This year, the Cultural Activities Director Professor Micheline White is thrilled to once again offer our students in-person cultural activities in Ottawa.  Below are two past events well attended by the students, more to come!

Gallery Tours

Two wonderful art experts provided groups of Humanities students with four guided tours of two of Ottawa’s special galleries on September 24th. Catherine Sinclair led the tour of the Ottawa Art Gallery and Professor Randi Klebanoff the National Gallery.
Under the supervision of the Maman Statue (the giant spider), the students were treated to pizza before the tours.

BC Ballet

On  November 26th, Bachelor of Humanities students attended a performance of BC Ballet at the National Arts Center.

This spectacular program from Ballet BC, under the new artistic direction of Medhi Walerski, featured three distinct contemporary works by acclaimed Canadian and international choreographers Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, Crystal Pite, and Medhi Walerski himself.

Talks Featuring Two of Canada’s Most Important Indigenous Authors

On February 10th, Professor White broadcasted a zoom talk from our Lecture Hall.  Students were able to attend in person and also had the option to watch it remotely. The College purchased several copies of Richard Van Camp’s collection of short stories: Moccasin Square Gardens and left for students to read prior to the talk.

The talk:  The 2022 Avie Bennett Annual lecture series is pleased to present Katherena Vermette (Red River Métis – Michif) on “Storymaking” and Richard Van Camp (Tłı̨chǫ Dene) on “Storytelling.”  Their talks will be followed by a dialogue with each other hosted and moderated by Dr. Smaro Kamboureli, the Avie Bennett Chair in Canadian Literature in the Department of English University of Toronto.

The Scribe

The College of the Humanities was thrilled to present The Scribe on March 2, 2022.  A one-man play by Jesse Bernstein that imagined the Bible’s origins in the hands of a simple scribe at a pivotal time in the 5th century BCE. Confronting questions and scholarship about how the Bible came to be, Bernstein combined fact and fiction, research, creativity, and a deep understanding of humanity, to bring this central moment in world history to life.

At the end of his performance, Bernstein answered audience questions and chat with biblical scholars Dr. Shawna Dolansky and Sarah Cook about the scholarship behind the performance.

Carleton University Art Gallery Tours

On March 11th, 2022 The College of the Humanities were offered free in-person tours of a special exhibit at the Carleton University Art Gallery called Drift: Art and Dark Matter which explores the connections between physics and art.

Drift:  Art and Dark Matter is a residency and exhibition project generated by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute and SNOLAB.

Symphony at the NAC

On April 13th, 2022 BHUM students have the opportunity to attend Truth in Our Time  at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. It is the Ottawa premiere of the NAC Orchestra commission of Philip Glass on the theme of Truth In Our Time in tribute to Canadian journalist Peter Jennings.