Arts & Culture programming celebrates the diverse culture of Toronto and invites students to explore the city and its culture. It also challenges students to take a deeper interest in the arts and discover the creative talents around them through events such as the Nuit Blanche scavenger hunt, music shows, and photography lessons! Keep your eye on the Student Life newsletter for updates!
Attention all painters, photographers, graphic designers, and artists alike!
The Innis Student Art Project aims to promote student life at Innis by curating, displaying, and celebrating artwork created by students in Innis College buildings. The art should fall in at least 1 of 3 categories, reflecting Innis’ values:
To submit artwork, please send a high resolution .jpeg or .png to email@example.com with a short blurb about the piece, materials used, and dimensions. The submission deadline is December 1.
Email us if you have any questions, or if you believe you may have difficulty reaching that deadline.
Meet Amy Chen, a second-year Innisian and the Innis OSL arts and culture co-chair!
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What year are you in and what are you studying?
Hi, my name is Amy. I’m in second year and specializing in Pharmacology and Biomedical Toxicology.
What’s your favourite thing about Innis?
The friendly and caring people. 🙂
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
Japan. I have always been wanted to travel there.
Favourite course you’ve taken so far?
PSY100. As an introductory course, its contents involved a few streams of psychology, so the contents were actually quite broad and interesting. There were guests invited when talking about specific content, for example, when talking about synesthesia, a patient was invited to illustrate how his life was. This was very eye-broadening to me, and helped deepen my comprehension to the content. Also, it allowed students to participate in psychological experiments, which was fun.
What are you involved in outside of the classroom?
What is your role with the Innis Office of Student Life? How has the experience been so far?
I am one of the Arts and Culture committee chairs. The experience have been quite pleasant so far. In late October our committee held a Mid-Autumn Festival event. Seeing people enjoyed the performances, the mooncakes, and the riddles gives me a sense of accomplishment. Moreover, I am glad that our collaboration with other committees and clubs went well.
How do you think arts and culture benefits student life?
Arts enrich and diversify student life. By participating in arts activities, students can release stress and relax themselves from fast-paced university life and heavy academic workload. Arts activities also provide a platform for students to discover and show their talents. Culture-focussed activities eliminate boundaries and enable higher community involvement. Through diverse cultural activities, students can explore and gain familiarity with the city and university, strengthening our connection and sense of belonging to our communities.
What do you think is unique or interesting about the culture of Toronto and the university?
I am quite impressed by the cultural inclusiveness of Toronto and the University. People live in Toronto vary a lot in their cultural backgrounds, so as the members in the University. I think this is one of the important factors that give rise to the diversity of the arts events and festival events in the city and the university, and make the culture unique.
Any ideas for future events?
Our committee is planning a visit to the Christmas Market in early December, and a skating event. We are also planning an Open-Mic event earlier next semester for students to show their talents!
Any advice for first-year Amy?
My advice would be don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help. There are so many resources on campus, such as the Registrar’s Office, the Academic Success Centre, etc. These are always there for you.
All students are welcome to attend the third installment of the International Film Series at Innis College on Monday, November 13.
Monday, November 13 at 7 pm in Innis Town Hall
preceded by Japanese snacks in the lobby at 6:30 pm
Register for this FREE event by filling out the form below.
On-site registration will also be available prior to the screening.
On the evening of Tuesday, November 7, political commentator and journalist Andrew Coyne will deliver the 2017 Harold Innis Lecture.
Andrew Coyne is a national affairs columnist with Postmedia News and a Fellow at University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy & Governance. Since graduating from U of T (BA 1983 Trinity College) and the London School of Economics, Coyne has led an expansive, award-winning career in journalism. He has contributed to such publications as Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Review, and The Walrus.
7:00 pm – Lecture and Q&A
moderated by Innis alumnus (HBA 2017), Toronto Star journalist, and former managing editor for The Varsity, Jaren Kerr
8:00 pm – Reception
Innis Town Hall | 2 Sussex Ave., Toronto
Register for this free event at: http://alumni.innis.utoronto.ca/event/andrew-coyne
For more information contact the Innis Alumni Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (416) 978-1563.
This event is part of an annual lecture series, hosted by the Harold Innis Foundation, featuring acclaimed thinkers, whose discourse echoes that of Harold Adams Innis himself. Innis was one of Canada’s original thinkers, a professor of political economy at the University Toronto, and author of seminal works on economic history, media, and communications theory. His work contributed to the foundation of what is known as the Toronto School of communications theory, and in his writings he explored the role of the media in shaping culture and society.
Innis College’s Writing & Rhetoric Program presents CBC/Netflix’s Alias Grace — final episode — with director Mary Harron and producer-screenwriter Sarah Polley. Alias Grace is the six-episode miniseries adapted from the award-winning novel by Margaret Atwood. Past episodes are currently available on CBC.ca.
We hope to see you there!