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Exploring Narrative Expression

Prof. Catherine Heard recently instructed each of the 17 students in her class to create a graphic novelette

Through the Leaves

Can photographing someone’s art be considered an art? Chris Cachia thinks so.

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The Sea

This artwork created by Philip Beesley – and photographed by Aida da Silva – transformed Brookfield Place in Toronto


Albert Tan uses the Brenizer method to get a new photographic effect on a familiar subject

Remembering the Nanking Massacre

Diana Tso’s play Red Snow focuses on the “forgotten holocaust”

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Rise Like Lions

Yi Zhao tells a story of Occupy Toronto in photos

Convocation Hall under construction

Beaux-Arts Beauty

Alumni and friends support Convocation Hall’s construction

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Waiting for Handouts

Claudio’s Quality Seafood in Sydney draws both human and feathered clientele

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The Resting Place

Tea Hadziristic explores a beautiful place for the dead

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Web of Light

Chia Barsen catches a spider in the city’s glow

Look Down

Erica Sum finds beauty on the street

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This All-Star Party Show Goes On

Behind the scenes at the U of T lipdub video shoot

Image by Philip Johnson

Sneaky Dee’s

A Toronto music and late-night-snacking institution

Calling All Alumni

Fatema Pardhan phones grads for U of T’s Annual Fund. She, like many students, also benefits from the fund

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This Robot Gets Around

This cardboard robot has a penchant for travel, adventure, and distracting Michael Yu from his studies

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The Imposter

Warren Davis experiments with photo editing software

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Rare Bird

Alexander Quick captures the John P. Robarts library in its natural habitat

Bowie Tribute

Bodi Bold creates an homage to Aladdin Sane

Photo by Nikita Nikolaev

Wedding Crashers

Nikita Nikolaev finds himself unexpectedly at a wedding in a monastery

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Faces of ’14: After First Year

What six first-year students have to say about their experiences at U of T so far

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The Sheikh

Matteo Mencarelli bears witness in Beirut

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Something Old, Something New

Lifetime Toronto resident Gary Baker documents a changing cityscape

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A Happy Accident

Dan Epstein gets lucky working with film

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Cat Scratch

Alexandra Auger photographs her grandfather, his kitten, and a scratch reflex

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Green Keys

Frank Horvat plays piano in the dark to raise awareness of environmental issues

Photo by Kathy Lawton

The Pilgrimage

Kathy Lawton takes in the sights at Namtso Lake, Tibet

Photo by Charles Hoppner

Tree of Lost Soles

Charles Hoppner knows a place where the shoes grow on trees

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Regal Reception

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth enjoy a visit to U of T in May 1939

Photo by Annabelle Haudry

Taking the Plunge

Post-doctoral fellow Annabelle Haudry explores what lies beneath the sea

Photo by Gulzab Nawaz

Sweet Intoxication

Second-year student Gulzab Nawaz slows down time with her camera

Photo by Barbara Konecny

Arbore Family

Alum Barbara Konecny captures the way tourism is changing a way of life

Photo by Janine Riviere

Water Lilies

Janine Riviere captures one of many beautiful sights on the island of Mauritius

Photo by Nick Merzetti

Dirty Blonde

Nick Merzetti proves that complicated equipment is not what makes a great photo

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It Just Grows Back

Alum Gerald Law snapped this photo of an elderly man who gave up on shaving

Photo Courtesy of Hilary Davidson

The Damage Done

Hilary Davidson’s first crime novel keeps you guessing till the last page

Photo by Jing-Ling Kao-Beserve

Fleeting Days

A new mother discovers her child’s infancy doesn’t last long

Photo by Benson Kua

Freshly Fallen

Pharmacy student Benson Kua finds an upside to cold weather

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Engineering student Fadi Jozif takes a striking portrait

Photo by Lip Liew

Balancing Act

Someone spent a lot of time making these “men of stone” near Toronto’s Humber River Bay

Photo by Daniel Kukla

At the Fair

Daniel Kukla finds an unusually coloured horse

Photo Courtesy of Hilary Davidson

A Walk on the Wild Side

In her debut novel, Hilary Davidson asks what causes otherwise good people to do something terrible

Photo by Sasi Shanmugarajah

Religion, Philosophy, Glamour

Sasi Shanmugarajah finds elegance in an unexpected place

Photo by Yuyi Ful

Doggy in the Window

Yuyi Fu captures a rare moment of canine reflection

Photo by Jose Castro

Power Surge

Jose Castro discovers that lightning does indeed strike twice

Photo of Hormuz Dadabhoy

Faces of ’14: Frosh Week Approaches

They’re smart, globally aware, tech savvy — and still a little nervous about starting at U of T

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Fixing Up Soldiers’ Tower

The first phase of renovations to the 86-year-old monument is now underway

Enlightened Beings

Tim Bermingham plays with light to capture incredible feats of athleticism and strength

A Moment in Florida

Sarah Lee Walker discovers the joy of connecting with her environment through photography

Project 365

Anthropologist Sarah Gould has challenged herself to take one photo a day for a year

Photo by Victoria Fisher

Shadow Commuters

OISE graduate Victoria Fisher keeps her camera handy and waits for good luck

Photo by Remi Carreiro

Blue Night Bridge

Aspiring architecture student captures pedestrian bridge from an unusual point of view

Photo by Ren Hui Yoong

A Walk in the Park

Foggy weather makes for a dramatic image by fourth-year student Ren Hui Yoong

Tasty, Affordable – and Sustainable

Hot Yam serves up the greenest lunch on campus


Residence program seeks to change how students think about energy use and conservation


How did first-year student (and former tomboy) Anna Cunningham end up writing a fashion column online?

The Media’s Fault?

Tiger Woods doesn’t think personal sins should require public confessions. Media ethics prof and U of T alum Tom Cooper half agrees

The Dragon and the Stars

Writer Tony Pi draws on his Chinese heritage to create a magical alternate history

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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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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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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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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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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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Yoga Is Good for You

But just what are the health benefits?

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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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Somewhere Between Me and the Desert

Winner of the 2017 U of T Magazine Poetry Contest

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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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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 Memoriam: Jack Canfield

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

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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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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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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: Suzanna Chang