On Remembrance Day 1969, one of Canada’s and U of T’s most decorated academics, Northrop Frye, gave a speech to mark the 50th anniversary of Hart House.

In his address given in the Great Hall, “Hart House Rededicated”, Frye said that “Hart House represented the university as a society; it dramatized the kind of life that the university encourages one to live: a life which imagination and intelligence have a central and continuous function”. Ever the forward thinker, Frye also tabled the still highly relevant topic of “community”, saying it is “defined by who is included, and who is excluded”. 

As part of our 100th Anniversary celebrations, Hart House looked back half-a-century to Frye’s address in a special event called “Echoes of Northrop Frye @ Hart House.” Presented in partnership with the annual U of T Alumni Reunion, moderated by Hart House Warden John Monahan, this event featured a dramatic re-reading of Frye’s speech, followed by a panel discussion about its resonance 50 years later. Our special guest reader was actor, writer, and musician Nicky Lawrence.

Panellists included author, U of T lecturer and Hart House Board of Stewards Chair, Janelle Joseph; author, teacher and U of T graduate, Ann Y. K. Choi; and award-winning author, U of T professor, and Principal of St.Michael’s College, Randy Boyagoda.


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  • Date: Fri, May 31, 2019
  • Time & Duration: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (EST) (2h)
  • Cost:
    • General Admission


  • Venue:
    Hart House
    7 Hart House Cir,
    Toronto, ON M5S 3H3
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  • Room: Debates Room (2034)
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