As with the last two installments, this entry sees me (Phil Lagace from the Religion Department) and my partner Aurélie updating readers on our travels throughout South Asia. In the last piece, I described some Indigenous practices of the Khasi people that remain alive in India’s northeastern state of Meghalaya. Following our stay in the…
Selma Hamdani (Faculty, Psychology) is on leave this year enjoying a wonderful experience with her family. Here is her postcard from England: "Greetings from the city of dreaming spires, where Alice met a rabbit, where a wardrobe takes you to Narnia, and Middle Earth is around the corner. Although I am roaming the historical streets of Oxford, I am thinking of Dawson College and its wonderful people. I miss it. I miss the buzzing of the atrium, the magic of the Peace Garden. I even miss the crowded hallways between classes, and the second-floor escalator breakdowns (a little bit). I wish you all a wonderful rest of the semester!"
Click Read More to see some fantastic photos from Selma!
It’s Phil Lagace here from Dawson’s Religion Department. For the past six weeks, I’ve been travelling around South Asia with my partner (and photographer for this blog) Aurélie and providing updates along the way. My last entry shared some facets of my doctoral research as we took part in the Durgā Pūjā celebrations of Kolkata….
For those that missed my introductory piece in a prior newsletter, my name is Phil Lagace, I teach at Dawson through the Religion Department, and I’ll be providing updates on my doctoral research as I travel India with my partner Aurélie. A week ago, we landed in Kolkata for its massive Durgā Pūjā festival. The…
Dawson religion teacher to share India field trip
My name is Phil Lagace, and I teach here at Dawson College through the Religion Department. From the end of this month until mid-December, I’ll be in India conducting fieldwork for my doctoral program.
My plan is to provide the Dawson community entertaining and educational updates during this time abroad! My PhD research centers on Ardhanārīśvara, a Hindu deity split into male and female halves by a vertical axis. Among other things, I’ll examine elaborate temples dedicated to this figure and analyze its place within extravagant Hindu festivals. One such festival, Durgā Pūjā, will begin soon after I arrive in India.
Durgā Pūjā is celebrated most vibrantly in the city of Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal. Fortunately, that’s exactly where I’ll be for the festivities, so stay tuned for a fascinating first field report and expect breathtaking images from this annual celebration!
-Submitted by Phil Lagace
Pro photography experience in Cuba for our students
The vibrant culture, warm people and faded beauty of its baroque architecture make Havana an ideal place to practice photography.
Click Read More for our homepage news article about the Photography Program workshops in Cuba and links to even more gorgeous photos from Cuba shot by our students and faculty.
Some students are lucky enough to take trips that amplify what they have learned in the classroom. Last month, a dozen students in the Photography Program went to Cuba to participate in fashion and travel photography workshops. Click on Read More to see a photo gallery from the Cuban workshops.
Chris Bourne (Political Science) and Caroline Chochol (Psychology) led a Dawson College delegation of 34 students to Toronto to participate in the 35th edition of the North American Model United Nations. It was held at the beautiful Victoria College campus of the University of Toronto from Feb. 20-23. Our students debated pressing global and historical challenges…
Last Modified: November 30, 2022