Past Events


From the 2022-2023 Speakers' Series:

Creativity in the Workplace 

SASAH Advisory Council members David Cruickshank and Todd Thicke, along with SASAH alumna Rachel DiMenna, SASAH Director Dr. Aara Suksi, and Dean of Arts and Humanities Dr. Michael Milde, discuss 'Creativity in the Workplace: How Western is Changing the Face of Arts and Humanities Education in Canada'.

SASAH Teaching with Humanity Lunchtime Conversations 

Decolonizing Pedagogies in Arts & Humanities 

In Spring 2022, SASAH hosted a series of four informal conversations about challenges and strategies, on one Friday a month, as part of the ongoing work toward Teaching with Humanity.
January 14th  
Critiquing the Canon: The Colonial Roots of Classical Archaeology, with Beth Greene  
February 11th  
Pedagogical Allyship, with Sara Mai Chitty   
March 11th  
Inclusive Evaluation, with W.G. Pearson
April 8th  
Learning from Discomfort: Sensitive Classroom Conversations, with Henri Boyi 

"Squalls of Glass," an original full-length play by Meg Cormack (BA 2017, SASAH/English Honors), was performed on February 15th and 16th at the ARTS Project in London

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 were donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex.



Cooking with Michael Stadtlander

A special thank to Paul Kennedy and Michael and Hermann Stadtlander for a wondering afternoon at the Covent Garden Market.

Paul and Michael    Michael   Michael and Hermann




Join Owen Charters, President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club, for a presentation about how nonprofits engage others in their causes.  How do we ‘pitch’ empathy powerfully, but in a short amount of time and where audiences have fleeting attention spans?  Ultimately, we have to create an emotional connection, often in a span of only 30 seconds. 


Owen will also present “What I did with my degree in Arts and Humanities” on  Friday, March 11 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm, in the  SASAH Room, Weldon Library Room 109. All welcome!


Western Performs! Concert Series Finale: Oikos
Thursday, March 10 at 7 pm

Join us for a spectacular final perfomance of the Western Performs! concert series. The evening will consist of performances, presentations, and collaborations with multiple faculties at Western, emphasizing the theme,Oikos (Greek for "home"). Refreshments and cash bar will be available. All welcome!


Jillian Keilley (Artistic Director of English Theatre at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa)
"Inspired by Place: How to Make the Performing Arts Thrive Locally, Regionally and Nationally"
Thursday, March 17 7 pm Museum London

Our 2016 lecture by Jillian Keiley marks the third collaboration in a partnership between Museum London, the Public Humanities, and the School for Advanced Studies in Arts and Humanities at Western University.

In 2012 Keiley was appointed Artistic Director of English theatre at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa where she continues her prolific work in the arts. Originally from St. John’s, Keiley founded the theatre company Artistic Fraud, an active troupe that produced Robert Chafe’s Lemons, Afterimage, Oil and Water, and Under Wraps; Ron James’ Up and Down in Shakey Town, and Keiley’s productions In Your Dreams and Freud.

At the National Arts Centre, Keiley has produced Metamorphoses: Based on the Myths of Ovid as well as a new interpretation -- with Andy Jones -- of Tartuffe set in Newfoundland. More recently, she has directed the premiere of Colony of Unrequited Dreams for Artistic Fraud in St. John’s, and The Diary of Anne Frank for the Stratford Festival. Her production of Alice Through the Looking-Glass has toured to the Confederation Centre (Charlottetown), the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre (Winnipeg), and the Citadel Theatre (Edmonton), featuring local casts in each city. In 2016, Keiley is directing Twelfth Night for the National Arts Centre, and As You Like It for the Stratford Festival.

Keiley won the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Emerging Artist of the Year Award in 1996, the Canada Council for the Arts’ John Hirsch Prize in 1998, and the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre in 2004. She is a graduate of York University and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Memorial University.


concert series

Western Performs! brings together the talents of students from the Don Wright Faculty of Music and the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities (SASAH), and with the generous support of Western Libraries. This annual concert series is an opportunity to build community by bringing music of all forms to public spaces both on and off campus. This annual concert series is an opportunity to build community by bringing music of all forms to public spaces both on and off campus. This annual concert series is an opportunity to build community by bringing music of all forms to public spaces both on and off campus. SASAH offers a uniquely interdisciplinary and cross-cultural educational experience designed to educate imaginations and help students realize their critical and cultural potential to make a transformative impact on the world at large.


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