Message from Warden Bruce Kidd
During the summer of 2015, Toronto will be hosting the Pan American Games (July 10-26) and the Parapan American Games (August 7-15). Both the St. George and Scarborough campuses of the University of Toronto will host athletic and artistic events. The renovated back campus playing fields adjacent to Hart House will be the site of the Pan Am field hockey and Parapan soccer championships.
Hart House has long championed the spirit of intercultural communication and education that inspired the creation of the Pan American Games and the integration of sport, the arts and community that characterizes the quadrennial celebrations. Hart House will thus be staging a number of events on these themes and the political and social issues prompted by the Games in build-up to and during the Games for members of the U of T and Toronto communities and Games-related visitors. We hope to see you at some of these events and encourage you to visit this page for updates.
A Year with Aspiring Pan Am Athletes
Our Blog series follows the journey of three Pan Am and one Parapan Am athletes as they train to qualify for the games. By revealing the daily struggles of these aspiring athletes, students will be able to see that the Games are about people just like them. People who’re either going, or have just gone through, the pressure that comes with studying at one of the world’s best universities.
In joining these athletes in their voyage, readers will not only learn from them—they will also be inspired by them.
You can find our blog posts on the topic at http://harthouseuoft.tumblr.com/tagged/TO2015UofT
Line up of 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.
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.
Learn more at uoft.me/panam
Exploring gender, economic justice, and race through sneaker culture
Varsity article on Hart House panel discussion that focused on the social and cultural importance of the shoe in mainstream society. Read article.
Photos from the event view on flickr.
From sweats to sneakers, athleticwear goes upscale and mainstream
Canadian Press article by Lauren La Rose on street style and sneaker culture. Read article.
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. Three University of Toronto students submitted a proposal for a series of kinetic sculptures.
Their objective was “to create an inclusive space for all people regardless of their ethnicity, age, gender, orientation, or abilities to encourage playfulness, community, storytelling, movement, and sensitivity of the site.”
- Vineetha Sivathasan, 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.
- Zarish Asif, an undergraduate student with a double major in Studio Art and City Studies.