Campus and Community

F-Word Film Screening

A weekly film screening hosted by Women’s Studies and Femenist Reaserch! See more here.

Location: SH 3166
Date: February 14th, 2014.
Time: 12:30 p.m.

Animal Sounds and Botanical Visions in the 19th Century

The first of three Department of English and Writing Studies colloquium featuring Christine Penhale and Matthew Rowlinson.

Location: UC 224A
Date: February 27th, 2014.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Public Reading by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm

A public reading by Anishnaabe writer and spoken word poet.

Location: TBA
Date: March 6th, 2014.
Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Film Screenings

French: La commune (2000) de Peter Watkins

Location: UC 84
Date: February 27th, 2014.
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Hispanic: La ventana (The Window) Directed by Carlos Sorín (2008)

Location: Spencer 1200
Date: February 20th, 2014.
Time: 7:00 p.m.

German:February 27: Das Versprechen (The Promise) Directed by Margarethe von Trotta (1995)

Location: UC 288
Date: February 27th, 2014.
Time: 6:00 p.m.

Italian: Vallanzasca, gli angeli del male (Vallanzasca: Angels of Evil, M. Placido, 2010)

Location: UC 84
Date: February 25th, 2014.
Time: 8:00 p.m.

Conversation Groups

French, German, Italian, Spanish and Arabic conversation groups are being held. Find times here.

Model Parliament

On the 25th of January, Western Politically Affiliated Clubs hosted and participated in a model parliament. Held annually, the day-long event allows students the opportunity to draft and debate policy. While these policies are of student invention, they reflect real canadian issues and allow students the opportunity take ownership of their individual political opinions and concerns. This is especially beneficial to students newly able to vote and striving to make those votes count  in the upcoming elections.

While this is not an arts event, it is not a social science event either. While model parliament may seem directed towards political science students, it is open to everyone. This year, many discussed bills revolved around issues directly affecting students. In other words, the event is open to everyone because it is for everyone. With the right to vote comes a responsability to be informed: this is just a fun way to do so.



On Saturday, November 23rd, I played piano at my piano teacher’s student piano recital. Nine music undergraduates and I were honoured to try our pieces on the glossy Steinway at Von Kuster Hall, in the Music building. Ludwig Van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach were very popular that evening; each had Preludes, Fugues or Sonatas featured by aspiring performers. I provided some Spanish spice with Cordoba, a colourful gem by Albeniz. The works of Hayden, Brahams and Debussy also graced the stage. Brahams’ Rhapsody Opus 79 #2 was particularly moving; Hayden’s Sonata Hob. 50 was crisp and Debussy’s La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune was haunting. I found it curious that Debussy would name one of his preludes “Terrace of the audiences of Clair de Lune” after naming another piece “Clair de Lune”. The prelude sounded quite different from Clair de Lune, so perhaps Debussy was envisioning a different vibe coming from the audience at the performance of Clair de Lune. I enjoyed Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Sonata Opus 57, movements Andante and Allegro.  The student performing this piece was conscientious in its voicing, and she swung her ponytail emphatically on strong downbeats. It was quite assertive and dramatic. To finish off, a fourth-year student presented Bach’s Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue so cleanly and meticulously; those poor keys were no match.

The recital went very well. It was clear how much thought and time were put into the teaching, practice and refinement of these demanding pieces.

Shout-out to the stage hand!

Amalie Frehner

The Vow of Silence

Free the Children Western, a student-run organization at UWO inspired and modelled after Craig Kielburger’s Free the Children, believes in a world where all young people are free to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. One of their main goals is to empower youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens.

Around the world, there are those whose voices are not heard. They are the child labourers, the children who can’t go to school, and those without access to clean water or healthcare. They are even present in your neighbourhood. They are the students who are bullied at your school. The children growing up in poverty. And those who are discriminated against.

On November 28-29th SASAH students Jasmeen Siddiqui and Nicole Dube participated in The Vow of Silence–a movement created by Free the Children where people all over the world remain silent for 24 hours to take a stand for all those children whose voices are not heard. This means no talking, texting, or use of any kind of social media. Along with being silent, participants collect pledges which, this year, go towards building a school in Ghana.

more info

McIntosh Gallery Exhibit: Scott Conarroe: By Rail

“Scott Conarroe:By Rail. In 2007, Scott Conarroe embarked on a journey across North America to photograph railway infrastructure. His pictures of this sprawling socio-geographical network are a remarkable testament to its past glory and future potential.”

Location: McIntosh Gallery
Date: November 21st, 2013 – February 1st, 2014.
Time: 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.

more info 


Conversation Groups

Are you in a language class? Looking to better your speaking skills? Attend a conversation group to work practice with students just like you!

see schedule here


The Arts and Humanities Student Council Publication, Symposium, is hosting a launch party for its release! Come enjoy the art exhibition (and free food)!

Location: The Wave
Date: November 11, 2013.
Time: 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.


Described as “misplaced idealism and beards and ducks,” The Wild Duck is a naturalist play about and what happens when one tries too hard to make ideals become realities. 


Engage Western brings together campus representatives, community members and special guests to share perspectives and stories about the ways academic institutions partner with their community to mobilize knowledge, create positive social change, and acknowledge the role of the university in public life.

Location: Mustang Lounge West
Date: November 13, 2013.
Time: 9:00a.m. – 10:00p.m.

more info here

#POETRYLAB-Presented by Public Humanities at Western

#PoetryLab blends visual projections, sound effects, and poetry to create an immersive literary experience for both avid poetry lovers and newcomers alike. With an interactive Twitter component, make sure not to miss the second installation in this exciting new project, featuring SASAH Director, Dr. Joel Faflak.

London based band Wormwood is opening.

Location: Coron Hall
Date: November 19, 2013.
Time: 7:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.


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