SCOPE: The Health Humanities Learning Lab hosts a regular lineup of Health Humanities-related events and guest speakers at the University of Toronto Scarborough. All events are open to the UTSC community and/or the public unless indicated otherwise. See you there!

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for announcements about the 2018-19 academic year!

Past Events

  • March 23 and 24th, 2018. Special event in collaboration with Project Re*Vision’s REDLAB: Digital Storytelling Workshop, UTSC. We are SO EXCITED to be partnering with the University of Guelph’s state-of-the-art mobile media lab to create final projects for students in Prof. Charise’s HLTD50 seminar, “Toronto’s Stories of Health and Illness”. **Please note: this event is limited to students currently enrolled in HLTD50.
  • March 7, 2018. Public lecture by Lisa Boivin (Deninu Kue First Nation, Northwest Territories and PhD student), Image-based Storytelling:Visual Narratives of Indigenous Resilience.” 3.30 – 4.30 pm, EV 151, UTSC Catalyst Centre. We are delighted to host Lisa Boivin‘s visit to UTSC! In addition to a special visit to HLTD50 “Toronto’s Stories of Health and Illness,” she will be giving a public talk later that afternoon. Co-sponsored by Interdisciplinary Center for Health & Society, Dept. of Arts, Culture, Media, and the Office of the Dean. Open to the public.
  • March 1, 2018. Screening of Faceless, a documentary about the workings of a psychiatry inpatient unit in downtown Toronto as seen through the eyes of current patients. Doors at 6.15 pm, MW 130; screening begins at 7pm). With special guests Dr Anna Skorzewska (physician and filmmaker), Jason Lapeyre (Faceless director and award-winning screenwriter) and Joshua Miller (UTSC Alum and mental health advocate). 
  • March 23, 2017. (doors at 6.30pm, MW 130; screening begins at 7pm sharp). Screening of “House Calls”, award-winning documentary featuring Dr. Mark Nowaczynski, a physician who photographs the lives of many of his elderly patients. We are really excited to confirm that Dr. Mark will be joining us in person to discuss his work as a physician and photographer of his older patients. This film will be presented as the grand finale to the 2017 International Health Film Festival and Student Expo, an annual event at UTSC. SCOPE is proud to be a part of this incredible programming that features the role of the arts in representing and enabling healthy lives and health-related outcomes. Open to the public; join us!
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  • September 19, 2016 (6.30-7.30pm, MW140; doors at 6.15pm): Presentation by Faces of Health Care, a patient advocacy and photojournalism project led by Dr. Andreas Laupacis, Executive Director of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and founder of Dr Laupacis will be joined by physician, filmmaker, and photographer Dr Seema Marwaha (Toronto General Hospital), who is currently working on a documentary about cultural differences that exist in aging and dying outside of North America.
  • March 17, 2016: UTSC International Health Film Festival Screening of The Penelope Project (Theme: Ageing, Health, & the Arts). MW130, 6pm.
    • SYNOPSIS (from website): “A long term care facility, a group of students and a theater company dared to raise the bar on bingo. Can they work together to stage a play based on Homer’s Odyssey? Can they inspire us all to rewrite the odyssey of aging in our own lives?”
    • Discussants: Professor Andrea Charise, Julia Gray (research-based theatre director and playwright, “Cracked: New Light on Dementia“), Samya Hassan (Project Manager, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians) & art exhibit by the Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto.

  • March 2016: Guest Speaker Professor Colleen Anne Dell, Research Chair in Substance Abuse at the University of Saskatchewan
    • Colleen Anne Dell’s research addresses innovative areas in substance abuse, ranging from horse-assisted therapy for youth in treatment to knowledge translation efforts addressing the role of identity and stigma in the healing journeys of Aboriginal women from substance abuse. Her work has been successfully translated into creative forms such as music videos and community workshops – not to mention, research collaborations and manuscripts co-authored by Anna-Belle Dell, the therapy dog (yes, you read that right). Find out more about the growing body of health research on animal-assisted health interventions.

  • October 20, 2015: Field Trip to Native Earth Performing Arts: Cliff Cardinal’s Dora Award-winning play HUFF
    • SYNOPSIS (from website): “Huff is the wrenching, yet darkly comic tale of Wind and his brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and struggling to cope with the death of their mother. Wind’s fantastic dream world bleeds into his haunting reality, as he’s preyed on by the Trickster through the hallways at school, the abandoned motel he loves more than home, and his own fragile psyche. With his signature biting humour and raw, vivid imagery, Cardinal expertly portrays over a dozen characters in his captivating solo performance.”
    • 3.5/4 stars from the Globe and Mail: read the review here.
    • Sign up with Prof. Charise to get your ticket.

  • February 2015: Field Trip to The Art Gallery of Ontario’s Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Now’s The Time” Exhibition
    • SYNOPSIS (from website): “Jean-Michel Basquiat took the New York City art world by storm in the early 1980s and gained international recognition by creating powerful and expressive works that confronted issues of racism, identity and social tension. Although his career was cut short by his untimely death at age 27, his groundbreaking drawings and paintings continue to challenge perceptions, provoke vital dialogues and empower us to think critically about the world around us.”
    • Sign up with Prof. Charise to get your ticket.

  • March 12, 2015: UTSC International Health Film Festival Screening of You’re Looking At Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t  (Theme: Ageing, Health, & the Arts). MW130, 6pm.
    • SYNOPSIS (from website): “You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t is the first Alzheimer’s documentary filmed exclusively in an Alzheimer’s & Dementia care unit, and the first told from the perspective of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The film reveals Lee’s penetrating ruminations and charismatic vitality, challenging our preconceptions of illness and aging.”
    • Discussants: Professors Marlene Goldman and Andrea Charise, with geriatrician Dr. Samir Sinha (St Mike’s Hospital).

  • October 2015: Guest Speaker Farrah Khan, editor of HeartBeats: The Izzat Project and Sexual Violence Support and Education Co-ordinator at Ryerson University 
    • Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project is a Toronto-based expressive arts project in which young South Asian women use illustration, writing and theatre to explore and share community stories about resilience in the face of violence. The book was launched in December 2012 at the Art Gallery of Ontario and has been distributed throughout Canada and now the United States.

  • October 2015: Field Trip to The Art Gallery of Ontario’s Art As Therapy Exhibition
    • SYNOPSIS (from website): “How can art address issues that engage us all? How can art help us to understand ourselves and to lead richer lives? De Botton and Armstrong will select works of art from the AGO’s diverse collection based on themes of universal significance, such as love, politics and money. Each theme will be installed in a separate space within the Gallery. Visitors can embark on a journey of discovery that will find them exploring different art, and a different part of themselves, in each space, or station. “Art,” according to the authors, “has a powerfully therapeutic effect. It can variously help to inspire, console, redeem, guide, comfort, expand and reawaken us.” Don’t miss this innovative installation.”
    • Sign up with Prof. Charise to get your ticket.