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2015 Events


Film Screening: Seth’s Dominion, with Thought I told You To Shut Up
Thursday, May 7 at 7 pm
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library

Join us for the London premiere of Seth’s Dominion (42 minutes), the new NFB doc by filmmaker Luc Chamberland, as part of Ting Fest 2015.  Mixing biography with animation, this is a portrait of one of Canada's greatest cartoonists. Seth himself provides wry and witty narration to his story and artistic process. Paired with Seth's Dominion is the new short documentary narrated by Jonathan Demme by director Charlie Tyrell, I Thought I Told You to Shut Up (13 minutes). The subject of the film is cartoonist David Boswell (from London, Ontario!), and his creation: Reid Fleming, World's Toughest Milkman.

Following the screening is a friendly Q&A with noted comics scholars Tim Blackmore (FIMS, Western) and Dominick Grace (Brescia), and Director Charlie Tyrell. All welcome!


Stories of Illness & Health
Thursday, March 19 from 6:30-8 pm
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library

How does the study of the humanities and storytelling relate to health care education and the experience of patient care? In what ways are doctors, patients and other health professionals storytellers? How can faculty, students, and staff across the disciplineswork together to produce collaborative, empathetic approaches to person-centred care through creative methods of teaching, research, and community-based work? Learn More

An Evening of Poetry and Improvisational Jazz

jazz eventThe Public Humanities at Western and the Department of English & Writing Studiesrecently presented An Evening of Poetry and Improvisational Jazz, featuring Western's Writer-in-Residence Gary Barwin and Double Bassist David Lee. This event occured as part of the Cultures of Leadership class in March 2015.



Have you or anyone you know experienced chronic or acute illness? How does the art of storytelling work to improve health care education and the experience of patient care? In what ways are doctors, patients and other health professionals storytellers? How can researchers, educators, students, and members of the greater public work together to produce compassionate approaches to patient-centred care? Stories of Health and Illness invites members of the public, both campus and community, to join us to experience the stories of people living with illness. Through stories shared by participants who have dealt with chronic or acute conditions, audience members will hear first-hand accounts of what is important to patients throughout their health care experience. Following each story, we will invite the audience to reflect on their experience of each narrative and engage in an open dialogue with our storytellers.


Engage Western 2015: Communities in Conversation

Friday, November 6, 2015 from 9-3 pm at Western

engage Western

This year's event will invite members from the London & Middlesex communities and students, staff, faculty and alumni from Western to dialogue about the student experience in London & Middlesex and the role that the university plays in promoting the social, economic and cultural well-being of our surrounding communities.


words fest

Words Fest 
November 6-8, 2015 at Museum London