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Category Archives: Humanities and Social Sciences

Visiting International Scholar Hosted by Faculty of Arts

PLEASE NOTE: The following blog entries represent an archive of events and initiatives undertaken during my tenure as Associate Dean of Arts. More up-to-date information can be found via the Office of Research and Graduate Studies Blog.   You are invited to join us on Tuesday morning for a special lecture from Dr. Dean Chan (Australia): […]

TRU Faculty and Students Co-Organize International Symposium

From September 26 to September 30, TRU faculty and students participated in a remarkable symposium and series of workshops exploring how artists and artistic interventions contribute to the planning and development of smaller communities. Hosted by the University of Coimbra (established in 1290), TRU’s Small Cities CURA and the University of Utrecht co-organized the event—which […]

9/11 Forum

TRU’s Philosophy, History, and Political Science Department will be hosting a public forum about 9/11 at the Student Union Building in the Boardroom from 5:30pm to 7:00pm, September 14th. The forum will reflect upon the following: · 9/11 conspiracy ? · Moral effects? · Political relevance? · Historical relevance? · Personal relevance ? · What […]

Arts Faculty Member Receives New SSHRC Grant

Dr. Tina Block, Assistant Professor of History, has received a new research grant to continue her work on the social history of atheism in postwar Canada. “A Social History of Atheism in English Canada, 1945-1975” builds on her doctoral dissertation, which looked more specifically at irreligion in British Columbia. (Dr. Block notes that BC is “the least religious province in […]

TRU Arts Grad’s TV Series Renewed

Along with several other TRU faculty members I was honoured to attend the wedding of Dasha Novak and Jason Friesen this weekend. Dasha graduated from TRU’s BFA program five years ago, and while a student here she distinguished herself as an outstanding artist and research assistant—working with the Small Cities CURA and numerous other research […]

TRU Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Student Wins at Sustainability Summit

I was delighted to read the following story posted on our TRU Newsroom page: Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies student “Bonnie Klohn was among the 400 post-secondary students from 35 countries who gathered to discuss global energy issues in Vancouver at the International Student Energy Summit (ISES) June 9th to 11th, hosted by UBC. As a […]

One of Our First TRU-Start Students Becomes One of Our First Law Students

During the reception that followed our June Convocation ceremonies, one of my former students told me of her good news: Lisa Scruton was part of the first intake of TRU-Start students, a program that gives high school students a head start on their university education by allowing them to take one or more first-year classes […]

Possible Futures: Blended Learning and Transforming Higher Education

Last week I participated in an all-day Workshop exploring possibilities for blended learning at TRU. Our Workshop’s keynote speaker was Anya Kamenetz—and as preparation for the event, participants were asked to read her recently published article, “How Web-Savvy Edupunks Are Transforming American Higher Education,” a fast-paced overview of education 2.0 and how open educational content, […]

Convocation 2011

At Friday’s Convocation I had the privilege of sharing the stage with our Class of 2011–including the recipient of this year’s Honorary Doctor of Letters, Nelofer Pazira. A Canadian filmmaker, author and journalist, Dr. Pazira grew up in Kabul, Afghanistan, before escaping to Pakistan in 1989 and emigrating to Moncton, New Brunswick the following year. […]

Study in Humanities Crucial in Digital Age?

In a story from the Telegraph-Journal (published May 30, 2011), Kwame Anthony Appiah notes that we are “drowning in the particulars of humanistic study.” More now than ever, he argues, we need the humanities to help sort out what’s important (what’s valuable and credible) from what’s not. The implications of Appiah’s position probably go beyond […]