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The collections housed on this site include blogs, audiograms, and video shorts conceived and produced by members of our research team, as well as a selection of the oral history interviews that we have conducted over the years. These materials are searchable by format, theme, and tag, which can be filtered using the search tool in the left-hand sidebar below. 

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Oral History with Heidi Calder

In this interview, Heidi Calder looks back on her 18 years of work at UTSC, which she joined in 1997, operating in different departments in varying capacities until her departure from the university in 2015. Having been raised in Scarborough, Heidi also offers insights into how the community has changed over time and how the […]

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April 17, 2024

Beyond the Facade

Heidi Calder, a Scarborough local who worked at UTSC in various capacities from 1997 to 2015, here discusses her memories of growing up in the community, which she describes as originally being largely white, and the ways in which this community has changed over time. She also touches on how mainstream media spreads misconceptions about […]

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Oral History with Brian Hamlin

As a vendor at the UTSC Farmers’ Market, Brian Hamlin discusses how he established rooftop beehives here at UTSC. He talks about how these beehives are just one of the many initiatives he has been involved in to bring bees into the city. He reflects on the educational aspect of his apiary project, correcting misconceptions […]

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Making a Buzz on Campus

Brian Hamlin, UTSC’s resident beekeeper and a regular vendor at the UTSC Farmer’s Market, explains the nature of the beekeeping process and the role of bees in the maintenance of a healthy ecosystem, as well as the benefits of keeping apiaries on campus. Currently, the campus houses ten hives on the rooftop of the Kina […]

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Oral History with Rowena Alfonso

Rowena Alfonso is a University of Toronto alumna, having attended the school for her BA, MA, and PhD degrees. Over the course of her studies, she worked as a teaching assistant and course instructor at both the St. George and Scarborough campuses, which she looks back on in this interview. Rowena also discusses her experience […]

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The UTSC Community

Rowena Alfonso, a University of Toronto alumna, speaks about the differences between the university’s St. George and Scarborough campuses, describing UTSC’s sense of community as a quality that makes the school truly unique.

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Oral History with Daniel Karagiannis

Daniel Karagiannis, UTSC’s Electronic Technologist and a long-time resident of Scarborough, looks back on his tenure at the school, which he joined in September 1973. He provides insight into his work involving the maintaining and designing the electromechanical equipment used for teaching research and how technology has changed over time. Daniel also describes his connection […]

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April 16, 2024

Future Technology at UTSC

Daniel Karagiannis, an Electronic Technologist at UTSC, looks back on the development of technological services on campus, commenting in particular on the growing reliance on computers in campus operations and the — perhaps consequential — reduction of the school’s service staff over time.

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Growing Up at UTSC

Susannah Bunce, whose father, Michael Bunce, taught in the Department of Geography while Susannah was a child, recalls her experience growing up in Scarborough and seeing UTSC through her father’s eyes. Susannah herself currently works as an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Geography at UTSC.

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March 13, 2024

Oral History with Mitzie Hunter

Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood and former UTSC student, talks about the path that led her to UTSC. She describes her time as an entrepreneur and student, as well as her experience becoming the third Black female MPP in Ontario. She discusses the importance of embracing diversity, collaboration, and pursuing one’s own ambitions in the […]

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