'Possibilities Endless' for New Fitzhenry Studios
It was an opportunity to "put their wishes into a hat." That's how associate professor Judy Major-Girardin described the recent design charrette on the School of the Arts' new studios and atrium. The day saw students, faculty and alumni from the School meet with architects and planners to brainstorm what the Dr. Robert and Andrée Rhéaume Fitzhenry Studios and Atrium could look like. - See more
'Write Well, Think Deeply and Recognize and Create Beauty.' Excellence in Humanities Recognized at 33rd annual Awards Assembly
Students in the Faculty of Humanities were recently honoured with travel scholarships, essay prizes, community contribution awards and more at the annual Humanities Awards assembly. Those in attendance at Convocation Hall were also named to the Deans' Honour List for carrying an average of at least 9.5 over 30 units of class. A total of 280 students received awards this year.
- Read more in McMaster's Daily News
- Watch video of awards assembly
$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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- Story in Hamilton Spectator
Want a Better Understanding of Your Favourite Song? Move to the beat!
When the music is good, the urge to move is irresistible. While we don't fully understand why music compels movement, researchers working in McMaster's MAPLE Lab (Music, Acoustics, Perception & LEarning) - Dr. Michael Schutz (School of the Arts, pictured left) and graduate student Fiona Manning - have found that it can improve our sense of timing and result in a better understanding of a song's structure, even for those with little or no musical training. Read full story
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. Following two succesful 'career clusters' in term 1 focusing on careers in business for liberal arts graduates, and working in the not-for-profit sector, this term, two major areas of focus for the HTLC are careers in the arts and working in government. 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.
This Month with the President: Showcasing Student Art in Gilmour Hall
In the latest installment of his monthly video series, University President Patrick Deane meets with Studio Arts students Patrick Barey and Abedar Kamgari in the hallway outside his Gilmour Hall office, which doubles as art exhibition space.
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
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