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CAUT Bulletin Archives

June 2004

Comings and Goings: University Students in Canadian Society, 1854—1973

Charles Morden Levi. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2003; 172 pp; ISBN: 0-7735-2442-8; hardcover $65 CA.
Comings and Goings is the first book to connect the study of student life with both the history of the Canadian university as a whole and the role of the university as a career-training institution. Looking at almost 120 years of Canadian history, Charles Levi examines the origins, activities and careers of 1,876 members of the executive of the University College Literary and Athletic Society of the University of Toronto from the inception of the College until 1973. Using an intricate quantitative analysis of data from student records and genealogical sources, Levi charts the history of students activities at University College, filling a gap in the historiography of higher education in Canada. In an era when all forms of education are being scrutinized to determine if they are fulfilling their functions, Comings and Goings shows that the Canadian university has continually adapted to the needs of society as a whole and that Canadian university students have used their educational experiences in innovative ways.

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