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Multidisciplinary Panels

University Learning Centre Learning Communities Multidisciplinary Panels

One of our objectives with the Learning Communities program is to help students make connections between the many disciplines studied at the University of Saskatchewan, and in doing so, highlight the connections between what they are learning in their classes and the world outside of university.  We believe that the opportunity for students to engage in discussion and debate is what learning is all about.

2013-2014

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October 9th, 11:30 - 12:20
October 15th, 11:30 - 12:20
October 16th
Panelists:
Neil Hibbert
Department of Political Studies
Rainer Dick
Department of Physics and Engineering Physics
Ria Jenkins
Department of Philosophy, STM
Panelists:
Ken Wilson
Department of Biology
Will Buschert
Department of Philosophy
Panelists:
Neil Chilton
Department of Biology
Gordon McCalla
Department of Computer Science
Carol Greyeyes
Department of Drama
The 2013-2014 panels are in planning!  To receive our updates, including information on upcoming multidisciplinary panels, please join the Learning Communities Newsletter (by submitting your email and name to the right of this text), friend U of S Learning Communities on Facebook, and follow @UofS_LCs on Twitter.If you are a professor interested in learning more about these panels or participating in a future panel, please contact the Learning Communities office.2012 - 2013
  • There were five public panels this fall, located in the Murray Learning Commons. To watch video of each panel, click on the link below the image:
 Health and Sustainability
 Memes, Genes, and Human Nature
 Common Good(s): Freedon or Constraint?
Video
Video
Video
September 10th
October 17th
October 24th
Panelists:
Ryan Meili
Local Family Doctor and Author of
A Healthy Society
Chris Hrynkow
Department of Religion and Culture
Laszlo Pinter
Visiting Scholar,
Central European University
Caroline Tait
Indigenous Peoples' Health
Research Centre
Panelists:
Emer O'Hagan
Department of Philosophy
Valery Chirkov
Department of Psychology
Peta Bonham-Smith
Department of Biology
Panelists:
Jim Basinger
Department of Geological Sciences
Joel Bruneau
Department of Economics
Daniel Regnier
Department of Philosophy, STM
 Cyborg Cities
  Let Foor be thy Medicine
Video
Video
October 31st
November 7th
Panelists:
Allison Muri
Department of English
Nathaniel Osgood
Department of Computer Science
Andrew Dunlop
Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity
and the University Learning Centre
Panelists:
Robert Badger
Cultural Coordinator, Aboriginal Students' Centre
and Office of First Nation and Metis Engagement
Ulrich Teucher
Department of Psychology
Melanie Rozwadowski
Division of Nutrition and Dietetics
 
There were six additional panels, which were not public events. They are:
  • The Cost of Higher Education - Wednesday, October 17th at 4:30 p.m.Video

  • Education & Democracy: From Apathy to Engagement - Thursday, October 25th at 1:30 p.m.

  • Food Production & Land (Mis)Use - Wednesday, October 31st at 12:30 p.m.

  • The God Particle - Wednesday, October 31st at 1:30 p.m.

  • Performance Enhancement - Wednesday, November 14th at 9:30 a.m.

  • Engineering Within Borders - Thursday, November 22nd at 4:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.

 

2011 - 2012

 

2010 - 2011

  • learning communities in the commons

    multidisciplinary panels, interdisciplinary approaches

    Thanks to everyone who contributed to making the 2010 Learning Communities in the Commons panels a great success!

     

    DEFINING HUMAN RIGHTSDefining Human Rights - Monday, November 1 at 12:30pm in Murray Learning Commons

    historical and contemporary perspectives

    Monday, November 1 at 12:30pm
    Murray Learning Commons Main Floor, South Side

    a multidisciplinary panel and roundtable discussion featuring:

    • Lisa Smith, Assistant Professor, Department of History
    • Paul Rowe, Sessional Lecturer, Department of Political Studies
    • Pam Jordan, Associate Professor, Department of History

    sponsored by the Moxley Learning Community

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    SEXSex - Tuesday, November 2 at 1:00pm in Murray Learning Commons

    critical approaches, creative inquiries

    Tuesday, November 2 at 1:00pm
    Murray Learning Commons Main Floor, South Side

    a multidisciplinary panel and roundtable discussion featuring:

    • Sarah Hoffman, Associate Professor and Department Head, Department of Philosophy
    • Mark Olver, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
    • Neil Balan, Sessional, Department of Women and Gender Studies; Instructor, Edwards School of Business

    sponsored by the Dosman, DeCoteau, and Scharf Learning Communities

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    HIV/AIDSSex - Monday, November 8 at 11:30am in Murray Learning Commons

    critical approaches, creative inquiries

    Monday, November 8 at 11:30am
    Murray Learning Commons Main Floor, South Side

    a multidisciplinary panel and roundtable discussion featuring:

    • Kathleen James-Cavan, Associate Professor, Department of English
    • Pamela Downe, Professor, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
    • Jo-Anne Dillon, Professor, Department of Biology and Dean of Arts & Science

    sponsored by the Hopkins, Getty, and Links Learning Communities

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    CULTURAL INFLUENCES ON BEHAVIOURCultural Influences on Behaviour

    critical approaches, creative inquiries

    PUNK ROCK | MENTAL ILLNESS | BAD BEHAVIOUR

    Wednesday, November 10 at 11:30am
    Murray Learning Commons Main Floor, South Side

    a multidisciplinary panel and roundtable discussion featuring:

    • Mitch Daschuk, Sessional Lecturer, Department of Sociology
    • Len Findlay, Professor, Department of English
    • Michael MacGregor, Professor, Department of Psychology

    sponsored by the Lapointe Learning Community

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    If you have any questions about Learning Communities in the Commons, please contact Joel Fonstad, Coordinator, Academic Transition and First-Year Enrichment Programs, at lc@usask.ca.

 

2009 - 2010

  • October 7th – The Impact of Exercise on the Brain

    -       Len Gusthart, Tammy Marche, Brenda Kalyn, Tom Graham

    October 27th - Is Nuclear Power a Green Alternative?

    -        Andrew Grovsner, Eric Dayton, David McGrane

    October 28th – Pandemics and Poverty

    -       Bonita Beatty, Simonne Horowitz, Stephen Whitehead

    November 4th – Mad Pride

    -       Hillary Clark, Despina Ilipoulou, Erica Dyck, James Waldram

    November 9th – From Oral to Written Narrative 

    -       Natalia Khanenko-Friesen, Kristina Fagan

    November 10th – Artificial Intelligence

    -       Mike Horsch, Peter Wood, Veronika Makarova, Emer O’Hagan

    November 10th – Genetically Modified Wheat

    -       Dan Pennock and Fran Walley

    November 17th – Climate Change

    -       Elaine Wheaton, Jim Basinger, Joel Bruneu

    November 18th – Information Revolutions and the Rise of Mass Media

    -       David York, Frank Klaassen, Susan MacDonald

 

2008 - 2009

  • On November 12th 2008, the Arts and Science Learning Communities hosted two multidisciplinary panel discussions with faculty from all three divisions of the College. Both panel discussions focused on topics that naturally bridge the three divisions in the College (Humanities and Fine Arts, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences). The Bioethics panel discussion was hosted by the McIntosh and Getty Learning Communities, which are composed of students commonly enrolled in Biology 120, Chemistry 112, and English 110, and named after successful U of S Graduates in Chemistry and Biology (Kendra Getty and Kerri McIntosh).

    One of our objectives with the Learning Communities program is to help students make connections between the many disciplines studied in the College of Arts and Science, and in doing so, instil a unique sense of identity as a member of the College.  We believe that the opportunity for students to engage in discussion and debate is what learning is all about. And this particular opportunity was quite unique, insofar as students engaged in discussion with faculty from the departments of Biology (Ken Wilson), Philosophy (Rob Hudson), History (Erika Dyck) and Psychology (Neil Fournier) at the same time.

    To my surprise both panel discussions, Bioethics and the Digital Self, pulled at a common thread of inquiry, namely, shifting norms in response to the rapid pace of technological advancements. I believe that areas of inquiry that draw in experts from diverse fields of research ought to be studied. And I think that Arts and Science students have a particularly interesting opportunity to take advantage of the breadth of expertise in the College. The Bioethics panel discussion was one such opportunity.

    Digital Self

    The Digital Self panel discussion was hosted by the Hubbard, Mader and Evitts Learning Communities. Faculty from the departments of Computer Science (Julita Vassileva), English (Allison Muri),Philosophy (William Bushert) and Sociology (James Dzisah) served on this panel and elicited some very interesting discussion.  Topics discussed ranged from the concept of friendship given online behaviour on social networking sites, in writing e-mail, and giving electronic cards (as opposed to the “real” thing), to privacy issues arising out of the use of Facebook and Myspace.