This year, the Cultural Activities Director Professor Micheline White is thrilled to once again offer our students in-person cultural activities in Ottawa.  See below for upcoming events and stay tuned for others throughout the year!

2022/2023 Cultural Activities

Music & Mythology, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra & Guests

The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra has kindly made free tickets available for HUMS students to attend their season-opening concert:

“Music & Mythology,” Ottawa Symphony Orchestra & Guests

Sunday, November 20th, 3:30 pm
Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre

Among other things, this inspiring program features three major 20th-century masterworks: the Stravinsky Firebird, Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, and Gabriel Faure’s tone poem Pelléas et Mélisande, as well as the World Premiere performance of Canadian composer Andrew MacDonald’s Double Concerto No. 2: The Triumph of Saraswati.

Apart from the orchestra’s 70 musicians, featured artists onstage will include Tania Miller (conductor); Shawn Mativetsky (tabla); and Catherine Meunier (marimba).

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production of “The Handmaid’s Tale

Friday 28 Oct. 2022. 8:00 PM
$ 5
National Arts Center (Southam Hall)

A bold retelling of Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s award-winning novel The Handmaid’s Tale brought to life as a contemporary ballet by choreographer Lila York. A dystopian tale set in a futuristic society that erases human rights—particularly women’s rights— the work tells the story of Offred, the “scarlet handmaid” (concubine) of the Commander, master of a hierarchical and theocratic dictatorship. This darkly romantic, edgy dance drama —performed on pointe —is a tour de force by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Everything about this ballet is entrancing: the dancers’ extraordinary athleticism, impressive costumes by Liz Vandal, ingenious sets, and the stirring music of James MacMillan and Arvo Pärt. Atwood’s penetrating message shines through in York’s finely honed world.

Sign-up and payment:

Payment. First come, first serve. Thanks to the generous support of the College of the Humanities, the price for a ticket is only 5.00.  Please send the five dollars via interac to

Download, complete and sign ONE of the forms below depending on your age (under or over 18) and send to no later than Wed. 26 Oct. If you are under 18 at the time of the trip, a parent needs to sign and you need to coordinate with them well in advance. No one can attend without having filled out the form by the deadline (no exceptions).

Ballet Field Trip Oct 28- Informed Consent Under 18
Ballet Field Trip Oct 28-Over 18 Waiver

Trip to Montreal

The College supports a program of music, theatre, and opera to supplement your course work. First year students are invited to participate in the annual First Year Field Trip to Montreal on Saturday September 24th. The bus will leave Dunton Tower at 7:45 am and will leave Montreal at 8:15 pm.

This trip includes transportation to and from Montreal, a visit to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and concert tickets to see J.S. Bach’s Cantatas performed by the Chamber choir of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. Students will also have of time to explore the city.

Thanks to the generous support of the College of the Humanities the price is only sixty dollars, but sign up soon, spots are limited and the trip usually sells out. To guarantee a spot, please send a cheque for 60 dollars made out to “Carleton University”.  Please make sure your student number and name are both written on the cheque. If you cannot provide a cheque, please contact Prof. White at to arrange an email money transfer.

Waiver Forms to be returned by email no later than Monday Sept 19th to:
Download, complete and sign ONE of these forms depending on your age (under or over 18).
If you are under 18 at the time of the trip, a parent needs to sign and you need to coordinate with them well in advance.  No one will get on the bus without having filled out the form by the deadline (no exceptions).

Under 18 Years Old Bus Trip Montreal Sept 24 2022

Adult Waiver Bus Trip Montreal Sept 24 2022

Rashid Johnson Capsule at the National Gallery

What:  Personal introduction to the Rashid Johnson Capsule at the National Gallery.
Tour by Kwende Kefentse, former Humanities student, DJ, Creative Director of TIMEKODE and Executive Director of CKCU-FM.

Where:  Under the spider (Maman) at the Main entrance to the National Gallery. 380 Sussex Drive. National Gallery of Canada 

Date and Time: Thursday, September 8, 2022

Meet with Kwende Kefentse, from 4:30-5:30 for personal tour
Gallery Talk: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Cost: Free.  Please sign up using the link below so I know how many students to expect:

Talk Title: Why DIY? The Future of DIY Club Culture

Description: Join Rachel Weldon, Executive Director of Debaser, as she speaks about DIY club culture with Michael Caffrey, from Ghetto Blast Sound System; Kwende Kefentse, Creative Director of TIMEKODE and Executive Director of CKCU-FM; and Seiiizi, Ottawa Musician, DJ, and Events Technician.

2021/2022 Cultural Activities

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 had the opportunity to attend Truth in Our Time  at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. It was 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.