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Social Science guest lectures available on video series

February 9th, 2021

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.

Click Read More to see the bank of videos and to get links to watch them.

Tips from Dawson colleagues for surviving isolation

February 9th, 2021

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 

Do you have a great recommendation to share? Email:

Global Teacher Prize winner shares his winnings with other teachers

December 15th, 2020

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.

Click Read More to go to the article.

AI Book recommendation

December 15th, 2020

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:

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

December 1st, 2020

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

December 1st, 2020

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. 

Click Read More for a recording of her talk.

Practice your French with The CLÉO Podcast

November 19th, 2020

Dawson’s French-language tutoring centre, CLÉO, is offering a new way to practice French and share québécois culture: The CLÉO Podcast.

The podcast (balado en français) episodes are between five to 10 minutes and are offered on an array of interesting topics, including author Gabrielle Roy, filmmaker Denis Villeneuve and Expo 67. The first one was about the classic québécois snack poutine!

Click Read More for the homepage news story and to find out how to listen.

Ann Lambert’s second book published

November 3rd, 2020

The new book of Ann Lambert, who taught English at Dawson for almost three decades, has just been published. The Dogs of Winter is a compelling story full of hot button Canadian topics pulled from the headlines.

A murderer with a twisted mission targets the most vulnerable on the frigid streets of Montreal while scenes unfold revealing how the #MeToo movement has changed the conversation, but not nearly enough.

It is Ann's second novel in the Russell and Leduc mystery series.

Click on Read More to read the first chapter.

New mental health resource

October 20th, 2020

Find out more about mental health issues related to COVID-19 and how you can handle them in this easy to read visual pdf document in English produced by the Quebec Government. Click Read More to go to the document, recommended by our College Nurses.

Amplifying Sustainable Happiness

October 20th, 2020

Dawson participants, as well as many from outside the College, are experiencing the concept of Sustainable Happiness (SH) and exploring its implications, both personally and professionally.

During the next six months, SH facilitators will be offering programs for Dawson students, staff and managers. A program for another college will start next week.

A recent SH certificate was also just completed by Colleges and Institutes Canada staff in Ottawa, while a certificate offered in Spanish is on-going with an international group. Both external groups piloted the use of the SH Journal, also introduced to students within four Dawson psychology courses this semester.

Student Services will make 500 additional journals available to students, serving as a method that may help students distance from stress.

Sustainable Happiness programs review sustainability principles and actions that help us as individuals, help others, and/or help the planet. How these actions contribute to happiness, in turn, is identified as a component of well-being that involves positive emotions, satisfaction and fulfillment. Find more information about Dawson’s SH programs here.

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