New One Coordinator
NEW103 – Digital technology and society / NEW113 – Unpacking Digital Technology
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). ArtSci Salon, Personal Website.
New One Coordinator
(Vice-Principal. Honorary Member)
A 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.
NEW102 – Exploring Multilingual Toronto / NEW112 Language Freedom and Power
NEW104 – Creating Community: Art, Identity and Belonging / NEW114 – Art for Social Change
Teresa Ascencao is a multimedia artist and educator. Her artworks transgress notions of gender, seduction and class. As an advocate for social and environmental causes, she produces and facilitates interdisciplinary art residencies on the diversity of the human body and material and magical notions of water. She has spearheaded various citizen events towards sustainable and community-oriented goals, facilitated photo and media art workshops to economically and geographically disadvantaged youth, and led university student projects in accessibility and sustainability. Teresa was born in Brazil to Azorean parents. She graduated with an Honours B.A. with distinction from the University of Toronto and an M.F.A. specializing in media art from OCAD University. Her award-winning artworks have been exhibited internationally. Teresa is a member of the Ontario Art Education Association and A Space Gallery, where she previously served on the board.
NEW 106 – Science, Health, & Social Justice / NEW116 – Science & Global Threats
Paul Whissell is a neuroscientist who teaches and researches in several academic departments 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.
Instructor – Coordinator of CEL (Community Engaged Learning)
NEW 101 – The Everyday Politics of Food / NEW111 – Food, Ethics, and Sustainability
Chris Ramsaroop is working to complete his PhD at OISE/University of Toronto. His area of research examines the role of resistance by migrant farm workers in Canada. Chris is also an organizer with Justicia for Migrant Workers. He is also an instructor in the Caribbean Studies Program at the University of Toronto and a clinic instructor at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law. Justicia for Migrant Workers is a grassroots activist collective that has been organizing with migrant workers for nearly 20 years. Justicia’s work is based on building long term trust and relationships with migrant workers and includes: engaging in direct actions, working with workers to resist at work, launching precedent setting legal cases, and organizing numerous collective actions. He is the incoming director for the CEL program.