The two-day Summit attracted over 120 attendees who came in to listen to the keynote lectures on populism, participate in the student-led panel discussion on feminism and explore the students’ projects. The Summit was successful in raising awareness about global populist trends and starting a broader discussion on meaningful civic participation in the digital era, cultural belonging in Canada amid rising populist attitudes toward immigrants, greater sexual equality on campus, the effects of neoliberalism on democracy and the responses to anti-science movements.

You can watch the Summit's lectures and presentations below.

Opening Summit night - March 28, 2018

Doug Peers, Dean of Arts, Opening Remarks

John Ravenhill, Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs

Ann Komaromi, ‘Framing’ Social Media

Kurt Huebner, Cultural & Socio-Economic Factors of Populism in Europe

Jasmin Habib, Q&A Session and Closing Remarks

Read the transcript here: transcript_-_opening_summit_night.docx


The Challenge of Higher Education in a Time of Tyranny

Henry Giroux, 2018 Jarislowsky Fellow

Read the keynote's transcript here: transcript_-_the_challenge_of_higher_education_in_a_time_of_tyranny.docx


Students' Presentations: Opening Remarks

Bruce Muirhead and Jasmin Habib

Read the transcript here: opening_remarks_-_transcript.pdf


The Evolving Relationship Between Capitalism and Democracy in the United States

Keegan Morrissey

Read the presentation transcript here: keegan_-_transcript.pdf


The Rise & Response to Anti-Science Movements

Ben MacLellan, James Mallari and Erin Tonita

Read the presentation transcript here: science_group_-_transcript.pdf


You Won’t Believe What Social Media is Doing to Your Democracy

Robyn Peers, Samir Reynolds, Logan Miller, Don Tu and Savannah Voll

Read the presentation transcript here: social_media_group_-_transcript.pdf


(M)Otherland: Cultural Belonging in the Wake of Populism

Mariam Flifli, Michelle Gomez, Saleha Habib, Sarah Lukaszczyk and Charity Nonkes

Read the presentation transcript here: belonging_group_-_transcript.pdf


Watch the beautiful photo slideshow of the Summit: