Events and Activities
At Hart House and across U of T, opportunities for student engagement and participation will occur throughout the months leading up to the Games. Check our What’s On Calendar or visit this page often to view the latest news, events and updates.
Sports, Equity and the Pan Am Games
Explore the complex relationship between equity, social justice, sport, activism, nationalism and personal identity through film screenings, conversations, art installations, panel discussions and more. The goal of the series is to build awareness and deepen critical understanding of the issues surrounding barriers to inclusion in sport and recreation.
A Year with Aspiring Pan Am Athletes
Our Blog series follows the journey of Pan Am athletes as they train to qualify for the games. In joining these athletes in their voyage, readers will not only learn from them—they will also be inspired by them.
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Sneaker Culture: exploring gender, economic justice and race
Where will your imagination take you with just a Sharpie and a pair of old sneakers? Hart House and Toronto Loves Kicks want to find out! A series of exhibitions and conferences have taken place over the past year to bring focus to the sneaker and its iconic place in society in light of the Pan Am Games.
- 41 Artists + 41 Countries = 1 Sole Exhibit. Meet some of the contestants. Read about the event and view the winning submissions.
- Varsity article on “Sneaking into the Big Leagues” Hart House panel discussion that focused on the social and cultural importance of the shoe in mainstream society. Read article.
- Photos from “Sneaking into the Big Leagues” event view on flickr.
Pan Am Path Artists
The Pan Am Path will create a multi-use pathway from Brampton to the Rouge River. To engage communities along the route, a call for artists was made to creative an active-living legacy for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
A winning proposal for a series of kinetic sculptures was submitted by three University of Toronto students. Vineetha Sivathasan, a second year Masters of Architecture student at the Daniel’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, Zee Bolad, undergraduate student at the University of Toronto studying English, Visual Studies, and Culture, and Zarish Asif, undergraduate student with a double major in Studio Art and City Studies titled their work Fairgrounds.
Their objective was “to create an inclusive space for all people regardless of their ethnicity, age, gender, orientation, or abilities and to encourage playfulness, community, storytelling, movement, and sensitivity of the site.” Under the supervision of Zoe Dill, Program Coordinator at Hart House and work study student Norah Smith, Fairgrounds will be installed along the Pan Am Path. A week of programming and launch events will take place between August 1 to 7 at UTSC.
- University of Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games
- University of Toronto Scarborough Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre
- Pan Am Path
Volunteer at U of T Pan Am Events
We encourage everyone in the University community to get involved and help host the world. Your contributions can be added to your Co-Curricular Record (CCR), and will qualify you for OSAP benefits such as an extended interest- and payment-free grace period or reduced pre-study contributions.
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