The Spy Among Us

In Kerry Clare’s first novel, Mitzi Bytes, a blogger has a secret online presence – but someone is threatening to expose her

Warrior for Peace

U of T physicist Ursula Franklin staunchly opposed weapons of mass destruction. As Cold War tensions rise, her work remains as relevant as ever

Templeton Philharmonic comedy duo

Divine Comedy

Alumni Gwynne Phillips and Briana Templeton unleash their inner infernos in darkly hilarious sketches

Gardiner Museum CEO Kelvin Browne

Working with Clay

At the Gardiner Museum, Kelvin Browne aims to connect people with the beauty and artistry of ceramics — and encourage them to make their own

“My Education Enabled Me to Break Down Walls”

Scholarships can inspire students to believe they can make a difference. For Atik Bird, it helped her reach out to others – and trust her own voice

Beauty in the Everyday

During one terrible year, author Kyo Maclear finds solace by birding in the city

Skule

Where did this misspelled moniker come from?

The Art of the Deal

U of T Art Museum’s Barbara Fischer talks about the merging of two campus galleries – and what it means for visitors

Followings

Meet six U of T alumni, faculty and staff members whose stars are shining brightly on social media

What Makes a Good Mother?

Catherine Connors writes poignantly – and humorously – about the joys and perils of parenting

In the Pink

Anabela Piersol showcases independent clothing designers, as well as her own lovely creations

Ain’t No Half-Steppin’

This hip-hop crew “killed it” at U of T’s first Urban Dance Competition

U of T’s Olympians

More than 400 alumni have participated in the Olympics and Paralympics

I Saw Him Standing There

How a U of T engineering student found himself on stage with the Beatles in 1964

Everyone’s Campus Home

New warden John Monahan on the allure of Hart House

War Child

Michel Chikwanine talks about his long, difficult journey to the African Studies program at U of T

The Price of War

International aid fuels corruption in a conflict zone and may keep war going, says political science professor Aisha Ahmad

Breaking Away

For most of us, 27,000 km would be an unbearably long flight. Ali Burke is cycling that far

Cycling from Alaska to Argentina

Ali Burke shares her cycling experiences – midway through her 27,000-kilometre ride

Domestic Doyennes

Household Science students learn the art and science of cooking

A Club for Women

Canada’s first university women’s club sought to improve the lives of women and children

Literary Songbird

Katherine Larson infuses her study of English with a passion for music to find new meaning in literature

The Art of Activism

Naisargi Dave investigates what inspires someone to take up a cause

The Importance of Being Intuitive

Chen-Bo Zhong is interested in how intuition affects moral decisions – and prevents us from behaving unethically

“Urban Girl” Guide

Through her blog, Lisa Ng inspires women to go on road trips, attend rock concerts and scale volcanoes, among other things

Photo courtesy of Vincent Lee

A Spark of Genius

U of T engineers use playing cards to replicate a Paris landmark

Photo by Jane Ross

Thinking Outside the Package

Canadians need to push back against the processed-food industry, says author Jeannie Marshall

Photo courtesy of U of T Archives

Shakespearean Simpleton

Donald Sutherland performs in Hart House Theatre’s The Tempest

War and Peace

In her new book, Damned Nations, Samantha Nutt reflects on foreign aid and armed conflicts abroad

Photo: U of T Archives B1998-0033 [731090B-40]

Sage of Aquarius

Marshall McLuhan holds court at the Centre for Culture and Technology

Photo by Derek Shapton

The Debut

How do you write a bestselling first novel? If you’re Tom Rachman, you start by majoring in film

Photo: Getty Images, Stephen Trussler

The Lives of Animals

Most animals raised for food in Canada live on industrial sites where they never go outdoors. Under our laws, this is perfectly legal, but is it ethical?

Factory Farming

Want to learn more about the ethical treatment of farm animals? Check out the following resources

Waging Peace

Three of his daughters were killed by Israeli fire. In Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish’s new book, he calls for an end to the violence

Royal Runner

Bruce Kidd participates in the Queen’s Baton Relay – the first of two times

The Imagined City

In her new book, writer Sarah Elton aims to put Toronto on the literary map next to New York, Dublin and Paris

Photo: University of Toronto Archives/Robert Lansdale Photography Ltd. (B1998-0033/[731096-2])

Character Builders

Dedicated craftsmen carved the majestic entrance to University College

Clara Benson/Courtesy of the University of Toronto Archives

The March of Time

Convocation procession highlights progress women were making at U of T

Etiquette 101

U of T’s Faculty Club serves up a helping of manners to alumni, students and staff.

Fungi Magic

Director Ron Mann pays homage to an unusual obsession

The Bond of Victory

U of T students celebrate triumph in Europe during the Second World War

Ms. Universe

Astronaut Julie Payette prepares for her second journey into space

Outliers: The Story of Success

Author Malcolm Gladwell looks beyond individual traits of the wildly successful

Sitting Pretty

Architecture alumni create product design studio

A Doctor in Kigali

Dr. James Orbinski served as head mission for Doctors Without Borders during the Rwandan Genocide. What he saw there transformed him

The House That Dave Built

How law grad David Shore took one misanthropic doctor, added a large dose of twisted humour and created the hit medical drama House

So You Want to Write for Pictures?

From movies to TV and comedy to animation, here is a small sampling of U of T alumni who wrote their way to success south of the border

Witness to War

While visiting Somalia in 1995, doctor and U of T professor Samantha Nutt experienced the hardship and rawness of bloodshed. Now, the founder of War Child Canada says she’s “driven every day” to help children harmed by conflict


The Northrop Frye You Never Knew

Book explores renowned prof’s personal life

The Road to Freedom

Marina Nemat’s long journey from Iranian prison to celebrated author brought her to U of T

Vincent Lam

Prize-winning author captures extremes in human behaviour

Can a Brain Change?

Dr. Norman Doidge argues that the brain is far more malleable than previously thought

Canada Post Honours Moriyama

Seven alumni and one student appointed to Order of Canada

Enemies of the State

In her book Villa Bel-Air, Rosemary Sullivan asks why totalitarian regimes are so afraid of art

A Newsroom of One’s Own

Betsy Mosbaugh braved the war era, snowstorms and typos as the first female editor of The Varsity

He’s Our Man

Leonard Cohen contributes parts of his past to U of T library

The Nature of Things

Robert Bateman, 76, talks about wildlife art, conservation and the joys of painting predators

Games of Chance

Math prof and amateur comic Jeffrey Rosenthal embraces randomness – both on stage and in class

Outdoor Sweatshops

U of T geography professor Ken MacDonald is challenging unfair labour practices on the slopes of the Karakoram Mountains

The Politics of Suspicion

Ideas-oriented periodical explores the politics of suspicion in a post-9/11 world

Author: Stacey Gibson