Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Dr. Kevin Cai's new article: Constructing an analytical framework for explaining Chinese foreign policy

Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Cai on his new article: "Constructing an analytical framework for explaining Chinese foreign policy", published by the Chinese Political Science Review.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Happy Retirement Dr. Stefan Rehm!

Retirement sign

Dr. Stefan Rehm retired from his position as a Continuing Lecturer in the CLS department.  Stefan began teaching at Renison in 1998.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

English Language Studies faculty members present at the TESL Ontario Conference

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*This story originally appeared in the Renison Newsletter.
Three faculty members from English Language Studies presented at the TESL Ontario Conference, held in Toronto in early December 2019.
Julia Williams’ presentation, An Innovative (and Easy) Approach to Corpus Analysis, described the implementation of a series of corpus analysis assignments that enhanced graduate student ability to identify and define the characteristics of academic texts in their disciplines.  

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Professor Yan Li wins Chinese literary prize

*This story originally appeared on the Renison homepage.

Professor Yan Li, part of the Culture and Language Studies department, was recently awarded winner in the prose category of the Fangzhimin Literary Prize, an award first launched in 2019. 

Her story, titled 'The American Bud in the Garden,' is based on the life of Arthur Bisson. Bisson started teaching about Chinese culture at Renison in 1960 after an invitation from the Principal at the time, Professor A. Wyn Rees. 

Our warm congratulations to Professor Yan Li!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Arab Culture Festival Recap

Arab Cultural Festival Participants

On Sunday, November 24, Studies in Islam hosted their annual Arab Cultural Festival. The Canadian Arabic Orchestra was the opening act. The performance included the junior ensemble who played a melody of Arabic and Canadian classics, followed by a poetry reading by five local poets.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Using zombies to teach teamwork


EMLS instructors Claudia Labahn and Winona Phachanla created an escape-room-style educational challenge designed to develop students’ teamwork skills. The challenge was designed using the four C’s—collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Jeff Wilson delivers keynote speech at Duke University symposium

On October 12 Jeff Wilson presented the keynote address at a Duke University symposium, “The Philip Kapleau Papers: Zen Buddhism in Post-World War II Japan and the United States.”  The symposium celebrated the donation by the Rochester Zen Center of letters, tapes, photographs, and other materials related to its founder, Philip Kapleau.  As Jeff explained in his talk, “Grist for the Mill: The Philip Kapleau Papers in Context,” the papers represent a treasure trove of materials that will now be professionally preserved for current and future generations of researchers.  Similar archives, suc

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Exploring the impact of on-line blogging in an EAP pronunciation class

Christa Schuller and Maggie Heeney presented at the 11th annual Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching (PSLLT) Conference which was held September 12-14, 2019 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Yan Li's novel turned into a documentary film

Yan Li’s award winning book, Faith Fears No Distance, published in Shanghai in 2018, is turned into a documentary film, Faith Fears No Distance-Rediscovering Norman Bethune.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Highlights from Amir Al-Azraki's academic tour

In August, Amir Al-Azraki visited numerous organizations in Argentina. He presented a lecture on Arab culture and politics at la Universidad Nacional de Rosario. In addition, he led multiple theater workshops. The first workshop involved the Instituto Superior de Formación Docente en Artes Nº 5074,  Ministerio de Innovación y Cultura (Superior Institute of Teacher Training in Arts N 5074 "General Manuel Belgrano" of Reconquista). Amir taught students the techniques of political theatre to address issues of human rights.

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