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The Scarborough Oral History Collection is a fully searchable digital collection of interviews and oral histories available for education and research purposes. As part of an interdisciplinary course-based research initiative that began in 2013, we made a commitment to preserve the stories collected in a publicly accessible web-based system and to that end worked with the UTSC Digital Scholarship Unit to design and maintain a digital collection built on the Islandora Oral History Solution Pack. The collection currently consists of special collections including: The Stories of Scarborough Collection - audio recordings and transcripts of stories collected by the student researchers as part of their course work; the Stories of UTSC – a collection of oral history interviews conducted with members of our campus community past and present; and the Oral History Collection of Ethiopian and Eritrean Migration – a collection developed as a student independent study research project. For more information on these collections please contact: Christine Berkowitz chris.berkowitz@utoronto.ca or dsu.utsc@utoronto.ca

Interview with Shirley Criscione

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Shirley Criscione shares her student experiences as one of the first graduates of Scarborough College in 1968. Shirley highlights how the campus culture was during those years, particularly the impact of having such a small student body (less than 200 students). The campus community was tight knit, where "everybody knew everybody." Shirley also recalls how the larger society was reflected on campus, particularly the roles that women took, the demographics of the student body, what students were expected to wear, and even the normalcy of smoking at the time.

Interview with William Dick

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Professor William Dick discusses his 32 years as a history faculty member at UTSC. Dick describes his experiences with fellow faculty, the student community, extracurriculur activities and the ways in which the UTSC culture evolved prior to his retirement in 1999.

Interview with Meredyth Schofield and Rick

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As residents of the local community and leaders of the Scarborough Historical Society and Archives, Meredyth and Rick (a former UTSC student) reflect on UTSC and its place within the Scarborough community since the 1970s.

Interview with Elliott Schwartz

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Elliott Schwartz, a graduate of UTSC (1969), discusses the social, academic and administrative culture of the campus.

Interview with Karen Aboud

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Karen Aboud talks about her experience as an active UTSC student, both academically and in her extracurricular activities. She discusses topics ranging from her professors and classes to her involvement in student council and rallies. As a student from the first graduating class of Scarborough College in the 1960s, Aboud relays the impression she got of the layout of Scarborough in the early years of the College.

Interview with Michael Gervers

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Professor Michael Gervers, a professor of both history and art history for over 40 years, speaks about his past and his childhood, travelling from the United Kingdom to various American cities, later studying in a Swiss high school. He shares the family origins of his interest in medieval history and his experience studying in both French and German universities before coming to Scarborough in the 1970s.

Interview with Jeff Rybak

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Jeff Rybak, a graduate of UTSC, discusses the campus' student and academic culture during the early 2000s. He touches upon his life as a student leader and how the role has shaped his university experience and how he had interacted with its faculty. He also explains how his time at UTSC has influenced his life, created lifelong ties, and inspired his career choices.

Interview with Barry Freeman

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Professor Barry Freeman discusses his experience as a student at UTSC in the 1990s and the journey he has taken to get to where he is now. Currently a UTSC faculty member, administrator and chair of the Arts, Culture and Media department, Freeman also reflects about the ways in which his perspective of the campus, higher education, and the overall community of Scarborough has evolved more broadly.

Interview with Wayne Enright

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Prof. Wayne Enright discusses his experience teaching at UTSC and establishing a Computer Science program on campus. He touches upon how the education system and high schools may prepare students and how the experience of first year students in the computer science program is, as well as how the university campuses compare.

Interview with Gerald Cupchik

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Gerald Cupchik recounts his journey to becoming a psychology professor at UTSC. His story began from when he decided to be a professor of social psychology at the age of 12, through his time at the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin amid social unrest and civil rights movements, until he began teaching at the University of Toronto 45 years ago. Professor Cupchik uses this experience to note the ways in which academics have changed, namely through its current heightened professionalism and increased isolation. He highlights the importance of survival and connecting with your roots along with creating a community, or village, of learning in his office as he encourages his students to pursue real life research.

Interview with Mina Filardo

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Mina Filardo, a former student at UTSC, discusses her experience in the arts management program and how its uniqueness brought her to the Scarborough Campus. She looks back at her time at UTSC with fond memories as she recounts her five years there. She touches on her impressions of the campus, the closeness with her peers due to small class sizes, and her career at TVOntario following graduation.

Interview with Frank Prato

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Frank Prato talks about his experience living in the Scarborough community and attending Scarborough College.

Interview with Paul Gooch

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Professor Paul Gooch discusses his experience teaching and chairing the Humanities department at Scarborough College from 1967 to 1985. Professor Gooch reflects on the social and academic climate of the campus during its beginnings. He also provides an insight on the changing relationship between Scarborough College and the St. George campus in terms of its faculty, administration and institutions during this time.

Interview with Joe Jagdeo

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Dr. Joe Jagdeo talks about his experience as one of the first international students at Scarborough College and as a student of its first graduating class. He touches on his immigration process and his impressions of Canada upon his arrival. He shares stories of his time at Scarborough College, in medical school, at SickKids, and his career at Scarborough General Hospital. He also comments on the growth and changing demographics of Scarborough and how it has impacted his medical career.

Interview with Wayne Dowler

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Wayne Dowler came to UTSC, or what was then Scarborough College, as a history professor in 1974. From that point until his retirement in 2011, Wayne was able to understand the workings of the university through his experience serving as the Chair of Humanities and as the Dean of Students and Residence. The insight from these experiences allowed him to comment on the growing professionalization of student programs and of administration. At the time of his arrival, Scarborough College had recently separated its undergraduate program from the downtown campus, which produced a strong sense of mission and esprit de corps on campus. Wayne touches upon the spirit of the college in his early days there with its small size creating close multidisciplinary connections, sense of community, and a collegial feeling that has diminished over the years.

Interview with William Gough

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Professor William Gough, Vice Principal Academic and Dean and Professor of Environment Science, shares his experiences and memories working at UTSC (then Scarborough College) since 1993.

Interview with Paul Harpley

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Paul Harpley, environmental scientist and wildlife painter, describes growing up in Scarborough in the 1960s and his time at Scarborough College first in the 1970s. He shares memories of public transport, his grandparents' cabin at the mouth of Rouge River and Scarborough's urban development. Harpley reflects upon UTSC's impact on his personal life, his environmental activism and his career in natural heritage.

Interview with Gary Sands

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Gary Sands, a graduate of UTSC, reflects upon student life on campus during the 1970s, his time as student council president and the larger Scarborough community.

Interview with Kelvin Sealey

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Kelvin Sealey, an alumnus of UTSC and current head of the Dragon Academy, discusses how the ambitions that he brought to what was then Scarborough College, paired with the values he learned on campus had influenced his future life and career. He discusses his lifelong friendships with those he met in residence, the advice he received while here that encouraged him to volunteer at MTV, and the path that eventually led him to private school administration. His discussion also highlights what life was like at Scarborough College during the 1980s in terms of student diversity, taking the shuttle to the downtown campus, and the student body’s impression of UTSC when compared with UTSG.

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