2019 Teaching Excellence Award Nominations

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Friday, November 23, 2018 - 1:00pm to Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 12:00am

You are invited to nominate one of our many dedicated faculty members and teaching assistants for the awards that celebrate teaching here at OCAD University. Nominations are now open, accepted from students, staff and other faculty members alike, with a deadline of Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

To complete the nomination form, simply click the link below:


Final results will be announced on the OCAD U website and recipients will be recognized publicly in May and June.

The Price Award for Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty is presented in honour of JH and Mamie Price.

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OCAD U celebrates launch of CBC’s new digital series This Art Works!

This Art Works! launch event
Friday, July 14, 2017 - 2:15pm

OCAD University celebrated the launch of This Art Works! along with Madeleine Co. and CBC at the Gardiner Museum on July 13.  A new digital CBC series, This Art Works! airing on the CBC Arts online platform, profiles many OCAD U students and recent alumni whose work deals with art and social change.

Dr. Alia Weston, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Zev Farber, Manager, Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers were instrumental in getting this project off the ground on behalf of OCAD University.

Hosted by Amanda Parris (host of CBC Arts’ Exhibitionists) the launch featured an exclusive screening of two episodes. The 10-episode series provides a peek into the curious and often magical behind-the scenes processes of socially innovative artists working today. 

Guest Lecture: Dr. Carola Hein - Landscapes of Oil

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Monday, October 17, 2016 - 10:00pm

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences School for Interdisciplinary Studies presents: 

Dr. Carola Hein - Global Landscapes of Oil

Petroleum – its extraction, refining, transformation, and consumption – has shaped our built environment in visible and invisible interconnected ways around the world over the last 150 years. Industrial structures, buildings, monuments, urban forms, and infrastructure stand as material witnesses to the ubiquity and power of petroleum. Many people will orient themselves in space referring to gas stations, others will point to oil headquarters as local urban icons, and a select few will be aware of local oil industry facilities or the educational, housing or leisure facilities of the petroleum industry employees. But while observers recognize the connection to oil in select buildings, they do not picture the enormous collective presence of oil in the built environment, its impact on production processes, financial flows, and associated social and cultural patterns in our everyday environment, or the long history of oil’s impact on our lives. Using local case studies from the United States, Northern Europe, and China, this lecture explores physical spaces and cultural manifestations of oil on a global scale.

Carola Hein is Professor and Head, Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning at Delft University of Technology. She trained in Hamburg (Diplom‑Ingenieurin) and Brussels (Architecte) and earned her doctorate at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg in 1995. She has published and lectured widely on topics in contemporary and historical architectural and urban planning—notably in Europe and Japan—and has authored several articles and books on capital city issues in Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Berlin, and Tokyo. From 1995 to 1999 she was a Visiting Researcher at Tokyo Metropolitan University and Kogakuin University, focusing on the reconstruction of Japanese cities after World War II and the Western influence on Japanese urban planning. Among other major grants, in 2004, she held a grant by the Brussels-Capital Region Government to investigate the urban location and architectural expression of the European capital function. In 2005-06 she has been working with a grant from the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy for research on Regional integration and land policies affecting the future development of Tallinn, Warsaw, and Budapest. In 2007, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship to pursue research on The Global Architecture of Oil.With an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship she investigated large scale urban transformation in Hamburg in international context between 1842 and 2008. Her current interest is the study of international networks and the transmission of architectural and urban ideas along these networks, focusing specifically on port cities and the global architecture of oil.


Carola Hein has authored The Capital of Europe. Architecture and Urban Planning for the European Union (Praeger, 2004), and has edited Port Cities: Dynamic Landscapes and Global Networks London: Rutledge 2011; (with Pierre Laconte (eds,)) Brussels: Perspectives on a European Capital. Brussels: Publication of the Foundation for the Urban Environment, 2007. Bruxelles l’Européene: Capitale de qui? Ville de qui?/ European Brussels. Whose capital? Whose city? Brussels: Cahiers de la Cambre-Architecture n 5, Brussels: La Lettre Volée, 2006; (with Philippe Pelletier (eds.)). Cities, Autonomy and Decentralization in Japan. London: Routledge, 2006/2009: (with Jeffry Diefendorf, and Yorifusa Ishida (eds.)), Rebuilding Urban Japan after 1945. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. She has also published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, books, and magazines.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, room 190

Guided Tour: Design for the Other 90%

Design for the Other 90%
Thursday, November 27, 2008 - 11:30pm

The OCAD Professional Gallery presents a series free of 20-30 minute discussions of the works on view in the Smithsonian's touring exhibition Design for the Other 90%.

November 27: Ananda Shankar Chakrabarty is an art historian with a strong interest in music, and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Studies at the Ontario College of Art & Design.

January 15, 2009: Eric Nay is an architect, design history and theory scholar and an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Liberal Studies at the Ontario College of Art & Design.

Venue & Address: 
Professional Gallery 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Poetry reading by Joe Rosenblatt & Allan Safarik

Poetry Reading Poster
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - 9:30pm to 11:30pm

The Faculty of Liberal Studies presents a poetry reading by acclaimed poets Joe Rosenblatt and Allan Safarik. Joe and Allan will be reading from their latest work. All are invited to attend this event. There will be an open mic after the readings.

Organized by Liberal Studies Faculty member Catherine Black.

Venue & Address: 
Rm 187 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Circles and Squares

Wednesday, March 5, 2008 - 5:00am to Friday, April 4, 2008 - 4:00am

In The Loop Cafe in Toronto presents work by Robin Kingsburgh, Instructor in the Faculty of Liberal Studies.

Venue & Address: 
In The Loop Cafe 1024 St. Clair West, Toronto, Ontario

Book Launch: Lessons of Chaos and Disaster

Thursday, December 6, 2007 - 12:00am to 2:00am

Bar Italia hosts a book launch for Faculty of Liberal Studies Professor Catherine Black's new book Lessons of Chaos and Disaster, a book of prose poetry.

Venue & Address: 
Bar Italia 582 College Street, Toronto, Ontario

Fundraising Booksale for the BA in Visual and Critical Studies

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 2:00pm to 7:00pm

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies presents: BA Program Fundraising Book Sale
Wednesday October 21st, 2015 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in the lobby of 100 McCaul St. (MCA)
All funds will support extracurricular activities for the Visual and Critical Studies program students, such as field trips and lectures by international guests.

Venue & Address: 
in the lobby of 100 McCaul St. (MCA) All funds will support extracurricular activities for the
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Diasporic Intimacies event is first of its kind

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Friday, February 6, 2015 - 5:00am

Diasporic Intimacies is the first explicitly queer Filipino/a event in North America. Co-organized by OCAD University’s Robert Diaz, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the event brought together artists, scholars and community workers to discuss the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Filipinos/as to Canadian culture and society.

From the well-attended reception at OCAD U’s Open Gallery, to the day-long OCAD U conference panels that extended into the evening to accommodate all the speakers, Diaz and co-organizers, artist Marissa Largo and students Karlo Azores and Fritz Pino, were encouraged by the enthusiasm of the 250 participants..

Says Diaz, “The most innovative leaders in settlement work, academia, and the art scene are often Filipino/a and LGBTQ identified. We wanted to create a space for these individuals to share their creativity and to celebrate their work with the general public.”

Diasporic Intimacies is based on Diaz’s research at OCAD U. His interviews with LGBTQ Filipinos/as in Toronto (focussed on their everyday struggles and strategies for empowerment) inspired him to create a forum to encourage LGBTQ Filipinos/as to share their experiences, insights and art, as well as build networks between mainstream and Filipino/a  LGBTQ Communities in Canada.

During the conference, panelists and participants addressed such question as:

  • How might queer Filipinos/as in Canada contribute to our understanding of indigeneity and collectivity?
  • How do regional policies on labour, migration and multiculturalism influence queer Filipino/a Canadian lives?
  • How might Filipino/a lesbian and transgender communities reimagine social formations that have come to be attributed to Canadian queer oral histories?
  • What forms of resistance and resilience do queer Filipinos/as practice as they inhabit multiple spaces within Canada?

As well as the conference, a three-week long exhibit, Visualizing the Intimate in Filipino/a Lives, co-curated by the organizers, highlights the work of community-based artists and OCAD U alumni. Examples of visual culture, new media, community-based and critical work by Filipino/a artists are on display at Open Gallery from January 23 to February 15. Installations explore what is sometimes called the third space — where issues of identity and community are not considered fixed, but fluid and hybrid. In the case of Visualizing the Intimate, representations of immigration, gender and colonialism suggest how queer identity is neither universally understood nor expressed.

According to Diaz, “The issues, concerns, and contributions that LGBTQ Filipinos/as have made enrich how we see ourselves as Canadians. These events allow us to recognize the hard work of those who strive to make Canada a better and more equitable society, while also highlighting the areas we can still improve upon.”

Visualizing the Intimate in Filipino/a Lives art exhibition runs until February 15, 2015, at OCAD U’s Open Gallery, 49 McCaul Street. 

Critical Art Ensemble

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Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 8:00pm

Presented by OCAD University's Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies with Nuit Talks

Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) is a collective of tactical media practitioners of various specializations, including computer graphics and web design, wetware, film/video, photography, text art, book art and interventionist performance. Formed in 1987, CAE’s focus has been on the exploration of the intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political activism. The collective has performed and produced a wide variety of projects for an international audience at diverse venues ranging from the street, to the museum, to the Internet. Critical Art Ensemble has also written seven books on various aspects of cultural resistance.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street Central Hall, Room 230 Toronto, ON M5T 1W1