Situating Scarborough as a crossroads and place of migration in relation to its indigenous and immigrant histories and present, the Department of Sociology is undertaking two initiatives funded by the University and by the U of T Scarborough Office of the Vice-Principal Academic and Dean. The initiatives reconcile the Sesquicentennial with Canada’s enduring indigenous presence in the eastern GTA.
- A curricular initiative through two courses, Immigrant Scarborough and Migration Narratives, gets students thinking about what it means to be Canadian or to have “Canadian values.” Exploring Scarborough’s layered and heterogeneous story, students are transforming their research into podcasts that bring broader understanding to the notion of this area as an historic immigrant and indigenous gateway. Digital material will be made available on the U of T Scarborough website.
- The workshop, Scarborough Crossings, is designed to begin a conversation between migration scholars and scholars of indigenous issues about how we define and do research on belonging, membership and place-making in Canada. Scarborough Crossings will be open to the public, faculty and advanced graduate students.
Date: September, 2017
The Hansard@150: A Parliamentary-Eye View of Canada’s Past
The transcript of Parliamentary Debates is a 150-year running record of Canadian political history. Named after Thomas Curson Hansard, the first official printer to the British Parliament, the Hansard captures every major political movement the country has ever faced, from the Riel Rebellions to the War in Afghanistan, the Indian Act to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Traditionally, this richness has presented a challenge for researchers—at the rate of a novel’s worth of reading each day, it would take 27 years to read the 680 million words published and a further six years to read what is added during that time.
The digitization of the Hansard opens a new frontier for research. This project assembles a panel of political historians, digital humanists and computer scientists who are bringing new tools to bear on the study of the Canadian parliament. Submitted by Professor Christopher Cochrane; Funded by the U of T Sesquicentennial Faculty/Librarians Initiatives Fund.
The annual conference, now in its fifth year, features thought leaders who engage the U of T Scarborough community, presenting ideas worth spreading.
Submitted by U of T Scarborough students Grace Lu and Andrei Dumascu. Funded by the Canada 150 Student Fund @ U of T.
February 4, 2017
150 Years Music to My Ears
U of T Scarborough’s singing siblings who perform as DEYSoffiical, will lead a collaborative music video featuring an original song celebrating Canada. Engaging students and members of the community from all three U of T campuses, the project intends to enhance the University’s standing as Canadian landmark, targeting citizens of all ages and abilities. Submitted by U of T Scarborough students Hana and Sarah Syed. Funded by the Canada 150 Student Fund @ U of T
March 1, 2017
Africadian Poetry: A celebration and interpretation of 150 years of Canada’s black history
Celebrating multiculturalism in Canada with a U of T lens, Canada’s 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate, Governor General Award-winner and U of T Professor George Elliot Clarke, will re-write as poetry, the Constitution of Canada from his own personal Afri-Cadian interpretation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Clarke will also give attention to the types of and division of power between the federal, provincial and territorial governments. A recitation will be performed at the William Doo Auditorium at New College on the St. George campus. Submitted by Arts & Science student Malia Omale and U of T Scarborough student Bukama Muntu. Funded by the Canada 150 Student Fund @ U of T
October 2, 2017
Canadian Identities/Canadian Stories
Marking its 10th year, U of T Scarborough student organization ArtSideOut will explore the complexities of historical and contemporary Canadian identities. Funding from the Canada 150 Student Fund @ U of T will support a series of events rooted in Aboriginal traditions, including guided walks through the Highland Creek Ravine at U of T Scarborough, storytelling and traditional Aboriginal performances. In keeping with Scarborough’s growing reputation as an urban cultural hub, local artists and guides will lead these events; students from all three U of T campuses are invited to participate. Submitted by U of T Scarborough students Kali Banner and Laura Enriquez. Funded by the Canada 150 Student Fund @ U of T
October 5, 2017
Canada by Treaty: Confederation and the Significance of First Nations/Crown Alliances and Land Purchase Agreements
Showcasing the history of Canadian treaties and their importance to Confederation as well as their contemporary significance as agreements between nations, this pop-up exhibit will move across U of T to all three campuses.
The exhibit makes relationships between Confederation, colonialism and First Nations history accessible, inviting the campus community and our surrounding neighbours to reflect on our living relationship to treaties.
Submitted by Professor Heidi Bohaker, funded by the U of T Sesquicentennial Faculty/Librarians Initiative Fund.