WIDEN UTSC is a new interdisciplinary forum for members of the University of Toronto Scarborough community. WIDEN UTSC will bring together individuals from different disciplines for a conversation on a common theme. Prompting dialogue among musicians and neurologists, political scientists and chemists, historians and zoologists, philosophers and physicists, WIDEN UTSC will help break down walls, celebrate research, and create community at UTSC. Our first meeting, WIDEN UTSC: On Color, will be the official WIDEN UTSC launch.

UTSC is a diverse community with over 12,000 faculty, undergraduates, graduates and staff. While there are many academic associations and student clubs on campus, there are too few opportunities for members of the community to share academic work across disciplines in a casual way. WIDEN UTSC’s informal, non-hierarchical, supportive meetings will provide a chance to share research, to form new professional connections, and to demonstrate the intellectual value of thinking across academic specializations.

Proposals for WIDEN UTSC themes are always welcome. If you have an idea for a session that you would like to see or be a part of, please contact organizers Alen Hadzovic from Chemistry (alen.hadzovic@utoronto.ca) and Barry Freeman from Theatre and Performance Studies (barry.freeman@utoronto.ca).

WIDEN UTSC has been generously supported on campus by UTSC’s Office of the Vice Principal, Research and the Centre for Teaching and Learning. Read more about us on the UTSC homepage.

To keep on top of upcoming WIDEN UTSC events, follow our group on Facebook!



Our final WIDEN UTSC session of the 2012-13 season was on the theme of Noise, and we thought it was our strongest yet. We had three utterly different perspectives on the theme, a good, engaged audience, and a lively discussion following. You can watch the full session on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZjC3CIiMf4


Our second WIDEN UTSC session of the year is here – this time, we’re talking MAPS! NOVEMBER 22nd, 2012 11am-1pm in AA160.  (Please RSVP to barry.freeman@utoronto.ca by November 20th if you plan to attend.) Our illustrious presenters: Malcolm M. Campbell (Biological Sciences) “Can’t get there from here: Genome maps provide a different sort of direction” […]


After a successful first year, WIDEN UTSC is back with the first event of the 2012-2013 season on the theme of “Flow”. WIDEN UTSC is a discussion forum showcasing the exciting research happening at UTSC and mixing together different disciplinary perspectives on a common theme. We hope that a forum like this will help break […]

WIDEN UTSC 2012-13 Dates

Following a successful inaugural year, WIDEN UTSC is gearing up for another full season of interdisciplinary chats! Our 2012-13 dates are: Monday 22 October 3-5pm Thursday 22 November 11am-1pm Monday 4 February 2-4pm Wednesday 13 March 11am-1pm All sessions will take place in UTSC’s New Council Chambers, room AA160. Our themes and speakers are still […]

On Work, March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012 at 2:30-4:00pm in AA160 Theme: WORK   Presenters: Annie (XiaoYu) Gong (sociology): “Money, Attitudes and Gender: An analysis of how gender-role attitudes and earnings affect the hours of housework” This paper uses the US General Social Survey (2002) to examine the relationship between the number of hours of housework done by each […]

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On Colour, February 27, 2012

Monday, February 27, 2:00-3:30pm Leigha Lee Browne Theatre, UTSC All welcome: Please RSVP to ctl-events @utsc.utoronto.ca Light refreshments served Directions to the Theatre: Walk down the third floor of the S-wing to the new part of the building, and enter the theatre by taking a left and going downstairs. Erin L. Webster, Art History (faculty) […]

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