Welcome to the Global Engagement Seminar Program

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Launched in 2018, the Global Engagement Seminar Program is a capstone seminar, bringing together students from across the six faculties and the affiliated colleges to develop greater awareness of contemporary global issues, as well as to work collaboratively to think through creative solutions.

Students work in small-group settings to build collaborative, interdisciplinary, and effective proposals for solving global problems ranging from international governance, violent conflict, food security, indigenous rights, refugee settlement, homelessness, and youth engagement in social policy. Led by the Jarislowsky Fellows – distinguished individuals with records of success either in or outside of academia – and faculty members with research expertise in contemporary global challenges, the program will culminate in a high-profile Summit, offering students the opportunity to showcase their projects and proposals.

  1. Oct. 5, 2018The 2019 Global Engagement Team

  2. Oct. 4, 2018Meet the 2019 Jarislowsky Fellows

    The 2019 Jarislowsky Fellows, David Jones and Mimi Onuoha, are going to lead ARTS 490 The Social and Political Implications of Artificial Intelligence in Winter 2019! Third- and fourth-year undergraduates from ANY faculty or affiliated college can apply for the seminar course!

  3. Apr. 16, 2018Dear Humanities Profs: We Are the Problem

    Dismayed about American politics? Look in the mirror.

    By Eric Bennett April 13, 2018

    Re-posted from https://www.chronicle.com/article/Dear-Humanities-Profs-We-Are/243100

    Can the average humanities professor be blamed if she rises in the morning, checks the headlines, shivers, looks in the mirror, and beholds a countenance of righteous and powerless innocence? Whatever has happened politically to the United States, it’s happened in stark opposition to the values so many philosophers and English professors, historians and art historians, creative writers and interdisciplinary scholars of race, class, and gender hold dear.

    We are, after all, the ones to include diverse voices on the syllabus, use inclusive language in the classroom, teach stories of minority triumph, and, in our conference papers, articles, and monographs, lay bare the ideological mechanisms that move the cranks and offices of a neoliberal economy. Since the Reagan era our classrooms have mustered their might against thoughtless bigotry, taught critical thinking, framed the plight and extolled the humanity of the disadvantaged, and denounced all patriotism that curdles into chauvinism.

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  1. July 24, 2019Truth and Lies in AI
    Bias in the Black Box interactive exhibit

    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?

  2. July 9, 2019AI at Work
    AI Will You Work Exhibit

    “What does the future of work look like in a world of technological advancement?” 

  3. July 2, 2019Machine Learning Bias
    Explaining Bias with Music Exhibit

    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. 

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