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October 02, 2017

Sociology Colloquium Series: Who Talks Religion and What are the Consequences for Social Ties?


Religion … a touchy conversational topic.

DATE: Thursday, October 5, 2017
TIME: 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Social Science Centre (SSC) Room #9420

Dr. Markus Schafer, from the University of Toronto, will discuss his research on who talks religion and how this affects social networks.

Though religion matters greatly to many U.S. adults, it is widely considered a touchy conversational topic. Understanding how religious issues are talked about with others can elucidate a key interpersonal manifestation of Americans’ faith, yet existing research has largely overlooked the phenomena of religious discussion in social networks.

In this talk, Dr. Schafer will discuss his research on which types of people talk about religion with their close ties, what relational factors underlie religious discussion, and what implications such discussion has for network turnover and stability.

We would love to see you all there!  Everyone welcome, no RSVP required.

Contact if you require information in an alternate format, or if any other arrangements can make these events accessible to you.

September 27, 2017

Therapy Dogs: De-Stress Event -- October 4, 2017


Wednesday, October 4, 2017
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Drop in and visit with the St. John Therapy Dogs.

All therapy dog visits take place in the University Community Centre (UCC) Mustang Lounge: East Lounge Floor.

Meet the dogs and their owners, learn about the Therapy Dog Program and the benefits they provide. Take some time out of your day to de-stress.

This is a FREE event.

September 26, 2017

Rising Up: A Graduate Students Conference -- University of Manitoba, March 9 - 10, 2018


Rising Up: A Graduate Students Conference on Indigenous Knowledge and Research in Indigenous Studies is an international gathering held annually.

Rising Up attracts scholars in all forms of Indigenous research with approximately 90 representatives from around the world to showcase their work.

The University of Manitoba Native Studies Graduate Students Association (NSGSA) is hosting the third-annual, two-day conference for all graduate students to lead the discussion across all disciplines and allow graduates to present their knowledge and research. Due to the interdisciplinary and international character, the Review Committee welcomes a comprehensive range of topics and approaches.  Rising Up 2018 will focus on Indigenous Knowledge and Indigenous Research.

DATE: March 9-10, 2018
LOCATION: University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus 220-224 UMSU University Centre
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Adam Gaudry, University of Alberta and Chantal Fiola, University of Winnipeg

This is a free event, open to all.


The deadline for abstract submissions is currently December 29, 2017 and can be sent online via

Title: 120 character limit
Abstract: 250 words
Include: Author's first and last name, University, program or department, and email address


Abstracts will be accepted online, reviewed and notification provided on a rolling basis. Submissions should include a 4-5 sentence bio of author with preferred photograph for publication.  NSGSA invites its network to share the call for abstracts and the information about the Conference to all of those interested in contributing to this year event.


Startup Expert Hours: October 3, 2017


Have questions? We've got answers.

Join us for a cup of coffee or tea and participate in a casual conversation with our visiting experts.

DATE:  Tuesday, October 3, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Western Student Services Building (WSS), Propel Room #2130

Our experts will offer advice and industry support on a variety of topics including: digital marketing, law, accounting, social enterprise, insurance, and banking.

Whether you have an idea, or an existing venture, expert hours is the perfect place to make connections and get your questions answered.

Drop in anytime or book an appointment HERE.

September 22, 2017

Sociology Colloquium Series: Boredom and Everyday Life in the Modern World

BoredDATE: Thursday, September 28, 2017
TIME: 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: SSC Room #5406

Writing throughout most of the 20th century, Henri Lefebvre (1901-1991) made numerous references to boredom, yet, despite claiming that a study of boredom would be a significant contribution to his critique of everyday life, he never developed an in-depth and sustained analysis of this experience. Lefebvre did, however, identify an internal dialectic of mass culture as being an integral component for understanding boredom in modernity and its relationship to everyday life. It will be argued that Lefebvre’s theory of an internal dialectic of mass culture is a key for understanding the modern experience of boredom.

Guest speaker, Dr. Patrick Gamsby, is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Memorial University. He has both an undergraduate and Masters degree in Sociology from Western, and a PhD in LIS.  Formerly, he was at Brandeis University where he made a significant discovery -- an earlier draft of Herbert Marcuse's One Dimensional Man.

We would love to see you all there!  Everyone welcome, no RSVP required.

Contact if you require information in an alternate format, or if any other arrangements can make these events accessible to you.

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September 21, 2017

ASPIRE Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Program for Western Students


Launching today, ASPIRE is a new initiative designed to develop next-gen talent in the truly innovative, frequently overlooked Financial Services sector.

If you’re a science, technology, engineering, arts or math student looking for paid, structured and challenging opportunities, visit You might be surprised what you find. There’s more to Financial Services than tellers and traders.

Watch the video to learn more.

September 20, 2017

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Franco-German Fellowship Programme on Climate, Energy and Earth System Research


Under the French initiative "Make our planet great again" Germany and France are offering a funding programme to advance sustainability research.

Researchers from all over the world are invited to cooperate with German and French partners and undertake research in the fields of climate change, energy transition and the earth system.

The funding covers the establishment of research groups in Germany. Junior researchers will receive up to 1 million euros and senior researchers up to 1.5 million euros for four years (combined value of contributions from the DAAD and the German host institution).  The call is open to applications from both junior and senior researchers.

In a first step, applicants will have to submit a Statement of Interest by filling in an online application form (Lime Survey). 

The closing date is October 13, 2017, 12:00 (noon) CET.


SCHOLARS TO LEADERS SPEAKER SERIES — “Fifty Years at Western: A Personal History” on September 27, 2017


Professor Mel Goodale, Distinguished University Professor, Canada Research Chair in Visual Neuroscience, and Director of the Brain and Mind Institute at Western, will be speaking next Wednesday, September 27 at 12:30 p.m. in the IGAB Atrium about Fifty Years at Western: A Personal History.

The Scholars to Leaders Speaker Series is a unique initiative of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies that is open to all students and scholars across all careers at Western – undergraduate, graduate, professional, and postdoctoral. The Series brings students together with university leaders who are uniquely skilled in mentoring candidates as they prepare for next stages of academic competition and global careers. The monthly luncheon events showcase guest speakers who share valuable insight and expertise on critical aspects of leadership from their own career experiences.

Monthly meetings run from September to March (except December), and are held on the last Wednesday of every month in the International and Graduate Affairs Building (IGAB) Atrium. Pizza is available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis but feel free to bring your own lunch.

See you next week!

September 19, 2017

Exercise is Medicine Research Symposium: September 23, 2017


DATE: Saturday, September 23, 2017
TIME: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION:  Advanced Medical Group, 230 Victoria Street, London

Students and faculty are invited to attend an exciting day at the Advanced Medical Group to engage in discussion on what we can do to incorporate physical activity prescription and referral in the Canadian health care system.  The day includes guest lectures from physicians, dietitians and faculty, a yoga session, discussion panel, and a beer-and-brainstorm at the end of the day.

Registration is $15.00 and this includes a full healthy lunch, and all beverages.


If you have any questions please email or contact Taniya Nagpal (

REGISTER TODAY! SingularityU Canada Summit October 11-12, 2017


On October 11 and 12 discover the world's breakthrough technologies. Join others who are driven to solve humanity's major challenges.

Hear about the future of tech from globally recognized presenters. Explore the companies who are building the technology driving exponential change.

Topics (Delivered by Live Video Stream) include:

  • Citizenship (blockchain, AI)
  • Health (Avatars, Bio-hacking)
  • Energy (Low carbon energy, Electric transportation)
  • Prosperity (Exonomics, Machine Intelligence)

Tradeshow and Networking Event (hosted on-campus) -- Enhance and complement conference programming by attending our local health tradeshow and networking event. Discover local companies developing break through life science technologies.

View the Full Schedule


Note: attendees who present a valid student card will be refunded the ticket price (minus processing fees).

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