimagines a strange episode from Ontario’s past

Inside the Palace

Prof. Chen Shen reveals how life was in China’s Forbidden City

The Big Tasty

How Zella Palmer Cuadra’s MA project became a cookbook

Spectacular

Claire Battershill’s new short story collection, Circus, explores the extraordinary

Writing for Rookie Blue

Total immersion in the world of television led Tassie Cameron to screenwriting gigs – and her own show

Kiss Me, Choose Me

How did locking lips become the ultimate romantic gesture?

How Do You Talk To Kids About Sex? There’s An App For That…

Child psychologist Jillian Roberts creates an age-appropriate way to educate children aged four to eight about their bodies

Teefy Hall

John Read Teefy was the driving force behind the affiliation of St. Michael’s College with U of T

Speaking Out

U of T is working on multiple initiatives to combat homophobia in sport

Uncomforted

Second World War rape survivors still call for apology

Telling the U of T Story

Student Amy Chong wins a global contest with her “We Love U of T” slideshow

A Promise to Future Generations

A U of T group encourages participants to protect the Earth for future generations

Silver Screen Gangster

Derek Tsang plays criminals in movies, but directs films about love and family

Activism 2.0

What’s different about today’s environmental activists? Tools of the trade, says Emily Hunter, and a sense that change must happen now

Pipe Dreams

Sarah Svendsen and Rachel Mahon are proving that organ music isn’t just for Dracula lovers

Cupcake Maestro

Tania Grafstein-Ho’s entrepreneurial spirit and love of desserts motivated her to start an artisanal baking business

Sparks of Brilliance

Meet U of T’s next generation of scientists, thinkers and inventors

Asia Rising

As global power shifts to Asia, Canada’s success will depend on seeing more than just business opportunities in the region, says Joseph Wong

Markets Without Borders?

Deborah Cowen investigates what happens when governments sacrifice the rights of their citizens to protect the flow of goods across national lines

Family History Sleuth

As a genealogical researcher, Kristina Bedford’s work runs the gamut from interpreting 11th-century documents to locating family gravestones

Welcome to the “Apopalypse”

The fascination with end times is everywhere in pop culture – including that Britney Spears song on your iPod

String Theory

U of T’s yo-yo master finds the secret to unwinding

The Mud Bowl

Canada Post commemorates an iconic moment at U of T’s Varsity Stadium

Wymilwood Café

What does “Wymilwood” mean?

Music From the Heart

Two U of T alumni make their debut performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Faces of ’14: Senior Students

With a little less than two years left to go, six third-year students share their hopes and fears for the future

Holocaust Heroine

Julija Šukys captures the life of a Lithuanian woman who aided the ghetto resistance

Photo by Joel Wong-Hing

Spring

Joel Wong-Hing substitutes journal entries with photographic storytelling

Photo by Samir Tushar

Perspective

Samir Tushar uses partial colours in black and white photography

Fenghuang Fog

Fenghuang Fog

Edward Tse relies on coincidence and a pinch of good luck to create stunning photographs

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Painting a Better Future

Jose Herrera inspires humanitarian work through photography

Photo by Qurrat Ansari

Lonely

Photography serves a therapeutic function for Qurrat Ansari

Photo by Aaron Paulson

Shinjuku

Aaron Paulson experiments with the aesthetic of Japanese architecture

Photo by Jessica Shane

Schoolyard

Jessica Shane finds art in the unexpected

Photo by Xing Yuan Zeng

Playground

Xing Yuan Zeng relives childhood memories through pictures

Photo by Paula Opazo-Schofield

Skies

Paula Opazo-Schofield uses art to trigger nostalgic remembrances

Photo by Jay Han

Doves Cry

Jay Han shows how art can transcend the limitations of language

Photo by Liat Aharoni

Flight III

Liat Aharoni’s creative vision is fantastical and eerily beautiful

Photo Courtesy of Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics

Transit of Venus

On June 5th, 2012, the planet Venus will pass across the face of the Sun

Photo by Reem Eissa

Still Air

Reem Eissa captures raw emotions through photography

Photo by Catalina Zuleta

la mamá

Catalina Zuleta finds artistic inspiration in the ordinary

Photo by Sarah Angela Nacario

Princess of the Mountains

Sarah Angela Nacario uses photography to frame meaningful experiences

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With a Student in Crisis, a Faculty Rallies

In an instant, Emma’s hopes of becoming a nurse were dashed. Could she make the journey back?

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Plan B: The Power of Reinvention

Scrapping everything and taking a fresh approach can be exhilarating. But sometimes change is not a choice

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U of T’s 191st Birthday Quiz

Test your knowledge of all things U of T in honour of the university’s 191st anniversary on March 15!

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Finding Comfort in Food

Edna Staebler was 55 when her marriage ended. She thought she would grow old alone, impoverished and unhappy. Then she wrote a cookbook

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Make No Mistake

Can a group of Toronto hospitals eliminate medical errors?

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There Is No Magic Formula When Quitting an Addiction

By 28, I’d been arrested, convicted and kicked out of grad school. But it took me another two years to end my love affair with drugs

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Seniors Want to Know Whom They Can Trust Online

U of T study finds older Canadians are highly concerned about digital security – sometimes to their disadvantage

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Save Your Money

An app from Vicis Labs aims to help millennials and the precariously employed manage their cash

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A New Life After Loss

Over more than two decades, Rena Arshinoff built a successful career in medical science. Then she felt a spiritual call

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After the Shooting, a Search for Salvation

U of T sociology professor Jooyoung Lee spent time with 40 people who had been shot to record how their lives had changed. Their stories are harrowing and instructive. This is just one

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Strength in Numbers

Our first-ever Alumni Impact Survey reveals that U of T alumni are making massive social, cultural and economic contributions around the world

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Is Ending Homelessness in Toronto Possible?

For U of T student and Fix the 6ix founder Deanna Lentini, it’s a mission

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Ghost Effects

Social psychologist Michael Inzlicht launched his academic career on the study of “ego depletion.” His research suggested it was real. Then came doubts

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Fanny & Keats

Winner of the 2017 U of T Magazine Short Story Contest

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Velut Arbor ævo

What does U of T’s motto mean?

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Bringing Up Baby

What U of T nursing students learn about infant care has changed a lot since the 1950s

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Expecting the Unexpected

U of T provides an unparalleled setting in which students can prepare for a world of possibilities

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The City is Her Patient

Eileen de Villa targets opioids and homelessness as Toronto’s new medical officer of health

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Down Feathers

“People’s Choice” winner in the 2017 U of T Magazine Short Story Contest

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The Serious Business of Being Funny

Trinity College student Celeste Yim is on a mission to get students laughing

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The Mathematician

Runner-up in the 2017 U of T Magazine Short Story Contest

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Why Do We Make Bad Shopping Decisions?

Economists have long known that consumers can make confounding choices when presented with too much selection. But they’ve never agreed on why. Enter neuroscience

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The Art of Design

Gord Dorrett explains why FORREC has given $100,000 to support a “critique room” at U of T’s new Daniels Building

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60 Seconds With Conan Tobias

Taddle Creek’s editor-in-chief shares the back story of a uniquely Canadian magazine

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The Struggle Is Real

Filmmaker Maureen Judge’s latest project captures stories of millennials venturing out on their own

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Business Threats Can Arise at Any Time. Are You Ready?

It’s easy to say “be prepared.” Scouts learn it. Even Scar in The Lion King sang it. So why do executives so often avoid it?

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Top of the Class in Canada

Across international rankings, U of T remains one of the top publicly funded universities in the world

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The Day the Stars Collided

It was all hands on deck for U of T astronomers during a rare cosmic event that led to the first sighting of a new object

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Guitar Hero

Liona Boyd talks about her new memoir and album, her 5 million YouTube hits, and her pen pal, Prince Philip

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The Big Bang

Life on Earth exploded about 540 million years ago. Scientists are now beginning to understand why

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Enter the Dragon

Why did this U of T alum build a fire-breathing dragon bus? To go to Burning Man, of course!

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What Does an Ethnographer Do?

The goal is to get “an intimate and authentic representation of the person’s life,” says U of T prof Jooyoung Lee

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2017 Writing Contest Winners

Read all the winners, runners-up and readers’ choice favourites in the U of T Magazine Writing Contest

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Yoga Is Good for You

But just what are the health benefits?

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Love Yourself First

How do you foster greater self-worth and, in turn, help others? Nurture your inner foundation, says author and U of T alum Renu Persaud

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Bringing Smiles to Uganda

On a two-week visit to remote villages, a U of T dental team fixes teeth – and changes lives

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What Will Solve the Replication Crisis?

U of T scholars and others are calling for four major changes to how research is conducted

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Women Are in the House!

A unique U of T program that takes 100 female students to Parliament Hill aims to encourage more women to enter politics

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The Registrar Who Championed Me

A U of T staff member helped Cheryl Perera manage her schoolwork while she fought for children’s rights

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Our Partners in Africa

On a visit to Ethiopia and Rwanda, U of T president Meric Gertler affirms the power of collaborations – and sees potential for new ones

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Poll: Have You Ever Switched Majors?

Many students change programs to pursue newfound interests

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Letters to the Editor

Syrian doctor Khaled Almilaji’s story resonated with readers, as did Prof. Barth Netterfield’s article on science and faith

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Somewhere Between Me and the Desert

Winner of the 2017 U of T Magazine Poetry Contest

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A Distinctive Look?

English-Canadians are pretty good at identifying French-Canadian faces but the reverse isn’t true

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The Summit

U of T PhD student Tad Ferreira captures a striking image of hikers trekking across the top of Mont Blanc

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Failing is Part of Innovating

How an early defeat helped U of T alum Tom Jenkins and his company, OpenText, succeed

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What Does It Mean to Replicate a Study?

Replication studies put researchers’ conclusions to the test by creating new versions of the original experiment

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Fire and Ice

U of T photographer Laura Pedersen takes in a sunset view of Toronto’s Beach in the heart of winter

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A Scholar Who Spoke Up for an Entire People

The question of a Kurdish homeland was central to Prof. Amir Hassanpour’s life and career

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With Restored Sight Comes Opportunity and Hope

A gift from the Nanji family to U of T will help people “see the light of all the world”

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In the Spotlight, Yet Invisible

Alumna Ellen Tang helps immigrants feel less alone by recalling other newcomers’ stories

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In Memoriam: Jack Canfield

A passionate Wittgenstein scholar, he also pursued a spiritual practice in the Zen tradition

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Finger on the Button

Could a war of words lead to an actual war between the U.S. and North Korea?

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A Mother in Six Tones

Runner-up in the 2017 U of T Magazine Poetry Contest

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Antifa

An anti-fascist movement that started in 1930s Europe is making headlines again

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An Open Letter to My 13-Year-Old Self

People’s choice in the 2017 U of T Magazine Poetry Contest

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Voyage Into Ice

Daniel Kukla’s camera discovers an otherworldly Arctic

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Still Air

Reem Eissa captures raw emotions through photography

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150 Years of Varsity Football

Gala fundraiser at Great Hall in Hart House will mark Blues milestone

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The Gay Voice

Some men may subconsciously adopt certain female speech patterns

Author: Nadia Siu Van