Lydian Kirkwood, Illustration student, Dawson College

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April 2019

Solar-Powered Radio Station

January 22nd - May 10th, 2019

Two classes of Dawson Electronics Engineering students, along with their counterparts in a school in Tres Marias, Morelos, Mexico, will help design and build components for a community’s first solar-powered internet radio station housed in a traditional adobe brick house. This off-electrical grid house will also collect rooftop water to create a pond micro-habitat for…Read More

Visit to Old Prison of Trois Rivières w2019

April 1st, 2019

History students will visit the old prison of Trois-Rivières built in 1822-1823 which is now part of the musée québécois de culture populaire. The visit includes a group session with an ex-convict who will describe the harsh reality of prison life in the 1970s and 1980s, just before the prison closed its doors. The visit…Read More

CRLT Sensational Networking – Navigating Business Functions

April 1st, 2019

This is a combined project between 391-652-DW (Integrative Seminar- 3rd year) and 391-525-DW (principles of fundraising – 2nd year) Classes. We have a guest speaker from Nk Consultants who will present an interactive workshop on topics related to managing a networking event and having confidence in entering and exiting a room /group with grace, introducing…Read More

LJS Trip to National Assembly 2019

April 2nd, 2019

Students from the Law, Society and Justice Profile will visit the National Assembly in Quebec City. Students will observe Question Period, and meet with members of all Quebec political parties. During these activities, students will have a Profile lunch together in Quebec. The trip relates directly to the theme of the Profile in that students…Read More

Sciencefest 2019

April 3rd - 13th, 2019

The 5th annual ScienceFest (SF’19) conference, to be held April 3rd to April 13th 2019, is a dynamic student-centered conference at Dawson College that shares students’ knowledge, creativity and passion for learning science in a public forum and recognizes them for their efforts and achievements in 2018-2019. It foresees involvement from all disciplines in the…Read More

Saint Henri Walking Tour 2019 : Mapping Stories of Shaughnessy Village

April 11th - 11th, 2019

The Walking Tour of St. Henri is an opportunity for students to step outside the classroom and to consider key concepts in geography in relation to their physical surroundings. The tour weaves together historical events and contemporary conversations, focusing on issues of urban planning, inequality, housing, gentrification, community-building and activism in the neighborhood of St….Read More

Artists in Bloom 2019

April 18th, 2019

This event gives talented students from Visual Arts, Illustration, and 3D Animation the opportunity to paint live for 2 hours, while family, friends, and community members watch their paintings come to life. The paintings are then auctioned off and half the money raised this year will go to Youtheatre, supporting their Indigenous productions, and the…Read More

Sustainable Dawson Augmented Reality (AR) Tour

April 24th - 24th, 2019

The Cinema and Communications students come together in groups to create various interactive activities. Each group is responsible for designing an interactive activity using AR technology related to one of the various Sustainable Dawson initiatives scattered around Dawson Campus much like a scavenger hunt. All of the different activities are then combined by the students…Read More

Arts, Literature and Communication Festival 2019

April 30th - May 14th, 2019

The ALC festival is a student-centred event that is designed to engage students from the planning stages to the presenting of more than 25 events. This festival celebrates the work of our students in and beyond the classroom, providing them a greater arena to showcase their work.

Dawson Reading Series 2018-19


The Dawson Reading Series is an ongoing event that brings writers and storytellers to entertain, inform, educate, and inspire creativity in our student population. The intention of the series is to give access to many diverse voices that cross the genres of literature into illustration, animation, performance, indigenous affairs, LGBTQ, environmental issues, and so on….Read More

DrJes 2018-19


The Dawson Research Journal of Experimental Science (DrJes) is a publication that seeks to disseminate student research in print form. It provides students with an early introduction to the scientific method and to the business of science. Articles are based on developing a hypothesis, conducting experiments to test the hypothesis and formulating a conclusion. The…Read More

S.P.A.C.E. 2018-19


S.P.A.C.E. is a student enrichment initiative that nurtures exploration and fosters open dynamic academic discussion and collaboration, both within and beyond the classroom, and within and across the disciplines. By stimulating the wonder and excitement of self-directed exploration and discovery while offering guidance, support and mentorship as resources, S.P.A.C.E. provides students with an opportunity to…Read More

The Dawson English Journal 2018-19


The Dawson English Journal is an academic journal, published online and in print, which features compositions written by Dawson students for their English courses (and related subjects). The journal is run by an editorial team made up of students. We get submissions of assignments from students across all programs, and we publish them (online and…Read More

Open Studio Life Drawing Weekly Drawing Sessions 2018-19


The Open Studio Life Drawing at Dawson College are weekly drawing sessions where students can avail themselves after class time to refine their handling of drawing materials, hone their observational skills, and enhance their drawing techniques as they observe from the human figure. Sessions will be offered September 10, 2018 to May 10, 2019 (11x…Read More



Onkwaká:rá is a collaborative story telling series between the First Peoples’ Centre and the Dawson College Peace Centre. Each month we will bring in a speaker from an Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) Nation to share a story. There will be diversity of speakers and stories. The stories will range from correcting erroneous narratives…Read More

Seal Skin


The objective of this project is to offer an opportunity to students, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to connect to seal hunting, a contemporary and important issue in our country as well as internationally, in a tactile and deep way. After learning about Inuit seal hunting from the Inuit perspective eight groups of students in anthropology…Read More

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