Professor Doug Cowan talks transcendence

Doug Cowan"Religion and science fiction may seem like unlikely bedfellows, yet both explore the outer reaches of human transcendent potential": Professor Doug Cowan speaks about science fiction and transcendence in a program on The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio National. Listen to Professor Cowan on "Beyond the warp drive: science fiction's search for transcendence"

Learning Japanese by the (comic) book

This winter, Renison is offering a new non-credit Japanese course called Learning Japanese through Manga. Manga, or Japanese comic books, are very popular cultural media in Japan, and research has found that interest in manga and anime is among the top three reasons why people choose to learn Japanese. This new non-credit course is designed to introduce colloquial Japanese used in manga and other select media. Almost half of the students in this class are students who previously completed non-credit conversational Japanese courses and wish to enhance their knowledge and skills, learning through the context of “real Japan.”

APPLS Alumni Meet & Greet

Appls meet and greet groupApplied Language Studies (APPLS) held their first APPLS Alumni Meet & Greet on Thursday, February 4. Four APPLS alumni returned to Renison to share their experiences with current students of how APPLS courses have impacted their career paths. High school French teacher, Stephanie Severn, majored in French Studies and found that not only did the APPLS minor compliment her focus in the French Teaching Specialization but also prepared her for Teacher’s College. “I was already one step ahead in teacher’s college,” Severn commented on the APPLS 304 (Second Language Teaching Methodology) course. Gaining transferable skills from the course, Severn learned how to plan effective lessons for the classroom. Read more about the APPLS Meet & Greet

Visit North America's first Islamic arts museum 

On Saturday, February 27, take a trip to the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto! The cost of $35 includes bus fare, museum admission fee, and a guided tour, and this trip is open to anyone. The deadline to sign up is Friday, February 12, and payment is required at the time of registration. Please contact Soheila Esfahani to reserve your spot. The museum opened in September 2014, and offers exhibitions of artistic, intellectual and scientific heritages of Islam and its civilizations from across the Iberian Peninsula to Asia. Find out more information about the trip to the Aga Khan Museum

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