A College Course at Camp?
When we share with colleagues that the Community Recreation and Leadership Training (CRLT) program is taking students from all three years to camp for their Fall Outdoor Experience, we get a lot of varied responses and encounter a spectrum of reactions, from envy to curiosity.
Most people, even those who live for outdoor activities and immersion in Nature, are not aware of the benefits and learnings which take place when the whole CRLT department, students and faculty, pack up for a five-day intensive at a sleep away camp over Labour Day weekend.
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Over 2,000 students attended Humanities conference
The Humanities and Public Life Conference took place from Sept. 18-21. The theme this year was What's the Point? Purpose, Meaning, and Value in Challenging Times. Over the span of four days, over 2,000 students attended 20 different presentations.
Our presenters explored how humanities education can help us to ask the bigger questions that guide our everyday actions, helping us to understand what to value and why. Some highlights included two former Dawson students, Silvia Ortan and Andreas Nicolaidis-Gagnon, who shared how they use what they learned in humanities in their careers (law and social work). Overall, we were reminded once again of the impact that humanities can have in helping us navigate a complex and often bewildering world. From the rise of white power terrorism to the role that AI will play in creativity, our presenters helped students understand how what they are learning in their humanities courses factors into real-world situations.
We would also like to express our thanks to the Dawson administration, FAMA, the theatre department, and David Bannout. Special thanks to Diana Rice for coordinating three peace week talks during the conference. Without your help, we would not have been able to offer our students such an enriching week!
Invitation to Neuroscience poster session Sept. 29
Students from the Dawson Research in Neuroscience Group will present their work as interns in several Montreal labs. The design of their experiments, obstacles they have encountered and interim results will be shared from a number of projects in the area of Neuroscience.
This session will take place on Sept. 29 from 3 PM to 5 PM in room 3H.10. Everybody is welcome!
Light refreshments will be provided.
Simon Davies’ exhibit Something’s a Jar
Simon Davies (retired faculty, Cinema | Communications) has co-curated an art exhibition, along with his wife, Carmen, which is currently running (Sept. 15-Nov. 4, 2023) at the Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (3755 Botrel Ave.), corner of Côte-Saint-Antoine.
Simon described the project:
I made an open call to a number of friends and associates, with the idea being that we could gather, around an art exhibit, to reunite the community after Covid restrictions were lifted. That was awhile ago, as you can see, but finally we have opened.
Participants were asked to find a jar, remove the labels, and install something in the jar that had a reference to their 'memories, dreams and reflections'.
The only rules were; no liquids, nothing outside the jar, and it had to be presented lid down. This last rule was important since, by making this intervention, it transformed the jar into a vessel. I also wanted to make a reference and homage to the Dada movement, that took 'ready mades', mass manufactured items, that could be transformed by interventions. The most famous of these would probably be "The Fountain" (1917) by Marcel Duchamp. As you probably know, it was a urinal that he turned on its back and signed it R. Mutt. It was scandalous, but made history.
We ended up with 66 jars, a number of them made by former Dawson personnel.
CC4C Changemakers recognized
On Sept. 21, four students were recognized as CC4C Creative Changemakers at a gala at the Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery at Dawson.
The four CC4C Creative Changemakers are: Kessy Ininahazwe (General Social Science), Elishah Alphonse (General Social Science), Kylie Brown (Cinema | Communications) and Sarah Browne (Graphic Design).
Changemakers Kessy Ininahazwe and Elishah Alphonse made a song entitled “Can't bare no more” about a poem that was written in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. They produced the “song so it can serve as a powerful reminder of the ongoing struggle for racial justice and the need to celebrate and support black culture,” Kessy said.
The students learned how to produce a song, which was a really long process. “We can also say that we learned how to use our voice and creativity in the struggle for a better world,” Kessy said.
The award “feels really great because we worked so hard for this project and the fact that other people really enjoyed the song feels amazing to me,” she said.
“It is such a pleasure to reward students who have such a dedication for positive change in this world,” said Kim Simard (Faculty, Cinema | Communications) of the Creative Collective for Change (CC4C).
“We are lucky to have incredible students in our midst: curious, critical and creative. May we consistently value their important contributions,” she said.
Kim said that it was a beautiful evening, and that they hope to see more like it in the future. Thanks again to Living Campus and the Warren G. Flowers Gallery for their unwavering support.
Humanities courses helped Dawson grad find his way and his why
What’s the point? was the theme of the Humanities and Public Life Conference the week of Sept. 18 at Dawson and a graduate returned to answer this question in a most convincing way.
Andreas Nicolaidis-Gagnon (Class of 2022, Social Service) only met teacher Daniel Goldsmith after he took his Humanities course online during the pandemic. They continue to enjoy a lively discussion on What’s App about the themes in the Enlightened Consciousness course. It was through this ongoing conversation that Daniel had the idea to invite Andreas back to Dawson to speak to students about the value of Humanities courses.
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Medical Ultrasound awarded new bursary in May
The Medical Ultrasound Department celebrated the end of last semester with a BBQ for first and second-year students in May. At the event, they presented a bursary to second-year student Elizabeth Neveau.
The bursary was granted by the Ordre des technologues en imagerie médicale, en radio-oncologie et en électrophysiologie (OTIMROEPMQ), their professional order.
The order established this bursary in 2023, and they offered one to each CEGEP in Quebec with a Medical Ultrasound program.
Dawson’s faculty recognized one student who they felt showed exemplary hard work, dedication and improvement over the course of their studies at the College as well as their excellence in Medical Ultrasound.
Photo: From left to right: Kieran Bradshaw, Gaëlle Mpiana, Melanie Nash, student Elizabeth Neveau, Cassandra Mofford, Eleni Joannides
Last Modified: September 27, 2023