Shawn Micallef UNI101Y1: Citizenship in the Canadian City
Shawn Micallef is the author of Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto (Coach House, 2010), and writes a weekly column for The Toronto Star. He is a senior editor and co-owner of the independent, Jane Jacobs Prize–winning magazine Spacing. In 2002, while a resident at the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab, he co-founded [murmur], the location-based mobile phone documentary project. Begun in Toronto’s Kensington Market, the project has spread throughout the city and to more than twenty cities globally. Shawn is a 2011–2012 Canadian Journalism Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College. He writes and talks about cities, culture, buildings, art and politics in books, magazines, newspapers, websites and even in front of real live people.
Banuta Rubess UNI102Y1: Perfoming the City
Baņuta Rubess is a director and writer with a string of innovative productions to her credit. Baņuta cut her theatrical teeth working in collectives rebelling against traditional authorities such as an author or a director, or even a stage. "This is for you, Anna", created with The Anna Project, began a long and fruitful collaboration with Nightwood Theatre. She co-wrote the award-winning teen drama Thin Ice for Theatre Direct, and directed the illustrious chamber opera Nigredo Hotel for Tapestry New Opera Works. For a heady four years, she was Associate Artist at Theatre Passe Muraille. In 1998, she moved to Riga, Latvia to participate in the country’s new democracy. There she has directed drama, opera, musicals, and site-specific productions. Most recently she staged Waiting for Godot in a cinema. One of the first dozen women to win the Rhodes Scholarship, she holds a doctorate in history from Oxford University.
Daniel Schluter UNI103Y1: Gradients of Health in an Urban Mosaic
Daniel Schluter is a sociologist with nearly 20 years experience in academic and community-based health research, particularly in the areas of HIV/AIDS and Maternal & Child Health. Having spent 10 years as Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia University School of Public Health in New York City, he is now an Instructor in the Health Studies Program at University College.
Andrew Lesk UNI104Y1: Sex in the City
Andrew Lesk brings to UC One an interdisciplinary focus: Gender and Sexuality Studies, Canadian Literature, The Graphic Novel, Literary Theory, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, and Academic Writing—all areas in which he has taught and published, here at the University of Toronto. He has published on queer authors and artists, such as Sinclair Ross, Shyam Selvadurai, John Glassco, and Rough Trade’s Carole Pope. He adjudicates an annual conference on visual narrative (The New Narrative), in conjunction with the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. He has published work on the graphic artist Chester Brown (Louis Riel), and is currently President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Comics.