Wednesday, April 17, 2019

New Study Finds Celebrity Fat-Shaming Harmful to Overall Population’s Body Image

A newly published study from McGill University has found that celebrity fat shaming has a significant impact on the wider population’s view of weight. The study suggests that instances where a celebrity has been the subject of fat-shaming in the media, have far-reaching impact and negatively affect the way that women in the wider population view their own bodies, causing an increase in negative implicit bias against certain body types.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Op-Ed: Quebec’s controversial secularism bill creates and reinforces division

by Dr. Laura Morlock, originally published in The Waterloo Record (April 5, 2019)

There have been four consecutive proposals by Quebec political parties to ban religious symbols in public, but the Coalition Avenir government’s invocation of the notwithstanding clause sets Bill 21 apart, allowing the bill to override Charter rights of religious freedom and expression for five years. It is also broader in its scope, affecting more careers and services than previous legislative attempts, including any jobs the government deems to represent public authority, including Crown prosecutors, judges, teachers, and even wildlife conservation officers.

Friday, March 22, 2019

International funding opportunity

2019 Visiting Program for Young Sinologists - Deadline March 31, 2019


Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Making a difference with the Jacob Hillerby Memorial Bursary

Jacob Hillerby with his mother, father and sister.

Photo: Jacqui and Richard Hillerby with Jacob and his sister, Robin. 

Originally published in The Kincardine Record. Read the original HERE.  

To the Editor:

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Reconciliation instructor featured on CBC KW

Kelly Laurila in the radio station at CBC

Kelly Laurila, instructor of Reconciliation: Discussions and Implications of Settler Peoples in Canada, was featured on CBC KW's Morning Edition last Wednesday, March 13. In addition to her insights about what reconciliation means, she offers a glimpse into what the course will be like for students.  

Friday, March 15, 2019

Op-ed: arguments in autism debate in Ontario have missed the mark.

Originally published in The Record, March 15, 2019:

Arguments in autism debate in Ontario have missed the mark

By Margaret Gibson (professor of social work and social development studies at Renison University College)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Renison Associate Professor Trish Van Katwyk empowers young people to explore resilience through collaborative art making

In a project that is described by a group leader as “empowering,” Renison Associate Professor Trish Van Katwyk recently published a study that explores the way that youth see themselves in the term ‘resilience.’ “Resilience Beyond Risk: Youth Re-defining Resilience Through Collective Art-Making,” used art-making and conversation to explore the ways in which labels that are often applied to young people are understood by young people themselves.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Director of Confucius Institute in Waterloo receives national Chinese award for literary work

Yan Li gives a speech at awards ceremony

The director of the Confucius Institute in Waterloo, based at Renison, has been recognized with two awards for her outstanding works of literature.

In December, Prof. Yan Li travelled to China to receive the People's Literature Award (Best Creative Non-Fiction for 2018) for her work Green Mountains Everywhere.

Friday, November 23, 2018

New book by Douglas Cowan explores the dark and religious imagination of Stephen King

Cover of book: America's Dark Theologian: the Religious Imagination of Stephen King (Douglas E. Cowan)

On November 7, Douglas Cowan, a professor of Religious Studies at Renison University College, launched his latest book America's Dark Theologian: The Relgious Imagination of Stephen King here at the College.

King, a prolific author that has sold over 300 million copies of his 70 books, is best known for his horror fiction, including IT, The Shining, Pet Cemetery, and Carrie.

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