Hotline – synopsis A vivid love letter to the 1980s and one woman’s struggle to overcome the challenges of immigration. It’s 1986, and Muna Heddad is in a bind. She and her son have moved to Montreal, leaving behind a civil war in Lebanon. She had plans to find work as a French teacher, but no…
Dawson Dining on now through Sept. 21
Every lunch hour from now through Wednesday, Sept. 20, you are invited to drop off your reusable container at the Conrod’s kitchen prior to 11:30 AM. Come back at 1 PM and pick up your container filled with a satisfying and free vegan lunch. This is our beloved tradition of Dawson Dining- Peace Week edition.
Dawson Dining ends on Thursday, Sept. 21 in the evening. That day, Dawson Dining is a supper (dinner) of the closing event Dinner & Drag in 5B.16. Drop off your reusable container by 4:30 PM outside of 5B.16. Come back to 5B.16 at 5:15 PM and eat your Dawson Dining meal while enjoying a Drag show by House of Manny.
Dawson Dining is sponsored by the Peace Centre and the Dawson Student Union. If you are interested in volunteering for Dawson Dining during Peace Week, please contact Diana Rice, firstname.lastname@example.org
Humanities and Public Life Conference begins Monday, Sept. 18
The weeklong Humanities and Public Life Conference begins Monday, Sept. 18.
There is a full program of speakers, including a former student of organizer Daniel Goldsmith, Andreas Nicolaidis-Gagnon. His talk is entitled "Humanities at Dawson Helped Me See What’s Important."
Daniel said Andreas "is currently doing a degree in social work at McGill, and he was deeply impacted by all of his humanities courses. I think for students wondering "what's the point of doing humanities," he will give some excellent answers!"
Consult the program: HPL 2023 Program
Humanities and Public Life Conference is Sept. 18-21
The constant news of crises, from Covid to climate change to wars to the rise of extremist ideology, has left many people disoriented and wondering how to navigate these uncertain times. Questions central to the humanities like: what does it mean to lead a fully human life? What should we value, and why? To whom can I look for guidance? are more important than ever.
From Sept. 18-21, 2023, we will explore them during the Humanities and Public Life Conference. The conference will help us to connect the dots, zoom out to see the big picture, and provide a bridge between great ideas and real-world situations.
Stay tuned to D News, D Announcements and the Events calendar for program details.
Enjoyable return to school and work at Dawson
New students were welcomed over two days of programming Aug. 17 and 18 and staff were welcomed back by Director General Diane Gauvin and Academic Dean Leanne Bennett at the annual Welcome Back Lunch on Aug. 18.
A total of 2,396 new students participated in Welcome Days and over 400 staff and faculty attended the Welcome Back address and lunch.
Student Services Coordinator, Caroline Blouin, reported that “students were happy to be at Dawson despite the rain.” They heard presentations from their sector dean, met the Dawson Student Union team and learned more about their program and the services available to them.
New students were invited to explore the College, meet our mascot Blue at the photobooth, see a magic show, and learn about opportunities to volunteer and work. They also could pick up some free popcorn, treats and merchandise.
The highlight for Trudy Ste. Croix of the Campus Life team “was the level of student engagement from our 16 student tour guides and 30 amazing student volunteers.”
Caroline’s highlight was “the use of a software program to track attendance developed by Jonathan Perlman of Dawson’s IST team. This system cut down on wait times and kept the Lower Atrium from becoming chaotic.”
“Welcome Days is a team effort meaning that it can’t be successful without the participation of multiple departments, teachers, staff and student volunteers,” said Caroline. “I’d like to thank everyone who helped make these two welcome days possible, whether you gave a program presentation, set up one of the many rooms used, worked at the sign-in table, promoted your service, took students from one place to another or handed out popcorn!”
Welcome Back one & all! Come and join the Dawson College Peace Centre for our 8th Annual Peace Week. This year we examine our theme, Exultation: Queer Freedoms and Futures. This year we are challenging our communities to ask the question, what does the world look like with complete freedom of expression, safety, and unconditional…
Creative Change Maker Awards to be presented Sept. 21
The Creative Collective for Change will be hosting an event at the Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery at Dawson on Sept. 21 at 5:30 PM to present Creative Change Maker Awards to three recipients.
Congratulations to Kessy Ininahazwe and Elishah Alphonse for their project "Can't Bare No More", Kylie Brown for her video "Say Gay" and Sarah Browne for her poster "Love Beyond Culture" (pictured).
From Sept. 18-21, the gallery will host an exhibit of the student artworks submitted to the Creative Collective for Change (CC4C).
Fall 2023 Theatre Season
The Professional Theatre (Acting) Program will be staging three productions this fall:
- Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Stefanie Buxton (First Studio, Year Two, Group One) Wednesday, Sept. 20 to Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 PM
- Clue by Jonathan Lynn & Sandy Rustin, directed by Jonathan Monro (Second Studio, Year Two, Group Two) Wednesday, Oct. 4 to Saturday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 PM
- Henry V by William Shakespeare, directed by Michael E Hughes (First Major) Previews at 7:30 pm Monday and Tuesday Nov. 13 and 14
- Opening at 7:30 PM Wednesday, Nov. 15
- Playing at 7:30 PM Nov. 15 to 18 and Nov. 23 - 25
- Matinées at 12:30 PM on Wednesday, Nov. 15, Friday, Nov. 17, and Thursday, Nov. 23
For tickets and more info, visit the Dawson Theatre Box Office webpage. Please note that tickets are available on Eventbrite two weeks before a show opens.
1,000 species in 1,000 days update
Dawson is more than halfway toward our objective of identifying 1,000 species in 1,000 days!
Since the last D News issue on May 3, there were 369 new observations, 40 new observers and 56 new species identified in the iNaturalist community called Dawson College-Campus Biodiversity Network.
Ink Cap mushrooms (pictured) were observed and posted by second-year Environmental Science student Ruisi Yang on May 4. They are expected to be added officially to the species count shortly.
As of May 15, Dawson’s species count was at 532.
Everyone is invited to participate, download the free iNaturalist app, create an account, join the project Dawson College-Campus Biodiversity Network and log your observations on Dawson’s campus. You can also donate to this Living Campus project here.
Last Modified: September 13, 2023