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Innis Alumni & Friends

50th Anniversary

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On January 23, 1964, the University of Toronto’s Board of Governors (now known as Governing Council) approved the creation of a new college to be named after the distinguished Canadian scholar Harold Adams Innis. Innis College opened its doors to its first undergraduate class of about 250 students in September 1964.

Accordingly, starting in January 2014, Innis College has begun celebrating its 50th or golden anniversary with a series of events and feature stories that will run throughout the year. The evolution of Innis College from humble beginnings in search of a permanent home and an academic identity with limited resources to offer its students into one of the University’s most innovative and popular colleges is truly an inspiring story.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this momentous milestone at one of our 50th Anniversary events planned for 2014. For the latest on anniversary events and features, please visit this page or contact us at to find out more.

We look forward to seeing you back at Innis!

Past Anniversary Events

Our anniversary events have witnessed the return of many Innis alumni and friends to our College, alongside notable presenters, performers, students and community members. Read the list below to find out just what we have been up to, and what is in store for the remainder of our golden year.

Anniversary Launch Event – January 23, 2014
A special reception packed with live entertainment and the reminiscence of notable Innis alumni, followed by a screening of “Devil’s Knot.” The celebration was capped by a discussion between C.S.I. Director Charlie Kiel and the film’s director, and three-time U of T alumnus, Atom Egoyan. Read the full article here.

The Next Big Idea – March 24, 2014
A forum on big ideas for the city of Toronto featuring a distinguished panel of experts and moderated by noted Toronto Star critic and columnist Christopher Hume. This event was jointly presented by the Urban Studies Program at Innis College, Martin Prosperity Institute and Toronto Star. Read the full article here.

Conundrums & Disjunctions – March 28, 2014
A special program of experimental films hosted by the reconstituted Innis Film Society (1985-93). Click here to read the full article.

Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy – April 4, 2014
A special screening of “Enemy” followed by a discussion and Q & A with two of the film’s producers and moderated by film industry expert, and friend of the College, Charlotte Mickie. Click here to read the full article.

Innis 50th Anniversary Gala – April 5, 2014
A time capsule ceremony and reception hosted by the ICSS.

Bob Bossin’s “Davy the Punk” – June 10 to 15, 2014
Innis proudly welcomed celebrated folksinger, storyteller, and Innis alumnus (’68) Bob Bossin back to the College for a series of 6 performances. Bob performed his one-man musical, Songs & Stories of Davy the Punk, based on the story of his father Davy Bossin, a colourful character in the gambling-world underside and Jewish subculture of Toronto the Good in the 1930s and ’40s. Read the full article here.

Innis Residence 20th Anniversary BBQ – July 24, 2014
While Innis College celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Innis College Residence is celebrating its 20th year! To commemorate this milestone, the Residence hosting a Summer Reunion BBQ.

Mark McDowell, Canada’s 1st Ambassador to Burma, speaks to students at Innis College – Sept 23, 2014
Canada’s first resident ambassador to Myanmar recently returned to Innis College to address students from a wide variety of disciplines across the University.  Ambassador McDowell shared some of his earliest adventures as an undergraduate student activist at UofT to his current work heading up Canada’s diplomatic mission in Myanmar. Read the full article here.


Upcoming Anniversary Events

Innis College will continue to play host to a variety of events in celebration of its golden anniversary.  Below is a snapshot of events being planned in the upcoming months (once confirmed, registration and further info on the events will be posted on our site):

Writing and Rhetoric Program Anniversary Event – Fall 2014
In celebration of Innis’ 50th, the Writing and Rhetoric Program will be holding an event with acclaimed College alumni authors, writers and journalists.

Town Hall Grand Opening – Winter 2015
Join alumni, students and friends as we open the doors to a new and revitalized Town Hall, the center of life at Innis College.

Cinema Studies Institute Celebrating 40th Anniversary – Various Dates 2015
In celebration of the its 40th Anniversary in 2015, the Cinema Studies Institute at Innis College will play host to a series of events.  Stay tuned for more information on what’s in store for the anniversary.