SASAH alumni named a finalist in SSHRC contest

MaryamCongratulations to Maryam Golafshani (class of 2017) on being named a finalist in the 2018 SSHRC Storytellers Challenge

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Celebrity Soirée: An Evening with Lainey Lui and SASAH

April 6, 2018

screeningOn Friday, April 6th Visiting Professor Lainey Lui and the students from her "Rumour Has It" course gathered for the premiere of their short film and a celebration of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities.

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SASAH Director honoured with Distinguished University Professorship

By Communications Staff, Western News, March 27, 2018

PatrickPatrick Mahon, Visual Arts/SASAH, is the 2018 recipient of the Distinguished University Professorships (DUP) award, joining a select group of faculty members recognized for exceptional scholarly careers.

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Former SASAH Director honoured with Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching

By Communications Staff, Western News, March 15, 2018

JoelJoel Faflak, SASAH/English and Writing, is the 2018 recipient of the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching for his tireless work advocating for arts and humanities education.

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Alterna Savings Supports SASAH

group shotAlterna Savings and Credit Union Limited has given $25,000 to Western University’s School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities (SASAH), to help develop future leaders who are committed to bettering communities at home and around the world.

SASAH is a reinvention of the traditional models of the University Arts and Science programs. The school’s mandate is to blur the lines between disciplines to better equip students with the ability to develop creative insights in developing sustainable solutions to complex global issues. These include solutions to problems around political and social inequity, environmental sustainability, and access to healthcare in developing countries. Read more 

SASAH Student named Rhodes Scholar

levi hordLevi Hord, a fourth-year Sexuality Studies, School for Advanced Studies in Arts & Humanities (SASAH) and Scholar’s Electives student, has been named a recipient of the 2018 Rhodes Scholarship, an international postgraduate award for students to study at the University of Oxford. Levi is Western’s 23rd Rhodes Scholar.

Prem'Sasha? What's that?' Defining the underfinable

"Defining SASAH is like trying to predict the weather. You can only truly know its state in the moment and guess with varying certainty about its future. It’s dynamic, shifting and influenced by the university zeitgeist and the experiences of the students." Fourth year SASAH student Prem shares his experience in the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities.

AveryAlong for her 'exciting ride'

In her first year, Avery Lafortune jumped at the opportunity to take part in Alternative Spring Break in the Dominican Republic. In her second year, she spent five weeks participating in a community service learning opportunity in Rwanda. In her third year, she spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Sydney in Australia. Just this past summer, the recent School for Advanced Studies in Arts & Humanities (SASAH) graduate, joined the Vindolanda Field School for a six-week, immersive, hands-on Roman archeological dig in England.

Talent in Transition: Addressing the Skills Mismatch in Ontario

Published by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Cultivating curious minds: Alumnus backs next generation of liberal arts graduates

By Kathryn E Kinahan, Western News, June 27, 2017

Project breathes life in stories of the dead

By Andrea Talbot, Western News, November 24, 2016

Gravestone project Alex Busch and Rose Ghaedi, first-year Arts & Humanities students, probed archives, city records, burial records and whatever else they could dig up, in order to find out everything they could about the life of John Labatt Scatcherd, as part of their Arts & Humanities 1020 course. Read more. 


words festival Festival brings all lovers of words together

Words: London’s Literary and Creative Arts Festival returns November 4-6 at Museum London. 



Class offers a new outlook on the world

Rwanda tripWestern News asked three students from the Rwanda:Culture, Society and Reconstruction course – Misha Apel (2015-2016 SASAH cohort), Sean Alexander Cousins and Maricel Hope – to reflect on their experience. Read more


Good News Liberal-Arts Majors: Your Peers Probably Won't Outearn You Forever

By George Anders, The Wall Street Journal, September 11, 2016

Wall Street JournalLiberal-arts majors often trail their peers in terms of salary early on, but the divide tends to narrow or even disappear as careers progress. Read more


Why Medicine Needs Literature

SASAH student Maryam Golafshani makes the case for why medical students and professionals need to study not only science, but also literature. She wants to suggest that what we have forgotten in the medical world is the “human” side, and an engagement with the arts and humanities is how we bring it back. Maryam is a third-year student currently on a year abroad from Western University in Canada. As an English literature student, she explores the connection between the humanities and sciences using her experiences from attending intensive narrative medicine conference at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and doing medical humanities curriculum development for the American Medical Students’ Association and Western University. 

Culture Crawl connects across community

By Heather HughesWestern News, March 24, 2016

Western SASAH students bridged the gap between town and gown during an immersive experience outside of the University Gates in London’s arts and cultural community recently. Read more



Meg Cormack debuts new play

glass posterOn February 26, third Year SASAH/Honours English Language and Literature Student Meg Cormack debuted her new play, Squalls of Glass at the McManus Theatre. This production was performed by students enrolled in George Ramos's English 3666F (American Drama) course. All proceeds went to support Canadian Mental Health Association Middlesex. 





The River Is Everywhere: Investigating Local Water through Images and Activism

Exhibition at Satellite Project Space - February 2016

This celebratory event showcased the creative investigations of a class entitled "Water Now,"through the presentation of photographs, posters, a water treatment sculpture, and an archive developed by the students. This SASAH course was taught by Prof. Patrick Mahon from Visual Arts and the exhibit was on display February 9-12, 2016 at Satellite Project Space in downtown London. At the opening reception, an Indigenous ceremony was performed by Dan and Mary Lou Smoke and all attendees were invited to participate. View more photos 

Video above is an Indigenous ceremony performed by Dan and Mary Lou Smoke as part of the opening of The River Is Everywhere: Investigating Local Water through Images and Activism.  

Finding meaning half a world away

rachel goldsteinRachel Goldstein admits she never understood the power one person could have on a seemingly infinite world. That is until a service-learning trip to Rwanda in the summer of 2014, one backed by a donor-funded Global Opportunities Award, changed her mind.

“I went to Rwanda wondering if I would help a single person, wondering if our team would help anyone,” says the Arts & Humanities and Biology student. “I left knowing that almost 250 students had listened to our message. Read more