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An Open Book

22 Feb 2019 - 3:04pm
Image of Book binding (Ethiopia c.1540 CE)

In December, the University of Toronto was awarded CAN $1.25 million by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the initial phase of a collaboration led by Professor Alex Gillespie and co-principal investigators Professor Suzanne Akbari (Centre for Medieval Studies) and Sian Meikle (University of Toronto Libraries Information Technology Services). Together they are undertaking an international research initiative to investigate the origins and development of bookbinding in the project “The Book and the Silk Roads.”

The Myth Awakens: Essay collection sheds new light on Star Wars films

19 Feb 2019 - 12:03pm
Photo of Ken Derry with Star Wars-themed toys and copies of 'The Myth Awakens' books

In a galaxy not so far away, religion scholars have taken a closer look at the story of Star Wars. The Myth Awakens: Canon, Conservatism, and Fan Reception of Star Wars is a new collection of essays that examines the Star Wars film franchise through the lens of theology and myth.

'Bring the best out of you': Students from India on why they chose to study at U of T

15 Feb 2019 - 1:08pm
Taanvi Malhotra

When Taanvi Malhotra was trying to decide where to attend university, she knew she wanted to study abroad to get an international experience.

The Bangalore student considered the United States, but in the end, she chose Canada. 

“Canada had a better reputation than the U.S.,” Malhotra says. “I knew it would be better for my employment and my quality of life.”

Children show preference for their local accent; study

13 Feb 2019 - 11:09am
Four children talking to each other

In the sonic whirl of Toronto, where the sounds of city life are peppered with more than 200 languages and inclusivity is part of the curriculum at every stage of a child’s education, you might not expect that children would show a preference for one accent over another. But they do.

“Previous studies had examined more homogenous communities in suburban Boston and Chicago,” says the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Elizabeth Johnson.

Which non-tuition fees can students opt out of? U of T receives more details

11 Feb 2019 - 10:36am
students studying in a room with concrete and glass walls

The University of Toronto has received further guidance on the Ontario government’s directive to let students opt out of fees for many student societies and services. 

The new policy, to take effect in September, allows post-secondary students to withdraw from non-tuition fees considered non-essential.

But according to information provided to universities this week, fees related to health and counselling, athletics and recreation, and academic support services are among those that will remain compulsory.

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