Dear Alumni,

By far the biggest event for the still very young and newest philosophy department at the University of Toronto was our move to new quarters on the UTSC campus in November, 2012.

We are now ensconced in one of the portables between the S-wing and the Arts and Administration building. There was considerable trepidation about moving to a portable but in fact the new location has been a great success. It’s cozy but the philosophy department now has its own seminar room and lounge (with kitchen), plus we found office space for the Undergraduate Philosophy Students Association as well.

Alumni are encouraged—should they be visiting UTSC—to pop in for a tour (we are Portable PO-102). One such visitor who recently passed through was  Paul Abela, who studied at UTSC in the 1980s before going on to Oxford for his PhD. Now professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, it was great for him to look around the new building and to see a full fledged department of philosophy at UTSC.

We are very happy to also note that two of our graduating students: David Balcarras and Robyn Forman are off to graduate school, albeit not very far off as they are both joining the MA programme at the University of Toronto. We wish them as much success in grad school as they had here in the UTSC programme.

We are always interested in hearing from our alumni. If you have news or just want to keep in touch please contact us at

William Seager, Acting Chair
August 2013