Professor Idrisa Pandit on panel at Western University

YouTube link to panel discussion

Professor Idrisa Pandit, Director of Renison's Studies in Islam department, was invited to participate on the panel, "Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? Canadian Orientalism and the Crisis of Multiculturalism" at Western University last week. The panel featured professors and students from Western in addition to Professor Pandit. The event was hoping to problematize the way in which racialized women's bodies are being used by the Canadian state, how women of colour navigate their agency as minorities in a white majority culture, and what white feminist allyship could look like in this context. "Events surrounding the niqab and the Canadian citizenship ceremony have particularly spurred this panel, but we are hoping to explore the gendered targeting of muslim communities in the post 9/11 environment more generally," says a note on their website. This event was hosted by the Women's Issues Network and the Muslim Students' Association at Western University.

You can watch the video of the panel and hear what the participants had to say. 

SSHRC grant awarded to Professor Llewellyn

SDS Professor Kristina Llewellyn was awarded an SSHRC Connection Grant to support a two-day workshop at the University of Ottawa for international experts to address the potential and significance of oral history for education (May 24-25, 2015). The title of the workshop, Oral History and Education: Theories, Dilemmasand Practices, reflects the current need for history educators to consider conceptual approaches, methodological limitations, and pedagogical possibilities of using oral history. This is the first time international experts will have gathered to address oral history within the context of 21st century schooling. While highlighting the groundbreaking work of Canadian history educators, the workshop will stimulate international debate and develop exemplars for oral history as ‘best practice’ in history education.

Read the full summary of the grant project.

King Sejong Institute confirms extended agreement

The King Sejong Foundation of Korea has confirmed that the Entrustment Agreement for King Sejong Institute (KSI) at Renison University College has been renewed. Young G. Kim, Director of the King Sejong Institute and Coordinator of Korean Language and Culture at Renison, says he is thankful for the support from staff and faculty at the College. "Although the operation of the institute demands great amounts of our time and energy, we will try our best to make it meaningful and helpful for the development of our Korean program at Renison University College," says Kim. Activities at the KSI this year have included non-credit language courses, a guest speaker series, participation in the East Asian Studies Food Fair, a free language course for staff and faculty on campus, and a Korean movie night in the Dunker Family Lounge.

Renison representation at annual staff conference

Jim, Robin, and Deborah

Deborah DeJong, Director of Field and Program Education, School of Social Work, and Jim Robson, Manager of Plant Operations and Facility, presented at the annual staff conference last week on Career Advancement or Personal Growth, along with Robin Stadelbauer from the Office of Advancement. The shared their personal and professional stories regarding the rewards of taking advantage of the various learning opportunities on campus. They presented both days to over 100 staff. 

Research Forum panel change

There has been an update to the panel for the research forum 'If it Bleeds, it Leads' - Media and Academia happening this Friday. Doug Cowan will be joining the group as one of the panel speakers. The line-up now features:

  • Caroline Duvieusart-Dery, Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator at the Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship, University of Guelph
  • Doug Cowan, Academic Dean, Professor of Religious Studies, Renison University College, University of Waterloo
  • Nick Manning, Direct of Media Relations and Issues Management, University of Waterloo

This event takes place on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 11:30-1:00 pm in the Dunker Family Lounge.This is a free event, and light refreshments will be served. Please don’t hesitate to contact Trish Van Katwyk with any questions. 

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