$3 Million Given for Dramatic Renewal of Fine Art Program's Studio Space
McMaster University has received a $3 million gift for the Fine Arts – the largest ever made to the program - which will transform and expand the existing studio space into a vibrant learning environment for aspiring young artists. The gift was made by philanthropist and McMaster alumnus Robert Fitzhenry to honour his late wife Andrée, who was an accomplished painter specializing in landscapes.
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History Professor Discusses the Life and Legacies of Nelson Mandela
Dr. Bonny Ibhawoh, Associate Professor in the Department of History and an expert in African history and the history of human rights, was interviewed by CTV following the death of Nelson Mandela. He discussed the life and legacies of the great South African statesman, as well as his lasting impact on the study of global human rights. Watch interview.
Humanities Graduates Inspire Current Students With Tales of Career Success
The Humanities Target Learning and Experiential Education Centre offers lots of events to help students explore their career options. This term, two major areas of focus are careers in business for liberal arts graduates and working in the not-for-profit sector. The Centre is also creating a database of video interviews with Humanities graduates talking about their career paths and how their humanities education helped them achieve their professional goals. To watch the videos, visit our Alumni Career Interviews web site.
History Professor Investigates Commerical Advertising in the Third Reich
Selling under the Swastika: Advertising and Commercial Culture in Nazi Germany is the first in-depth study of commercial advertising in the Third Reich. While scholars have focused extensively on the political propaganda that infused daily life in Nazi Germany, they have paid little attention to the role played by commercial ads and sales culture in legitimizing and stabilizing the regime. In her forthcoming book, published by Stanford University Press, Chair of the Department of History, Dr. Pamela Swett, investigates the extent of the transformation of the German ads industry from the internationally infused republican era that preceded 1933 through the relative calm of the mid-1930s and into the war years. The book is featured in the Boston Globe's Brainiac blog.
Justice, Political Philosophy and Law - New Program Gets Seal of Approval from Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
The Faculty of Humanities' newest undergraduate Honours program, Justice, Politicial Philosophy and Law (JPPL), which builds on the Department of Philosophy's internationally-recognized expertise in legal philosophy and constitutional law, has been approved by Ontario's Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The program,which aims to foster a sophisticated understanding of the law and legal instutions and of the political and moral theories that address the value and justice of these institutions, has already generated huge interest from current and future McMaster students. More on this story | JPPL web site
University Launches 'Forward with Integrity' Web Site
The new Forward with Integrity web site has officially launched, making it easier for faculty, staff and students to explore the many FWI projects and initiatives currently underway at McMaster. On the web site, the McMaster community will find information about University priorities like the Learning Portfolio and the McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (MIIETL) as well as stories that capture some of the innovative and collaborative projects that have arisen as a result of FWI. Users can also track the progress of Forward with Integrity with an interactive timeline. More
McMaster Times Focuses on Liberal Arts
The Fall edition of the McMaster Times, the newsletter for McMaster University Alumni, focuses on the Liberal Arts. It is now available online.
History Professor Elected to the Royal Society of Canada
It was announced on September 6, that Professor of History, Dr. John Weaver, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. The society promotes learning and research in the arts, humanities and the natural and social sciences. "During a long career, all at McMaster, I've benefited from the encouragement and support of colleagues as well as the stimulation of teaching our motivated undergraduate and graduate students," says Dr. Weaver. Full Story
Shadows in Dust
Art can often be found hanging on the wall, but can the wall itself be considered art? John Ford thinks so. In fact, his recent project "Second Sight: Shadows in Dust", doesn't just include walls - it features an entire abandoned apartment. Ford, an assistant professor in the School of the Arts, typically works with "found objects", or whatever items are available for him to use. In this case, however, it's the items that aren't present, as well as the dust and imprints left from those which are long gone, that tell that story of the former home. More
Spotlight on the Arts - A Year-Long Festival Celebrating the Arts
McMaster's Spotlight on the Arts is a year-long festival celebrating the significant cultural contributions of McMaster’s arts researchers and practitioners on campus and in the community at large. It features concerts, lectures, performances, and exhibitions organized around four concepts: Connect (September); Activate (November); Empower (January); Integrate (March). For full details of all the events, visit the Spotlight on the Arts web site.
Ground broken for L.R. Wilson Hall - the new Liberal Arts building
Students, faculty, staff and special guests gathered at McMaster earlier this summer to break ground on the new L.R. Wilson Hall. Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Ted McMeekin, Minister of Community and Social Services and Red Wilson, McMaster’s Chancellor were on campus for the morning ceremony, held near Wentworth House. They joined McMaster's President Patrick Deane, Dean of Social Sciences Charlotte Yates, Acting Dean of Humanities Ken Cruikshank and students union President David Campbell to turn sod and celebrate the beginning of the building's construction, which will begin shortly. Full story.
McMaster-Nipissing French as a Second Language Teaching Specialization
An agreement between McMaster and Nipissing universities smooths the path for graduates of a single or combined honours French program at McMaster who would like to train as teachers of French as a second language. Each year, 20 spots will be reserved for eligible McMaster students in the French as a second language specialization of Nipissing’s B.Ed. program. More
Latest Edition of Humanities Now!
The Humanities Public Relations Interns have produced the newsletter Humanities Now!, a look at the people and events in our Faculty from a student perspective. Take a look!