NEW Routes is a e-newsletter focused on
connecting the New College community through sharing our news, stories, and resources

Vol. 3 - 01.05.2020
In these trying times, finding comfort in art is more important than ever. We're excited to be able to share with you this joyous original artwork, Stardust, courtesy of Kaushalya Bannerji, aka Red Balloon, who is a lesbian of colour and disabled artist, poet, and writer. She can be found at Ear to the Ground.

NEW Initiatives

Indigenous Digital Artistic Hub

New College is excited to host the Indigenous Digital Artistic Hub: relations of care for human and more-than-human be-ings, a multiscalar site of Indigenous imaginings, futurisms, and land-ings that call us into radical relationality. The Indigenous Digital Artistic Hub is the first of a three -part series of online research creation hubs curated by Karyn Recollet, featuring international and national Indigenous knowledge holders entitled: “We prepare a space: Conversations, happenings, and arts-based pedagogy.” 

Join us as we transform New College into a hub of ‘happenings’ though conversation, artistic creation, and art-visim. 

Workshop 1
4pm, May 7th, 2020

Talking Treaties in Tkaronto with Ange Loft

Ange Loft is an interdisciplinary performing artist and initiator from Kahnawake Kanienkehaka Territory, working in Toronto.  This presentation and workshop reflects on treaty making and upkeep in what is now known as Toronto, through the lens of three main agreements: the Dish with One Spoon; the Covenant Chain and 1764 Treaty of Niagara; and the ‘Toronto Purchase’ with the Mississaugas of the Credit.  

These events are free with registration required.

NEW Congratulates

Kevin Edmonds Receives the 
June Larkin Award for Pedagogical Development 

New College would like to congratulate Kevin Edmonds (Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Caribbean Studies) on winning the 2019-20 June Larkin Award for Pedagogical Development. This award provides for a half-course release to be dedicated to the development of innovative pedagogy or educational technology for use in classroom, community or field settings, and/or online teaching and learning.  Learn more about his winning project here.

NEW Updates


Caribbean Studies - Program Update
The Caribbean Studies Program would like to keep us all connected with updates from the program, and by exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Caribbean communities around the world. 

New College Student Centre Space Applications
Are you part of a recognized ULife student organization who is interested in space in the Student Centre? Applications are open until 9am on Monday May 18. More information about the process and the form to apply here.

3Qs at the U Video Series
Join 'Science Sam' (aka NEW aluma Samantha Yammine) as she hosts a new UofT video series which will feature some of the university's top researchers, asking each one three questions in an effort to better understand their area of expertise.

Equity Studies - Call for Submissions
The Equity Studies Student Union is excited to announce their Equity Studies Journal, and are currently accepting submissions (academic & creative) until May 15. Please feel free to contact them if you have any questions -

Residence Life Summer Programming
If you are living in residence over the summer, there are plenty of things to do! Get to know your Don and join your House in virtual interactive programs. Residents, please check your email to learn how you can join!


NEW Art Forms

Art has always been an important form of expression during difficult times. See what fellow creatives are working on here at UofT, learn the scientific sides to art forms, and find some inspiration from the past and present. Who knows? Your next favourite artist or play could be right around the virtual corner.

UofT Art Gallery Addresses COVID-19
The Blackwood Gallery at UTM adapted quickly, moving submissions, and even their art, online. Their current project asks artists to consider how the pandemic has shifted our ideas about the world as it was, as well as the world that could be.

UTM Theatre Students Take the Show Online
Amid theatre closures and live show cancellations due to COVID-19, UTM theatre and drama studies students are finding new ways to connect with other artists to share their talents with a worldwide audience.

The Science (and Art) of Baking Bread
Why is everyone baking bread suddenly? Harvey Anderson, a professor of nutritional sciences at UofT, explains how baking (and eating) bread helps the brain — just don't eat the whole loaf at once.

Meaning and Meditation
John Vervaeke, an Arts & Science assistant professor, has started a new video series on meditation and reflection. In this interview, Vervaeke speaks about mindfulness and meditation — both the science and the art — and its importance during times of stress.

Free to Stream: Canadian LGBTQ Films
Five Canadian LGBTQ films that paved the way for queer cinema are available online to stream, including filmmaker David Secter's Winter Kept Us Warm, which was created when he was a UofT student in 1965.

NEW at Home
How do you Work From Home (WFH)?
D.G. Ivey Accessibility and Public Services Librarian Aneta Kwak has shared her work from home space - home office by day, dining room table by night. Aneta’s work from home space has changed week to week, sometimes even hour by hour, as she tries to figure out what space works best for her. This week, she is trying out her dining room table where there is lots of natural light and lovely tulips to look at.  
She has found the task of setting up her workstation in the morning and tucking it away and out of sight after work has helped her create a better work/life balance while in the same physical location. With coffee close by, Aneta is ready to continue supporting students and faculty in this online environment! If you want any assistance, book an appointment with your librarians through our online booking system.

We want to see where you work or study from home! Submit a picture of your home office or work station, and let us know how you are adjusting! Email us at

In case you missed it...

Did you miss the results of the 2020 NCSC Elections and the Constitutional Amendments Referendum questions?  Check out all the results on the NCSC website


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