Category Archives: University College

So You Want to be a Writer?

Tomorrow (Nov. 3), join Barker Fairley Distinguished Visitor (and UC alumna!) Camilla Gibb for “So You Want to be a Writer?” (at 4:30, in UC Room 240).

Camilla Gibb’s books are available at Laidlaw Library.


UC Book Sale, Oct. 14-18

The amazing annual UC book sale is underway!  It’s in East & West Halls, University College, from Fri. Oct. 14 until Tues. Oct. 18 (hours etc.).  The sale is run by volunteers (alumni and friends of UC), and the money  you spend at the Book Sale largely goes to support Laidlaw Library.

UC book sale (view from above)

UC Book Sale, 2008 -- photo by Jason Krygier-Baum

Chase scene in the UC quadrangle

Recently two people (one in his teens and one in his seventies) recommended the TV show “Rookie Blue,” a cop show which takes place in Toronto, so I checked it out (all the episodes are available online from Global TV).  Imagine my delight when I suddenly found myself watching a chase scene through the University College quad!  (This scene is in Season 1, Episode 2, about two thirds of the way into the episode.)

The Creation of Literary Worlds

Martin Puchner will be giving the annual Stubbs Lecture at University College on Tues. Oct. 4, at 4:30 on “The Creation of Literary Worlds.”  (details)

We have Prof. Puchner’s 2010 book at Laidlaw Library: The Drama of Ideas: Platonic Provocations in Theater and Philosophy.

Dancing between Identities

I’m looking forward to this evening’s event at University College about Midnight at the Dragon Café  (Judy Fong Bates’s novel, chosen by the Toronto Public Library for this year’s One Book campaign).  This event will feature a lecture by Julie Mehta, “Dancing between Identities: The Boston Cream Pie and Negotiating ‘Home’ “.  If you haven’t read the novel yet, Laidlaw Library owns four copies!

From Freud to Prozac

Andrew Scull (University of California, San Diego) will be at University College next week for a series of lectures, “From Freud to Prozac: American Psychiatry in the Twentieth Century,” April 11, 12 & 13 at 4:30 p.m. (this year’s Priestley Memorial Lectures in the History of Ideas).

Prof. Scull’s latest book is Hysteria: The Biography, available at Laidlaw Library. (Many of his other books are available at other UofT Libraries.)

Dwight McBride, 2011 Alexander Lecturer

Dwight A. McBride is giving this year’s Alexander Lectures at University College.  The theme is “The Politics of Race and Sexuality” — he’s giving four lectures, one each day, starting this Tuesday March 29th at 4:30.

You can borrow his book Why I Hate Abercrombie and Fitch from Laidlaw Library, along with two books he edited, A Melvin Dixon Critical Reader and James Baldwin Now. We also have A Historical Guide to James Baldwin, which contains a chapter by Prof. McBride.