In her first year, Avery Lafortune jumped at the opportunity to take part in Alternative Spring Break in the Dominican Republic. In her second year, she spent five weeks participating in a community service learning opportunity in Rwanda. In her third year, she spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Sydney in Australia.
Just this past summer, the recent School for Advanced Studies in Arts & Humanities (SASAH) graduate, joined the Vindolanda Field School for a six-week, immersive, hands-on Roman archeological dig in England.
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By Kathryn E Kinahan, Western News, June 27, 2017
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: genevasummerschools.ch
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 https://www.facebook.com/squallsofglass or http://www.artsproject.ca .
Project breathes life in stories of the dead
By Andrea Talbot, Western News, November 24, 2016
Words: London’s Literary and Creative Arts Festival returns November 4-6 at Museum London.
Class offers a new outlook on the world
Western 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.
Good News Liberal-Arts Majors: Your Peers Probably Won't Outearn You Forever
By George Anders, The Wall Street Journal, September 11, 2016
Liberal-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.
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
On 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 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