Arts and Humanities
Words 2020 lives on as virtual festival

Words 2020 lives on as virtual festival

Words 2020 – London’s literary and creative arts festival – launched on Nov. 6 and it’s 100-per-cent virtual as the world stays safe amidst the global pandemic.

Bracelets honour friend’s memory, support mental health

Bracelets honour friend’s memory, support mental health

The bracelet, a rugby ball strung through with a blue paracord, bears the initials of Samuel James Baker. It is an enduring memorial to Sam Baker, said his friend Sepand Mesgarzadeh, an Ivey Business student who designed it and is selling identical ones as a...

Business, English grad takes the road less travelled

Business, English grad takes the road less travelled

Ellie Sak may well be the first business student in Ivey Business School history to clinch an internship by reciting Robert Frost poems. And, to borrow from the poet’s voice, that has made all the difference in helping her land a career she loves.

‘Be fearless and be yourself’: Faflak wins OCUFA teaching award

‘Be fearless and be yourself’: Faflak wins OCUFA teaching award

Joel Faflak’s faculty profile will tell you he teaches British Romantic poetry of the 18th century. But the award-winning prof will tell you – and his students and colleagues will attest – that his primary aim is to teach to the soul, to their humanity itself.

BLM movement finds new urgency, allies because of COVID-19

BLM movement finds new urgency, allies because of COVID-19

COVID-19 has exacerbated the problems of racial injustice, isolation, frustration and stagnation and caused higher unemployment, which provides the time to air these grievances. When coupled with mixed messages from elites, the spark lit a fire that continues to burn.

TV may help you stay tuned to a new language

TV may help you stay tuned to a new language

Surprisingly, television has played a relatively small role in the language learning classroom. Our research has shown that students learn new words and phrases through watching television, and the amount of learning may be similar to what is learned through reading.

Trio of PhD candidates named Vanier Scholars

Trio of PhD candidates named Vanier Scholars

Three Western PhD candidates – all from the social sciences and humanities competition – have been named among 166 nationwide recipients of 2020-21 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships.

Grad embraces collision of two worlds

Grad embraces collision of two worlds

Stefanie Tom came to Western keen on drawing as much as possible from the experience – and on giving back as much as she could to the school that welcomed her for five years.

Ivan Coyote to bring passion, empathy to Munro Chair

Ivan Coyote to bring passion, empathy to Munro Chair

For more than two decades, Ivan Coyote has been using the power of personal narrative to work toward a better world. The newly named Alice Munro Chair in Creativity often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity, as well as family, class, social justice and queer liberation in their work.

Western scholar contributes to WHO human trial guidelines

Western scholar contributes to WHO human trial guidelines

Human trials may offer a pathway toward a COVID-19 vaccine, but the effort is rife with ethical pitfalls that need to be navigated. It is a journey that requires a well-developed roadmap forward, according to one Western researcher.

Pandemic turns research scenario into unexpected reality

Pandemic turns research scenario into unexpected reality

Women’s Studies and Feminist Research professor Bipasha Baruah was one of two Western-led researchers named among 31 nationwide projects earning a Knowledge Synthesis Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) officials announced today.