Fees for new Fellows or renewals for the period of January 1 to June 30, 2023

Fellowship fees (cover in-person talks, Zoom access to in-person talks, Book Club, colloquia, excursions, Meet my Colleagues, and special events). The fee is comprised of the fee for the Faculty Club plus $40 for Senior College:
o Retired renewal at Faculty Club: $85 + $40 for total of $125

o First year of membership at Faculty Club: 50% reduction to $42.50 +$40 for total of $82.50

The Faculty Club will bill for these fees directly. Do not pay Senior College. The Faculty Club will collect both their renewal fee and the Senior College fee.

NEW: Limited access discount for those who self-identify as unable to come to the Faculty Club for reasons of health or geography: $65 not including Faculty Club membership; includes all Senior College activities presented via Zoom. Register for this limited access fellowship by clicking on this link.

Upcoming Events

Popular Events

Wednesday Talks

One of the College’s most popular activities has been the series of weekly talks during the academic year, and often into the summer. These are currently presented in a hybrid format–both in person at the Faculty Club and simultaneously online via Zoom. The presenters are both Fellows reporting on their recent work and outside academic speakers from the local area. The topics are wide-ranging and cover a broad spectrum of disciplines and subjects. The format calls for an approximately 50-minute talk followed by a coffee break and then a discussion period. The talks are usually recorded and made available on the College’s YouTube channel. (The discussion sessions, which are often very lively, are not recorded.) These talks are so popular that in-person seating is limited, and Fellows and Faculty Club members are given priority, although others are welcome if space permits.

Book Club

Fellows and External Fellows are invited to take part in the Book Club sessions held monthly except in August.  The annual list of readings, available on this website under Events, is balanced across a wide range of topics categorized as Literature, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Sciences.  All sessions take place via Zoom.  Upcoming monthly sessions with a link for registration are announced in the weekly publication Senior College Events.   


The Colloquia provide the opportunity for Fellows & External Fellows to participate in small group discussions of particular topics and issues. Colloquia are held on a more-or-less monthly basis and are limited to about 15 participants.  A committee selects topics and participants receive a reading list, featuring readily-available sources, ahead of time. Topics range over a wide variety of disciplines and much of the interest generated by this series arises from the opportunity it provides for Fellows from different fields to interact with one another.  Starting  from next September (2022) we will be having our colloquia in person in the Senior College rooms at 256 McCaul Street, Suite 412. Toronto, ON M5T 1W5 Canada (416) 978-7553. Before the colloquia we will have lunch at Valens on Baldwin St. with those who would like to come.

Principal’s Message

Welcome to the website of Senior College at the University of Toronto. Senior College is an organization consisting of all retired Faculty and Librarians of the University. It maintains SC Centre at 256 McCaul St on the 4th floor. This space is available to all members and is used for art shows, meetings and monthly colloquium discussion groups.

The College mounts a vibrant academic program consisting of weekly lectures, a monthly book club, and a yearly symposium. Various more informal, social activities such as Coffee hour discussions and “Meet your colleagues” allow participants to get to know each other. The key feature of SC is the diversity of career backgrounds of its Members and Fellows and the range of perspectives this diversity brings. Please explore the “Events” button to view our past, present and forthcoming activities.

With the lessening of the Covid-19 pandemic we have returned to the Faculty Club for Wednesday lectures. We have developed a hybrid presentation with attendees both in the room and at home on Zoom. This allows members a choice of how they wish to participate. It also allows programming to go to out of town Fellows who could not have previously accessed it. We continue to experiment with this format with the intention of making it equally enjoyable whether in-person or on line.

We have re-opened Senior College Centre in a limited way. The Colloquia have returned to meeting there in person. The Book Cub has exceeded the size limitations of SCC and will remain on-line.

Over the Covid pandemic time SC has remained active and busy. In the last year, we have revised our Constitution, celebrated our Founding Fellows and Principal in a 10+ year celebration, initiated a new program, the Peter Russell Discussion, and finally, successfully raised money to endow the Senior College Peter Russell Scholarship in Lifecourse, Aging and Retirement.

One thing is for sure – it’s never boring at the College.

Michael A. Hutcheon MD FRCPC
Principal, Senior College