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Congratulations to Misha Apel (SASAH Year Two) who has been accepted to the International Law and International Humanitarian Law Program in Geneva for this summer:

Come watch "Squalls of Glass," an original full-length play by Meg Cormack, 4th Year English Honors/ SASAH Program on February 15th and 16th (NEW DATES) , 8PM @ the ARTS Project on 203 Dundas!

Members of a theatre company struggle to finish a musical in order to come to terms with profound loss. Their lives have been knocked askew, and their burdens begin to blur the faint divide between the real world and the psychological.

All proceeds donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex. $15 regular, $10 students/ seniors. Buy your tickets at the door or go to or .

Lieutenant Governor's Visionaries Prize - apply before March 2017

Project breathes life in stories of the dead

By Andrea Talbot, Western News, November 24, 2016

Gravestone project Alex Busch and Rose Ghaedi, first-year Arts & Humanities students, probed archives, city records, burial records and whatever else they could dig up, in order to find out everything they could about the life of John Labatt Scatcherd, as part of their Arts & Humanities 1020 course. Read more.

words festival Festival brings all lovers of words together

Words: London’s Literary and Creative Arts Festival returns November 4-6 at Museum London.

Class offers a new outlook on the world

Rwanda tripWestern News asked three students from the Rwanda:Culture, Society and Reconstruction course – Misha Apel (2015-2016 SASAH cohort), Sean Alexander Cousins and Maricel Hope – to reflect on their experience.

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Good News Liberal-Arts Majors: Your Peers Probably Won't Outearn You Forever

By George Anders, The Wall Street Journal, September 11, 2016

Wall Street JournalLiberal-arts majors often trail their peers in terms of salary early on, but the divide tends to narrow or even disappear as careers progress.

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Why Medicine Needs Literature

SASAH student Maryam Golafshani makes the case for why medical students and professionals need to study not only science, but also literature. She wants to suggest that what we have forgotten in the medical world is the “human” side, and an engagement with the arts and humanities is how we bring it back. Maryam is a third-year student currently on a year abroad from Western University in Canada. As an English literature student, she explores the connection between the humanities and sciences using her experiences from attending intensive narrative medicine conference at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and doing medical humanities curriculum development for the American Medical Students’ Association and Western University. 

Culture Crawl connects across community

By Heather HughesWestern News, March 24, 2016

Western SASAH students bridged the gap between town and gown during an immersive experience outside of the University Gates in London’s arts and cultural community recently. Read more

Western Student Research Conference

SASAH students Morgan McAuley, Haley Everitt and Jacqueline Grassi will be presenting in the Western Undergraduate Research Conference March 19.

Meg Cormack debuts new play

glass posterOn February 26, third Year SASAH/Honours English Language and Literature Student Meg Cormack debuted her new play, Squalls of Glass at the McManus Theatre. This production was performed by students enrolled in George Ramos's English 3666F (American Drama) course. All proceeds went to support Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex. 

The River Is Everywhere: Investigating Local Water through Images and Activism

Exhibition at Satellite Project Space - February 2016

This celebratory event showcased the creative investigations of a class entitled "Water Now,"through the presentation of photographs, posters, a water treatment sculpture, and an archive developed by the students. This SASAH course was taught by Prof. Patrick Mahon from Visual Arts and the exhibit was on display February 9-12, 2016 at Satellite Project Space in downtown London. At the opening reception, an Indigenous ceremony was performed by Dan and Mary Lou Smoke and all attendees were invited to participate. View more photos

Video above is an Indigenous ceremony performed by Dan and Mary Lou Smoke as part of the opening of The River Is Everywhere: Investigating Local Water through Images and Activism. 

Finding meaning half a world away

rachel goldsteinRachel Goldstein admits she never understood the power one person could have on a seemingly infinite world. That is until a service-learning trip to Rwanda in the summer of 2014, one backed by a donor-funded Global Opportunities Award, changed her mind.

“I went to Rwanda wondering if I would help a single person, wondering if our team would help anyone,” says the Arts & Humanities and Biology student. “I left knowing that almost 250 students had listened to our message. Read more