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Curing Injustice

Brilliant and determined, three U of T trailblazers challenged the prejudices of their day and changed the profession of medicine

Good Chemistry

Henry Holmes Croft established the university's first chemistry laboratory. It remains a place for another kind of alchemy - the mixing of ideas

Three of the women who graduated from University College in 1885, members of the first graduating class that included women: from left to right, Margaret Langley, May Bell Bald, and Ella Gardiner. Two daughters of the Globe publisher George Brown, Margaret and Catherine, also graduated in 1885, but their pictures were not included in the composite.

Fairly Determined

Members of the so-called gentler sex were banned from attending classes until 1884. But once women set foot in the classroom, there was no stopping them

Arron Dack (1961-2001)

Testimony to Tragedy

Countless U of T alumni were touched by the September 11 terrorist attacks. Here are just some of their stories

The Woodsworker

Peter Schleifenbaum and his one-of-a-kind Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve show that well-managed forests can serve the needs of commercial logging and conservationists. We can have our timber and trees, too

The Sorcerer

Since leaving tax law, David Ben has become one of the world's greatest sleight-of-hand artists

Music Mavens

Measha Brueggergosman, Russell Braun, Amber Meredith, James Rolfe, Patricia O'Callaghan and Adam Goddard

Big on Business

Paul Giannaris, Dionne England, Eira Thomas, Natalie Townsend and Leonard Asper

Drama Queens

Krista Sutton, Jean Yoon, Kim Gaynor, Elvira Kurt and Kate Taylor

In Their Own Write

Kenneth Oppel, Andrew Pyper, Lynn Crosbie, Cristina Kuok, David Layton and Tim Long

Sweet Tooth

Dentist Ken Montague eschews the factory-method of treatment, and runs a photography gallery in his spare time

93 Highland

The President’s Residence

Despite its role as a public venue, 93 Highland is the rambling kind of place that Harry Potter could inhabit quite nicely.

Brave New Worlds

In the fresh vocabulary for teaching the humanities, the old must mix with the new

Keren Rice

Rice's research has led to mapping out Dene grammar, a learned book on Athapaskan verbs and a training program for native teachers in Dene languages

Derek Penslar

"Look at the Jewish history books on my shelves written in the prewar period. Tremendous erudition, but encased in a mythological framework so thick that it severely limits their usefulness"

Ana Teresa Pérez-Leroux

Pérez-Leroux wants to break down prejudices about bilingualism. She notes that some immigrants, sadly, do not pass their native language on to their children

Malcolm Gladwell

There Are No Small Potatoes

To New Yorker scribe Malcolm Gladwell, little things make a huge difference. Right now, he has his eye on his next big idea – french fries

Classic Carson

The past is always intensely present for poet, novelist and classicist Anne Carson

Hart House Auditorium

Stage Presence

Ensconced below grade, Hart House Theatre provided a foundation for Canadian theatre, but recently it almost disappeared entirely

A Matter of Degree

Endowing graduate student assistance will ensure that U of T can compete for stellar doctoral students, like the four profiled here

Rosemary Sullivan

Seats of Power

U of T will establish 271 Canada Research Chairs over the next five years, and some of them will be secured in perpetuity

The work of Edward S. Rogers Sr., one of the world's most important experimenters in radio, began at U of T in the 1920s

Stay Tuned

The spirit of Edward S. Rogers Sr. is energizing a new wave in communications

The Cast of Presidents

From dramatic to subtle, 13 men have given us their interpretation of the leading role at U of T

Guy Gavriel Kay

Of Murder and Magic

The inspiration for the fanciful novels of Guy Gavriel Kay and Caroline Roe sprang from the U of T campus

Portrait of Henry Wentworth Monk, 1858 by William Holman Hunt (1827-1910). Oil on canvas, 53.3 x 67.3 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, purchased 1911 / Photo: National Gallery of Canada

Zeal

William Holman Hunt's portrait of Henry Wentworth Monk

Sod-turning ceremony in 1904 for Convocation Hall marked one of the first and finest achievements of the UTAA.

A Commanding Force

Alumni wanted an organization to keep them in touch with their alma mater, and the wife of the president recognized that there is strength in numbers. The time was right to establish the University of Toronto Alumni Association

Led by Professor Donald Chant, left, environmental activists recognized Survival Day in 1970.

Green Power

A 1969 article in The Varsity ignited students to start the Canadian environmental movement

Eye in the Sky

Ophthalmologist James Oestreicher circles the globe to treat patients in a converted DC-10

Stepping into the Future

Cutbacks in government funding for postsecondary education have eased off in the last couple of years; the Campaign for the University of Toronto is producing remarkable results, and a quarter of a billion dollars will be invested in new buildings and initiatives over the next decade.