Welcome to the Global Engagement Seminar Program
The Future of Nature - ARTS 490, Winter 2020
Bring your intellectual curiosity and commitment to engage in interdisciplinary discussions about the future of nature!
We are witness to massive cultural and societal developments with the increasing industrialization of agriculture, desertification, urbanization, global tourism, as well the intensification of extractive economies. All the while, we’re also learning about technological efforts intended to reproduce the natural world, and that bring us closer to “the wilds”. Every day we are exposed to the impacts of climate change. As students, scholars, policy makers, and practitioners, the impact of the human footprint on the natural environment requires our attention.
With these issues among others in mind, the 2020 Global Engagement Seminar Program (GESP) is proud to announce this year’s course ARTS 490: THE FUTURE OF NATURE. Senior undergraduates (3A, 3B, 4A, 4B) from any faculty or affiliated college are invited to apply today!
Students will have the unique opportunity to interact with leading experts as the 2020 Jarislowsky Fellows, Edward Burtynsky award winning climate photographer and documentary filmmaker, and Mike Davis, scholar, activist, and award-winning writer. Read more about the Jarislowsky Fellows.
The Jarislowsky Fellows, along with course instructors, Dr. Brendon Larson (Professor and Associate Dean – Undergraduate Studies, Faculty of Environment) and Dr. Angela Carter (Associate Professor, Political Science) will lead this year’s seminar.
This is not a lecture course. It is a site for new beginnings, where students will have the opportunity to think critically and to engage collectively to engender problem-solving ideas and public-facing projects. Working collaboratively throughout the term, students will be given the opportunity to develop high-level transferable skills: they may design a public exhibit, write a policy brief, conduct research for a scholarly paper, produce a short film, or some combination of these among other project options. The seminar culminates in the annual high-level Global Engagement Summit where students’ ideas and projects are shared with the campus and local communities.
Thursday evenings Balsillie School of International Affairs
6:30 pm to 9:20 pm 67 Erb St W, Waterloo
- Nov. 27, 2019
Bring your intellectual curiosity and commitment to engage in interdisciplinary discussions about THE FUTURE OF NATURE. APPLY FOR ARTS 490 TODAY! As of November 25, 2019, we are accepting applications on a rolling basis until the class reaches its cap.
WHEN AND WHERE
Thursdays 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Balsillie School of International Affairs
Open to senior students
(3A, 3B, 4A, 4B) from across faculties and affiliate colleges
- Oct. 14, 2019
"Not Done Critiquing Wilderness Areas, National Parks & Public Lands"
Please join us for a public lecture by Dr. Kyle Whyte, the Brian Rudrick Visiting Scholar in Philosophy. Dr.
- Oct. 1, 2019
This year's first Fellow is EDWARD BURTYNSKY. He is regarded as one of the world's most accomplished contemporary photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over sixty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, the Tate Modern in London, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California.
- July 23, 2019
We all know about “fake news.” Most of us think we can tell the difference. After all, we keep informed, or at least try to. But what are our sources of information? How reliable are they? If the internet is involved, you already know that a high dose of skepticism is necessary. So how can we know for sure that we’re getting the truth?
- July 8, 2019
“What does the future of work look like in a world of technological advancement?”
- July 1, 2019
Do you remember the excitement of looking through hundreds of records in a record store and finding the one hidden gem? Your favourite band or something new that you can’t wait to unwrap and listen to? Now we have Spotify. It’s cheap, convenient and provides an almost unlimited amount of music any time you have your phone on you. Which is obviously always.