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2017 Advisories
  • Field of Dreams: Paul Beeston, Huron Alumnus & Legendary Blue Jays Exec speaks at Huron Talk

  • London, ON - This year's Huron Talk will feature legendary Toronto Blue Jays’ executive and proud Huron University College alumnus, Paul Beeston, Class of 1967. Paul will be returning to Huron on Tuesday, March 7 to discuss how his Huron liberal arts degree was instrumental in helping him on the road to success.

    “We are so looking forward to hearing from one of our very own Huron alumni, on how Huron truly prepares you to excel in the professional world,” says Curtis Jenken, the 2016/17 Huron University College Students’ Council (HUCSC) President.

    Mr. Beeston will discuss the ways Huron provided him within an invaluable foundation for his thirty plus years working in Major League Baseball. As the first Blue Jays’ employee in 1977 as VP of Business Operations, Mr. Beeston has seen this Major League expansion team grow from Exhibition Stadium, to go on and win two World Series in the Skydome, now the Rogers Centre. But these outcomes were never certain. The Jays’ success on the field was no doubt due to talented players, but also to a capacity for creative, critical thinking on the management side. Enter Paul Beeston.

    A member of the Order of Canada, the Board of Directors of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, and inducted in to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, Mr. Beeston retired as president and CEO of the Blue Jays on October 31, 2015.

    As Ken Dryden wrote in the National Post, “It was far from certain in 1977 that the Blue Jays would be a success. Paul started with a win and a sellout at Exhibition Stadium in 1977. He finished with a win and a sellout at Rogers Centre in 2015.”

    The Huron Talk is an annual event hosted by the Huron University College Students’ Council. Previous Huron Talk speakers included former Governor General of Canada Michaëlle Jean, and Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire. This event is free and open to the public.

    Please join us on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Kingsmill Room at Huron University College, 1349 Western Road. To register, please visit:

  • Buying likes to belong: Huron prof looks at deceptive Instagram behaviour

  • LONDON, ON - For some, accumulating likes on Instagram is the ultimate goal, but one that comes at a very real cost.

    Huron University College Psychology professor Dr. Tara Dumas's recent study published in Computers in Humans Behaviour has been attracting attention and was recently featured on popular Psychology website PsyPost.

    The study, which surveyed a total of 463 emerging adults who use Instagram, found that deceptive like-seeking behaviour occurred among 12-55% of the sample. Deceptive like-seeking behaviours include dishonest methods of obtaining likes, such as buying likes/followers or changing one’s physical appearance with editing software.

    "It was during discussions with my students that I first learned of the great lengths that some young people go to secure likes from other people on Instagram. I learned that a subset of these behaviours involve an element of deception such as buying followers or changing one’s physical appearance in photos using software before uploading them to Instagram."

    "I found this surprising and also interesting from a social comparison and self-validation perspective. I discussed this with my colleague, Dr. Maxwell-Smith at Western University and we both agreed that there appeared to be a great need for more research in this area," Dr. Dumas says.

    Deceptive like-seeking behaviour (for which there were no apparent benefits) was associated with narcissism and a decreased sense of peer belongings. Filters and hashtags--classified as normative like-seeking behaviour--were associated with stronger senses of peer belonging. "There was no clear trend with one type of like-seeking behavior being associated with a greater number of likes received more than the other," Dr. Dumas concludes.

    Although the results are correlational in nature and do no assess causality, Dr. Dumas stresses that multiple avenues for further study are possible. "For our part, Dr. Maxwell-Smith and I are currently examining how social dynamics within young people’s friend groups predict their like-seeking behaviour on Instagram."

    “I think an important next step is to explore the potential outcomes/consequences of deceptive like-seeking behavior,” Dr. Dumas says. As she puts it, “I also hope our research helps to encourage larger discussions around the role of social networking sites in young people’s lives, why some individuals are moved to adopt more manipulative routes to gain online recognition and the implications of this for our society.”

    Dr. Dumas co-authored this paper with a Huron Psychology student. This unique opportunity for undergraduates to actively research alongside their professors speaks to Huron’s commitment to exceptional undergraduate education focused on one-one-one mentorship throughout a student’s four years.

2016 Advisories
  • Huron hosts award-winning author Thomas King at Huron1Read Capstone Event

  • London, ON: Huron University College welcomes public intellectual and award-winning author Thomas King to discuss his book The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative with students and the London community at the Huron1Read capstone event on Wednesday, January 11 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Kingsmill Room at Huron University College.

    The Huron1Read program was developed in 2015 as a way to introduce first-year students to academic life and further foster a sense of community among students, faculty and staff at Huron.

    After a successful inaugural year, Huron1Read welcomed the class of 2020 with this year’s selection, The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative.  The reading was incorporated into Orientation Week and select first-year classes, and has provided students the chance to discuss topical themes such as identity, borders, and narrative. It is also an opportunity for Huron to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action for post-secondary education, which identifies “building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect” as a critical component of reconciliation.

    Colleen Burgess, Huron’s Associate Librarian says, “After a semester studying The Truth About Stories, students will take what they have learned beyond the classroom, engaging with King in a public question and answer forum. Members of the public and broader campus community are welcome to attend the event.”

    The Truth About Stories, which first took shape as the 2003 Massey Lectures, was awarded a 2003 Trillium Book Award. Beginning with Indigenous oral narratives, moving through literature and history, religion and politics, popular culture and social protest, Mr. King actively deconstructs and re-presents false notions of Indigeneity projected by White North America. The Truth About Stories demonstrates that stories are critical to human understanding, but equally important is active, engaged listening.

    This Huron1Read program is generously supported by Huron University College Alumnus Doug Raymond, BA 1985.

    Thomas King is a Professor Emeritus of English at Guelph University, where he taught in the School of English and Theatre Studies. Mr. King published his first novel in 1990, and has since become an award-winning author, presenter, and radio-host. Notable works include children’s book A Coyote Columbus Story (1992) and Green Grass, Running Water (1993) The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America (2012), which won the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize. In 2003, Mr. King became the first Indigenous person to deliver the Massey Lectures, five lectures on one topic to various audiences across the country.

  • Panel: Kristallnacht & Donald Trump: Can Fascism Emerge in the United States?

  • Scholars from across campus to discuss pressing political and social issue, rise of far-right movements

    London, ON – In the wake of a volatile US presidential campaign and equally divisive election results, Huron University College will host a panel discussion asking the question “Can Fascism emerge in the United States?” on November 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Great Hall. A timely and important event, this panel – which is free and open to the public - helps highlight the need for inclusive and thoughtful discussion regarding current socio-political issues.

    The panel title references the fact that Donald Trump was elected on the eve of the anniversary of Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), a systematic pogrom in Nazi Germany from November 9 to November 10, 1938, after which already dire conditions for German Jews significantly worsened.

    Dr. Tracy Lemos, event organizer and Professor of Theology at Huron, elaborates: “This panel brings together scholars of Nazism, Italian fascism, politics and the media, African-American history, and religious violence to address what is arguably the most pressing political and social issue of our time: the rise of far-right movements in western democracies.”  

    Kristallnacht and Donald Trump: Can Fascism Emerge in the United States begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Great Hall at Huron University College, 1349 Western Road, London, Ontario.

    Panelists include:

    Paul Nesbitt-Larking, Professor of Political Science, Huron University College
    Eli Nathans, Associate Professor of History, Western University
    Robert Ventresca, Associate Professor of History, King’s University College
    Nina Reid-Maroney, Associate Professor of History, Huron University College
    Moderated by Tracy Lemos, Associate Professor of Theology, Huron University College

  • Derry Lecture features former Finance Minister Dr. Janice MacKinnon on the Value of Liberal Arts

  • London, ON – For the last nine years, Huron University College has presented an annual interdisciplinary lecture focusing on topics that touch our world. The lectures, which are free and open to the public, have been made possible due to the generous support of Margaret and Douglas Derry.

    On Monday, October 24th at 5:00 pm, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Janice MacKinnon, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Member of the Order of Canada, and a Huron alumna,  to deliver the 2016 Derry Lecture - The Value of a Liberal Arts Education:  From the Experiences of a Former Finance Minister.

    “In early 1993, after only 15 months in politics, I became Finance Minister of Saskatchewan, a province on the brink of bankruptcy, whose finances were described by a rating agency as terrifying,” explains Dr. MacKinnon. “As I navigated the treacherous waters of making the difficult choices that were essential to turn around the province’s finances my liberal arts education and what I learned at Huron were invaluable. Today when the value of a liberal arts education is questioned in many circles, it is important to understand how my education and my time at Huron helped me through a challenging period of my life.”

    This free lecture is open to the public.

  • Huron Confers Honorary Degree upon The Rt. Revd. Dr. Linda Nicholls

  • London, ON - On September 14, 2016 (Holy Cross Day, as recognized by the Anglican community) Huron University College will confer the degree of Doctor of Divinity upon the Right Reverend Doctor Linda Nicholls, coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Huron. The College community will gather at 11:30 AM in the Chapel for a celebration of Holy Eucharist and special convocation.


    This special convocation is in advance of Dr. Nicholls beginning her new role as the Chair of the Corporation for Huron University College on November 1, 2016.


    Huron’s 15th annual Holy Cross Lecture will also take place on September 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the Great Hall. Dr. Barry Craig, Huron’s Principal, will deliver a public lecture titled “The Blessing of Secularity." The Holy Cross Lecture, for the wider Theology Community, is given each fall by a member of faculty.

    Both of these events are open to the public at no charge, and there will be free parking available at the main (south) lot of Huron University College, 1349 Western Road in London.


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    Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

    11:30 a.m. – Eucharist and Special Convocation in the Chapel. The Right Reverend Dr. Linda Nicholls will receive her Honorary Doctor of Divinity during the service.

    12:30 p.m. – Photo Opportunity in the Chapel immediately following the service

    7:00 p.m. – Holy Cross Lecture in the Great Hall

    The Rt. Rev. Dr. Linda Nicholls, formerly area bishop of Trent-Durham and bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Toronto, was elected coadjutor bishop by the Synod of the Diocese of Huron on Saturday, February 13, 2016. The first woman to be elected bishop in Huron, Bishop Nicholls is also the first bishop from outside the diocese since 1931.

    Bishop Nicholls has been an active advocate for Anglican, ecumenical, and interfaith dialogue at a national and international level. Her research and work focus on bridging divides within communities of conflict by drawing upon traditions of spiritual reflection and shared communal practice.

    An experienced bishop, parish priest, chaplain and spiritual director, Bishop Linda Nicholls brings with her a rich treasury of gifts dedicated to the service of God’s people. It is with joy and great expectations that we welcome Bishop Nicholls to the Diocese of Huron and look forward to her upcoming role as Diocesan Bishop and Chair of the Huron University College Corporation.

  • New Vision Challenges Students to be Leaders with Heart

  • London, ON – Huron University College will lead the way in Canada as the only undergraduate university to offer an elite yet accessible education that unites liberal arts with leadership, all built upon an ethical core.

    Dr. Barry Craig, who began his role as Huron’s seventeenth Principal on July 1, 2016, has announced a new vision for the organization that sets an exciting course for future growth, and reshapes the current academic programming to fully integrate social responsibility, ethical leadership and community engagement.

    Key elements of Huron’s new direction include developing a core curriculum that pairs the traditional advantages of liberal arts — communication skills, critical thinking, analytical insight — with the in-demand skills of business and management. In addition to their chosen major or program, every student at Huron will take the same core curriculum – The Huron Core Curriculum. This core curriculum will be finalized following a consultative process with faculty, and is expected to roll out to students in fall 2017.

    But, underpinning it all will be an ethical foundation that stresses corporate social responsibility, service to the community, and social justice. Students in all programs will be engaged in community service, active community based learning, mentorships and internships, to complement their academic activities.

    “No other university in the country does this at an undergraduate level, across the entire institution,” says Dr. Craig. “This will be a cultural shift for our entire university, and it will be what sets our students apart in the job market.” 

    “My vision for Huron is to challenge our students to be leaders with heart,” Dr. Craig explains. “As a strategically small institution, Huron is well-positioned to redefine the landscape of liberal arts education.”

    Recruitment, academic awards and bursaries will focus on attracting and retaining a diverse community of students, ones who are both academically inclined and community minded. An emphasis will also be on reaching out to underserviced and previously marginalized communities to attract and support the education of students with potential from those communities.

    To support this goal, Dr. Craig and his wife Dr. Sara MacDonald have announced their intention to personally contribute $25,000 to establish a new scholarship for aboriginal student leaders.

    Within 100 days of starting at Huron, and following more than 250 one-on-one conversations with faculty, staff, alumni, students, community leaders and donors, Dr. Craig has learned first-hand about the rich history of Huron, the many strengths of the organization to build upon, and the challenges ahead.

    “I am confident that now is the right time to forge a new path for Huron - a path that builds on our strengths and offers ours students a unique learning experience that is relevant and meaningful in today’s society.”  

  • FASS Professor Dr. Teresa Hubel receives five year SSHRC Grant

  • The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) is the federal agency that promotes and supports postsecondary-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences.   Huron University College is thrilled to report that Dr. Teresa Hubel, Professor and Chair of the English Department was awarded an Insight Grant geared for larger projects with interdisciplinary and/or international scope.

    Together with Dr. Nandi Bhatia, Associate Dean of Research in Arts and Humanities at Western, Dr. Srividya Natarajan, Academic Councillor at King’s University College, and joined by a renowned Indian playwright, an accomplished local dancer and another Canadian scholar, Dr. Hubel will continue researching the study of the role of women in India. The aim is to deepen understandings of the multifaceted entanglements of Devadasis and Tawaifs (who jointly might be called ‘courtesans’) with British colonialism, Indian nationalism, and the construction of a modern feminine identity in India.

    Both the Tawaifs and the Devadasis have been the subject of so many literary texts, films, photographs and paintings.  Today, Bollywood films in particular have revealed the influence of courtesans in the formation of the Indian public sphere.

    “I’m interested in creating a new appreciation for these incredibly old traditions,” says Dr. Hubel.  “The whole point is to understand how influential these women really were.”

    “Historically, India fought with the British to stop British Imperialism so they could govern themselves,” explained Dr. Hubel.  “This social reform took the dance and music away from these families of women.  They viewed them as corrupt in may ways.  The suppression of Tawaifs and Devadasis contributed to the modern notion of an ideal womanhood, an ideal that actually limited the range of available roles for women in India.”

    Dr. Hubel and her team hope to uncover the true nature of these incredible women and understand how influential they really were.  “We want to put them back in the story,” said Dr. Hubel.  “We’d like to create a new appreciation for these old traditions.”

    This fascinating research begins this summer and extends over the next five years. 

    For more information about available SSHRC funding click here.

  • Huron University College Appoints New Principal

  • London, ON – June 2, 2016:  Following the announcement on December 8, 2015 of Dr. Barry L. Craig’s appointment as the seventeenth Principal of Huron University College, Huron welcomes Dr. Craig to campus on July 1, 2016.

    First as Dean of Faculty and then as Vice-President, Academic and Research at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB, Dr. Craig has been an academic administrator for over seven years.  He is an Associate Professor in Philosophy and has been awarded St. Thomas University’s highest awards for teaching and research.

    “I am honoured and excited to become the next principal of Huron University College,” said Dr. Craig. “Huron is truly one of Canada’s historic universities.  It possesses dynamic and committed faculty and staff, an impressive list of accomplished and loyal alumni, and it attracts outstanding students from across Canada and beyond.  I believe that there are tremendous opportunities in the next few years for Huron to become a national example of how a small university with a commitment to academic excellence can be a leader in post-secondary education.”

    During his time at St Thomas University, Dr. Craig was successful in leading the development of an accessibility services office that resulted in record enrollment of students with disabilities.  He negotiated a new university access agreement with New Brunswick’s largest Aboriginal First Nation, establishing a groundbreaking pilot program which offered liberal arts courses in the Aboriginal community.  Dr. Craig was responsible for supervising the development of pre-law and pre-health sciences concentrations at St. Thomas University as well as negotiating collaboration agreements with Harvard Business School to offer HBX Core programs to St. Thomas students.  He wrote St. Thomas University’s Student Code of Conduct and developed an initiative to deliver liberal arts lectures on ethics and social responsibility, via live video link, to executives of India’s largest independent oil company.

    “Dr. Craig brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge,” said Karen Wilkinson, Chair of the Huron University College Executive Board.  “We are very confident in the leadership and contributions he will bring to our community here at Huron.”

    Dr. Craig holds a PhD from the University of Wales, an MA from Dalhousie University and a BA from the University of King’s College.  He received a special merit award for research from St. Thomas University and twice received the excellence in teaching award from the St. Thomas University Students’ Union as well as the excellence in teaching award from St. Thomas University in 2002.  Dr. Craig has extensive experience in curriculum, programme and policy development and has published several books as well as numerous journal articles, reviews and presentations. 
  • HUC to Confer Honorary Degrees during 307th Theology Convocation

  • May 4, 2016

    The 2015 Huron University College Theology Convocation will take place on Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Kingsmill Room. This year’s Theological Section marks the 307th Convocation of Western University for the conferring of the degrees of Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies and Master of Arts (Theology).

    Huron University College will also confer the Doctor of Divinity Degree (jure dignitatis) on Archbishop Colin Johnson and Bishop Robert Stuart Skirving.

    Archbishop Johnson is the Diocesan Bishop of Toronto and Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario.  He is the chief pastor of the Diocese, with pastoral oversight of 202 parishes. 

    Bishop Skirving is the Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of East Carolina, a diocese which stretches across the eastern third of the state of North Carolina and includes nearly 70 congregations located in cities, beach communities, and small town and rural settings. There is a strong military presence in the diocese and a growing Latino/Hispanic population.

    The day will include several significant events: Eucharist at 4:30 p.m. at The Collegiate Chapel of St. John the Evangelist; light buffet reception and bar at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Hall; followed by Convocation at 7:00 p.m. in the Kingsmill Room. Following Convocation, a reception will be held in the Great Hall to honour our graduates and honorary degree recipients.



    Archbishop Colin Johnson

    Archbishop Johnson was elected suffragan bishop on April 23, 2003 and was consecrated on June 21, 2003. He served as the area bishop of Trent-Durham until February 2006. He was elected Diocesan Bishop on June 12, 2004, and installed as the 11th Bishop of Toronto on Sept. 12, 2004.

    On Oct. 15, 2009, he was elected Metropolitan (senior bishop) of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario.  With a reorganization of the Diocese of Moosonee, in Northern Ontario and Quebec, Archbishop Johnson, as Metropolitan, also became the Bishop of Moosonee on January 1, 2014.

    Born in 1952, he was educated at the University of Western Ontario and received his Master of Divinity degree from Trinity College in 1977. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1978 and served a number of parishes in the Diocese of Toronto before becoming Executive Assistant to the Diocesan Bishop in 1992 and Archdeacon of York in 1994.

    A passionate advocate for social justice, he has particular interest in liturgical theology, organizational process, and new church development.   He is married to Ellen, has three adult children and one adored granddaughter.  He is a music-lover and enjoys cooking.  


    Bishop Robert Stuart Skirving

    Bishop Skirving earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo in 1982, and a Master of Divinity degree from Huron University College in 1986. While at Huron, Rob completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at University Hospital and a 2-year field placement at St. George’s Anglican Church, both in London.  He was ordained deacon on May 1, 1986 and priest on December 17, 1986 and served two years as Assistant Curate at Church of St. John the Evangelist, London, Ontario, with particular responsibility for youth ministry.

    In 1988, he assumed pastoral leadership of 3 small congregations in Kent County, Ontario, as Rector of Church of the Advent in Ridgetown, Church of the Redeemer in Highgate, and Trinity Church in Howard Township.  During this time, he also completed graduate level coursework in Religious Studies at the University of Windsor, Ontario, and the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana.

    In 1992, Bishop Skirving was appointed Rector of St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Brantford, Ontario, and led in the expansion of their physical facilities to accommodate the growing congregation, while addressing staff and pastoral demands.  In 1998, Rob completed the course work for the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Seabury Institute, Evanston, Illinois, and was later awarded an Advanced Theological Certificate in Congregational Development.

    From 1999-2004, he served as Rector of Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church in London, Ontario, a downtown church with a ministry that included a preschool, seniors’ housing, active street ministry, and a community of Sudanese refugees.

    In 2005, he and his family moved to the United States in response to a call to be rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Midland, Michigan.  The Rt. Rev. Ed Leidel, Bishop of Eastern Michigan, received him into The Episcopal Church.  St. John’s ministries included extensive local and global outreach ministries.  In partnership with the Episcopal Church in the Dominican Republic, Rob led teams from St. John’s to build a new church in San Isidro.  Rob served as Deputy to General Convention (2012), as Dean of the Diocese (2011-2013), as Dean of the Saginaw Valley Convocation, as chair of the Commission on Ministry (2005-2007), and as a participant in the Diocesan Review Task Force (2008-2011).  Rob served on the Province V Executive Board, as a representative of the Diocese of Eastern Michigan, and briefly on the House of Deputies State of Church Committee.

    On November 8, 2014, was ordained and consecrated as the Eighth Bishop of the Diocese of East Carolina.   Bishop Skirving is married to Sandy, a registered nurse.  Together, they have two grown children. 

  • Huron Talk 2016 Welcomes International Terror Hero

  • March 29, 2016

    HUC  is pleased to welcome United States Air force Sergeant Spencer Stone to Huron University College as part of the annual Huron Talk series presented by HUC’s Students’ Council.

    Sgt. Stone became an international hero when he and two friends helped thwart a gunman from killing passengers aboard a French train during the summer of 2015.  Stone was lauded by French President Francois Hollande and President Obama, and was recently one of only 23 people invited to sit with First Lady Michelle Obama in her box during the President’s final State of the Union Address

    On August 21, 2015, while on a trip to Paris, Stone and his childhood friends, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos, stopped a potentially catastrophic act of terrorism.  Stone subdued a gunman armed with a box cutter, a pistol, a can of lighter fluid, and an assault rifle with 300 rounds of ammunition as he tried to open fire aboard the crowded train.  Stone said he acted in the interest of "survival" for him, his friends and everyone else on the train. Stone was awarded the Purple Heart and Airman’s Medal, the Air Force’s highest non-combat award, and received France and Belgium’s highest honours.

    “I was given the opportunity to do something good, and I took it,” Stone said.  “It all worked out for the best, and I’m just happy with that.”

    The Huron Talk lecture series gives influential members of our global community the opportunity to discuss their experiences with the students of Huron University College and encourage them to initiate positive change in our community and the world.

    Huron Talk 2016 takes place on Tuesday, April 5 beginning at 6:00 pm in the Kingsmill Room, Huron University College, 1349 Western Road.  Admission is free and open to the public.  RSVP at http://www.myhuron.ca/stone or by calling 519 438 7224 ext 388.

  • Critically Acclaimed Director Brings Film to Huron for Special Screening

  • January 25, 2016

    On the heels of the Vancouver International Film Festival, director, producer Alex Williams brings his new documentary ‘The Pass System’ to Huron University College on Monday, January 25th at 7:00 pm. The screening, followed by a Q&A with the director, is in advance of the film’s Toronto premiere at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in February.  The entire community is welcome to enjoy this powerful film, free of charge, in Room V214 on Huron campus.

    Thanks to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission, Canadians are becoming increasingly aware of residential schools and their impact on First Nations people.  A new documentary explores a lesser known dark chapter in Canadian history which affected Indigenous communities of Western Canada for over sixty years.  ‘The Pass System’ unveils the government of Canada’s method of restricting the movement of First Nations people.  Without a pass, issued by the Indian Agent, First Nations people could not leave the reserve - for any reason.  “It was segregation,” said Williams.  “Reserves were open-air prisons.”

    Williams spent five years researching, investigating and documenting this piece of Canadian history.  “It helped me to understand society better,” he said. “It made me understand the divisions in society and the healing that needs to happen.”

    “Huron University College has a long history in southwestern Ontario, particularly among and within nearby Indigenous communities,” said Dr. Tom Peace, assistant professor of Canadian History at HUC, and member of the group that is responsible for this screening.  “As the community at Huron – and Western more generally – reflects upon the meaning of ‘truth and reconciliation’ for our campus community, it is important that we bring in outside voices and perspectives, like those in Alex’s film, that help foster this discussion.”

    The film, which critics call ‘passionate’, ‘thought-invoking’ and ‘essential to view’, is narrated by Gemini award winning actress Tantoo Cardinal (‘North of 60’, ‘Dances With Wolves’) and runs just shy of an hour telling first-hand stories of the pass system’s effect on First Nations families.

    Huron University College welcomes Alex Williams to campus with ‘The Pass System’ on Monday, January 25th at 7:00 pm in Room V214, HUC Campus, 1349 Western Road, London.  Admission is free.

    Directed and produced by Alex Williams
    Narrated by Tantoo Cardinal.  
    Music by Aboriginal cellist and composer Cris Derksen
    Edited by Igan Hecht.
    Executive producer James Cullingham
    The Pass System was produced in association with Tamarack Productions and graciously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.
    This screening of The Pass System is presented by the following:

    Huron University College
    Indigenous Services
    Western FIMS
    Western Health Sciences
    Western Public History.

2015 Advisories
  • Huron University College Appoints New Principal

  • December 8, 2015

    It was announced today that Dr. Barry L. Craig, Vice President, Academic and Research, St. Thomas University, has been appointed the seventeenth Principal of Huron University College effective July 1, 2016.

    First as Dean of Faculty and then as Vice-President, Academic and Research, Dr. Craig has been an academic administrator for over seven years.  He is an Associate Professor in Philosophy and has been awarded St. Thomas University’s highest awards for teaching and research.

    “I am honoured and excited to become the next principal of Huron University College,” said Dr. Craig. “Huron is truly one of Canada’s historic universities.  It possesses dynamic and committed faculty and staff, an impressive list of accomplished and loyal alumni, and it attracts outstanding students from across Canada and beyond.  I believe that there are tremendous opportunities in the next few years for Huron to become a national example of how a small university with a commitment to academic excellence can be a leader in post-secondary education.”

    During his time at St Thomas University, Dr. Craig was successful in leading the development of an accessibility services office that resulted in record enrollment of students with disabilities.  He negotiated a new university access agreement with New Brunswick’s largest Aboriginal First Nation, establishing a groundbreaking pilot program which offered liberal arts courses in the Aboriginal community.  Dr. Craig was responsible for supervising the development of pre-law and pre-health sciences concentrations at St. Thomas University as well as negotiating collaboration agreements with Harvard Business School to offer HBX Core programs to St. Thomas students.  He wrote St. Thomas University’s Student Code of Conduct and developed an initiative to deliver liberal arts lectures on ethics and social responsibility, via live video link, to executives of India’s largest independent oil company.

    “Dr. Craig brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge,” said Karen Wilkinson, Chair of the Huron University College Executive Board.  “We are very confident in the leadership and contributions he will bring to our community here at Huron.”

    This appointment comes after significant deliberation by the Huron University College Selection Committee comprised of Huron faculty, board, staff and students. 

    “I would like to thank all members of the Huron community who provided input to the selection committee toward selecting the seventeenth Principal of Huron University College,” said Ian Jeffreys, Chair of the Principal Selection Committee and Vice Chair of the Huron University College Executive Board. “It is through their contributions that we were able to choose the best possible candidate for this important position.”

    Dr. Craig holds a PhD from the University of Wales, an MA from Dalhousie University and a BA from the University of Kings College.  He received a special merit award for research from St. Thomas University and twice received the excellence in teaching award from the St. Thomas University Students’ Union as well as the excellence in teaching award from St. Thomas University in 2002.  Dr. Craig has extensive experience in curriculum, programme and policy development and has published several books as well as numerous journal articles, reviews and presentations. 

  • Muslim-Christian Interfaith Event Crosses Boundaries

  • November 23, 2015

    A new interfaith youth project aimed at bringing young people from different faith groups together with academic scholars and spoken word performing artists comes to Huron University College this weekend.

    The Faculty of Theology at Huron University College in partnership with the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration and the Muslim Association of Canada Youth Centre in London present SaLAM: Peace, Faith and Spoken word on November 27 and 28, 2015 in The Great Hall.

    During this event, students will have an opportunity to explore sacred texts that are common to both faith traditions to see how deeper themes relate to contemporary life.  Following this, local spoken word performing artists will coach and help students craft their own interpretations into spoken word and slam poetry.  In the evening, all will enjoy a banquet dinner followed by both works-in-progress performances and special performances from invited artists.

    The cost for this event is $15 which includes lunch and dinner on Saturday.  This event is open to students aged 16 and up, registration is required. 

  • Best Selling Author Visits Huron for Huron1Read Event

  • Huron University College welcomes bestselling author Michael Harris
    to discuss award winning book with students and London community.

    November 16, 2015

    Huron University College’s first Huron1Read program concludes for this year with a visit from author Michael Harris, winner of the 2014 Governor General Literary Award for his book: The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection. Michael Harris will visit Huron’s campus from 1-2:30 pm on Friday, December 4, 2015.  The public is invited to attend and participate in a discussion with Harris and students in first year Sociology and English.

    Michael Harris’ book The End of Absence received an outpouring of critical and commercial success. In this fascinating non-fiction work, Harris explores the downside of constant connection and the fact that we’re completely lost in our logged-on lives. We are faced with a generation where absence itself – silence, wonder, solitude – is lost to us. 

    The Huron1Read program provides each first year student with a particular book during the summer months.  In September, as they transition into campus life, they are invited to participate in campus wide discussions and events, together with faculty and staff, surrounding the chosen publication.

    By choosing this book as the inaugural selection for the Huron1Read  Program, first years, along with staff and faculty, have the opportunity to come together to explore the fascinating notion of a generation where the barrage of texts, emails, social media and Netflix binges are affecting our brains and our society.  Those born prior to 1985 are the only generation in history that has experienced life both with and without the internet.  For everyone who follows, online life will simply be the air they breathe.

     “Huron is thrilled to have Michael Harris visit our campus as the capstone event for this year’s Huron1Read program,” said Jennifer Robinson, Director of Library and Learning Services at Huron University College.  “The opportunity for our students to meet with a Governor General Award winning author and speak with him about his work is just one example of the kinds of enriching academic experiences Huron offers its students.” 

    The Huron1Read program was developed for incoming students who will soon realize they are part of a larger learning community.  Through this program, students have the opportunity to engage with other Huron students, faculty and staff in exploring timely issues from multiple angles and prospective.  The program encourages inter-disciplinary dialogue, allowing students to hear from voices different from their own. 

    "I was grateful and touched to learn my book would be taken up by the Huron1Read program. There's something truly profound about being given the opportunity to hear an entire community respond to one's work,” said Michael Harris, author of The End of Absence.  “In my case, hearing so many digital natives respond to ideas about our changing media climate is an enormous gift.  It's a little intimidating, I admit, but also such a rare luxury for an author."

  • HUC Chaplain Elected Bishop of Brandon

  • Huron University College Chaplain Reverend Canon Bill Cliff Elected Bishop of Brandon

    November 3, 2015

    t is with mixed feelings that Huron University College announces the election of The Revd Canon Bill Cliff to Bishop of the Diocese of Brandon.  Although the entire community at Huron University College shares in his excitement on this new journey, we are saddened at the thought of how much he will be missed.

     “I am deeply grateful for my years as a priest in this Diocese and at the College. I came to faith in Jesus Christ in the Cathedral and was baptised. I finished my degrees and was ordained there as well. I have loved my ministry here and you are genuinely my family,” wrote The Revd Canon Cliff in a statement to Huron Church News.  “Leaving the College and Diocese may be the hardest thing I have to do in my life to this point.  There will be a significant amount of pain but it will be mixed with the joy of the faces and lives that crowd my thoughts as I will be thinking of life here.”

    Father Bill has served as Rector of The Collegiate Chapel of St. John the Evangelist, Huron University College since September 2002, and has enjoyed being the parish priest for Huron University College and the Anglican Community at UWO.  Fr. Bill is a pastor, musician and liturgist who has been working in the Diocese of Huron with young people for his whole ministry. 

    “Fr. Bill has long been a cherished member of the Huron community, as a student, an alumnus, and as a member of staff.  We are immensely grateful for his years of service and the passion he genuinely feels for our students, the wider community the College and the Diocese,” said The Revd Stephen McClatchie, Ph.D., Principal of Huron University College. “While it will certainly be very difficult to say goodbye to  Fr. Bill, we are very happy for him on his election as Bishop of Brandon and wish him well as he pursues this calling from God and begins a new chapter in his life.”

    Appointed to the Cathedral Chapter of Canons in 2003, Canon Cliff remains active in the Diocese and wider church through liturgy. Appointed Canon Precentor of the Diocese of Huron in 2009, Canon Cliff continues to work with music and liturgy to enrich the worship life of the Church and spends a great deal of time supporting youth programming. He is a Chaplain of the Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, a Fellow of the National College of Music and the Arts (U.K.) and enjoys greatly his time spent with the students and faculty day by day around the college. His ministry interests include liturgy, preaching, work with youth and support or Diocese of Huron ministries such as Huron Church Camp.

  • 2015 Derry Lecture - Planet Biodiversity

  • Huron University College Brings Topic of BioDiversity
    to 8th Annual Derry Lecture

    Monday, October 26, 2015, 5:00 pm, Kingsmill Room
    Huron University College

    For Immediate Release:

    London, Ontario – October 21, 2015:
      We share this planet with millions of species and of these millions, humans have become the dominant agent of biotic change. This finite nature of biodiversity is the subject of the 8th annual Derry Lecture taking place on Monday, October 26th in the Kingsmill Room, Huron University College.

    For the last 8 years, Huron University College has presented an annual interdisciplinary lecture focusing on topics that touch our world. The lectures, which are free and open to the public, have been made possible due to the generous support of Margaret and Douglas Derry.

    On Monday, October 26th at 5:00 pm, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Paul Hebert, Canada Research Chair in Molecular Biodiversity (University of Guelph).  Dr. Hebert, a Fellow of the Royal society of Canada, holds a Ph.D. in genetics from Cambridge University and a Canada Research Chair in Molecular Biodiversity.

    "We live in extraordinary times. It's been 650,000 centuries since a great meteorite impact decimated life on our planet,” said Dr. Hebert.  “And now the explosion of human populations threatens a recurrence - a new mass extinction within this century. How should we respond?"

    “Planetary Biodiversity – Agents of Change” will explore this unprecedented human population explosion and what it means to our community.  The lecture begins at 5:00 pm in the Kingsmill Room of Huron University College, 1349 Western Road.  Free parking is available in the main Huron parking lot (south side of the College).

    For more information on this event please contact:
    Meg Pirie, MA
    Communications Associate
    (519) 438-7224 x. 388

    At more than 150 years old, Huron University College is Western University’s founding institution. With a focus on arts, theology, and social sciences, Huron strives to be the best strategically small institution Canada. The Huron experience equips students with the tools to be agents of change who receive faculty mentorship and unparalleled research opportunities from day one.  


  • Huron at Western Votes: London North-Centre Candidates Debate

  • At a time when youth voter turnout is forefront during this federal election campaign, the Huron University College Students’ Council and Department of Political Science will co-sponsor a Candidates Debate for London North Centre.

    Dr. Paul Nesbitt-Larking, Political Science Department Chair says, "The 2015 federal election promises to be an unprecedented and fascinating contest among three viable contenders for government, with input also from relevant minor parties.”

    “The riding of London North-Centre is highly competitive and has been the focus of attention of all major party campaigns,” Dr. Nesbitt-Larking says. “Our London North Centre Candidates' Debate serves us not only as critically engaged citizens, but also as students of politics attempting to understand how theories and models are realized in practice. Our co-sponsorship of this event with the Huron University College Students' Council represents just one of many close collaborations among students, faculty and staff at Huron University College, expressing our core collegial mission."

    Stephen Rogers, Vice-President University Affairs, speaks to youth involvement in this federal election. "Debates of this kind are necessary to the health of our democratic process, making it a perfect fit in a university setting as we make efforts to better promote youth participation in elections. We are incredibly excited for students and members of the community to hear from some amazing candidates on their ideas to better improve our city and our country."

    The London North-Centre Candidates Debate will take place on September 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the Kingsmill Room, Huron University College, 1349 Western Road. Confirmed candidates are Carol Dyck (Green), Peter Fragiskatos (Liberal), and German Gutierrez (NDP). The debate will be moderated by Dr. Paul Nesbitt-Larking. All are welcome to this event. Parking is available.

    For more information, please contact Meg Pirie, Communications Associate at 519-438-7224 x.388 or email mpirie2@huron.uwo.ca.

  • Portals of Discovery: Undergraduate Research at its Finest

  • Undergraduate research at its finest
    Portals of Discovery, inaugural undergraduate research conference, happens Friday

    Huron University College provides students with an engaging, unique academic experience not available at other instutions. From day one, students are encouraged to pursue their passions within a community of experts.

    This Friday, January 9th, undergraduate research excellence will be the focus of Portals of Discovery. Consisting of four student panels, this inaugural undergraduate research conference will showcase innovative student research on a wide range of topics, from YA culture, gender, and post-modernism.

    Dr. Teresa Hubel, Chair, Department of English, has extended the invitation to the university and London communities. “Huron's students are extraordinary,” she says.  “This conference will feature papers on subjects as diverse as the Tragically Hip, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Transcendentalism, and Frankenstein, among many other topics.”

    The intention of the Conference is to encourage students’ engagement with their peers and facilitate an opportunity for them to improve their presentation skills in preparation for grad school or other post-graduate pursuits, a rare opportunity for undergraduate students.

    “There will also be a lunch-time showcase of the talents of the Huron Underground Dramatic Society (HUDS) and a keynote talk from Huron’s own Dr. John Vanderheide, who will speak on the comedic television show Arrested Development. Everyone is welcome to attend the entire day or parts of it,” Dr. Hubel says.

    The conference will take place in Huron’s Great Hall from 9:00a.m. until 5:15p.m. All are welcome. For more information, please contact Meg Pirie, Communications Associate at 519-438-7224 ext.388.



  • Student Research Across the Disciplines

  • Student research across the disciplines
    On April 7 Huron to host two undergraduate research symposiums

    Undergraduate education should be transformative. For Huron students, that means unparalleled opportunities to develop research skills that will serve them in the classroom, in the workplace, and everywhere in between. On April 7, two events will showcase the hard work of MOS and History students, as well as their compelling studies.

    An experience typically reserved for graduate students, Huron seeks to become one of the leading strategically small liberal arts universities in the country. This means providing students with opportunities, from day one, to not only conduct original research but to share their findings with the broader community.

    Boycotting Slavery, Then & Now 10:30 Noon, Hurons Great Hall

    This compilation of student work, under the direction of Dr. Nina Reid-Maroney, features projects on antislavery movements in 19th-century London, Ontario, including the African Methodist Episcopal Church (1848-1869), commonly known as the Fugitive Slave Chapel. By focusing on this Southwestern Ontario community and its connections to antislavery movements in the United States and across the Atlantic world, this class project has placed the discussion of American racial slavery and American movements for racial justice in a global framework.

    Dr. Nina Reid-Maroney highlights that “By focusing on the community of London and its connections to antislavery movements in the United States and across the Atlantic world, student research has placed the discussion of American racial slavery and American movements for racial justice in a global context. Thanks to the John and Gail MacNaughton teaching prize at Huron, students in 2301E will be able to support Historians Against Slavery while marking the successful conclusion of the class project.”

    Alongside the launch of a student-created webpage, this showcase will also feature Dr. Carol Faulkner (Syracuse), representing historiansagainstslavery.org. Dr. Faulkner is an Associate Professor of History at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. She will be presenting Boycotting Slavery, Then and Now. It is fitting to conclude this community-based research by looking outward. Dr Faulkner’s talk will address the way that historians frame the problem of modern slavery, and will help us consider what History offers to the modern-day antislavery movement,” Dr. Reid-Maroney says.

    Fair Trade refreshments will be served.

    Human Relations Case Study Showcase 10:45 Noon, The Huron Room (Next to the Dining Hall)

    The inaugural MOS 2155 Student Case Study Showcase will be held in the Huron Room (Huron Dining Hall) from 10:30 to 11:45 am.  Sponsored by McGraw Hill, Huron University Colleges Organizational Human Relations students will be unveiling the case studies that they have created on topics of Human Resources, ranging from organizational motivation to workplace harassment to institutional communication.

    The chosen student-authored cases, mapped by learning objectives, will be featured on McGraw-Hills digital sites for their three Human Resource Management texts, providing learning tools for future students that are created by students.

    "I’m seeking out all opportunities to develop a higher level of professionalism as I prepare to enter the working world,” upper-year student Hayden Cantor says. “The opportunity to create, design, and develop a case study and an academic poster has added a unique skill set to my professional repertoire that I know will benefit and enhance my career development."

    Kim Brewster, Publisher, Group Product Manager, McGraw-Hill Education says “McGraw-Hill Education is pleased to partner with Huron University College and the Human Resource Management in the case study competition. We feel these will provide a unique perspective for instructors, as well as variety and currency in case selection.”  

    Please join us and meet with with the students and view their posters. Light refreshments will be served.

2014 Advisories

  • January Events

  • Copyright @ Huron: Navigating the new copyright landscape with Dr. Samuel Trosow – Thursday, January 16th

    On Thursday, January 16th Dr. Samuel Trosow, (Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University), will discuss the changing copyright landscape in post-secondary education.

    Dr. Trosow will be speaking about the recent expiry of the copyright agreement between Western and Access Copyright and will address questions the Huron community may have about their rights and obligations under the Copyright Act.

    The talk begins at 4:00p.m. in room W116 at Huron University College. All welcome!
  • February Events

  • Annual Chinese New Year Event  – Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 at 4:30p.m.

    Happy Year of the Horse! As part of its annual Chinese New Year's celebrations, the Chinese program at Huron will screen the following films.
    Caught in the Web
    Acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine; Together) tackles a timely social topic with Caught in the Web. Based on an Internet novel, the ensemble drama depicts an epic saga of power, fame and ambition sparked by a minor incident over a woman unwilling to give up her seat on the bus.
    So Young
    Top actress Vicki Zhao makes her directorial debut with the blockbuster feature So Young, a coming-of-age romantic drama about a group of college friends.
    Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Come to room W12 at 4:30p.m. on February 4th and enjoy these  New Year celebrations!

    Writing Centre Open House – Wednesday, February 5th, 2014, 12:00p.m.

    Come up to the Writing Centre in the Mezzanine of the library for some hot apple cider, games and information about Writing Centre Services. This annual Open House takes place on Wednesday, February 5th from 12:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Toronto Mentoring Reception  – Wednesday, February 5th, 2014, 5:30-7:30

    Hosted by the Huron University College Alumni Association, the Huron University Advancement Office, and the Career Development and Community-Based Learning Office, this reception will take place Wednesday, February 5th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The National Club.

    The dress is business or business casual and there will be complimentary hors d’oeuvre with cash bar.

    Huron provides an engaging and challenging educational experience that gives its students a distinct advantage throughout their entire lives.

    Building on the introduction of the mentoring program in Toronto last year, Huron provides new and important opportunities for current students to meet and talk with Huron alumni who have achieved success in a variety of professions, and to benefit from career advice.

    A brief description of each mentor attending the event will be provided, including each mentor’s title, company, and area of expertise. Mentors will talk about their careers informally in a reception-style format, and provide insight regarding how their Huron experience helped them navigate post-university life. We look forward to seeing you!

    Registration is required for this event, as space is limited. Information can be found in the events section of Huron homepage.

    If you wish to be a mentor please contact Nicole Dorssers, Coordinator, Special Events at 519-438-7224 ext. 310, or email ndorsser@huron.uwo.ca.

    Huron Psychology Colloquium with Dr. Leslie Phillmore (Huron, Psychology '95) - Thursday February 6, 2014

    On Thursday, February 6th, Dr. Leslie Phillmore, (Huron alum and Associate Professor at Dalhousie University) will deliver the lecture “Stress and the single bird - effects of single parenting on mother, father and offspring in typically biparental zebra finches.” The talk will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Hall.

    The lecture abstract follows: Stressful events during childhood, such as having a single parent, shape how a child's body and brain respond to stressors later in life. Previous work modelling the effects of developmental stress have primarily used a rodent model, however the disadvantage of using rats, for example, is that only mothers provide care for the young, meaning the potential contribution of fathers to offspring rearing, and the effects of single vs. biparental care cannot be examined.

    Conversely, avian species such as zebra finches typically provide biparental care, and therefore we can examine how removal of one parent (either the father or the mother) affects both the remaining parent and the offspring.  In addition, because young songbirds must hear adult song to learn to sing properly, we can test whether song learning is compromised in single-parented offspring. There is some research on how single zebra finches attempt to compensate for the lack of a mate, but research on single fathers, and specifically whether single fathers can teach their male offspring to sing, is minimal. This talk will show how we are developing an avian model of single parenting to examine how this situation affects both the brain and behaviour of birds in this situation. Preliminary data will be presented on whether single parents can compensate for the lack of a mate, and how sons of single fathers may be affected in their song learning.

    A reception for Dr. Phillmore will follow the talk at 4:30. All are welcome!

    Dr. Leslie Phillmore completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Huron College (now Huron University College) in 1995. She then went on to Queen's University for graduate training (MA 1997, PhD 2001) and returned to her hometown of London, Ontario for post-doctoral work at UWO until 2006. She is now an Associate Professor at Dalhousie University, where she teaches various undergraduate courses and studies the neurobiology of birdsong, including song perception and learning, neurogenesis, and effects of early stress on development.  

    Edward Albee’s Seascape at Huron: Lizards on the Beach – Thursday, February 6th – Saturday, February 8th, 7:00p.m.

    On February 6, 7, and 8, students at Huron University College will present a production of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Seascape in room V214 of the College. The play was first produced on Broadway in 1975, and it was the second of Albee’s three dramatic Pulitzer Prize winners. The production also won a Tony award for actor Frank Langella, perhaps best known for his Oscar-nominated performance in Frost/Nixon.

    Seascape, like Albee’s most famous play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, deals with the sometimes strained relations between two couples who, in this case, meet for the first time on a beach. One of the couples is middle-aged, while the other, younger couple consists of a pair of talking lizards. The play is a mixture of comedy, fantasy, satire, and absurdism.

    The four characters will be played by Rachel Harris, Matt Stefan, Peter Bentham, and Sarah Seachrist. The production is directed by David Conter, a professor of philosophy at Huron and is especially significant because it marks the first time that students will get significant academic credit for presenting a public theatrical performance.

    Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door. Reservations can be made by phoning 519-438-7224, ext 0.

  • March Events

  • Cultural Cabaret – Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

    Huron is hosting its first ever Cultural Cabaret on Wednesday, March 5th from 6:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Kingsmill Room.

    Come and enjoy songs, dancing, poetry readings, sketches, and music from the many cultures represented at Huron including Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Swedish, Indian, and Arabic. All welcome to attend in order to increase understanding about the artistic traditions of the diverse cultures that comprise this university.

    March Break Open House – Saturday, March 8th, 2014

    Huron University College’s 2014 March Break Open House will take place Saturday, March 8th from 11:30a.m. to 3:00p.m.

    March Break Open House is an excellent opportunity for prospective Huron students to meet with faculty, staff, and current students and find out what Western’s founding university has to offer. The day's agenda will include a faculty and department roam, admission & scholarship information, sample lectures and career information sessions, as well as tours of residence and campus.

    For the agenda and more information, visit huronuc.ca/openhouse or contact Brea Hickey, Recruitment Coordinator, at bhickey4@huron.uwo.ca or (519) 438-7224 ext. 212.
  • May Events

  • Huron’s Faculty of Theology to confer degrees on Anglican trailblazers – Thursday, May 8th

    The 2014 Huron University College Theology Convocation will take place on Thursday, May 8th at 7:00PM in the Kingsmill Room. This year’s Theological Section marks the 303rd Convocation of Western University for the conferring of the degrees of Master of Divinity to four students and Master of Theological Studies to five students.

    Huron University College will also confer the Doctor of Divinity Degree (honoris causa) on The Right Reverend Bishop Peter Fenty and The Right Reverend Susan Moxley.

    Bishop Peter DeC. Fenty is the area bishop of the Episcopal area of York-Simcoe. He was born in 1951 in Barbados and was ordained a priest there in 1975. He was the rector of three parishes in Barbados. In 1992, he accepted an invitation to become the rector of St. Lawrence church in the Diocese of Montreal. In 1997, he became the incumbent of St. Joseph of Nazareth in Brampton in the Diocese of Toronto. In 2004, he became the archdeacon of York and the executive officer to the Bishop of Toronto. He was elected bishop on April 6, 2013, and was consecrated area bishop on June 22, 2013. Bishop Fenty is Canada’s first person of African descent to be named a Bishop.

    Preceding her studies toward ordination, Bishop Susan Moxley (also known colloquially as Bishop Sue) taught at Dalhousie University for 10 years upon completion of her PhD at the University of Michigan. After receiving her Master of Divinity degree from the Atlantic School of Theology in 1984, she served as priest in the Anglican parishes of Hatchet Lake & Terence Bay as well as St. Mark’s, Halifax. Bishop Moxley was elected Suffragan Bishop in 2003, and Diocesan Bishop in 2007. She is the first woman to hold these posts in the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.  

    Work with youth has always been a priority for Bishop Sue. She chaired the Youth Ministry Subcommittee of her diocese through the years and served on the first National Board for “Ask & Imagine.” Other Huron-based programs, “Generation 2008” and “Common Ground,” have had her enthusiastic support.

    Committed to social justice, Bishop Moxley has served with the Anglican Council of Indigenous People on the Residential Schools Healing Fund Committee and participated in four of the Sacred Circles of the Anglican Church of Canada. Through her work on the Governance Working Group of the Anglican Church of Canada she was part of making changes to General Synod canons to enable a different future for Indigenous people within the Anglican Church of Canada.

    The day will include several significant events: Eucharist at 4:30pm at The Collegiate Chapel of St. John the Evangelist; light buffet reception and bar at 5:30pm in the Great Hall; followed by Convocation at 7:00pm in the Kingsmill Room. Following Convocation, a reception will be held in the Great Hall to honour our graduates and honorary degree recipients.

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    Artful Madness: Exploring the 2014 Stratford Festival Season and Beyond – Saturday, May 10th

    Artful Madness: Exploring the 2014 Stratford Festival Season and Beyond will take place Saturday, May 10th from 10am-4pm in room V208 at Huron University College, 1349 Western Road, London, Ontario.

    This day long interdisciplinary symposium will bring together scholars, artists, and the public, to explore, enhance, and enrich the 2014 Stratford Festival playbill. Of particular interest to this symposium is the theme of madness which tethers the various productions across many periods, playwrights, and stages.

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    Spring Applicant Reception – Saturday, May 10th

    The Spring Applicant Reception will be held on campus from 11:30 am to 2:00p.m. on Saturday, May 10th in the Kingsmill Room. Prospective students can meet and mingle with faculty and staff, tour the campus and see residence.

    This event is timed to coincide with the last of the offers of admission going out, and before the 2 June  response deadline. An important part of the recruitment process, Spring Applicant Reception is the final opportunity to visit before students make their choice of which university to attend in September.

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    Chicago BBQ for Huron Alumni and Friends – Wednesday, May 21st

    Join us Wednesday, May 21st from 5:30 to 7:30p.m. at the Chicago home of Michael Whiteside, Class of ‘92.

    Visit the Calendar of Events to RSVP. Please contact Nicole Dorssers for more details at ndorsser@huron.uwo.ca or call 519-438-7224 ext. 310.

  • April Events

  • Psychology of Persuasion Poster Display – Thursday, April 3

    As part of a group project, students were asked to raise awareness surrounding diversity in the London community by interviewing a local community member to highlight the importance of this issue and applying their knowledge from the course with respect to effective persuasive appeals.

    This project was designed to support the "I am London" campaign that is run by the London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership (LMLIP), and headed by Kelly Barnes at Western University.

    If you have some time on Thursday afternoon, please stop by the Great Hall between 12:45 – 2:00pm.  Light refreshments will be available.

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    Environmental Exposition – Monday, April 7

    Students in the first-year Environmental Issues course (1021F/G) at Western University and Huron University College want to invite you to the presentation of their final group projects. The Environmental Expo will be held on Monday April 7 in the UCC in the Mustang Lounge West from 9:30am to 4:30pm.

    This exciting exposition will include 39 compelling topics that confront some of the difficult environmental issues we currently face. The posters are the result of dedicated research from group members on their topic followed by collaboration to tie the complete story of each environmental issue together. The students will be available to answer any questions you might have about their projects. The topics are diverse and will educate, inspire and challenge the audience and promote conversation about these timely environmental issues. Some of the topics you can expect to learn about include but are not limited to:

    ·         Genetically Modified Uh-Oh

    ·         Bio-die-versity: Loss of species

    ·         The need for a global Brita

    ·         Air Pollution: Keep calm and breathe on

    ·         We've got the power: Renewable energy

    There is something to interest everyone at the Environmental Expo. Our students extend an invitation to everyone in the Western Community, the City of London and area, and members of government and business to attend. Admission is free. Don’t miss out!

    For further information please contact 1021F/G Instructor Christie Stewart at cstewa26@uwo.ca.

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    Toronto Alumni Reception – Thursday May 1st, 2014

    This annual reception will take the time to honour long-time faculty Dr. Peter Hyland, Department of English and Dr. Douglas Leighton, Department of History as they retire from Huron.

    The event will take place at The National Club from 5:30p.m. - 7:30p.m. Dress is business or business casual. For more information on this event, please contact Nicole Dorssers, Coordinator, Special Events at ndorsser@huron.uwo.ca or call 519-438-7224 x.310.

  • June Events

  • 2014 FASS Celebration of Graduands – Tuesday, June 17

    On Tuesday, June 17th the Huron University College Faculty of Arts and Social Science Celebration of Graduands will take place in the Kingsmill Room from 12:30p.m. to 1:30p.m. The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada, will be awarded the 2014 Huron University College Medal of Distinction and address this year’s graduands.

    Attendants are encouraged to arrive between 11:00a.m. and 11:15a.m. for a light luncheon reception for graduands, guests, and faculty in the Quad Courtyard at Huron by O’Neil Ridley Residence. Immediately following the ceremony at 1:30p.m., students will gather outside of the Student Activity Centre for a group class photo and proceed to the Thames Hall gym to prepare for the ceremony, which will take place from 3:00p.m. to 5:30p.m at Alumni Hall.

    Chief Justice McLachlin spent her formative years in Pincher Creek, Alberta and was educated at the University of Alberta, where she received a B.A. (Honours) in Philosophy in 1965. She pursued her studies at the University of Alberta and, in 1968, received both an M.A. in Philosophy and an LL.B. She was called to the Alberta Bar in 1969 and to the British Columbia Bar in 1971 and practised law in Alberta and British Columbia. Commencing in 1974, she taught for seven years in the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia as a tenured Associate Professor.

    Her judicial career began in April 1981 when she was appointed to the Vancouver County Court. In September 1981, she was appointed to the Supreme Court of British Columbia. She was elevated to the British Columbia Court of Appeal in December 1985 and was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in September 1988. Seven months later, in April 1989, she was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. On January 7, 2000, she was appointed Chief Justice of Canada. She is the first woman in Canada to hold this position.

    In addition to her judicial duties at the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice chairs the Canadian Judicial Council, the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada and the Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute.

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    Transition Session for new students – Friday, June 20, 2014 (ongoing)

    After accepting an offer of admission to Huron University College students are required to sign-up for a June or July transition session.

    It is our goal to help first-year students get connected, learn more about Huron and Western, and meet members of our community before they start school in September.  At the half-day Transition Session, incoming students will:

    ·         Select your courses

    ·         Create a course timetable and register for your courses

    ·         Learn about Huron and Western services, the campus and university life

    ·         Take a campus and residence tour

    ·         Meet staff and faculty

    ·         Meet other first-year students

    2014 Transition Sessions - 10:00am to 2:00pm at Huron on Friday, June 20; Monday, June 23; Wednesday, June 25; Friday, June 27; Thursday, July 3; Tuesday, July 15; Wednesday, July 30.

    Parents are welcome to attend. There will be separate sessions for parents to learn about the first-year experience at Huron and have their questions answered. Attendees can register at huronuc.ca/transition.

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    Community Led Think Tank – Friday, June 20, 2014

    OPLA’s Community-Led Libraries Think Tank is for you whether you are just getting started with a community-led library approach or you’ve already embraced the concept.

    The day features an opportunity to discuss themes and issues related to community-led in small groups, to share ideas and best practices and to hear from two keynote speakers, Dr. Bill Irwin and Brendan Howley. Dr. Irwin will deliver a primer on logic models and discuss their importance in relation to community-led.

    Brendan Howley, often described as a social media guru, has worked extensively with Stratford Public Library and will guide us through some approaches to unlocking the hidden value in our communities.

    This year’s Community-Led Think Tank promised to be a full day of collaborating, learning and networking. To view the full program, visit https://www.accessola.org, under “Conference & Events.”

    Friday June 20, 2014, from 10:00am - 4:00pm

    Hosted by the Hamilton Public Library, Central Branch

    $50 for members
    $75 for non-members
    $25 for students

  • September Events

  • New parking opens – Friday, August 29

    On Friday, August 29, the Brescia Lane entrance to the Springett Parking Lot closed permanently, giving way to the new shared entrance between Springett and Huron University College. Slightly north of Brescia Lane, the newly developed intersection will welcome both Western and Huron staff, faculty and student permit-holders.

    The newly created three-way junction is equipped with traffic signals and accessible crosswalks, providing integrated passage for both motorist and pedestrians along Western Road. Please note that disruptions can be expected during this time (especially with the influx of students during the week of September 1st), so motorists are encouraged to give themselves extra time getting to work in the morning.

    Construction around the lot will continue following the entrance opening. Intersection poles and signals at Brescia Lane/Lambton Road and Western Road will be installed, as well as landscaping and restoration to return the old Huron laneway to green space.

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    2014 Move-in Day & Orientation Week  – Monday, September 1

    On Monday, September 1, 306 students will begin their university careers at Huron and move in to residence from 8:30a.m.- 12:30p.m. The Class of 2018 will be greeted by Huron’s Soph Team and begin their O-Week, which will include First Year Convocation, program lectures, live music, and a Twitter Scavenger Hunt. A full schedule can be found on huronuc.ca, under News.

    Fall term classes begin Thursday, September 4.

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    Cheap Grace? Ecumenism and the Limits of ‘Inter-communion’ – Monday, September 15

    Dr. Gary D. Badcock is well known to the Huron community, having held the Peache Chair in Divinity since 1999, and also serving as the Chair of the MA program in Theology. Gary studied Philosophy at Memorial University and Systematic Theology at the University of Edinburgh. His books include Light of Truth and Fire of Love: A Theology of the Holy Spirit, The Way of Life: A Theology of Christian Vocation, and an ecclesiology titled The House Where God Lives. His next book will examine the doctrine of God the Father.

    The Holy Cross Lecture is presented annually by a member of the Faculty of Theology. All welcome!

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    Come Home to Huron: 2014 Homecoming Celebrations – Friday, September 19 – Sunday, September 21

    Join us for Homecoming! All alumni and friends are welcome to attend for part or all of the festivities. Catch-up with old friends, share memories, and enjoy fun and fellowship.

    The weekend’s schedule is:
    Friday, September 19
    7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Welcome Reception in The Student Activity Centre (Old Refectory)
    Saturday, September 20
    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Homecoming Reunion Lunch in The Great Hall
    1:00 p.m. – Historical walking tour of Huron-related sites with Dr. Douglas Leighton. Tour will be leaving from The Great Hall.
    1:00 p.m. – Western Mustangs football game
    5:30 p.m. – Evensong in The Collegiate Chapel of St. John the Evangelist
    7:00 p.m. – Homecoming Dinner in The Huron Room
    Sunday, September 21
    11:00 a.m. – Chapel Service followed by brunch in The Great Hall

    Contact: Nicole Dorssers, Coordinator, Special Events, ndorsser@huron.uwo.ca.

  • October Events

  • Huron Mentoring Event (Toronto) – Wednesday, October 8th

    Know a student who is looking for future career advice? Interested in talking with Huron alumni who have achieved career success in various fields?

    University Advancement and Career Development Services are pleased to announce the October 8th Mentoring Reception in Toronto for Huron University College alumni and students. This event will take place on Thursday, March 21st, from 5:30-7:30PM at The National Club, 303 Bay St, Toronto (east side of Bay Street, between King and Adelaide Streets). This upcoming reception is a great opportunity for attendees to network with persons working in their fields of interest and gain valuable career advice from Huron alumni.

    Students are asked to meet in front of the Dining Hall at 2:15p.m. The bus will leave at 2:30p.m. sharp and the Mentoring Event will start at 5:30p.m. Attire is business or business casual.

    Registration is required for this event as space is limited. To register, please email Clare Tattersall, Manager of Career Development and Co-Curricular Learning at ctatter3@huron.uwo.ca.

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    Huron’s English Department presents Christopher Durang’s farce Betty’s Summer Vacation – October 16, 17, 18

    On October 16, 17, and 18, the English Department at Huron University College will present a production of Christopher Durang's award-winning comedy Betty's Summer Vacation. The play was first produced off-Broadway in New York in 1999 to great critical acclaim. That year it won four Obie awards, including the prize for best play.

    The action of the play takes place in a summer house by the ocean, where a group where a group of ill-assorted people have all bought timeshares. Betty is thoughtful and level-headed, but the other guests include a sex-obsessed surfer dude, a serial killer, a derelict flasher, and an endlessly chattering and emotionally anarchic mother-daughter pair. There is also a mysterious laugh track which seems to be located somewhere in the ceiling the cottage. In a surprisingly hilarious way, the interactions between the characters become increasingly chaotic, until a final apocalypse is reached.

    The humour in Betty's Summer Vacation is explicit and adult. The play is definitely not for children.

    The play's director is Prof. David Conter, and the production marks the second time in which student actors at Huron have been given the opportunity to perform publicly for academic credit.

    Performances will be on Thursday through Saturday, October 16-18, in room V214 at Huron University College, tickets are $8 and may be purchased either at the door, or at the Info Desk at the College, and reservations may be made by calling 519-438-7224 ext.0.

    For further information contact Dave Conter by phone at 519-902-9477 or email dconter@uwo.ca

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    “Music, Media, Memory”: The 2014 Derry Lecture with Dr. Berthold Hoecker – Monday, October 20th

    In the 2014 Derry Lecture, Dr. Berthold Hoeckner will explore cinematic representations of memory. Audiovisual media have shaped modern culture by changing the culture of memory. This change rests in no small measure on the mnemonic powers of music to recall events, ideas, and emotions. Throughout the history of cinema, directors have deployed these powers not only to tell a story, but also to explore the specific nature of film as a medium.

    Berthold Hoeckner is a music historian specializing in 19th- and 20th-century music. Research interests include aesthetics, Adorno, music and literature, film music and visual culture, and the psychology and neuroscience of music. Awards and fellowships include the Alfred Einstein Award of the American Musicological Society (1998), a Humboldt Research Fellowship (2001-2), a Mellon New Directions Fellowship (2006-7), and a Faculty Fellowship at the Franke Institute of the Humanities (2012-13). He is also a Lead Researcher in a three-year research project on somatic wisdom at the Center of Social and Cognitive Neuroscience. Programming the Absolute: Nineteenth-Century German Music and the Hermeneutics of the Moment, was published by Princeton University Press in 2002; Apparitions: New Perspectives on Adorno and Twentieth-Century Music by Routledge in 2006. He has taught at the University of Chicago since 1994.

    The talk begins at 5:00PM in the Kingsmill Room. Free parking is available in the main Huron parking lot (north side of the College). All are welcome!

    The Derry Lectures are an annual event at Huron University College, generously supported by Margaret and Douglas Derry through the endowment they established for this lecture series. The lectures, which are free and open to the public, illuminate the ways in which various disciplines intersect with and influence one another.

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    The Huron at College: Wendat Engagement with Higher Education at the End of the Eighteenth Century – Wednesday, October 22nd

    Dr. Peace’s research focuses on the diverse ways in which Indigenous peoples in the northeast and lower Great Lakes engaged with colonial schooling and colonial colleges at the turn of the nineteenth century.

    Huron at College will acknowledge the traditional Indigenous territories on which Huron University College stands: the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (part of the Anishinaabe Nation), the Oneida Nation of the Thames (part of the Haudenosaunee Six Nations) and the Munsee Delaware Nation (part of the Leni-Lunaape Nation), and the long tradition of higher education around the Great Lakes in which Huron College played a part.

    This free public lecture will begin at 3:30p.m. in the Great Hall. Refreshments will be served. All welcome!

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    43rd Annual R. T Orr Lecture with The Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann – Saturday, October 25th

    The Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur Georgia will deliver "Fidelity in a Culture of Certitude" on Saturday, October 25th at 7:00p.m. in the Kingsmill Room.

    Dr. Brueggemann will be awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Huron University College, and the Orr Lecture will be his address to the convocation.   Often named as one of the most influential living Old Testament scholars, Dr. Brueggemann is the author of over 100 books, served as president of the Society of Biblical Literature, and has lectured at universities and seminaries around the world. Join us for this evening honouring Dr. Brueggemann.  Further details to follow.

    Since November 25, 1970, the R. T Orr Public Lecture series has been held each year in memory of Mr. Robinson T Orr, the son of a prominent London and London Township family of five generations, a successful businessman, an active layman in the Anglican Church, a staunch supporter of Huron College, and a man of outstanding qualities.

    Through the R. T Orr Lecture, it has been possible for the College to bring to London scholars of international reputation and outstanding theological educators.  Some past lecturers have been Premier Clyde K. Wells, Walter Wink, Michael Coogan, Adela Yarbro Collins, E. P. Sanders, and John Dominic Crossan.

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    Writing Centre

    1.      The Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP) is coming to the Writing Centre. @huronatwestern will be tweeting in advance of this activity and Theresa will be tweeting from her personal account during the event. Further details can also be found on the announcement boards.

    2.      Writing Centre appointments are beginning to fill up! Students are encouraged to book online soon to avoid disappointment. 

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    International Activities Program

    1.      The Huron International Activities Program is sponsoring a trip to St. Jacob's and Appleland during Thanksgiving weekend. If you would like to experience the harvest festival with the International students you are welcome to come along on Saturday, October 12th from 10AM – 4PM. Please sign up on our International Activities Facebook page. 

    2.      Conversation Circles take place every week on Thursdays in the International Lounge (beside the Kingsmill Rm) from 4:30 to 6:30.  Have a class?  Come before or after your class.  Peer guides and international students are welcome!

    3.      Huron is participating in the International Student Welcome Day on November 9th at Budweiser Gardens.  This is an event for all international and exchange students in the city!  Do you want to see who the other members of your cohort are?  Do you want to make friends with students from Fanshawe College, London Language Institute and other language schools?   Do you want to see a cool basketball game and meet the team?  Sign up for this event can be found the International Activities Facebook page for this event.

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    Fall Convocation – Thursday, October 23rd

    Huron’s 2012 fall graduands will be honoured October 23rd at 11:30a.m. in the Great Hall. A reception and light lunch will be held in the Great Hall. Please RSVP by to Anne Turvey, Executive Assistant to the Principal, at aturvey3@huron.uwo.ca. The Office of the Principal requests that you also include the number of guests that will be in attendance when RSVPing.

    Graduands will receive up to four guest tickets for their afternoon graduation ceremony at Alumni Hall. Information regarding regalia (ordering deadline is October 14), photography, accessibility, and ceremony dates and times is located at convocation.uwo.ca.

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    Celebrate Theological Libraries Month with Book Spine Poetry

    To celebrate Theological Libraries Month, Huron University College Library will be running a Book Spine Poetry Contest from October 1st - 27th. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to enter.

    The Contest
    Create a poem, from the titles on the spines of Huron Library books.

    The Prizes
    Students: Prizes will be awarded for the best poem on each theme:

    ·         Theology and Religion

    ·         Thanksgiving

    ·         Autumn

    Faculty and Staff: A special prize will be awarded for the best overall poem.

    Submit photos of your book spine poems to huclibrary@uwo.ca. Submitted entries may be posted to Huron University College's social media accounts. Please note the contest closes October 27th, 2014.

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  • November Events

  • Japan Day – Thursday, November 6th

    On Thursday, November 6th, Huron's annual Japan Day will be held in the Kingsmill Room.

    Japan Day will take place from 12:30-2:30 p.m. From 3:30-5:20 p.m., there will be a film screening of two Japanese anime films: Cat Soup (Dir. Tatsuo Sato) and Voices of a Distant Star (Dir. Makoto Shinkai).

    Everyone is welcome to this annual event!

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    #LNAP14 is coming to Huron - Thursday, November 6th

    From 7:00p.m. until midnight on Thursday, November 6th, the Writing Centre will relocate to the SAC that evening and tutors will be available until midnight to help students with their essays. There will also be workshops on essay writing, food and tweeting with other universities across Canada who are participating in LNAP.  Students are invited to join the fun and can follow on Twitter using the #LNAP14 hashtag. 

    Therapy Dogs:  7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

    Workshop :  “Narrowing your topic to find good sources,” 8:00 p.m.

    Evening Walk:  9:30 p.m.

    Workshop:  Turning Research into an Essay, 10:00 p.m.

    Pizza Break:  10:30 p.m.

    Closing Tweet:  12:00 midnight

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    Huron University College Department of Philosophy Fall Undergraduate Colloquium - Saturday, November 8th

    This year’s Philosophy Undergraduate Colloquium will take place in The Morden Room, V210. The schedule of events is below.






    Paper Title


    Serena Catania

    Alternative Approach to Sense Data Theory


    Josh Livingstone

    Matter, Memory, and Being




    Katrina Younes

    Mocking the Justification of Patriarchy


    Richard Raycraft

    In Defense of Consensual Cannibalism: A Libertarian Response




    Benjamin Vazquez

    Language as Metaphor


    Sarah Harrison

    Naturalizing Buddhism: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Personal Identity


    Graham Bracken

    Tropical Ontology: Modelling in the Messy Sciences

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     Remembrance Day at Huron – Tuesday, November 11th

    Huron University College will commemorate Remembrance Day with two separate ceremonies on November 11th. At 08:40, there will be a celebration of the Holy Communion using the Communion kit of Fr. Walter Brown, the only allied Chaplain to have been executed by the Nazis in WWII. All are welcome to join.

    At 10:50 the College will pause to mark Remembrance Day with the Act of Remembrance and laying of the wreath in the Chapel. This short service will last about 15 minutes, and is open to the whole community.

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    “Is Jainism suitable for Modern Times?” The 2014 Jain Lecture with Vastupal Parikh, PhD – Wednesday, November 12th

    The Chander Mohan Jain Memorial Lecture Series presents “Is Jainism Suitable for Modern Times?” with Vastupal Parikh, PhD.

    After earning his doctorate from Queen's University and beginning his career as a Professor of Chemistry in British Columbia. Dr. Parikh continued his studies, delving into reasoning and logic while teaching and authoring books on Organic Chemistry.

    The 2014 Jain lecture will take place Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 7:00pm in the Kingsmill Room.

    Admission is free and complimentary parking is available at the Main & Administration Lots. For further details, please contact Nicole Dorssers at ndorsser@huron.uwo.ca or call 519.438.7224. ext. 310.  

    The Jain Lecture is sponsored by friends and family of Chander Mohan Jain and Huron University College.

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    2014 International Week at Huron – Monday, November 10th – Friday, November 14th


    Monday, November 10th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - World Trivia in the SAC

    Wednesday, November 12th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Jain lecture: Dr. Vastupal Parikh, “Is Jainism Suitable for Modern Times?"  In the Kingsmill Room

    Thursday, November 13th, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Panels on how students, faculty, alumni and staff have participated in international initiatives and what they have gained from them. In the SAC

    Thursday, November 13th, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Open Mic in the SAC


    All welcome to our open classes!

    Dr. Kevin Liu
    CHN 3950F Chinese Theatre and Chinese Culture, Monday 3:30-5:30 pm. Classroom W108

    Dr. Clare Gordon
    CHN 1650F Perspectives on China, Wednesday 2:30-5:30 pm , Classroom W101

    Dr. Laura Wu
    CHN 3652F Chinese Discourse on Women and Gender Relations, Friday 8:30-10:30 am, Classroom W101

  • December Events

  • Environmental Exposition – Wednesday, December 3rd

    On Wednesday, December 3rd from 10:00a.m.-4:30p.m., students in the first-year Environmental Issues course (1021F/G) at Western (Centre for Environment and Sustainability) and Huron University College will be presenting their final group projects in a public education format at the Environmental Exposition.


    The collaborative group posters are the result of dedicated research using current scientific literature on the student’s topic. Each student has spent the term researching a specific issue within their group topic, and together they have created the posters to tie the complete story of each environmental issue together. This exciting exposition will include 32 compelling projects that confront some of the difficult environmental issues we currently face. Some of the topics you can expect to learn about are GMOs, alternative energy options, water pollution, habitat loss, endangered species, environmental restoration, and many more. The students will be available to answer any questions you might have about their projects and the issues they have be learning about this term as they now take on the role of ‘teacher’. The topics are diverse and will educate, inspire and challenge ideas, and promote conversation about these timely environmental issues. 


    The event will take place in the Physics and Astronomy Building Atrium at Western

    For further information please contact the Christie Stewart, cstewa26@uwo.ca or 519-661-2111 ext 89034.

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    History Department Book Launch – Wednesday, December 3rd
    Currently, four members of the History Department have published books. To celebrate, a book launch will be held in Huron library’s Information Commons from 3:00-4:00p.m. on Wednesday, December 3rd. There will be light refreshments and all are welcome.

    A quick glance at the exciting research taking place reveals that the areas of expertise are both diverse and unique:

    Dr. Amy Bell, Chair
    Department of History Chair Dr. Amy Bell’s most recent book, Murder Capital: Suspicious deaths in London, 1933–53 (Manchester University Press) is a historical study of suspicious deaths and unexpected deaths whose circumstances required official investigation, in mid-twentieth century London. 

    Dr. Jun Fang
    Dr. Jun Fang’s book, China’s Second Capital – Nanjing under the Ming, 1368-1644, is a study of the dual capital system of Ming dynasty China (1368-1644), with a focus on the administrative functions of the auxiliary Southern Capital, Nanjing.

    Dr. Geoff Read
    Dr. Geoff Read’s book The Republic of Men (LSU Press) explores the intersection of conceptions of gender and race and the eight most important political parties in interwar France. The Republic of Men is based on Dr. Read’s PhD dissertation, with some revisions.

    Dr. Nina Reid-Maroney
    In 2013, Dr. Reid-Maroney published The Reverend Jennie Johnson and African Canadian History, 1868-1967 (University of Rochester Press). The critical biography marks the first extended study of this fascinating woman’s life and the winner of this year’s Ontario Historical Society’s Alison Prentice Award.

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    Dr. Nelson Heapy’s Celebration of Life – Saturday, December 6th
    A celebration of Dr. Nelson Heapy’s life will be held at Huron University College on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00am in the Great Hall. A light luncheon will follow.

    An associate professor of psychology at Huron University College for over 30 years, Nelson will be fondly remembered by generations of Huron students for his unique lecture style and, in particular, his now famous social psychology stories, such as “The Runner,” and his showpiece lecture on the beauty of birds. He is remembered and respected by his many colleagues at Huron and Western as the epitome of a scholar and academic—intellectually curious, warm and modest. He touched everyone with his kindness and thoughtfulness.

    In lieu of flowers, a fund in memory of Nelson’s great love of reading and literature will be created in Nelson’s name.  Donations should be made to Huron University College, 1349 Western Road, London, ON N6G1H3, or online: https://alumnifriends.huronuc.ca/donate. Please indicate "In Memory of Nelson Heapy.”

    Online remembrances of Nelson may be posted to the public Facebook page: “Remembering Dr. Nelson Heapy.”

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    London Mentoring Reception – Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
    On January 28th, the Huron University College Advancement Office will host the London Mentoring Reception. The event will take place in the Great Hall from 5:30-7:30p.m.

    This upcoming reception is an opportunity for students to form a unique partnership with someone they respect who, with time, becomes aware of their strengths, passions, and can provide constructive criticism. A mentor is invested in their ongoing fulfilment, whether it's personal, professional, or creative. In other words, a mentor is there to provide experience and expertise.

    Registration for this event is required. Dress is business or business casual. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Nicole Dorssers, Coordinator, Special Events at ndorsser@huron.uwo.ca.

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    CALL FOR PAPERS: Huron’s English Department to host Portals of Discovery
    The English Department of Huron University College is proud to announce its inaugural Undergraduate Conference. The intention of the Conference is to encourage students’ engagement with their peers and facilitate an opportunity for them to improve their presentation skills in preparation for grad school or other post-graduate pursuits.

    The conference will consist of four panels of student papers and a key note address by an English Department faculty member. Students of all years and disciplines are welcome to submit abstracts or attend the conference. However, while the conference will not have a specified topic, only papers related to the analysis of literature, film, television, or any other kind of popular culture will be accepted.

    The Department will be accepting abstracts beginning November 1st until December 5th.

    All interested participants should send their abstracts, or questions, to the English Department Representative (Sarah Harrison) via email at sharri94@uwo.ca. Thank you all for your interest; we hope to see you there!

    The Conference will take place on Friday, January 9th, 2015.

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    Writing Services & Cross-cultural Services Updates
    1. The Writing Centre will be closed on Friday Dec. 5th and will open again on Monday, Jan. 5th 2015.  If you would like an appointment to work on an essay on the closed days, please contact Theresa Hyland directly.

    2. There will be a Secret Santa Christmas Party on Friday,  Dec. 19th at Brough House.  All international and exchange students, CLMs, and peer guides are invited to attend. 
    3.  There is a trip to the Kitchener Christmas Market on Sunday, Dec. 7th at 11 a.m. leaving from Huron Food Court area.  Please sign up for this event on the Huron University College International Activities Facebook page.

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    International Services
    Huron’s Exchange Program offers students the opportunity to study at universities in Austria, Belize, China, France, Japan, Korea, Malta, Mexico, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. Participants can benefit from a multitude of unique life experiences and learning opportunities.

    Interested students are encouraged to email Irene Templeman, Coordinator for International and Exchange Student Services at itemplem@uwo.ca Students may also drop by room W40 for an informal chat about your options. Applications due first week in December 2014.