News Archive

Course, exhibition turn spotlight to TIFF

By Debora Van Brenk, Western News, November 28, 2019

TIFF exhibitionA new course examining film festivals has debuted to rave reviews worthy of an interdisciplinary blockbuster. Read the full article

The world’s top economists just made the case for why we still need English majors

By Heather Long, The Washington Post, October 19, 2019

As humanities majors slump to the lowest level in decades, calls are coming from surprising places for a revival. Some prominent economists are making the case for why it still makes a lot of sense to major (or at least take classes) in humanities alongside more technical fields. Read the full article

In the Salary Race, Engineers Sprint but English Majors Endure

By David Deming, The New York Times, October 1, 2019

The advantage for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors fades steadily after their first jobs, and by age 40 the earnings of people who majored in fields like social science or history have caught up. Read the full article

Student doc highlights Indigenous soldier’s legacy
By Deb Van Brenk, Western News, July 01, 2019

LoganPte. Arnold Logan is profiled in For Home and Native Land, a 30-minute SASAH student-produced documentary examining not only Logan’s life and sacrifice, but highlighting the legacy of Indigenous soldiers.
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Kigali, Rwanda

Read the inspiring stories from SASAH students Lexie, Misha, Mickey, Olivia and Veronica, who spent five weeks in Kigali, Rwanda, as part of their SASAH course.  

Unearthing the forgotten

By Melissa Cheater, Western News, July 06, 2018

Whose names and stories do we remember? How do we choose which to preserve? How – and why – do we perpetuate those that we remember? Western student historians working at Woodland Cemetery grappled with these questions and more as they worked toward curating “Lost & Found,” a guided historical walking tour that resurrects stories of individuals buried in the cemetery’s Potter’s Fields. Read more 

SASAH alumni named a finalist in SSHRC contest

May 2018

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


Celebrity Soirée: An Evening with Lainey Lui and SASAH

April 6, 2018

04-Lainey.jpgOn 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.


SASAH Director honoured with Distinguished University Professorship

By Communications Staff, Western News, March 27, 2018

03-mahon.jpgPatrick 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

03-faflak_pleva.jpgJoel 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

March 2018

Alterna 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.  

SASAH Student named Rhodes Scholar

By Adela Talbot, Western News, November 2017

11-LeviCBC.jpgLevi 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.


'Sasha? What's that?' Defining the undefinable

By Prem Sai Ramani, Western News, November 2017


"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. 

Along for her 'exciting ride'

Impact Western, September 2017


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.