Some media coverage of the FPPSE project: CBC Breakaway interview with me and Concordia student Lucina Gordon: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-79-breakaway/clip/15826578-a-storytelling-project-help-indigenous-students-post-secondary-education Radio Canada: https://bit.ly/3bcozUZ Winschgaoug, CBC North Interview with Dawson student Alexandria Matthews in Cree https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-146-winschgaoug-cree/clip/15824821-alexandria-matthews-participates-first-peoples-post-secondary-storytelling-exchange?fbclid=IwAR3ZBNwY64SNXiErLvtwNoVuEPywOd31vB-0mtvumPVFl9xPRy_naxh_J8E The Link, Concordia paper: https://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/feature/new-virtual-project-aims-to-improve-indigenous-students-access-to-post-secondary-education Noovo NVL Web TV Interview with Michelle at 4:12 https://noovo.ca/videos/nvl/nvl-du-18-fevrier-2021 FPPSE project website: https://fppse.net/
Dawson student stars in Rustic Oracle
Cinema | Communications student McKenzie Deer Robinson had been interested in acting since she was a kid.
“I was always too shy,” she recalled in an interview with the Communications Office. When she was 16 years old, her mother noticed a call for auditions at the local bank in Kahnawake. “We both thought that maybe this would be my opportunity to try it,” she said.
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Black Changemakers in Quebec
CBC Quebec has created a series called Black Changemakers in Quebec to celebrate Black History Month.
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Social Science guest lectures available on video series
Since Social Science Week is not taking place this year, Nancy Rebelo (Faculty, History) worked on a project to provide additional resources for our virtual classroom reality. She invited researchers, mostly from Montreal, to film lectures on a variety of topics.
Six videos are currently available on the Dawson Library website that are only accessible to people who have a Dawson network password. There are plans to add more in the coming weeks.
The guest speaker series includes a lecture by a Harvard professor about Roma youth and a very topical lecture about misinformation, COVID-19 and social media by a McGill graduate student.
Each video is 20-30 minutes. Intended to be used by Dawson teachers, they would be especially useful to teachers of methods courses.
A brief description is provided about the topic and the presenter when one clicks on a video from the library page.
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Tips from Dawson colleagues for surviving isolation
Three colleagues recently shared some great tips for surviving isolation. Here they are:
- From Jesse Lund (Theatre): Put on a vintage Jazz record recorded at a club, pour yourself a drink and enjoy the sounds of being out. Recommendation: Money Jungle by Duke Ellington
- From Tiawenti:non Canadian (Student Services-First Peoples' Centre): Find some great podcasts and learn new things. Recommendation: Secret Life of Canada podcast, particularly the episode entitled Crash Course on Mohawk Ironworkers.
- From Allison Freund (Human Resources): Do breathing exercises for relaxation. Recommendation: Wim Hof Breathing Videos on YouTube
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Global Teacher Prize winner shares his winnings with other teachers
Dipti Gupta (Faculty, Cinema | Communications) offers this good news article about a generous teacher in India who shared his Global Teacher Award with other educators who were finalists for the $1 Million U.S. prize.
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AI Book recommendation
Last month, Vanessa Gordon (Faculty, Political Science) had the pleasure of attending FWD50, an annual gathering of some of the world's leading public sector innovators. Spanning five days and featuring well over 200 speakers, this year's theme addressed how to use technology to bring people together. Vanessa sent this note to D News:
As a Dawson Artifical Intelligence (AI) fellow, I was there to learn about how to teach AI at school: it didn't disappoint! Dr. Paris Buttfield-Addison was one of the stand-outs. He gave a compelling talk about AI in Australian school education. He also recommended the book "Future Frontiers: Education for an AI world", available here: https://education.nsw.gov.au/content/dam/main-education/teaching-and-learning/education-for-a-changing-world/media/documents/Future_Frontiers-Text.pdf.
This is a work where sci-fi and education meets. For example, I learned that by the time my kids are my age, AI is forecast to outperform humans in all tasks. What does this mean for my kids?
As the Aussies say: "This is a lot to do. A lot." This book courageously attempts to elucidate the new skills and values that today's kids will need to live good lives in this world of exponentially evolving AI technologies.
This Christmas, I plan to keep reading this book, along with William Gibson's Neuromancer. Here's to time well spent!
Gabriel Tordjman’s book published
Gabriel Tordjman’s book was published this summer. The book is entitled: Darwin’s Tea Party; Biological Knowledge, Evolution, Genetics and Human Nature.
The book by the Dawson College Humanities teacher examines how biological knowledge has transformed the planet and reshaped humanity. Using the concept of biological knowledge, the author explores key persons, places, ideas and events that have shaped the world. He shows that while the development of biological knowledge has opened vast new vistas in our understanding of the living world and promises material abundance for some; refracted through the distorting lens of ideology, it has also contributed to great inequality and oppression.
Guest psychologist on stress of pandemic on college students
The Psychology Profile invited Dr. Nafissa Ismail to speak yesterday about the effects of the pandemic and confinement on college students. She is a psychology professor and researcher at the University of Ottawa. Her area of expertise examines the impact of stressors during different periods of development and their profound long-lasting effects on brain function.
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Last Modified: March 9, 2021