University programming

University programming

Western is excited to offer host institution programming under the rubric of a Festival of Public Scholarship in our disciplines, to be referred to as “the Festival”. The Festival will bring together Western’s academic and cultural events, offering engaging multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary programming to showcase a wide range of our university's scholarship and creative activity. Recognizing the importance of bridging divides not only between disciplines but also between the academy and society beyond the university's gates, the Festival will feature events and exhibitions on a variety of topics with a focus on communicating humanities and social sciences scholarship not only to Congress delegates, but also to the general public.

The following elements of Festival programming are currently being planned, with more to be announced:

  • Indigenous Geographies
  • Scholars at Risk event featuring Bob Rae - June 2, 12:00 to 13:30 (TBC)
  • Talk and reading by Eternity Martis: They Said this would be Fun: Race, Campus Life, and Growing Up - June 3, 12:00 to 13:30
  • Screening of film nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, in collaboration with the CPSA
  • Panel on Black Women at Western
  • Black History Tours
  • A display of the John David Barnett Collection from Western Libraries
  • Digital exhibit of Western humanities and social sciences scholarship and creativity
  • Outdoor and indoor displays, performances and readings at various locations on and off campus

Following on the success of the innovation at UBC in 2019, Congress 2020 will feature a Pedagogy Hub, with the following sessions and more:

  • Anti-racist education
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Experiential learning
  • Teaching large classes
  • Welcome to my classroom
  • Teaching with technologies
  • Indigenous pedagogies
  • Intercultural teaching competence
  • Informal coffee talks on teaching


Date & time Event Series
Jun 4
12:15 - 13:15
Bridging Divides, Big Thinking, Indigenous events