Winter 2021 interdisciplinary program will focus on new theme: Pandemic

Monday, November 23, 2020

Launched in 2018, the Global Engagement Seminar Program is a capstone seminar, bringing together students from across the six faculties and the affiliated colleges to develop greater awareness of contemporary global issues, as well as to work collaboratively to think through creative solutions.

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 Water Institute member 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.

Are you the right fit?

Interested in engaging with eminent experts, faculty and students from across campus on a real-world project tackling a major global issue? We're looking for:

  • Students who want to tackle real world problem-solving alongside activists, advocates, and practitioners.
  • Students who work well in small groups, are team builders, and who are also self-directed.

The course is open to University of Waterloo students who are in their 3A, 3B, 4A, or 4B terms.


For more information, please contact Rebecca Zehr, Global Engagement Program Coordinator.

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