The List statement on anti-Blackness at the University of Toronto

U of T Faculty & Librarians, sign the statement here.

In the wake of the latest episodes of lethal anti-Black police violence – the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Regis Korchinski-Paquet and D’Andre Campbell – The List stands in solidarity with Black faculty, staff and students, and communities in this city and across Turtle Island. We also mourn the killing of Chantel Moore, and condemn this and other episodes of brutal and systemic colonial state violence.

This is a moment of reckoning – though one that is long overdue. Even as we call for this reckoning today, we ask ourselves why we were not calling more loudly for it every single day before now. Many statements condemning anti-Black and colonial violence are circulating, and we add our voices to this growing chorus. But if these calls are to amount to more than the usual lip service, if they seek to go beyond self-congratulatory performance and the obligatory ‘check in’, and if they will honour and not simply absorb Black people’s long term labour for change, then this needs to be a moment of fulsome structural change in all of our departments and programs, in all our faculties and on all campuses across the University of Toronto.

We must stand beside and behind Black staff, faculty and students who have been dealing with racism at this institution every single day. As a group of primarily progressive faculty, we call on our administration to meet the demands and desires of our colleagues in the Black Faculty Group who have been working tirelessly, day in and day out, for change. We call on the U of T administration to commit to rigorous and systemic address of anti-Black racism and white supremacy on campus and beyond. And we demand a major investment of resources to support the flourishing of Black life and Black excellence at every scale of institutional life.

Deborah Cowen, Geography & Planning, UTSG
Natalie Rothman, Historical and Cultural Studies, UTSC
Bhavani Raman, Historical and Cultural Studies, UTSC
Alejandro I. Paz, Anthropology, UTSC
Atiqa Hachimi, Historical and Cultural Studies, UTSC
Mark Hunter, Human Geography, UTSC
Gavin Smith, Anthropology, UTSG
Audrey Macklin, Professor, Law, Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, UTSG
Sherry Lee, Associate Professor, Faculty of Music, Victoria College, UTSG
Rachel Silvey, Geography and Planning, UTSG
Chandler Davis, Mathematics, UTSG
Sherida Ryan, Adult Education and Community Development, UTSG
Daniel Tysdal, English, UTSC
Stephen Rockel, Historical and Cultural Studies, UTSC
Lynne Viola, University Professor, History and Munk School, UTSG
Matthew Farish, Geography & Planning, UTSG
Kanishka Goonewardena, Geography and Planning, UTSG
Andrea Charise, Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Center for Health & Society, UTSC
Zaheer Baber, Sociology, UTM
Michelle Murphy, Professor, History, WGSI, Technoscience Research Unit, UTSG
Nicole Laliberte, Geography, Geomatics and Environment, UTM
Denise Gastaldo, Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing UTSG
Takashi Fujitani, Professor, History, UTSG
Joseph Carens, Political Science, UTSG
Jens Hanssen, History, Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, UTM
Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Professor, Centre for Critical Development Studies & Dalla Lana School of Public Health, UTSC
Avery Slater, Assistant Professor, English, UTM
Lisa Yoneyama, Professor, East Asian Studies & WGSI, UTSG
Ken Derry, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Historical Studies, UTM
Ritu Birla, Associate Professor, History, UTSG
Bettina von Lieres, Centre for Critical Development Studies, UTSC
Susan Antebi, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UTSG
Katie Kilroy-Marac, Anthropology, UTSC
Shahrzad Mojab, Professor, OISE/New College, UTSG
Michelle Silver, Associate Professor, ICHS, UTSC
James Deutsch, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, UTSG
Kanta Murali, Associate Professor, Political Science, UTSG
Kiran Mirchandani, OISE, UTSG
Emily Gilbert, Canadian Studies and Geography & Planning, UTSG
Lucia Dacome, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, UTSG
Judith Taylor, Sociology/ WGSI, UTSG
Suzanne Sicchia, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, ICHS & DLSPH, UTSC
Rebecca Comay, Professor, Philosophy and Comparative Literature, UTSG
Rachel Goffe, Assistant professor, Human Geography, UTSC
Lynne Viola, University Professor, History and Munk School, UTSG
Nhung Tuyet Tran, Associate Professor, History, UTSG
Anup Grewal, Assistant Professor, Historical and Cultural Studies, UTSC
Paolo Frascà, Italian Studies, Sexual Diversity Studies, UTSG
Denise Réaume, Professor, Law, UTSG
Ananya Banerjee, Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, UTSG
Peter Fitting, French/Cinema Studies, UTSG
Karina Vernon, Associate Professor, English, UTSC
Frances Garrett, Associate Professor, Study of Religion, UTSG
Tong Lam, Associate Professor, Historical Studies, UTM
Victor Li, Associate Professor (Emeritus), English and Comparative Literature, UTSG
Nestor E. Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Spanish & Portuguese / Caribbean Studies Program, UTSG
Francis Cody, Associate Professor, Anthropology and Asian Institute, UTM
Cynthia Cranford, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, UTM
Blake Poland, Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, UTSG
Bianca Dahl, Anthropology, UTSC
Miguel Torrens, University of Toronto Libraries, UTSG
Ben Akrigg, Classics, UTSG
Lisa Forman, Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, UTSG
David Hulchanski, Professor, Faculty of Social Work, UTSG
Valentina Napolitano, Professor, Anthropology, UTSG
Kari Dehli, Professor Emerita, Social Justice Education, OISE, UTSG
Tania Li, University Professor, Anthropology, UTSG
Girish Daswani, Associate Professor, Anthropology, UTSC
Lena Mortensen, Anthropology, UTSC
Sarah Hillewaert, Associate Professor, Anthropology, UTM
Nicholas Sammond, Professor and Director, Cinema Studies Institute, Centre for the Study of the United States, UTSG
Sara Saljoughi, Assistant Professor, English, UTSC
Ted Sammons, Asst. Prof. (CLTA), Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies, UTSG
Katharine Rankin, Geography and Planning, UTSG
Danny Heap, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Computer Science, UTSG
Vannina Sztainbok, Social Justice Education, UTSG
Manuel Ramirez, Spanish & Portuguese, UTSG
Jennifer Jenkins, Associate Professor, History, UTSG
Victor Rivas, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies, UTSG
Rosa Sarabia, Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UTSG
Whitney Kemble, Librarian, UTSC Library, UTSC
Steve Easterbrook, Director, School of the Environment, UTSG
Andrea Muehlebach, Associate Professor, Andrea Muehlebach, UTM
Krista Maxwell, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, UTSG
Susannah Bunce, Associate Professor, Human Geography, UTSC
Jesook SONG, Professor, Anthropology, UTSG
Sarah Wakefield, Professor, Geography and Planning, UTSG
Tanya Titchkosky, Prof. Social Justice Education, UTSG
Katherine Larson, Professor, Department of English, UTSC
Natalie Oswin, Associate Professor, Geography, UTSC
Russell Kazal, Associate Professor, Historical and Cultural Studies, UTSC
Andre Sorensen, Geography and Planning, UTSC
Anne McGuire, Associate Professor, Equity Studies, UTSG
Kajri Jain, Associate Professor, Visual Studies/Art History, UTM
Daniel Grace, Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, UTSG
Marney Isaac, Associate Professor, Physical and Environmental Sciences, UTSC
Manuela Scarci, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Italian Studies and Renaissance Studies UTSG
Carles Muntaner i Bonet, Bloomberg FON and Dalla Lana, SPH, UTSG
Joseph Berkovitz, Associate Professor,, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, UTSG
S. Trimble, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, WGSI, UTSG
Obidimma Ezezika, Assistant Professor, Interdiscplinary Centre for Health & Society, UTSC
Paul Downes, Professor, English, UTSG
Naomi Morgenstern, Professor, English, UTSG
Sanda Munjic, Associate Professor, Dept. of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, UTSG
Daniel Bender, Professor, Culinaria Research Centre, Historical and Cultural Studies, UTSC
Martin Klein, Professor Emeritus, History and African Studies, UTSG
Kathy Liddle, Sociology, UTSC
Beatrice Jauregui, Assistant Professor, Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, UTSG
John Noyes, Professor, German, UTSG
Dan White, Professor, English & Drama, UTM
Michelle Daigle, Assistant Professor, Centre for Indigenous Studies and Geography & Planning, UTSG
Abigail Bakan, Professor, OISE, UTSG
Waqas Butt, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, UTSC
Ayobami Laniyonu, Assistant Professor, Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies, UTSG
Nada Moumtaz, Assistant Professor, DSR & MMC, UTSG
Smaro Kamboureli, Professor, English, UTSG
Luisa Farah Schwartzman, Associate Professor, Sociology, UTM
Smaro Kamboureli, Professor, English, UTSG
Scott Prudham, Geography and Planning; School of the Environment, UTSG
David Galbraith, Professor Emeritus, Department of English, UTSG
Teresa Kramarz, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, UTSG
Abdel-Khalig Ali, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, UTSG
John P. Portelli, Professor, SJE/OISE, UTSG
Melanie Newton, Associate Professor, History, UTSG
James Cahill, Associate Professor, Cinema & French, UTSG
Victoria Tahmasebi-Birgani, Associate Professor, WGS, UTM & WGSI UTSG
Alice Maurice, Associate Professor, English, UTSC
Rajyashree Reddy, Geography, UTSC
Theresa Enright, Assistant Professor, Political Science, UTSG
Naisargi Dave, Associate Professor, Anthropology, UTSG
Eric Cazdyn, Professor, East Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, UTSG
Jennifer Harris, Associate Professor, Study of Religion, UTSG
Melissa Williams, Professor, Political Science, UTSG
Elspeth Brown, Professor, Historical Studies, UTM
Emily Nacol, Assistant Professor, Political Science, UTM
Amaya Perez-Brumer, Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, UTSG
Martha Balaguera, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, UTM
Rania Salem, Assistant Professor, Sociology, UTSC
Jennifer Nedelsky, Professor (retired), FAculty of Law and Department of Political Science, UTSG
Janice Boddy, Professor, Anthropology, UTSG
Marcelo Vieta, Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, OISE/UT, UTSG
Neera Singh, Geography & Planning, UTSG
Chester Scoville, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, English and Drama, UTM
Amaya Perez-Brumer, Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, UTSG
Dale Turner, Associate Professor, Political Science and Centre for Indigenous Studies UTSG
James Robert Brown, Professor (emeritus), Philosophy, UTSG
George Elliott Clarke, Professor, English, UTSG
Nancy Bertoldi, Associate Professor, Political Science, UTSG
Michael Widener, Geography and Planning, UTSG
María Cristina Cuervo, Spanish & Portuguese, and Linguistics, UTSG
Pamela Klassen Professor, Study of Religion, UTSG
Robert Davidson, Professor, Spanish & Portuguese, UTSG
Jason Spicer, Assistant Professor, Geography and Planning, UTSG
Juan Carlos Rocha, Assistant Professor, Spanish & Portuguese, UTSG
Ricardo Sternberg, Professor Emeritus, Spanish and Portuguese, UTSG
Courtney Jung, Professor, Political Science, UTSG
Francesco Guardiani, Professor Emeritus, Italian Studies, UTSG
Maureen FitzGerald, Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, UTSG
Uahikea Maile, Assistant Professor, Political Science, UTSG
Paul Hamel, Professor, Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology, UTSG
Scott Richmond, Associate Professor, Cinema Studies, UTSG
Nathan Sanders, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Linguistics, UTSG
Patrick Keilty, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information, UTSG
Dan Zuberi, Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, UTSG
Ken Kawashima, Associate Professor, East Asian Studies/History, UTSG
Natalie Zemon Davis, C.C. Professor, History, UTSG
Yoonkyung Lee, Sociology and Centre for the Study of Korea, UTSG
Ruth Marshall, Associate Professor, Political Science/Study of Religion, UTSG
Mike Ekers, Human Geography,UTSC
Matthew Hoffmann, Professor, Political Science, UTSC
Torrey Shanks, Associate Professor, Political Science, UTSC
Peter Rosenthal, Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics, UTSC
Ellen Berrey, Associate Professor, Sociology, UTM
Barbara Havercroft, Associate Professor, Department of French/Centre for Comparative Literature, UTSG
Kathleen Scheaffer, Learning and Research Librarian, ICCIT, UTM
Scott Rayter, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Sexual Diversity Studies/English, UTSG
Kate Neville, Assistant Professor, Political Science and School of the Environment, UTSG
Christopher Krupa, Associate Professor, Anthropology, UTSC
Nakanyike Musisi, Associate Professor, History, UTSG
angela miles, Emerita, Adult Education and Community Development Program, UTSG
Hülya Arik, Assistant Professor, Human Geography, UTSC
Jennifer Harris, Associate Professor, Study of Religion, UTSG
Mary Nyquist, Professor, English and Comparative Literature, UTSG
Melissa Levin, Lecturer, African Studies, New College, UTSG
Ahmed Allahwala, Human Geography, UTSC
Mark Meyerson, Professor, History/Medieval Studies, UTSG
Elisa Sze, Librarian, Metadata Services, Robarts Library, UTSG
Siobhan O’Flynn, Canadian Studies UTSG, English & Drama, UTM
Kathy Bickmore, Professor, Curriculum Teaching and Learning, Comparative International and Development Education, OISE, UTSG
Matthew Walton, Assistant Professor, Political Science, UTSG
Anabela Rato, Assistant Professor, Spanish & Portuguese, UTSG
Nina Bascia, Professor, OISE, UTSG
Dana Seitler, Professor, English and Sexual Diversity Studies, UTSG
Tom Coyle, Assoc. Prof., Applied Science & Engineering, UTSG
Jennifer Brant, Assistant Professor, CTL, OISE, UTSG
Robert Lewis, Professor, Geography and Planning, UTSG
Nicole Mideo, Associate Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UTSG
Peter Donnelly, Professor, Kinesiology and Physical Education, UTSG
Hilary Inwood, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, OISE, UTSG
Peter Eliot Weiss, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice, UTSG
Stephen Johns, Applied Science & Engineering, UTSG
Bruce Kidd, Professor, Kinesiology and Physical Education, UTSG
Chelsea Rochman, Assistant Professor, EEB, UTSG
Melissa Fernandes, Mental Health Programs Officer, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, UTSG
Wanja Gitari, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning – OISE, UTM
Simon Darnell, Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Physical Education, UTSG
Kass Banning, Cinema Studies Institute, UTSG
Victoria Wohl, Professor, Classics, UTSG
Joseph Flessa, Associate Professor, LHAE/OISE, UTM
Eva-Lynn Jagoe, Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese, UTSG
Rupaleem Bhuyan, Asssociate Professor, Social Work, UTSG
Kerry Rittich, Professor, Law and Women and Gender Studies, UTSGMeghan Sutherland, Associate Professor, Visual Studies/Cinema Studies, UTM
Donald Kingsbury, Lecturer, Political Science and Latin American Studies, UTSG
Izumi Sakamoto, Associate Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work & Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research (CQ), UTSG
Charmaine Williams, Associate Professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, UTSG
Martha Shaffer, Professor, Law, UTSG
Lisa Austin, Professor, Faculty of Law, UTSG
Jane Wolff, Associate Professor, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, UTSG
Joan Simalchik, Women and Gender Studies, UTM
Andreas Motsch, Associate Professor, French; Victoria College, UTSG
Andrea A. Cortinois, Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, UTSG
Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, Professor, History, Historical Studies & Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, UTM
Anna Su, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, UTSG
Angela Henshilwood, Engineering Librarian, Engineering & Computer Science Library, UTSG
Olivier St-Cyr, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Faculty of Information, UTSG
Kelly Lyons, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information, UTSG
Julie Chen, Assistant Professor, ICCIT, UTM
Nadia Caidi, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information, UTSG
Markus Dirk, Dubber, Law, Centre for Ethics, CrimSL, UTSG
Jas Rault, Assistant Professor, ACM (UTSC), Faculty of Information (UTSG), UTSC
Nalini K. Singh, Librarian, User Services, Robarts Library, UTSG
Mikhail Burke, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, UTSG

Emergency Town Hall for U of T faculty

WEDNESDAY APRIL 22, 2020 | 8 PM on ZOOM

Friends, colleagues, 

We are calling U of T faculty to join us for an urgent conversation this week about our responsibilities and the opportunities to make a collective contribution in this exceptional moment. In the context of the dramatic deepening of precarity among students, staff and instructors, what can we do to share resources and support members of the U of T community who are in need? 

At Wednesday’s town hall, we invite an open dialogue about the ways the pandemic is affecting the university, and a more focused conversation around a specific proposal that addresses how we might respond. Out of dozens of conversations in multiple networks that span disciplines and campuses, we are bringing forward a proposal for a way we can act, together, as faculty with secure jobs. 

We will make the draft text of this proposal available in advance of the meeting to those who sign up. 

Please RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/103213392034

Sincerely, 

The List, and other concerned faculty

Supporting U of T staff in an era of Covid-19

Dear friends – please consider signing this important and time sensitive letter by FRIDAY APRIL 3RD @ NOON. Please also circulate widely through your networks. Many thanks!

SIGN HERE! https://forms.gle/yrJdgMFnUz5pNYkRA

March 31, 2020

Open Letter to President Gertler re: Supporting our staff in an era of Covid-19

Dear President Gertler,

We write with regard to the COVID-19 crisis and the crucial steps that the University of Toronto must take in order to protect its most essential workers: the staff that keep the institution running.

We applaud the University for so far stepping up and exceeding its own contractual obligations to staff. This is admirable and the right thing to do. Demonstrating ongoing leadership in this moment must entail the protection of lives and livelihoods and the enhancement of a collective sense of responsibility and care. We are in this together and U of T’s labour practices must affirm this fact.

We understand that currently, the University of Toronto has only committed to paying most staff appointed and casual employees until April 30th, 2020. This is unacceptable. An institution that claims to be a model employer, dedicated to advancing the public good, must do better for all members of our community at a time of crisis.

We ask you to reassure all workers at the University of Toronto that their employment will be protected. This includes renewing contracts for casual workers, and implementing a “right of first refusal” when operations start up again. It also includes providing an Employment Insurance ‘top-up’ and continuing all benefits. Staff at the University of Toronto should not be evicted from their jobs just as no one should be evicted from their homes as a result of the current pandemic. In particular, staff who are supporting elderly family members and/or those with child care responsibilities should be able to direct their focus and energy primarily if necessary towards fulfilling those essential duties. Staff should not be required to undertake this vitally essential care work under the shadow of income uncertainty and professional precarity as a result of the University of Toronto’s response to this crisis. The University should consider redefining a full-time work week to 25 hours for staff working from home who are also juggling child and elder care responsibilities, following the example of the Australian National University, and other institutions of higher education.

Indeed, we are seeing many Universities worldwide step up to enhance job security for their workers in the context of COVID-19; this is the model of a caring institution that we would be proud to call our own.

In this fraught moment, we implore you to consider our collective responsibility to more than just the bottom line. Crises like the one we face today are a dimension of the vast, human-led global ecological transformations that promise to multiply. Novel viruses have been tied to increasing interaction between wildlife and human settlements in the context of habitat destruction fueled by global urbanization and massive agribusiness operations. The unprecedented speed and scale of the coronavirus’ spread is a feature of globalized supply chains and human movement. There is clearly no separation of human and natural disasters in this era, but we can shape outcomes by actively planning for a just transition.

Now is the time for the senior administration at U of T to show how BOUNDLESS our institution can be in supporting everyone who makes this institution so strong. We urgently call on the University of Toronto to commit to a just transition through this crisis by firstly committing to salary continuance for all staff well beyond April 30th, 2020.

Yours sincerely,

Divestment and Beyond: Building Climate Justice at U of T Coalition

c.c.: Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost
Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice-Provost Human Resources

Open letter to UofT VP Goel re: Promoting research funding from the Vale mega-mining company and other unethical corporate sources

April 21, 2020

Dear Vice-President Goel:

We write with regard to the University of Toronto’s recent circulation of mining TNC Vale’s COVID-19 Challenge research funding invitation.

Recognizing that the novel coronavirus is having an unprecedented public health, social, political, and economic impact globally and in Canada – and that there are urgent and ongoing needs for research on everything from basic sciences and clinical/health care system dimensions, to livelihood, housing, mental health, and other socioeconomic accompaniments to the pandemic – we write to express our dismay at the University of Toronto’s promotion of one particularly unethical research funding source.

We are deeply concerned that the University of Toronto’s research networks, including the University Health Network, are promoting and collaborating with the Vale COVID-19 Challenge.

Vale, a $USD 34 billion Brazil-headquartered mining enterprise with a subsidiary in Canada, has an atrocious human rights record with a decades-long trail of death and destruction across multiple countries. This iron-ore, nickel, and coal mining corporation has been implicated in criminal negligence leading to multiple environmental disasters. Just over a year ago, a tailings dam rupture at Vale’s mine in Brumadinho, Brazil killed almost 300 people and ended the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people. In 2015, another Vale tailings dam failed in Mariana, Brazil, leaving 19 people dead, thousands homeless, and hundreds of thousands with a toxic water supply. In both cases, Vale had advance knowledge of these murderous catastrophes- in the- making, amplifying its safety, ethical, and environmental violations to a criminal dimension. Within Canada, over the past decade, Vale has been fined for repeated workplace safety
violations connected to several worker deaths at its Sudbury, ON nickel mining and smelter complex.

This evidence of extreme human rights, ethical, and health and safety violations, together with scores of other similar instances across the world, have led affected communities and public interest civil-society organizations to call for Vale’s suspension from the UN Global Compact. More broadly, the human rights abuses, health harms, and environmental destruction perpetrated by transnational mining companies including but not limited to Vale have been extensively documented by academics, civil society organizations, and affected communities. By uncritically accepting funding from mining-funded philanthropies and forming partnerships with mining companies, the University of Toronto is building its global reputation upon the displacement, dispossession, and death of people around the world. The acceptance of funding from mining companies (and from philanthropies bankrolled by their profits) by the U of T’s health and medical institutions to promote health and healthcare innovation is especially ironic,
as these very companies cause unconscionable harm to the physical, environmental, and psychosocial health of people in the communities in which they mine.

Recalling that the “The University of Toronto is dedicated to fostering an academic community in which the learning and scholarship of every member may flourish, with vigilant protection for individual human rights, and a resolute commitment to the principles of equal opportunity, equity and justice”:

  1. We call on the University of Toronto to reject collaboration with Vale and other
    corporations that are implicated in human rights violations, the oppression of
    vulnerable peoples, and environmental decimation. This includes the promotion of
    funding by said corporations.
  2. We ask you to clarify, on behalf of the University of Toronto administration and in the
    spirit of transparency, how the University of Toronto came to accept and endorse this
    initiative from Vale, given widely-recognized wrongdoing by the corporation. In the
    absence of an explanation, interested parties will have no choice but to conclude that
    the University of Toronto is supportive of Vale’s operations.
  3. We demand the establishment of a university-wide task force that will produce 21stcentury
    ethical guidelines for corporate initiatives and partnerships, as well as
    philanthropic contributions, that are consistent with the mission of the University of
    Toronto and apply even under crisis conditions.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Anne-Emanuelle Birn Professor Centre for Critical Development Studies,
UTSC and Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Paul Hamel Professor Faculty of Medicine
Nikisha Khare MPH, Medical Student, Faculty of Medicine
Gavin Smith Emeritus Professor Anthropology

Full List of University of Toronto Signatories:
Name Title Department/ unit
Alessandra Ceccacci Medical Student Faculty of Medicine
Alissa Trotz Professor University of Toronto
Andrea A. Cortinois Assistant Professor Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Andrea Charise Assistant Professor Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society, UTSC
Anne-Emanuelle Birn Professor Centre for Critical Development Studies, UTSC and Dalla
Lana School of Public Health
Antonio Torres-Ruiz
Sessional Lecturer and
Affiliated Faculty Political Science at UTSC and Latin American Studies
Anup Grewal Assistant Professor Historical and Cultural Studies/UTSC
Ben Akrigg Associate Professor Classics
Bettina von Lieres
Assistant Professor, Teaching
Stream Centre for Critical Development Studies
Blake Poland Associate Professor Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Cara Elliott MD Candidate Faculty of Medicine
Chandler Davis Professor Emeritus Mathematics
Cynthia Cranford Associate Professor Sociology
Daniel Scott Tysdal
Associate Professor,
Teaching Stream English, UTSC
Deborah Cowen Professor Geography & Planning
Denise Gastaldo Associate Professor Faculty of Nursing
Donald Kingsbury Lecturer Political Science and Latin American Studies
Edward Andrew Professor Emeritus Political Science
Emily Gilbert Professor
Canadian Studies and Department of Geography &
Planning
Emmanuelle Arpin PhD candidate IHPME
Freida Chavez
Associate Professor,
Teaching Stream Nursing
Gavin Smith Emeritus Professor Anthropology
Genevieve Ritchie Instructor Equity Studies, New College
Girish Daswani Associate Professor Anthropology
Helena Kita Medical Student Faculty of Medicine
James Deutsch Assistant Professor Psychiatry
Jamie Stark Medical Student Undergraduate Medical Education
Janice Boddy Professor and Chair Anthropology
Jayeeta Sharma Associate Professor Dept of Historical and Cultural Studies
Jayoti Rana Medical Student Faculty of Medicine
Jesook Song Professor Anthropology
Jillian Kohler Professor Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
Joel Lexchin Dr. Family and Community Medicine
John Noyes Professor Germanic Languages and Literatures
Joseph Berkovitz Associate Professor
Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and
Technology
Kajri Jain Associate Professor Visual Studies/Art History
Kanta Murali Associate Professor Political Science
Katherine Blouin Associate Professor Historical and Cultural Studies/Classics
Ken Derry
Associate Professor,
Teaching Stream Historical Studies
Ken Kawashima Professor East Asian Studies/History
Ken MacDonald Professor Centre for Critical Development Studies
Ken MacDonald Professor Centre for Critical Development Studies
Kevin Coleman Associate Professor History
Kevin Edmonds Assistant Professor Caribbean Studies
Krista Maxwell Assistant Professor Anthropology
Laura Toth Executive Assistant Arts and Science
Leslie Chan Associate Director Centre for Critical Development Studies, UTSC
Linda Kohn Professor Emerita Dept. of Biology, University of Toronto Mississauga
Loreto Fernández
PhD student, international
student Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Lucia Dacome Associate Professor
Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and
Technology
Manjot Sunner Medical Student Faculty of Medicine
Maria Leis Medical Student Faculty of Medicine
Mariana Valverde Professor Centre for Criminology and Socio-legal Studies
Mark Hunter Associate Professor Human Geography
Mark Solovey Associate Professor IHPST
Mary Nyquist Professor English and Comparative Literature
Matthew Farish Associate Professor Geography & Planning
Mauricio Terebiznik Associate Professor Biological Sciences UTSC
Melanie J. Newton Associate Professor History
Michelle Daigle Assistant Professor
Centre for Indigenous Studies and Department of
Geography & Planning
Miguel Torrens Librarian Libraries
Nada Moumtaz Assistant Professor Study of Religion
Nancy Jackson Professor Emerita OISE/Department of LHAE
Nicholas Sammond Professor Cinema Studies Institute
Nicola Gailits PhD Candidate Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Nikisha Khare MPH, Medical Student Faculty of Medicine
Nisha Toomey PhD Candidate Social Justice Education
Padmaja Sreeram Medical Student University of Toronto
Paul Downes Professor English
Paul Hamel Professor Faculty of Medicine
Peter Fitting Professor Emeritus French/cinema studies
Priya Prabhakar Nursing Student Bloomberg School of Nursing
Rachel Goffe Assistant Professor UTSC Human Geography
Rinaldo Walcott Professor SJE/OISE
Rosa Sarabia Professor Spanish and Portuguese
Ryan Isakson Associate Professor
Centre for Critical Development Studies and Department
of Geography
Sanda Munjic Associate Professor Spanish and Portuguese
Sarah Khan Medical Student Faculty of Medicine
Seana Adams Medical Student MD Program
Shahrzad Mojab Professor OISE/UT
Susan Antebi Associate Professor Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Suzanne Sicchia, Associate Professor Teaching
Stream Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society
Tanya Titchkosky Professor Social Justice Education, OISE, U of T
Tarek Ibrahim Medical Student Faculty of Medicine
Taylor Jordan Medical Student Faculty of Medicine
Ted Sammons Assistant Prof. (CLTA) FAS
Uzoma Esonwanne Associate Professor English
Valentina Napolitano Professor Anthropology
Wesal Abu Qaddum PhD student LHAE
Other Toronto-based Concerned Colleagues and Citizens:
Name Title Department
Ann Marie Beals Concerned Citizen
Claudia Chaufan Health Graduate Program Director School of Health Policy and Management
Judith Marshall
PhD U of T, Associate, CERLAC, York
University Alumni, U of T
Liisa L. North Professor Emeritus Political Science
Naomi Binder Wall LHAE/Adult Education
Ryan Torrence York U Dept of Health
Sarah Anderson Registered Midwife, MA Candidate Health Policy & Equity

THE LIST Presents – Screening Surveillance October 24, 6:30-9:30pm @ Innis Town Hall

Screening Surveillance, a short film series that uses near future fiction storytelling based on research to highlight potential social and privacy issues that arise as a result of big data surveillance. We will be screening all three short films (15 min each) followed by a discussion with the series producer, sava saheli singh, and the screenplay writers – Nehal El-Hadi, Tim Maughan, Madeline Ashby.

This exciting event builds on another that we hosted last year, “Min(d)ing Our Data,” which addressed data mining, surveillance and the role of U of T in Google’s remaking of the Toronto Waterfront. Screening Surveillance is co-sponsored by Innis College’s Canadian Film Forum and the Urban Studies Program

After the films, we welcome you to stay for a drink, some food, some amazing live music by our colleague Sugar Brown (aka Ken Kawashima), and to hear about the ongoing work of the List. We are eager to share brief updates with you about ongoing work on the precarious status students initiative, and a new and exciting SSHRC funded research project that will see us study U of T!

September 2019: Welcome back to the List!

Greetings friends! We hope you had a great summer. The List is gearing up for a series of fall events, including a welcome back social where we will share details about (and celebrate!) our ongoing work. We have been busy between salons and we are excited to share ongoing work on the precarious status students initiative, and a new and exciting SSHRC funded research project that will see us study U of T!

For those who are new to the List – this is an initiative of an informal group of U of T faculty that aims to build relations, networks, dialogues and actions among progressive faculty, students, staff, and between other universities and communities in the region. The List was inaugurated in the wake of the 2015 CUPE strike on our campus, with the intention of building on the coalitions and conversations that took shape during the labour action. Since then, we have hosted ‘salons’ off campus in a social space several times a term. The salons have addressed a wide range of issues that impact our campuses and communities including divestment campaigns (fossil fuel, BDS), the university as a real estate actor, Indigenous space on campus, sexual violence, white supremacy, precarious work, corporatization, dis/ability on campus, and many many other important topics. Some of these events have led to lasting collaborations — for example a working group on precarious status students that involves folks from York, Ryerson, and migrant rights communities.

Please feel free to reach out to us if you want to get involved. We will be announcing the dates for fall 2019 events very soon.

HOLD THE DATE: Pedagogies of Complicity: Finance, Mining, and the University – November 29, 2018

Please join us for the second event of the term: 

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Pedagogies of Complicity: Finance, Mining, and the University 

November 29, 2018, 7pm, At the new regular home of The List: A Different Booklist 779 Bathurst Street, Toronto ON M5S 0B7

Anna Zalik will facilitate the discussion. Anna is a faculty member at York University where she teaches in the areas of global environmental politics and critical development studies and conducts research concerning the political economy and political ecology of the oil, gas and mining industries.

SPEAKERS:

Andrea Bastien works with Indigenous Climate Action. Self described as a ‘maker of things’ across artistic mediums such as dance, beat making, dj’ing, beadworking, design, and visual arts, Andrea Bastien reflects her multi-platform practice to her cultural lineage. Belonging to the Otter Clan from the Blackfoot (Blood, Peigan), Cree and Anishnaabe nations, this is a portion of her multi-ethnicity. Living in the space between, her work as a whole is informed by this. Andrea has an extensive, continuous and evolving relationship with music and community engagement, one that brings her to a variety of cultural and educational projects and events. This led her to work with organizations such as Redwire NYM, UMAYC, Indigenous Media Arts Group, Raven Spirit Dance, imagineNATIVE, Toronto Aboriginal Youth Council, TDSB Aboriginal Education, and Naadmaagit Ki Group along with many others. In her leisure time, under her DJ name Ariel, Andrea has played sets at venues such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Vancouver Art Gallery, and Yonge and Dundas Square, at events including Manifesto and imagineNATIVE, as well as opening for artists like Anderson .Paak, Kaytrananda, Daniel Caesar, and Tanya Taqaq.

John Cutfeet (Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug) is Health Transformation Initiative Internal Lead, with Nishnawbe Aski Nation. From 1999-2007, John was band councillor for Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) – an Oji-Cree community 600 km northwest of Thunder Bay – with responsibility for lands and environment. John has long worked on issues related to mining, development and peace, and coordinating watershed work in Indigenous communities. He is co-author of Keeping the Land: Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Reconciliation and Canadian Law. John is currently an inaugural research fellow at the Yellowhead Institute. He lives in KI and continues to engage in the traditional pursuits of living off the land.

Todd S. Gordon is author of Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America and Imperialist Canada, social justice activist based in Toronto, and professor at Laurier University.

Joeita Gupta is a Toronto tenant advocate and broadcaster. As a student, she served on the University of Toronto Governing Council (2009-2011) and was an executive member of the Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students (APUS).

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The Specificities of Indigenous Spaces at U of T

March 27, 7-9pm

OISE Nexus Lounge.

This special event aims to explore Indigenous people’s designs for campus space. It was organized with The List in the spirit of building coalition, and as a step towards the reparative work the TRC process demands of the University and its many communities. The evening will involve Indigenous faculty, staff, fellows, and students – and others who might take up these roles if our institutions had already undertaken the work of decolonization. Indigenous knowledge keepers, artists and educators will come together to share ideas for what campus space could look like. The event will take the form of a ‘fishbowl’: invited participants will begin in the middle of the space with the audience around them listening. People from the audience will then be invited into the middle of the fishbowl to share back what they heard.