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Ottawa, ON: Making a Global City


Vancouver, BC: Making a Global City

Join fellow U of T alumni and friends for a lecture that explores how one Toronto school embraced diversity.

  • Reception & Presentation
  • Q & A to follow

Registration is now closed. If you would like to attend this event, please email Bailey-Anne Gandy at

Barbara Dick
Assistant Vice-President, Alumni Relations
University of Toronto

cordially invites you to a reception and thought-provoking presentation by

Professor Robert Vipond
Faculty of Arts & Science
University of Toronto

Half of Toronto's population was born outside of Canada, and more than 140 languages are spoken on the city's streets and in its homes. How to build community amidst such diversity is one of the global challenges that Canada and many other Western nations have to face head-on. 

Prof. Vipond's talk will focus on his recent book, Making a Global City, that sees these questions of community and diversity through the history of a single primary school - Clinton Street Public School - in downtown Toronto between 1920 and 1990. Clinton Street Public School served as a "gateway" school for three distinct waves of immigrant students and families over the course of the Twentieth Century, and in doing so, it became a living laboratory of multiculturalism. Making a Global City tells the story of Clinton Street School with a view to understanding whether and to what extent it provides a guide for Toronto, Canada, and liberal democracies more generally moving forward. 

Prof. Vipond's presentation is part of an ongoing series of compelling lectures for alumni, hosted in cities around the world. U of T Where You Are brings the university right into your community, keeping you informed, inspired and connected. 

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