Research & Ideas

Self-portrait of Allen Ginsberg,

The Beat Goes On

U of T acquires the “ultimate insider” collection of Allen Ginsberg photos of key pop-culture figures from the 1950s–1990s

Hot Tubbing

In the world of law, hot tubbing is a common practice

Former Varsity Blues swimmer Taylor Bond

Speaking Out

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

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Nudging

Adults more likely to behave in socially beneficial ways when prompted

Photo of a woman wearing a hijab with a Quebecois flag draped over her.

Whose Values?

Does the proposed Quebec Charter guarantee a secular society, or more votes for the Parti Québécois?

Photo of an elderly woman looking pensively out a window.

Aging Cities

Global population of seniors will triple by 2050, creating challenges for urban planners, report says

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What the Red Army Did

Soviet officers' attitudes during the Holocaust depended on where they were stationed, grad student finds

Photo of Ted Kotcheff.

Duddy and Me

Ted Kotcheff made almost 20 movies during his career - but it was a pair of small films that really got critics to take notice

Group photo of the Hart House Jazz Choir, better known as Onoscatopoeia.

Onoscatopoeia

Hart House’s choir members only use one instrument: their voices

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Eyes Everywhere

Recent revelations about governments spying on their citizens should have us all concerned about abuse of power

Business Ties

Governments should do more to encourage immigrant entrepreneurs to forge links with businesses in their native countries, according to a U of T report

Leaning Left

Meditation might make you more liberal, according to new U of T research

Katherine Larson. Illustration by Adam Cruft

Literary Songbird

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

Joseph Wong. Illustration by Adam Cruft

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

Deborah Cowen. Illustration by Adam Cruft

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

U of T grad Richard Marsella, executive director of the Regent Park School of Music. Photo by Air'leth Aqdhfin

Towers of Song

A U of T music grad runs an innovative program to bring affordable music lessons to Regent Park youth

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Pathways’ Progress

A homework support program involving OISE students has more than doubled high school graduation rates in Regent Park

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K-Pop

Will "Gangnam Style" open the doors for other South Korean artists?

End Times

"End-of-the-world" panics go back hundreds of years

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Voter Inequality

In a federal election, why does a vote from Charlottetown count for more than one from Markham?

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Tossing a Coin

The Royal Canadian Mint has finally produced its last penny. Is it time to get rid of the nickel, too?

A Shift in Perception

Discoveries in brain science are prompting new theories about how our senses work – and how they affect our understanding of the world

Subway to Mecca

The Saudi Arabian city is wrestling with a transit problem of Koranic proportions

Photo of woman with a megaphone at a protest.

Revolutionary Road

Forty years ago, an intrepid group of professors and students sparked progress for women across U of T

Chinese Propaganda Poster

Labour Days

Chinese propaganda posters from the 1960s celebrate work as an act of nation-building

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Flood Control

As New Orleans rebuilds, U of T students are helping the city rethink its approach to water management

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Elderburbia

A term for Canada's growing population of senior citizens

Bad Drivers?

U of T study shatters myth that recent immigrants cause more car accidents than other Canadians

McLuhan at the CBC in Toronto, January 1966 Photo: Henri Daumain, for Life Magazine, Courtesy of The Estate of Marshall McLuhan

Marshall’s Laws

Fifty years after the publication of his most famous works, we’re still making sense of all Marshall McLuhan had to say

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Mind Games

Doctors have been trying for decades to classify mental illnesses. So why do precise definitions still elude us?