Innis College

Innis College

Infobox UofT College
name = Innis College
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established = 1964
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faculty = Arts and Sciences
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college_type = Constituent
religion = Non-denominational
sg_area = West
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undergrad = 1650
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subway = St. George
routes = 510 Spadina
94 Wellesley
street = 2 Sussex Ave.
city = Toronto
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Innis College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Toronto. It is one of the University of Toronto's smallest colleges in terms of size and the second smallest college in terms of population with approximately 1650 registered students. It is located in the campus' historic west end, directly north of Robarts Library, and is named after prominent U of T political economist Harold Innis.

The College includes a fully-equipped cinema (Innis Town Hall), which hosts numerous film festivals, free film screenings, and a variety of other cultural events. It also serves as a venue for Hot Docs, which is North America's largest documentary film festival.


Originally designed to be a wing (now Wetmore Hall) onto New College, Innis College was founded separately in 1964 as the second non-federated college to be formed under U of T's federated administration.

Although initially located at the historic Macdonald-Mowatt house on St. George Street, the College has since relocated to a building on Sussex Avenue that incorporates a substantial Victorian home into a functional modern structure designed by Jack Diamond and Barton Myers.

It existed as a small and peripheral college for much of its earlier history, but the opening of the new Innis College Residence on St. George Street in 1994 (replacing the dilapidated Vladimir House on Spadina Avenue) immediately augmented the College's prominence.

Innis was also the first U of T college to host an open pub (1975) and the first one to sport an equity split between faculty and students on its governing council.

Academic Programs

All students of the College are enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Innis College also hosts several programs in the faculty, which are:

* Cinema Studies
* Urban Studies
* Writing and Rhetoric (Minor)

In addition, Innis College is home of the Cinema Studies Institute, which not only offers the undergraduate program, but also a one-year graduate program leading to an MA.

The College formerly hosted the Environmental Studies program before it was relocated to U of T's Centre for Environment.

Innis Residence

The Innis Residence is a modern apartment-style building with seven stories, located across the street from the College at 111 St. George Street. The design of the building consists of four floors that form a U-shape around a courtyard, and two 3-story towers above them, on the north and south sides of the building. The building is suite-style - each suite contains a common kitchen, common living room, two shared bathrooms and 4-5 bedrooms. There are 327 spaces available for students in the building, which roughly consist of 60% first-year students and 40% upper-years. A number of spaces are also reserved for students from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. The Innis Residence was also the first university residence in North America to be wired for Internet access.

Notable Alumni

* Linda Schuyler – Co-creater and Executive Producer of the "Degrassi" television series
* Brian Ashton – Toronto City Councillor
* Alan Bernstein – President of the CIHR

Notable Faculty, Past and Present

* Joe Medjuck – Film Producer ("Kindergarten Cop", "Beethoven", "Disturbia")
* Kay Armatage
* Charlie Keil

ee also


* Martin L. Friedland 'The University of Toronto: A History' (Toronto: University of Toronto Press © 2002)
* Robin Harris 'A History of University of Toronto' (Toronto: University of Toronto Press © 1970)
*Rick Helmes-Hayes 'Forty Years, 1963-2003: A History of the Department of Sociology, University of Toronto.' (Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press, 2003, 215 pp.)
*Professor Brian McKillop, 'Matters of Mind: The University in Ontario, 1791-1951' (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press ©1951)
* Marian Packham '100 Years of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto: An Illustrated History' 1908-2008, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press © 2008)

External links

* [ Innis College Official Site]
* [ Innis College Residence Official Site]
* [ Innis Town Hall]
* [ Cinema Studies Institute]

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