'Prof. Joel Faflak (English) has been named Western Faculty Scholar for 2013. READ MORE
Prof. Susan Knabe (Women's Studies) is the 2013 recipient of The Marilyn Robinson Award for Excellence in Teaching.READ MORE
Prof. Kathryn Brush (Visual Arts) is the 2013 recipient of The Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching. READ MORE
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Prof. Gabrielle Ceraldi was recently interviewed on CBC Radio about her brand new course on Harry Potter, set to begin next fall.
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Sky Glabush from Visual Arts is featured on the cover of the Spring 2013 issue of Canadian Art.
Paul Werstine from English & Writing Studies has recently published Early Modern Playhouse Manuscripts and the Editing of Shakespeare by Cambridge University Press. READ MORE
Kathryn Mockler from Writing Studies has recently published The Saddest Place on Earth, her second collection of poetry published by DC Books.
Bernd Steinbock from the Department of Classical Studies has recently published Social Memory in Athenian Public Discourse from the University of Michegan Press. Read more
Two summers ago when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 arrived at the cinema in Ancaster, Ont., Stephanie Kesler took the day off work and lined up for 12 hours to make sure she got a good seat. Afterward, Kesler, now 23, says she felt “a little bit sad.” Growing up she had eagerly anticipated each of J.K. Rowling’s books and films. “That was my whole childhood.” Read More
Gina Duque gave the ‘brush off’ to a number of local artists at a recent London fundraiser. Oh, no, it’s not what you think. The 23-year-old Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) student lacks the animosity and hostility to do so. Read More
The MOOC – or, on the off chance you have been hiding in an attic for the last year or so, the ‘massively open online course’ – is, we have been reliably informed, capable of great feats of pedagogical prowess. It is a transformative application of technology to teaching, a tremendous boon for universities, and a godsend for our hard-pressed students.. Read More
Going through her grandmother’s scrapbook last year, Paddy Jane made an incredible discovery.
Her grandmother, Paddy Browne, had not only been an actress, but also a radio host, pinup model and cabaret host. Read More
Christine Roulston hopes teaching sex, seduction and romance – as manifested in French novels – will teach students a little more about French history and culture.
It’s an appealing avenue, she will admit, noting it was intentional to draw more students to the Department of French Studies where she will, come next Winter Term, teach a new half-course in English, Sex and Seduction in the French Novel.. Read More
It’s not your typical tale of time travel. Ill Humour, a recent novel by Western alumnus Philip Glennie, PhD’11, has what he calls an “eye-catching premise.” And he’s right.. Read More
Teaching the Holocaust doesn’t boil down to a history lecture alone. A literature class is a necessary supplement to the subject, according to Alain Goldschläger, director of the Holocaust Research Institute at Western. Read More
The private collections room at Western’s Weldon Library was abuzz Tuesday, and even the librarians were in on the noise.
What was the fuss all about?
An extensive 15th-century religious manuscript from the pre-French Revolution city of Lille that belonged to a man by the name of Canon Grandel, who very likely used the book for his private devotions, Western University music history professor Jim Grier said.. Read More
If a picture paints a thousand words, Patrick Mahon hopes his ongoing project speaks volumes when it comes to the subject of water and its cultural and environmental importance.
Canadians know water as a seemingly ubiquitous resource and an increasingly desirable international commodity. Mahon’s project, Immersion Emergencies, uses the visual arts to offer opportunities for visual and socio-cultural engagement on the topic. Read More
We often think of innovation as being the domain of the widget, the whozit and the whatnot.
Of robots, lasers and cures.
(And, don’t get me wrong: robots can be ridiculously cool.) Read More
What started as a conversation in a Western residence eight years ago will be an elective course in high schools across the province come this fall.
The Miss G Project for Equity in Education, a grassroots organization started by Western students in 2005, had, as its original mandate, the goal of bringing a Gender Studies course to the Ontario secondary school curriculum. With that newly designed course on the agenda this fall, the group’s members are celebrating the victory, while noting there’s work still to be done. Read More
Taiwo Osinubi is taking his students on an unconventional tour around the world, but no luggage is necessary – only books and the subject of marriage.
Among the newest faculty addition to the Department of English and Writing Studies, Osinubi is teaching Global Literatures, a new course meant to cover topics formerly addressed in Postcolonial Literature classes. Read More
What roles do community engagement and public scholarship play at Western as it renews its Strategic Plan? During a time of change and crisis in higher education, what does it mean for an international research university to reimagine its civic commitment, and to explore new spaces of engagement at the student, faculty and institutional levels? How do we cultivate a student experience that fosters global thinking, while also promoting programs and partnerships that feature community-based learning and research that are mutually beneficial to Western and its publics? Read More
It was through personal loss Alex Carrillo-Hayley gained an appreciation of how important writing would become to her life.
The fourth-year Western University student recently became the school’s inaugural student writer-in-residence, in what is likely the only program of its kind in North America.
It was through a poem she crafted at age 12, after the death of her grandfather, Arthur Edwin Hayley, that she realized how words could transform.
“I wrote a poem about his life, which I was later asked to read at his eulogy, and it really helped me cope with the loss of him,” said Carrillo-Hayley, 21. Read More
The Western literary community added two new members this week, both expected to bring a world of insight across campus.
The Department of English and Writing Studies, together with the University Students’ Council (USC), named fourth-year English student Alexandra Carillo-Hayley as Western’s first Student Writer in Residence, starting this term.
“This is a pilot project, an experiment. As far as I know, this is a unique program – no one else has a Student Writer in Residence,” said Manina Jones, the department vice chair. Read More
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