The entrance to the Department of History’s office in Sidney Smith Hall

Invitation - From the Battleground to the Cut Block: Talk and Special Tour of The Tree Planters Art Exhibit

Start Date and Time:

Monday, November 6, 2017, 6:00PM

End Date and Time:

Monday, November 6, 2017, 7:30PM


Rita Leistner (BA Woodsworth; English & History; 1988)

Internationally celebrated artist and documentary photographer Rita Leistner (BA Woodsworth; English & History, 1988) will give a visual presentation and talk at U of T about her journey from photographing conflict zones in Afghanistan and Iraq, to photographing and filming tree planters in western Canada. Leistner is the first female photojournalist to have her work as a part of the Canadian War Museum’s collection.

U of T alumni are also invited to a special private tour by the artist of her new exhibit, “The Tree Planters.” The series, which captures tree planters heroically in a live-action context, is a critical, in-depth look at the culture of reforestation in Canada, and the human ability to co-operate with nature. (The exhibit runs from October 21 to November 18 at Stephen Bulger Gallery.)

Note: some of the images from the conflict zones may be graphic and sensitive in nature.

RSVP & Register below by October 31st

Talk : Monday, November 6, 2017                    
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                                                 
Kruger Hall Commons                                             
119 St. George Street                                             
University of Toronto
Private Tour: Saturday, November 11, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Stephen Bulger Gallery
1356 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario


  • Faculty of Arts and Science
  • Woodsworth College

Contact Information

Ramine Haider (Alumni Relations Officer)


Kruger Hall Commons, 119 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 1A9 view full map


Lectures, Exhibits


Faculty, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students

Image of Rita Leistner tree planting in the bush of Western Canada