NEW101/111 Food Matters I & II / Sarah Elton

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I have spent a lot of time on farms, in supermarkets, community gardens, restaurants and at markets, street-food stalls and so many other places where food is grown, prepared and sold. I am a food studies and public health scholar who researches in the area of ecological public health. As a researcher, I am particularly interested in the idea that food connects us to what we call nature–as well as to each other. In class we’ll unpack the social and political issues embedded in the food we eat. I use a participatory learning framework in class so look forward to lots of class discussion, field trips, guest speakers and even food to eat. I am also a former food journalist and author of several books about food politics. I look forward to the class food journey.


 NEW102/112 Language and Diversity I & II / Dejan Ivkovic

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I’ve been interested in languages since my childhood, back home in Serbia. I’ve studied English, Russian, Scandinavian, French, Latin, Old Church Slavonic and other Slavic, Germanic and Romance languages, also learning bits and pieces of Mandarin, Hindi and Cree, and their writing systems. As a researcher, I’ve used different methodologies and approaches to analyze multilingualism and the interaction of language and society in Canada, abroad as well as in virtual space. In Canada, especially in Toronto, one has a unique opportunity to learn about, and experience, different cultures and languages. I am looking forward to embarking on this exciting, yet challenging, trip, together with my students, to better understand and cherish our country, the World and humanity.

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NEW103/113 Digital Technology in Society I & II / Roberta Buiani

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New media and technologies are constantly reshaped, they form complex networks and merge with all living and non-human forms, remaking themselves and becoming obsolete as we speak: it is crucial that we develop better tools to understand their functioning and that we interrogate their usage and significance in and outside the classroom. I am very thrilled to draw on my current interdisciplinary experience and research interests as an artist and media scholar, and as the artistic director of the ArtSci Salon at the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences (Toronto) to lead this course: my research focuses on how scientific and technological mechanisms translate, encode and transform the natural and human world, and how new interdisciplinary approaches may help comprehend its increasing complexity. 
My recently awarded SSHRC research creation project draws on feminist technoscience and on collaborative encounters across technoscience and the arts to investigate those newly emerging or newly created (biological or digital) forms exceeding the categories defined by traditional methods of classification. As an artist, I have presented site-specific, itinerant and collaborative installations at art festivals (Transmediale; Hemispheric Institute Encuentro; Brazil), community centres and galleries (the Free Gallery Toronto; Immigrant Movement International, Queens; Artscape Youngplace, for Myseum of Toronto), and science institutions (RPI; the Fields Institute). 
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NEW 106/116 Science and Social Justice I & II / Paul Whissell

Paul Whissell is a neuroscientist who teaches and researches in several academic deparments at the University of Toronto. In NEW 106 and 116, Dr. Whissell promotes student engagement in the public dissemination of science and raises awareness about the important role science plays in the development of laws, policies, and guidelines key to our society. 



 New One Coordinator / Alexandra Guerson

Profile image of Alexandra Guerson, New One CoordinatorA university degree can hold the key to many careers and yet our university years can be either a liberating time of self-discovery and learning or a dreary anxiety-filled time that we hope to forget. Having had both experiences, my teaching has always been infused with promoting engagement in and out of the classroom and ensuring my students have the tools they need to succeed.  Having taught at New College’s International Programs for the past seven years, the needs of first-year students has been foremost in my mind for quite some time. I bring this interest to the New One Program, where our dynamic team of instructors are committed in helping New One students successfully transition into higher education and into their roles as global citizens.