2021 - Pandemic

The Global Engagement Seminar is a senior undergraduate course that brings together students from across the University with experts and mentors to develop solutions for contemporary global problems.

The Winter 2021 seminar (ARTS 490) theme is Pandemic. Third- and fourth-year students from any faculty are invited to enroll.

The course instructors are Dr. Shana MacDonald (Department of Communication Arts) and Dr. Shannon Majowicz (School of Public Health and Health Systems). Under their leadership, the Seminar will examine the theme of pandemic from multiple perspectives – from public health to media to equity issues, and more. At the end of the term, the seminar will host a public online Summit, which will feature contributions by experts and presentation of student team projects.

The Jarislowsky Fellows play a key role in the Seminar. They are distinguished individuals with records of exceptional intellectual and social leadership on matters related to the theme of the course. The 2021 Jarislowsky Fellows include Dr. Pam Palmater, Indigenous scholar and lawyer, Dr. Tim O'Shea, infectious diseases expert, and Dr. Joan Donovan, Harvard expert in internet and technology studies. Additional Fellows will be announced soon.