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Arts & Science Annual Winter Lecture

Winter Lecture 2020 A tradition almost as old as Arts & Science itself, the Winter Lecture is an annual highlight, which brings together students, staff, faculty, and friends for a special talk from a member of the Artsci community. Click here for a full list of speakers and lectures.

Global Justice Collaboratory Workshop: Retributive and Restorative Justice

Bonny Ibhawoh11 March 2017 marked the second annual McMaster Global Justice Collaboratory Workshop hosted by the Arts & Science Program and the McMaster Global Justice Hub. Dr. Bonny Ibhawoh from the Department of History and Centre for Peace Studies began the day with a thought-provoking keynote address on the topic of retributive and restorative justice. Using the insights generated by Dr. Ibhawoh’s inspiring talk as a framework for discussion, participants subsequently worked in small groups to engage with contemporary challenges, such as the Global Refugee Crisis and Islamophobia.

The day concluded with a large group discussion that offered each group the opportunity to share their ideas and receive feedback from other participants. This collaborative discussion, facilitated by former Arts & Science program director Dr. Gary Warner, generated interesting contributions from attendees. The enthusiasm and passion with which participants spoke underscored the potential significance of discussing pressing social issues together as a community. Sincere thanks to all those who took part in the event and the members of the Global Justice Hub Advisory Committee, especially Dr. Beth Marquis and Level III Arts & Science student Maverick Chan, for their hard work in organizing the event!

Global Justice Collaboratory Workshop: Diversity and Inclusion

Artsci workshopOn 30 January 2016, the Arts & Science Program and the McMaster Global Justice Hub hosted the inaugural McMaster Global Justice Collaboratory Workshop. The event commenced with an eye-opening and inspiring keynote address by Dr. Eug?ne Nshimiyimana, Chair of the Department of French, who challenged and encouraged the large group of students, faculty, and community members with his unique perspectives on the workshop theme of Diversity and Inclusion.

Taking valuable lessons from this talk, participants subsequently worked in smaller groups to apply the ideas raised by Dr. Nshimiyimana to important contemporary challenges, such as the social impact of #BlackLivesMatters and the implications of institutional discrimination.

The day concluded with meaningful dialogue regarding these issues in a full group setting. The lively exchange, facilitated by Arts & Science professor Dr. Gary Warner, proved to be such a welcome opportunity for energetic and collaborative discussion that future gatherings and initiatives are currently being planned by the Global Justice Hub Advisory Committee. Sincere thanks to all who participated and to key organizers Dr. Beth Marquis and Arts & Science student Maverick Chan for all they did to make this such a productive and exciting event!

Global Justice Public Lecture with Founder of Doctors Without Borders (Canada)

Dr. Richard Heinzl and studentsThe Arts & Science Program hosted a Global Justice Public Lecture on Mon. 21 Sept. 2015, 4:30pm, MDCL-1105, with Dr. Richard Heinzl, founder of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (Canada).

Dr. Heinzl graduated from McMaster’s medical program in 1987, before founding the first North American branch of DWB. He currently is working on a new project examining innovative ways for doctors to consult online to improve how medicine is practiced around the world.

Please see the poster for full event details.