February 6th, 2014: Screening The students attended a screening of Fellini Satyricon (dir. Fellini, 1969), based on Petronius’s work: studied in class.

January 30th, 2014: Experiential Learning

The SASAH students were given a presentation on the vast educational opportunities offered at western for experiential learning. These courses help students engage in their discipline in a hands-on context, in the real world.

January 23rd, 2014: Indigenous Services Joel Burton (PhD candidate, Dept. of English) and Candace Brunette, Coordinator of Indigenous Services, hosted an intimate discussion centering on applying one’s personal gifts to their fullest capacity. The students were asked to identify a personal gift and encouraged to share an experience in which the gift had helped or affected their lives. This truly touching and captivating discussion left the students feeling a newer and deeper sense of understanding and appreciation for themselves and for each other.

Following the discussion, the students were invited to the Indigenous Services space to enjoy a deliciously authentic bowl of corn soup and listen to some wonderful songs performed by members of the community.

January 18th, 2014: ROM Trip The SASAH students left London to visit the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Guided by Dr. Kelly Olson and Dr. Elizabeth Greene, the students were guided through the ancient Greek and Roman exhibits. Following the tour, the students were taken to a special artifact handling session, and given the opportunity to examine and inspect authentic artifacts and relics!


December 4th, 2013:

The students of SASAH were fortunate enough to engage in discussion with Rwandan Genocide survivor, Professor Eugene Nshimiyimana. Topics arose including the origin of hate and evil, and the overcoming of tragedy. Both influential and inspirational in the eloquent way he spoke, Nshimiyimana said “Hate doesn’t have colour, religion, sex; hate is hate…. It won’t leave by itself… Don’t waste time. And don’t waste any chance. Seize it… And use it.”

November 13th, 2013: Encyclopédie

The students were given a first-hand look at Diderot’s Encyclopédie. Discussions included  an explanation of the forming distance between church and state in 18th century France. The students talked about the subsequent understandings taking place in France, emphasizing the necessity of human understanding, memory and, above all, reason.

November 7th, 2013: Quartet Live Performance 

A string quartet from Western’s own Faculty of Music graced the SASAH room with Beethoven’s Opus 18, a piece uniquely interpreted and eloquently performed. The quartet provided an insight into a musician’s thought process in regards of composing as well as articulating and ultimately performing. The students of SASAH received the opportunity to observe the depth behind what we would normally listen to out of speakers on a computer.

October 24th, 2013: Professor Jerry Murphy

Professor Jerry Murphy gave a lecture that made each student question everything from their possession in the classroom to their entire existence.

“On October 24th, Professor James Murphy came to Western University for a 4th hour SASAH session. He began by asking us a simple question: “why are you all sitting down?” My answer was that we were sitting because of the design of the room. The SASAH room is set up with about twenty-five individual desk-chairs, and three white boards at the front of the room. So, clearly, the design of the room suggests that the students are to sit in the desks while the teacher lectures at the front. I was sitting down because, in the setting of the SASAH room, it felt natural to do so.

It is very important that we think about what it means to live well. It is a very complex subject, as Professor James Murphy’s presentation showed. For example, is living well the same thing for every body? Does living well mean the same thing for every culture? A great virtue of SASAH is that it provides students with the motivation, the guidance, and the resources to adequately confront complicated questions.”

-Nick Pincombe, SASAH Student

October 3rd, 2013: Joseph Slaughter on Human Rights 

Professor Joseph Slaughter visited from Columbia University to give a talk on human rights; how it intersects with English and literature, and how the intersection both helps and hinders the discourse surrounding human rights.

September 26th, 2013: Pasolini’s The Decameron Screening

The SASAH students met in the fireplace room of Conron Hall to watch Pasolini’s film adaptation of Boccaccio’s The Decameron.

September 19th, 2013: Manuscripts

The SASAH students returned to the Rare Book Library to learn about manuscripts. Discussion involved drawing conclusions on the life of the owner of the manuscript based on the quality, art and aesthetic of the book.

September 12th, 2013: Archives 

Meeting in the Rare Book Library, the SASAH students were given a demonstration on using archives. Looking through years of city records on microfilm and in print, in addition to old fire route maps helped develop the Homes projects.


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