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  • From mantelpiece to mockumentary: David Pelech’s Decoys

    September 8, 2020

    By Chandler Levack (HBA '11 Innis, Cinema Studies) What if we told you that your next charming quarantine diversion is an ensemble mockumentary about the competitive world of professional duck carving? And that it came from the brain of an Innis alum mentored by The Office’s Stephen Merchant? David Pelech (HBA ‘09 Innis, Writing and [...]
  • Television nominees announced for 19th annual DGC Awards

    September 3, 2020

    Congratulations to alumnae Dawn Wilkinson (BA ’96 Innis) and Sandy Pereira (BA ’00 Cinema Studies) on their Directors Guild of Canada television award nominations. Dawn is recognized for her direction of Netflix’s “Locke & Key,” while Sandy’s nomination recognizes her editing work on CTV’s “Cardinal.” The 19th annual awards will be announced the week of October […]

  • Innis Alumna Sarah Gadon’s “Killer” Role in ‘Alias Grace’ Adaptation

    April 27, 2017

    Innis alumna, Sarah Gadon was recently featured in U of T Magazine for her role in the upcoming film adaptation of Margaret Atwood‘s Alias Grace. The six-hour miniseries tells the true story of Grace Marks – portrayed by Gadon – who was accused of murdering her employer in the 1840’s. Gadon graduated from Innis College in […]

  • Arts & Science Interviews Innis Alumnus Phil Howard

    April 19, 2017

    Innis alumnus Phil Howard was recently appointed as the director of the Oxford Internet Institute in the United Kingdom. Phil was interviewed by Arts & Science in regard to his research on the impact of information technology on society, economics and politics – particularly in the wake of the 2016 American presidential election. Much of Phil’s research examines […]

  • Alumnus Jesse Wente Gives Keynote at ‘Campus (Re)conciliations’ Conference

    April 10, 2017

    Innis alumnus, Jesse Wente recently spoke at a conference at U of T regarding the role of universities in reconciling with Indigenous peoples. The conference brought together students, faculty, staff, and guest speakers to explore the meaning of ‘reconciliation’ and the ways that universities can participate in this process. Jesse delivered the keynote address, in which he […]

  • Arts & Science Interviews Innis Alumni Rob Hain

    March 31, 2017

    Innis alumnus Rob Hain recently spoke with Diana Kuprel, from the Faculty of Arts & Science, about his pathway from anthropology student at U of T to Chairman of City Financial Investment Company. Rob emphasizes the importance of embracing change, complexity, and diversity as they apply to business management – a lesson he learned in part through his anthropology […]

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    Shawn Micallef Launches His New Book ‘Frontier City’ at Innis

    March 20, 2017

    Author, columnist, and Innis One lecturer, Shawn Micallef visited Innis College on Tuesday, March 7th for the launch of his book, “Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness.” The book  discusses the neighborhoods of Toronto, which often go overlooked, by politicians through a series of interviews with twelve former non-incumbent City hall candidates. Two such candidates […]

  • David Roberts Receives Early Career Teaching Award

    March 9, 2017

    Urban Studies faculty member, David Roberts spoke to U of T News about receiving the Early Career Teaching Award. David, along with three other faculty members were awarded for their dedication to student learning, engagement and innovation. David began his career as a social worker at a youth homeless shelter before coming to U of T for his […]

  • Principal Charlie Keil Talks to U of T News About Bringing Filmmakers to Toronto

    January 26, 2017

    Innis College Principal, Charlie Keil was featured in an interview with U of T News regarding Toronto’s place in the global film and television industry. Charlie discussed how the currently low Canadian dollar may in fact be a draw to Hollywood filmmakers looking for a place to produce high quality content at a relatively low cost. In addition […]

  • Innis Alumnus, Kofi Hope Talks to UofT News About Inciting Positive Change

    January 19, 2017

    Rhodes Scholar and Innis alumnus, Kofi Hope was recently featured in a U of T News article describing his work with the CEE Center for Young Black Professionals and the importance of being truly involved in one’s community in order to create significant positive change. “It comes on the backs of struggle, of engagement, of hard […]

  • Exploring the Legacy of Jane Jacobs at Urban Studies Panel

    November 25, 2016

    On Monday 14 November 2016 Innis College and the Urban Studies Program hosted a panel of five city experts to discuss, debate and explore the legacy of renowned urbanist Jane Jacobs. The panel was the 107th event in the Jane100 series, a line-up of events celebrating what would have been Jane’s 100th birthday. Panelists included ERICA ALLEN-KIM, […]

  • From Student to Instructor | USP Alum Patrick Adler Returns to Innis

    September 13, 2016

    In the 2017 winter term, Urban Studies alum, Patrick Adler, will be returning to the classroom. Only this time Adler will be on the other side of the lecturn. After pursuing a doctorate in Urban Planning at UCLA, and working alongside renowned urbanist, Richard Florida, Adler will be instructing INI433H1s: Special Topics in Urban Studies. Click here to […]

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    Urban Studies Graduate, Cecelia Pye is Living “the millennial dream”

    September 1, 2016

    Cecelia Pye, project manager for the Trinity-Bellwoods business improvement area (BIA) and a coordinator for the Bayview-Leaside BIA was recently featured in U of T News as one of “Toronto’s future city builders.” Cecelia is a recent graduate of the Urban Studies Program which she credits, along with the program’s Director, Shauna Brail for “her passion […]

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    Alexis Kane-Speer, USP Alumna & Public Arts Advocate, on CBC News

    August 8, 2016

    Urban Studies alumna, ALEXIS KANE-SPEER, was recently featured on CBC News. As the Founding Director of The STEPS Initiative, Alexis was instrumental in the installation of a breathtaking new mural on the west facade of 1 St. Clair Street West, created by renowned artist PHLEGM. The STEPS Initiative is a Toronto-based non-profit that, “Builds the capacity of […]

  • ‘Toronto’s future city builders” | USP Alumnus, Jonah Letovsky, makes UofT News

    August 4, 2016

    A recent U of T News article highlights the incredible work of Urban Studies alumnus, JONAH LETOVSKY (2015).  Jonah describes his role in facilitating community engagement, as a project coordinator, for the impending redevelopment of Mirvish Village. Jonah reflects upon the value of the interdisciplinary education that the received in Innis College’s Urban Studies Program, which […]

  • ‘U of T urban expert on Rio Olympics’ | Urban Studies Prof. David Roberts Speaks to UofT News

    August 2, 2016

    DAVID ROBERTS, Urban Studies Professor and expert on the impacts of “mega-events” on cities, recently spoke with UofT News about the impending Rio Olympics. Prof. Roberts discusses such issues as Rio’s preparedness to host, potential post-Games impacts, and the role of activism in affecting organizational change for mega-events. Click here to read the full story.

  • Innis Alumni in the UofT News: “Canadian Olympians get green protection against Brazilian mosquitos”

    July 22, 2016

    Innis alumni and brothers, Jackson & Morgan Wyatt, have recently been featured in the UofT News. In an interview with Terry Lavender, they describe how their original invention, a compostable compost bin, has evolved from North American kitchen counters to Australian rainforest floors, combating mosquito-borne viruses. Next up, the Wyatts are bringing their “Biotraps” to Rio […]

  • Linda Schuyler, Innis Alumna & Hon. Degree Recipient, Returns to Innis College

    July 3, 2016

    On June 14, 2016, Innis’ most recent cohort of graduands walked across the stage of Convocation Hall to accept their diplomas. This year’s ceremony was of particular significance for the College’s new alumni. Receiving her Honourary Doctorate and delivering the convocation address was fellow Innis alumna (’74), and Degrassi creator, Linda Schuyler. Schuyler opened by paying homage […]

  • Hon. Degree Recipient, Piers Handling, Speaks with CSI Students & Alumni

    July 1, 2016

    On June 13, 2016, TIFF Director & CEO, Piers Handling received an Honourary Doctorate from UofT. Handling’s degree was conferred amidst graduands of the Rotman School of Management and the School of Graduate Studies, where he delivered a reflective and poignant address. Handling left the graduands with this call to action, You can all make a […]

  • Innis College Alumna, Linda Schuyler, to Receive Honourary UofT Degree

    March 2, 2016

    We are proud to announce that, this coming June, Linda Schuyler (INNIS ’74) will be awarded with an honourary degree from UofT. This distinction recognizes Schuyler’s immense impact on Canadian television and, “her commitment to compassionate social advocacy through storytelling.” Schuyler joins the esteemed company of such past recipients, and friends of Innis, as Deepa Mehta and […]

  • A Conversation with Mary Jane McKeen

    January 28, 2016

    Innis College student, Teodora Pasca, recently sat down with LLL Board Member, Mary Jane McKeen, to discuss her passion for lifelong learning, community engagement, and living life to the fullest. [Teodora] How did you first get involved with LLL? [Mary Jane] I had just retired, and I always enjoyed learning. A friend told me, “Put […]

  • CSI Alumnus Jesse Wente Delivers Keynote Address at Fall Convocation

    December 11, 2015

    On November 13th, 2015, graduating Innis College students welcomed Cinema Studies alumnus, JESSE WENTE, as their keynote speaker at the Fall Convocation Ceremony. Since graduating from U of T in 1996, Wente has gone on to become both Director of Film Programmes for TIFF and Pop Culture Critic on CBC’s Metro Morning. In his Convocation remarks, Wente spoke to the […]

  • Urban Studies Professor Shauna Brail Explores Ties between UofT and the City

    December 8, 2015

    A recent UofT News article, by Alan Christie, focuses on Dr. Shauna Brail, Professor of Urban Studies at Innis College and the Urban Affairs Adviser to President Meric Gertler. Professor Brail highlights some of UofT’s recent urban partnerships and discusses plans for future collaboration among students, faculty and community groups throughout the GTA. Click here to […]

  • Professor Charlie Keil Installed as Eighth Principal of Innis College

    November 6, 2015

    written by Ennis Blentic | photography by Alice Xue | videography by istoica Innis College has formally installed Professor Charlie Keil as its eighth Principal at a ceremony held at Innis Town Hall on October 13th. Keil, who has been at the helm of the college since July 1st, is an accomplished administrator, a celebrated […]

  • The Linda Schuyler Innis College Projection Booth as seen from Town Hall

    Degrassi’s Linda Schuyler supports students, promotes diversity

    November 6, 2015

    A recent UofT News article, by Sharon Aschaiek, captures Linda Schuyler‘s passion for promoting diversity within Innis College and the University. This includes Ms. Schuyler’s generous donation to update the now eponymous Linda Schuyler Projection Booth in the Innis Town Hall Theatre. Featured in the article are Innis Principal Charlie Keil, past Principal Janet Paterson, and Innis and […]

  • CSI Community Members Discuss TIFF 2015

    October 15, 2015

    By Sarah Markarian, Fourth Year Innis College Student  The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), one of the largest film festivals in the country, and some might say in the world, took place in the first week of September right here in the heart of Toronto. The festival unites many different countries, genres, and people. Since […]

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    Urban Studies Program Featured in UofT News

    October 8, 2015

    In a recent article in UofT News, members of the Urban Studies community, including Innis College Professor Shauna Brail, shed some light on the program’s influential student body. Click here to read about how Urban Studies students and alumni are transforming Toronto.

  • TIFF Creative Director and CSI Lecturer, Cameron Bailey Talks Toronto and Movies

    September 28, 2015

    In an interview led by Veronica Zaretski, Cameron Bailey discusses his views on teaching, Toronto filmmakers, and TIFF.   Click here to read the article on the UofT News website

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    Professor Charlie Keil Appointed Principal of Innis College

    May 27, 2015

    The Innis College community is pleased to announce that the Agenda Committee of Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Charlie Keil as Principal of Innis College from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2020.   Professor Keil joined the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama at the University of Toronto in 1996 and […]

  • Actors, screenwriters, alumni and students celebrate re-opening of Innis Town Hall

    March 25, 2015

    By Ennis Blentic | Photos by Gustavo Toledo Photography  Acclaimed actress Sarah Gadon, a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Institute, recently returned to Innis College to celebrate the reopening of its 200-seat theatre, Town Hall. Following a screening of David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, Gadon reflected on her four years studying cinema […]

  • Innis’ Career Mentorship Program Officially Launches

    February 3, 2015

    The Innis College Career Mentorship Program kicked off on Thursday, January 29th, with a lively reception in the Innis Residence. This event brought together upper-year student Mentees with their Mentors, from the Innis alumni & friends community, marking the official start to the program – the first of its kind in the 50 year history […]

  • Revitalized Innis Town Hall Officially Opens Its Doors

    January 12, 2015

    After months of extensive renovations, Innis Town Hall officially opened its doors for classes in January. Below is a selection of photos of this new, reimagined space. We look forward to hosting you at a future event.

  • Dr. Richard Florida speaks with Urban Studies students on THE DIVIDED CITY

    December 19, 2014

    Dr. Richard Florida speaks with Urban Studies students on THE DIVIDED CITY: And the Shape of the New Metropolis, a report from the Martin Prosperity Institute The Urban Studies Program at Innis College hosted Dr. Florida in a discussion of the recently released report, The Divided City. The report, co-authored by former Urban Study Program […]

  • In Remembrance | Ron MacFeeters (1914-2014), Later Life Learning’s Longest Serving Member

    December 17, 2014

    By Lynn Wells, LLL Member It is with sadness, we are announcing the death of Ron McFeeters, a Later Life Learning member from “early years”. Later Life Learning is a volunteer run organization dedicated since 1982,  to bringing high quality, low cost continuing education to its membership, who are retired individuals, in association with Innis College. Ron attended […]

  • The Autobiographical Turn | A New Book Co-editted by CSI’s Angelica Fenner

    December 16, 2014

    Autobiographical Turns and the Medial Self By Angelica Fenner, Associate Professor of German and Cinema Studies Increasingly, digital technologies shape our interpersonal relationships as much as they do our sense of a coherent self. While creating provisional community across time and space, they also render us mediated subjects of a wider screen culture that is […]

  • URSSU Hosts Let’s Talk Toronto Panel

    December 5, 2014

    Let’s Talk Toronto | A Discussion on the Toronto Foundation’s Vital Signs Report  By Nour Chatti, 4th Year Urban Studies student The Urban Studies Student Union hosted Let’s Talk Toronto on October 15, 2014, a panel discussion regarding findings from the Toronto Foundation’s most recent Vital Signs report in collaboration with the Centre for Community […]

  • Urban Studies students get a close-up view of the revitalization of Regent Park

    December 1, 2014

    On a sunny November 11, 2014, INI 437Y: Experiential Learning in Toronto & the GTA students went on a field trip to Regent Park to learn more about the community and the large scale revitalization currently underway. We first met at the TD Centre of Learning in Regent Park – a partnership of organizations that […]

  • Alumnus Dr. Alan Bernstein Shares His Story with Innis

    November 28, 2014

    Alumnus Dr. Alan Bernstein (O.C., BSc Innis ’68, PhD ’72) shares his story with students at Innis College as part of Alumni Speaker Series Students and alumni of Innis College and the wider UofT community enjoyed an intimate talk with Dr. Alan Bernstein, an internationally renowned scientific leader and innovator, and one of Canada’s leading […]

  • Mark McDowell, Canada’s 1st ambassador to Burma, speaks to students at Innis College

    October 15, 2014

    Canada’s first resident ambassador to Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, recently returned to Innis College to address students from a wide variety of disciplines across the University. At his only public appearance while in Canada, Ambassador McDowell shared some of his earliest adventures as an undergraduate student activist at UofT to his current work heading […]

  • Dr. Alan Bernstein (’68 Innis) Addresses Innis Convocation

    July 8, 2014

    On June 17th, 2014, the newest cohort of Innis graduands was honoured with a convocation address by renowned alumnus Dr. Alan Bernstein (’68 INNIS). Dr. Bernstein’s address, entitled Avoid Straight Lines, was at times nostalgic, humorous, personal and, all the while, empowering. “Pursue a path that will make a difference in the world,” he advocated, “The […]

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    Bob Bossin returns to Innis to perform “Songs and Stories of Davy the Punk” as part of 50th Anniversary

    July 3, 2014

    As part of the continuing 50th anniversary celebrations, Innis College was delighted to be the exclusive host for Bob Bossin’s Toronto performances of his one-man musical, Songs and Stories of Davy the Punk. Based on the story of his father Davy Bossin, a colourful character in the gambling underworld and Jewish subculture of Toronto the […]

  • Celebrated Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s latest, “Enemy”, Bids Farewell to old Town Hall

    July 2, 2014

    Billed as a farewell event for Town Hall before the space undergoes extensive renovations this fall, the Innis Alumni Office, in partnership with the Cinema Studies Student Union, hosted a special screening of Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy”. Introduced as an “epic mind-screw” by the Associate Producer, Kevin Krikst, the film enchanted a packed house at Town […]

  • The Innis Degrassi Connection: Samii Folliot & Annie Clark

    June 29, 2014

    Classmates and budding actresses Samii Folliott and Annie Clark have more in common than just their Innis roots. They have both played prominent parts on Linda Schuyler’s (INNIS ’74) hugely popular TV show Degrassi: The Next Generation. Read more about these talented students:Samii Folliott and Annie Clark View all News

  • Innis Film Society Reunion

    May 12, 2014

    Conundrums & Disjunctions: The Innis Film Society reconstitutes for a special program of experimental cinema On Friday night March 28th, there was a one-night-only reconstitution of the Innis Film Society. This was part of the Innis 50th anniversary celebrations. The IFS was the first student-run film screening group at Innis. It is rumoured to have origins […]

  • 2014 Service Learning Poster Presentation

    April 23, 2014

    Second year Urban Studies students, Natasha Petzold and Stefan Attig, reflect on their service learning experiences.   Our service learning experience at the Annex Residents’ Association (ARA) was very enjoyable, as it allowed us to become familiar with the Annex neighbourhood and gave us a sense of accomplishment for our contribution in preserving a piece […]

  • 2014 Cressy Awards

    April 23, 2014

      The Cressy Awards recognize graduating students for outstanding contributions to improving the world around them and inspiring others to do the same. Recipients of this award are often heavily involved in extracurricular activities through their college, program, campus, and community. This year marks the award’s 20th year, and the number of recipients now exceeds 3,000. […]

  • The Next Big Idea? Students, alumni, urban experts on improving our city

    April 15, 2014

    How do we narrow the divide between the suburbs and downtown? What role does transit play in making Toronto a first-class city? How do we effectively celebrate the rich cultural traditions of our immigrants? And are postwar, suburban towers part of the plan or just plain eye sores? These questions and many more were on […]

  • Queer Spirits Film Festival returns to Innis Town Hall

    March 5, 2014

    6 Films, 2 Days  March 14 & 21, 2014  at Innis Town Hall (3:30 pm) Registration not required The selected documentary films feature the City of Toronto or UofT, and offer stories of gender queer, LGBT, Jewish, Christian, Queer seniors, Jamaican LGBT human rights and radical queers, and featuring the Toronto premiere of “Big Joy”, […]

  • Spotlight on Startups: Teen Legal Helpline founder, Matthew Boulos

    March 4, 2014

    Free, confidential and anonymous legal advice for teens who need it: it’s one of those things that seems like a no-brainer – a basic service to help a vulnerable population. But now, thanks to Innis alumnus, Matthew Boulos, and his team of lawyer volunteers, the much-needed service is established, growing and changing the lives of kids in and […]

  • Regent Park – ‘Ask a Prof’ 2013-2014

    March 4, 2014

    The University of Toronto has a longstanding relationship with the Regent Park community (read more about it here).  Since 2003, Innis College has facilitated – free of charge – short courses, workshops and events in the community, and is a partner in the recently opened Daniels Centre of Learning which provides adult education opportunities in […]

  • INI 437Y: Chicago Expedition

    March 3, 2014

    4th year Urban Studies Program students participate in five day exploration of one of the world’s great cities, Chicago. INI 437Y: Experiential Learning in Toronto and the GTA is a 4th year Urban Studies course in which students are placed at internships across the city in urban focused, non profit organizations, and also attend weekly […]

  • Urban Studies Program Continues Expansion

    March 2, 2014

    The Urban Studies Program at Innis College is pleased to announce new exciting courses in three relevant and popular areas of study.  Professors Shauna Brail and David Roberts will be teaching the courses beginning in fall 2014.  JGI 450Y1 Planning for Change: Community Development in Practice (Shauna Brail) This course offers senior undergraduates the opportunity […]

  • Innis Alumni share career advice with current students at Grad Employment Expo

    February 27, 2014

    On Friday, February 7th, the Student Life Teams from both Innis and Woodsworth College jointly held an Employment Expo for students. In order to help current and graduating students develop professional skills for success, a Career Centre Workshop and LinkedIn Networking session were provided. The highlight of the event was the Alumni Panel & Mixer, […]

  • From Kickstarter to Your Kitchen: Innis Alumni Brothers Collaborate on a Cleaner Way to Compost

    February 27, 2014

    Ditch the mess of organic waste disposal by making the kitchen compost container itself compostable. U of T grads, and brothers, Morgan (Innis ’07) and Jackson (Innis ’12) Wyatt have developed The Greenlid: a first-of-its-kind product to simplify the process of getting organic waste from your kitchen counter to your outdoor bin. Breaking it Down […]

  • The Woman Behind the Lens, Humans of The University of Toronto

    February 10, 2014

    Second-year Cinema Studies student, Jemel Ganal, is creating a name for herself on campus through the lens of her camera. The Varsity writer, Phyllis Pearson, caught up with Jemel to discuss her sensational Facebook page, Humans of The University of Toronto.  Many of Jemel’s feature the Innis College landscape, students, and community members. Read the article here.      View […]

  • Weisdorf Family Match

    February 10, 2014

    We are pleased to announce a new matching opportunity, made possible through the generosity of one of our most loyal and generous alumni – Mark Weisdorf. Mark and his wife Lorraine, with the enthusiastic support of their daughters Lisa and Kayla, have committed to matching any new gifts toward the Innis Town Hall renewal, up […]

  • Atom Egoyan and Innis College launch 50th anniversary celebrations

    January 29, 2014

    Renowned filmmaker Atom Egoyan played host to a packed Innis Town Hall at the University of Toronto recently for an advance screening of his most recent film, Devil’s Knot. Read More and view highlight video from the event.        View all News

  • “Uncomforted”

    January 29, 2014

    Nearly 70 years have passed since some 200,000 so-called “comfort women” were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during the Second World War. The few living survivors continue to wait for a state apology and compensation. News anchor Jennifer Moon (BA 2005 Innis) was inspired to highlight the issue after delivering news reports […]

  • David Roberts on mega-events in cities

    January 27, 2014

    As this year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the 2015 Toronto-hosted Pan Am Games get closer, and the political and activist tension around them gets tighter, it’s clear that there’s a lot at play when it comes to the relationship between mega-events and cities. A new course in urban studies […]

  • First year Innis student is a model of courage and perseverance

    January 27, 2014

    In August 2009, Elspeth Arbow got the greatest gift anyone could receive: new lungs. Read More.     View all News

  • Cinematic Translations: The Work of John Akomfrah

    January 14, 2014

    Cinematic Translations, a three-day tri-campus event, principally sponsored by the Jackman Humanities Program for the Arts and the Cinema Studies Institute, among other units, took place November 27 to 29, 2013 at the University of Toronto. The event showcased and analyzed the work of the acclaimed British filmmaker John Akomfrah, a founding member of the […]

  • Guy Maddin and The Séance Project

    January 9, 2014

    Guy Maddin, celebrated installation artist, screenwriter, cinematographer and filmmaker, is the distinguished filmmaker in residence at the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Institute and Innis College.  Critically lauded and widely regarded as one of the world’s most innovative filmmakers, Maddin has amassed an array of international awards, including the U.S. National Society of Film Critics […]

  • From Innis to Oxford

    December 16, 2013

    Two alumnae from the University of Toronto’s Innis College – Aliyyah Ahad (BA 2012) and Chloe Walker (BA 2012) – will pursue post-graduate studies at Oxford University next year after being named 2014 Rhodes Scholars. Read more about Aliyyah and Chloe.

  • Innis Turns Fifty on January 23, 2014

    December 4, 2013

    On Thursday, January 23rd, 2014, Innis College will be hosting a special evening in celebration of the College’s founding, which took place on the same date fifty years ago. The celebrations will consist of two parts: a birthday party hosted by Innis Residence with alumni and friends, followed by a special public event – an […]

  • Innis Gets Medieval

    November 23, 2013

    On November 20th, Innis Alumni enjoyed a night filled with royalty and jousting while they attended the SHAKER event at Medieval Times. SHAKER events are all about professional and personal development in a way that’s fun, engaging and rewarding. For more information, click here. View all News

  • Film Programmer Extraordinaire, Cameron Bailey, joins the Cinema Studies Institute in 2013/14

    October 10, 2013

    CAMERON BAILEY, the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, will be sharing his knowledge of global film  festivals with Cinema Studies undergraduates this winter when he teaches a course entitled “Programming and Curation: The Films  and Ideas that Define a Festival.” Bailey, who has been a programmer for TIFF since 1990, specializes in […]

  • Alumni on the Bookshelf

    October 2, 2013

    Jeremy Adelman Wordly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman Jeremy Adelman (BA 1984 INNIS) is a professor in the Department of History at Princeton University. His work has focused on economic, legal, and political transformations in Latin America in comparative and world contexts. After graduating from the University of Toronto, he earned a master’s degree in economic history at the London […]

  • A New, Revitalized Student Space at Innis

    September 29, 2013

    The second floor student lounge outside of the Innis College Library is getting a facelift. The newly-renovated lobby will serve as a vital social space for students with new lighting, flooring, and furniture. Set to be officially unveiled this fall, the lobby’s centerpiece will be a  “motion picture weaving” by Canadian artist and filmmaker, Richard […]

  • Living Well and Leading Well

    September 22, 2013

     Superlative Student Leader and Outgoing ICSS President – Aman Chohan – Reflects on Living Well and Leading Well “It was at Innis College I learned that being a leader was more than just a rank or title. Instead, and most importantly, it was about responsibility.“ When we think of leadership many of us have different […]

  • 2013 Arbor Awards

    September 20, 2013

    Innis College is proud to recognize the incredible dedication of alumni and friends whose contributions are making a significant impact on the College and our students. Thanks to the support of committed volunteers, Innis remains a dynamic, vibrant community made  up of students, alumni, friends, faculty, and staff. On September 9th, the College celebrated Ian […]

  • CSI PhD Launch

    September 20, 2013

    The Cinema Studies Institute is proud to announce that it welcomed its first cohort of doctoral students this September. With this cohort, CSI officially launches its PhD program, complementing its pre-existing MA program, which has been in operation since 2007. Cinema Studies has been taught at the University of Toronto since the mid-1970s, developing from […]

  • New Member of the Urban Studies Faculty

    September 16, 2013

    The Urban Studies Program at Innis College is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. David Roberts to its Faculty. Originally from Seattle, Dr. Roberts completed his undergraduate degrees in Business and Political Science at the University of Washington. After his undergraduate degrees were completed, he worked at a shelter for homeless and refugee youth […]

  • Blue Jays Baseball Young Alumni Event

    July 16, 2013

    Young alumni from Innis College, the Cinema Studies Institute and the Urban Studies Program gathered at The Ballroom Bowl before taking in the Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland A’s at the Rogers Centre. Despite a poor performance by the home team, it was a fantastic summer night and a great way for recent graduates […]

  • Screening of “Midnight’s Children” with Dr. Deepa Mehta

    June 30, 2013

    On Friday, May 31st, Town Hall played host to a special event with celebrated director, screenwriter and producer, Dr. Deepa Mehta.  Her latest film, “Midnight’s Children”, was screened before a jam-packed house in Town Hall and was followed by a riveting Q & A with the Oscar-nominated filmmaker. The crowd, comprised of alumni, students, community […]

  • Historic Visit by Harold Innis Family

    June 28, 2013

    It’s not every day that a student graduates from a college named after his great grandfather at the University of Toronto. On June 18, Innis College enjoyed a memorable visit from the family of the late Harold Innis, the influential scholar for whom the college is named, when Ken Cates entered Convocation Hall to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree. […]

  • What is the value of a film critic?

    April 26, 2013

    A Q&A with the Director of U of T’s Cinema Studies Institute, Professor Charlie Keil By Paul Fraumeni When Roger Ebert died April 4, the film criticism community lost one of its most popular voices. Ebert was so well-known that his death was covered prominently on the front pages of newspapers as well as on […]

  • 2013 Gordon Cressy Awards

    April 16, 2013

    This year, Innis College enjoyed an outstanding crop of student leaders who were recognized with a Gordon Cressy Award for their notable contributions to the College, UofT, and the wider community. We congratulate this year’s recipients and wish them every success  in future endeavours.   View all News  

  • Toronto Comes to Innis

    March 25, 2013

    Students in INI 235Y, Introduction to Urban Studies, participated in one of two poster presentation sessions this past academic year as a way of developing their research presentation skills and showcasing their term work.  Students in the course were given a choice of written assignments to complete in the second term – a research paper […]

  • New transcript to record extracurricular involvement: University of Toronto’s Co-Curricular Record

    March 16, 2013

    U of T has announced an exciting new initiative that will help students find involvement opportunities on campus, connect their co-curricular activities to the competencies that they have developed, and have them validated on an official institutional document. Over the past year, staff, faculty and students have already provided valuable input into the Co-Curricular Record […]

  • Innis College Hosts Queer Spirits! Film Festival Toronto

    February 15, 2013

    In conjunction with the Multifaith Centre at the University of Toronto, Innis College has recently played host to the Toronto premiere of two powerful films.  Taking a Chance on God, the story of ground-breaking gay Catholic priest John J. McNeill launched the festival on January 30, with New York director and producer Brendan Fay in attendance for the screening.  […]

  • USP Community Development Panel

    January 25, 2013

    On January 22, 2013, INI 437Y: Experiential Learning in Toronto & the GTA welcomed Urban Studies alumnus Anthony Fernando, Senior Manager, Public Affairs from the United Way of Greater Toronto (UWGT) and from the Centre for City Ecology (CCE) we welcomed Gillian Mason, Director and Heather Ann Kaldeway, Project Manager & Communications Coordinator to participate […]

  • Backpack to Briefcase: Paul Kapsos

    January 20, 2013

    Cinema Studies alumnus, Paul Kapsos (BA 1992, MBA 1999), recently returned to Innis College to speak to students and alumni on his wide ranging experiences at UofT.  As part of the Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) series, co-hosted by the Cinema Studies Institute and the Departments of History, English and Political Science, Mr. Kapsos discussed his […]

  • Innis College Launches Innis One Program, “The Creative City”

    October 21, 2012

    Toronto-oriented Seminars Bringing Together the College’s Three Specialties: Cinema Studies, Urban Studies and Writing and Rhetoric.  Launched in the fall of 2012, Innis One (“The Creative City”) is a unique program designed to encourage first-year students to develop their creative and critical capacities by exploring the dynamism of the urban environment. Led by Charlie Keil […]

  • Brett Hendrie – 2012 Arbor Award Recipient

    September 20, 2012

    Innis College and the Cinema Studies Institute are proud to announce that Mr. Brett Hendrie was the recipient of the 2012 Arbor Award. Recipients were recognized at a special ceremony held at the President’s official residence at 93 Highland Avenue. A former student of the Cinema Studies Program (BA INNIS 2001), Mr. Hendrie has been […]

  • 2012 Arbor Award Recipients

    September 20, 2012

    Innis College is proud to announce that Mrs. Norma Wiens, Mr. Frank Jones, Mr. Ira Levy and Mr. Brett Hendrie  have all been selected as 2012 Arbor Award recipients. The Arbor Awards were created by the University of Toronto in 1989 to recognize volunteers for their outstanding personal service to the University. Since then, the […]

  • Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster

    May 14, 2012

    Cinema Studies alumna Allison Black (HBA 1998) and Victoria College alumnus Nathan Morlando’s first feature film Edwin Boyd premiered at the 2011Toronto International Film Festival and received the Skyy Vodka Award for Best Canadian First Feature. In May 2012, Innis College alumni and friends enjoyed a pre-theatre screening of Edwin Boyd in Innis Town Hall. The screening was followed by a […]

  • Devouring Images Symposium

    January 25, 2012

    On 25 January 2012 the Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts sponsored Devouring Images, a one day symposium co-organized by Meghan Sutherland (Associate Professor of Visual Studies and Cinema Studies) and James Leo Cahill (Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and French). Dedicated to exploring what the methods and objects of cinema and media studies […]

  • Let’s Talk Toronto

    November 16, 2011

    The Urban Studies Student Union (URSSU) hosted a panel event, Let’s Talk Toronto, on Monday, November 14th in Town Hall at Innis College.  The event was designed as an open-ended debate surrounding a variety of issues in Toronto, with a focus on engaging U of T’s international student population in local issues. The Panelists included: HAMUTAL DOTAN, the […]

  • Deepa Mehta Citation at U of T Convocation

    November 11, 2011

    by Professor Kay Armatage Deepa Mehta is a filmmaker of enormous imaginative strength and political courage. Her career in Canada began in a period when women filmmakers were few and independent work was not only rare but also culturally, politically and economically risky. Mehta forged her entire career out of such challenges. The transcendence of […]

  • Deepa Mehta Citation at U of T Convocation by Professor Kay Armatage

    November 11, 2011

    by Professor Kay Armatage Deepa Mehta is a filmmaker of enormous imaginative strength and political courage. Her career in Canada began in a period when women filmmakers were few and independent work was not only rare but also culturally, politically and economically risky. Mehta forged her entire career out of such challenges. The transcendence of […]

  • An Evening with Award-Winning Director and Screenwriter, Deepa Mehta

    November 6, 2011

    Director and screenwriter Deepa Mehta is internationally recognized for her powerful and politically charged films that explore the human condition. Whether it is larger themes such as the political upheaval of 1947 during the partition of India and Pakistan or the scourge of domestic abuse of women, Dr. Mehta has used her film characters to […]

  • The First Steps Toward a First-Class Town Hall

    October 15, 2011

    More than 150 alumni, donors, students, faculty and staff kicked off the transformation of Innis College’s Town Hall on October 12, 2011. Principal Janet Paterson announced a $3.2 million fundraising goal for the Town Hall renovation. Innis College and the Cinema Studies Institute celebrated the launch with a screening of Barry Avrich’s (BA 1985 WDW) […]

  • University of Toronto Alumni Mastercard Funds Student Research

    September 21, 2011

    By joining the thousands of other U of T alumni that carry the Alumni card, you can contribute to Innis College and its mission.  Thanks to the support of alumni who have signed up for the UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO AFFINITY MASTERCARD, Innis College was able to help fund a student’s travel to Germany to conduct physics […]

  • 2011 Arbor Awards

    September 20, 2011

    Innis College is proud to announce that Ms. Julia Deans, Mrs. Terry G. Harris, Ms. Pat MacKay, and the late Mr. D’Arcy McGee have all been selected as 2011 Arbor Award recipients. The Arbor Awards recognize volunteers for their outstanding personal service to the College and the University. Arbor Award winners are recognized at a […]

  • MBNA Extends Support for Innis College Student-Alumni Programs

    July 16, 2011

    Through the University of Toronto Pillar Sponsorship program (a program supported by U OF T’S AFFINITY PARTNERS), Innis College has received funding from MBNA for its Backpack to Briefcase (B2B) series designed for upper year students making the difficult transition to the working world. A program originally developed for the College’s Cinema Studies students, B2B will now be rolled […]

  • Top Canadian Screenwriters in the Classroom

    July 11, 2011

    Since its very first offering in 2005, the Universal Studios Canada Screenwriter-in-Residence Program has been a popular class among Cinema Studies students. The program offers our students a unique opportunity to develop excellent writing skills specific to film, and to learn from some of the country’s greatest screenwriters.  Originally introduced as a non-credit course, Cinema […]

  • Eddy Moretti Dissertation

    June 11, 2011

    Question: You are currently completing your PhD at NYU. What are you specializing in? Moretti: Here is what I concocted as my dissertation: I wanted to analyse the essay “An Anagram of Ideas on Art, Form and Film” by Maya Deren. Really analyze it deeply. To begin with, I wanted to show the world that the essay […]

  • Making Room on the Bookshelf

    May 21, 2011

    Race under Reconstruction in German Cinema: Robert Stemmle’s Toxi                 In her book, Race under Reconstruction in German Cinema: Robert Stemmle’s Toxi, Cinema Studies Professor Angelica Fenner investigates postwar racial formations via a pivotal film by one of the era’s most popular directors. Toxi’s release in 1952 coincided with the enrolment […]

  • 2011 Cressy Award Recipients

    May 20, 2011

    Fostering Tomorrow’s Top Leaders Student recipients pose with Gordon Cressy (middle) and with Dean of Students & Residence Tim Worgan, and Assistant Principal and Head Registrar Donald Boere. Seven outstanding Innis College graduating students were awarded with a prestigious Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award in recognition of their extracurricular contributions to the College and the […]

  • Where Are They Now? Past Recipients of the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award

    May 20, 2011

    Brian Chang (HBA 2009 INNIS) Currently finishing his Master of Environmental Studies, studying Canadian Environmental Federalism, at the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, Brian sits on the Boards of Directors for two organizations: The Canadian Environmental Law Association (a legal aid clinic specializing in environmental law for low-income Ontarians) and as Treasurer of […]

  • Barney’s Version

    November 22, 2010

    Barney’s Version on the Road from the Venice Film Festival to TIFF to the San Sebastian Film Festival to Innis College. On Monday, November 22nd, the Cinema Studies Institute and the Innis Alumni Network presented a screening of BARNEY’S VERSION –a film based on Mordecai Richler’s prize-winning comic novel of the same title. Producer Robert Lantos’ BARNEY’S VERSION premiered […]

  • Tim Worgan Is Appointed Dean of Students and Residence

    June 21, 2010

    Tim Worgan has been an integral part of Innis College since joining the team in 1999, and serving as Assistant to the Dean for the past six years.  With a Masters in Education from the University of Toronto, and having worked in the education field for over 30 years, Worgan has the student programming expertise […]

  • 2010 Cressy Awards

    May 20, 2010

    Photo: 2010 Gordon Cressy Award recipients (left to right) Cindy Hu, Casey Scott-Songin, Farshad Nassiri, and Michael Beeler with Tim Worgan, Dean of Students and Residence (back row left), and Donald Boere, Assistant Principal and Registrar (back row right). At a special ceremony hosted by UTAA President Carl Mitchell, student leaders from across the University […]

  • B2B: Stephanie Savage

    March 20, 2010

    Stephanie Savage (BA 1990 INNIS), Co-Creator and Executive Producer of the CW hit TV show “Gossip Girl” visited her alma mater to offer graduate and undergraduate Cinema Studies students valuable career and life advice.   View all News

  • From the MTV studios to the Maasai Mara, Jessi Cruickshank is giving back through “Fashion with Love”

    January 20, 2010

    Television personality Jessi Cruickshank (HBA 2004 INNIS) recently launched her latest design with Me to We Style – the Africa Tee. “In 2009, I left the comfort of my big MTV studio to live in a mud hut with a Massai family in rural Kenya.  A tall, foreign redhead, I expected to feel completely and […]

  • Dining Etiquette 101

    October 18, 2009

    On October 15, 2009, Innis College graduating students and young alumni gathered at the exclusive Upper Dining Room at U of T’s Faculty Club for a seminar on dining etiquette and career-building social skills. Dining Etiquette 101, a session hosted by the Innis Alumni Network, offered clever tips and advice for proper social behaviour, and […]

  • 2009 Arbor Awards

    September 20, 2009

    Congratulations to our 2009 Arbor Award Recipients: Ann Atkins, Jim Dunn, and Atom Egoyan. The Arbor Awards were created by the University of Toronto in 1989 to recognize volunteers for outstanding personal service to the University. Since then, the University has annually acknowledged the alumni and friends whose loyalty, dedication and generosity has added substantially […]

  • Jessi Cruickshank: Motivating the Next Generation of Innis Leaders

    September 20, 2009

    Hundreds of tired Innis students were quickly shaken out of their post Frosh Week exhaustion by the engaging and humorous address from alumna Jessi Cruickshank at New Student Welcome Day on September 8, 2009. Jessi Cruickshank (HBA 2004 INNIS), best known for her work with MTV and Free the Children, spoke to new Innis College students about the importance of getting involved […]

  • Students Helping Students

    July 5, 2009

    Innis Students Support Student Refugee Program By Joel Koroniak, President, Innis College Student Society For almost 10 years, Innis College students have been digging into their pockets and making room in their busy schedules to give back to their community. They have not only showed others that giving can be one of the most rewarding […]

  • 2009 Cressy Awards

    May 15, 2009

    Photo: 2009 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards Ceremony. Innis College students Nicole Hugel, Webnesh Haile and Brian Chang pose with Gordon Cressy (second from right), former U of T Vice-President of Development and University Relations. At a special ceremony hosted by U of T President David Naylor, 159 student leaders from across the University were […]