Oral Histories

Often the story of an organization is told in the service of commemoration or celebration of the goals and achievements of that organization.  Beginning with the Stories of UTSC: 1964-2014 Legacy project, faculty and student researchers began collecting the “untold” stories of our campus.  Our goal with this project, in addition to extensive archival research, is to build on that earlier collection and continue to capture the lived experience of the members of our campus community – faculty, students, and staff at all levels – through the collection and preservation of oral histories.  The oral histories, with permission from participants, are digitally archived in a collection external to this website as part of Scarborough Storytelling administered by the UTSC Library Digital Scholarship Unit.  Many thanks to those who have generously agreed to share their stories.  

Below are a few examples of the stories that have been preserved.  Clicking on the image will take you directly to the audio and transcript files in the digital archive.  There are many more to come so stay tuned….

If you are interested in participating and contributing your story to the collection, please contact Christine Berkowitz at chris.berkowitz@utoronto.ca.

Oral History with Will Kwan

Will Kwan, an artist who studied in the Arts Management program at UTSC from 1997 to 2002, recounts his time at UTSC both as a student and later (2007) as an Associate Professor. Will identified first and foremost as an artist as he goes on to describe career trajectories in

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Oral History with Kevin Wright

A lifelong resident of Scarborough, Kevin Wright, reflects upon UTSC theatre production and the larger campus. A theatre production manager in the Leigha Lee Browne Theatre and course instructor in the Arts, Culture, and Media Department since 1995, he discusses joining UTSC at a transitional time of technological change, as

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Oral History with Adrian De Leon

Adrian De Leon discusses his rationale for attending UTSC in 2012 and reflects upon his time as Vice President of Academics for the SCSU (Scarborough Campus Students’ Union) and as part of the tri-campus Governing Council. Prompted to speak on themes of community, inclusion, and exclusion, De Leon recounts staging

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Oral History with Franca Iacovetta

Professor Franca Iacovetta joined the History program in the Division of Humanities at UTSC in 1990, the first hire in 13 years and the second woman in the program. Franca is now a retired preeminent scholar of immigration/ women’s history. She shares a bit of her earlier life history and

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Oral History with Tanya Mars

Tanya Mars, retired Senior Lecturer, discusses her less conventional road to becoming a performance artist and then senior lecturer and program director at UTSC. Her story begins in the 1960s in the American Midwest and fron there to Montreal and university in 1967. She describes her work in the 70s

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Oral History with Amorell Saunders N’Daw

Amorell Saunders N’Daw describes her work in administration at UTSC beginning in 2002 and living in Scarborough since 1994. She discusses her life journey, including growing up with fewer advantages and overcoming challenges while also trying to be a good parent to her kids. Amorell has held the positions of

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