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Museum Studies: U of T Crises, Past and Present

Submitted on Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Onwards: The University of Toronto Through Times of Change — a digital story maps exhibition curated by Museum Studies students Annie McCarron, Carys Owen, and Leora Bromberg in partnership with U of T Archives & Records Management Services.

As the University of Toronto navigates and responds to the current unprecedented moment of the COVID-19 pandemic, this exhibition looks to the University’s past responses to crises and calls for change, for any lessons that may resonate today. The featured stories emerge from archival collections, tracing examples of the University’s responses to medical, environmental, pedagogical and social justice calls for change over time.

The exhibition also aims to amplify lesser known histories and stories on campus, and shift the attention from the institution to the individual community members.

While the students had originally hoped to create an in-person component to their exhibition – by “pinning” locations on campus using mapping software and putting posters in the widows – tightened pandemic restrictions did not allow them the chance. Their exhibition ended up completely online.

You can view the exhibition here:

Exhibition Project is a full year course for Museum Studies students, who work in small groups or individually to develop a project, often an exhibition, in partnership with cultural institutions, community organizations or university programs.

More exhibits will be featured as they launch in coming weeks.

Here are some exhibits that have already been unveiled:

Picturing Politics
Scrolling Spadina
AGNES: Illustrating Canadian Wildflowers and Plant Life