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The Sublime Art of Wasting Your Time

By Vince CherniakThe London Yodeller, March 12, 2015

Joel Faflak (English/SASAH) talks about the transformative power of the imagination in the latest issue of The London Yodeller. Read the full article

Give creativity time and space in your life

Western News, March 05, 2015

The Walrus Talks Creativity event hits campus on Thursday, March 12. Western News sat down with one of the speakers, author Emma Donoghue, to discuss creativity.Read the full article


Visit the SASAH Blog for recent projects, reflections, and travel journals from SASAH students.

2013-2014 NEWS:

SASAH students' project draws history from old home 

As part of a classroom assignment, SASAH students were asked to research a local historical home. Students presented their findings in a number of creative ways including handmade books, newspaper articles and essays. One group (students include Haley Everitt, Jacqueline Grassi, Dessa Hayes) had the pleasure of researching the historic home of David and Ann Lindsay, and presented their findings in a creative video.

Haley Everitt comments on the experience: "Dessa, Jacqueline, and I were lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to visit the house we spent a great deal of time researching for our project. It was wonderful to drive up to the house only recognizable to us from Jacqueline's pencil sketches and to meet the owners we had read so much about in the archives section of the library. Thank you to David and Ann Lindsay for your gracious invitation and your enthusiasm while showing us around your beautiful home. We would also like to thank Jessica Schagerl, the Alumni and Development Officer for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, for arranging the visit."

SASAH students visit Western Indigenous Services

groupOn Thursday, January 23rd, SASAH students visited Western Indigenous Services where they were treated to a traditional meal and singing/drumming performance. This event was part of a Fourth-Hour Session called "Nurturing Students' Gifts: Wholistic Approaches to Indigenous Learning" (attended by Dr. Kelly Olson and over 20 SASAH students). This particular session was co-presented by Candace Brunette, Coordinator of Indigenous Services, and Joel Burton of the Public Humanities at Western.

SASAH students visit Royal Ontario Museum

romRecently students had the opportunity to visit the ROM in Toronto for a day of hands-on learning! Students enjoyed interactive lectures and tours by Western Classical Studies professor and Roman archaeologist Elizabeth Greene. See more photos on our Flickr site

Leadership discussion shares Homecoming stage

joelBy Wayne Newton, Western News, October 2, 2013 Is there a quiet revolution in leadership? Maybe, according to professor Joel Faflak, director of Western’s new School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities. Faflak was part of a six-person panel discussion on the Cultures of Leadership held Sunday morning in the Paul Davenport Theatre, as part of the university’s Homecoming celebration. Read more

SASAH Welcomes First Cohort!

studetnsOur first cohort of students have arrived and we welcomed them with a reception in early September. We look forward to getting to know our students and integrating them into the Western community!

SASAH Launch Celebrations

launchOn Thursday, November 29th, the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities officially launched! Held at Weldon Library, this event showcased the School's course material through interactive demonstrations by our faculty members, as well as other campus and community partners.

Is big bad and small good?

by Ken MacQueen, Maclean's Magazine, University Rankings Issue (November 2012)

It’s 11:30 a.m. and this is how the morning has gone for the 71 students in Science One at the University of British Columbia—one of the rare small-class programs that brings big universities down to a more human scale. It started with a physics mid-term, which most of these high achievers feel good about. Then a quick, unscripted shift into biology. Read more.

New school rethinks arts and humanities education

by Adela Talbot, Western News, October 11, 2012

Next fall, Western will welcome 25 undergraduate students to its new School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities (SASAH), a unique-to-Canada program offering what organizers call an elite liberal arts education. Read More