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St. Thomas University Summer Convocation Events

DATE:   6/7/18
TIME:   8:45 AM
LOCATION:   St. Thomas University Campus, St. Dunstan's Roman Catholic Church

A list of graduation candidates who have been approved by the Registrar’s Office will be posted on by 12:00 pm, Tuesday, July 3rd.  If your name is not posted or if your name or hometown is incorrectly listed please contact Karen Preston, Registrar ( immediately.

July 6, 2018

8:45 am – 9:45 am
Distribution of gowns, hoods and transcripts
Black Box Theatre, Sir James Dunn Hall

10:00 am – 10:30 am
Practice for Graduates
St. Dunstan’s Roman Catholic Church, 120 Regent Street

10:45 am – 12 noon
Distribution of gowns, hoods and transcripts
Black Box Theatre, Sir James Dunn Hall

12:15 pm 
Graduates Assemble
Monsignor Boyd Family Centre (adjoined to St. Dunstan’s Roman Catholic Church)
1:00 pm 
St. Dunstan’s Roman Catholic Church, 120 Regent Street
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Reception: Sir James Dunn Hall

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm 
Return gowns and hoods: Black Box Theatre, Sir James Dunn Hall
STU Diploma Framing Services Available

Special Notes 
Family and friends of graduating students are welcome to attend Convocation.  Although we are not limiting attendance there is limited seating, therefore for the comfort and safety of your guests, we are recommending that you invite no more than five guests.  Pets, with the exception of service animals, are not permitted at either location.
Parking is available in the Fredericton Convention Centre parking garage at $1.00 per hour.  You may also park in meter parking spots on adjoining streets.  Due to limited parking in the downtown area, carpooling is recommended.
Your gown and hood must be returned to the Green Room in JDH immediately following Convocation and no later than 4:30 pm. Failure to do so may result in a late return charge. Your diploma will be available (provided your account has been paid in full) in the Black Box Theatre after you have returned your gown and hood.
The STU Alumni Association will be offering a diploma framing service after Convocation in the JDH Cafeteria. If you wish to have your diploma framed at this time, we recommend ordering in advance.  We are going to try to cut down on the congestion in Sir James Dunn this year, and so those graduates who order their frames in advance will receive their framed diploma upon the return of their grad gown.  Frames will still be available for purchase on graduation day; however, there may be a wait time based on demand. Featuring a Tommies-green mat designed exclusively for STU with the official crest of the University, these frames have been created to fit your diploma, certificate, or grad photo.  Frames come in a variety of sizes and finishes (wood and metal.)  If you would like to see the different styles of frames, or to purchase a frame in advance of Convocation, please go to the Alumni Affairs Office (Room 413, MMH) during regular business hours.  You can also view samples on-line, and access ordering information here.
You are required to pay a graduation application fee of $50 whether or not you choose to attend Convocation. 
Karen Preston

STU Cares - Day of Action: September 8, 2018

DATE:   8/9/18
TIME:   9:00 AM
LOCATION:   Various Locations

STU Cares - Day of Action is an event held on Saturday, September 8th, 2018 that embodies STU’s spirit of service. Volunteer teams of STU students go out into the community to learn about the work of a local community organization and do hands-on work to support it. Volunteers work on such issues as poverty, food security, environmental preservation, homelessness, domestic violence, youth, and community building (to name a few). The day concludes with a chance to reflect on the service we’ve done, social issues in the community, and connections to what we are learning in class. Then we celebrate with a barbecue!

STU Cares is a great way to meet new friends, make a difference, see more of Fredericton, and explore career opportunities. 

STU Cares - Day of Action Schedule

Register for STU Cares Day of Action

The Registration deadline is Wednesday, September 5th, or when all spaces are filled.

For more information, please contact Vivien Zelazny, Campus Minister and Coordinator of STU Cares, 506-452-0636 or

Annual Sociology Lecture - Dr. Hamid Dabashi

DATE:   13/9/18
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Location TBD

Dr. Hamid Dabashi will deliver the annual Sociology lecture Thursday, September 13, at 7:00 pm. Location TBD.

Dr. Hamid Dabashi is a Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. His lecture will focus on the sociology of knowledge and postorientalism in the post-truth era.

Dr. Dabashi received a dual Ph.D. in Sociology of Culture and Islamic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University.

He has written eighteen books, edited four, and contributed to many more. He’s written over 100 essays, articles, and book reviews ranging in topic from Iranian Studies, medieval and modern Islam, and comparative literature to world cinema and the philosophy of art.

Interdisciplinary Faculty Workshop with Dr. Hamid Dabashi

DATE:   14/9/18
TIME:   2:00 PM
LOCATION:   Location TBD

Dr. Hamid Dabashi will host an interdisciplinary faculty workshop Friday, September 14, at 2:00 pm. Location TBD.

Dr. Dabashi received a dual Ph.D. in Sociology of Culture and Islamic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University.

He has written eighteen books, edited four, and contributed to many more. He’s written over 100 essays, articles, and book reviews ranging in topic from Iranian Studies, medieval and modern Islam, and comparative literature to world cinema and the philosophy of art.

Masuma Khan: Building Solidarity and Resilience While Surrounded by Fragility

DATE:   19/9/18
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB

Masuma Khan will present the keynote address at the NB Media Co-op's ninth annual members meeting, Thursday, September 20 at 7:00 pm. Location TBD.

Khan will speak about her experiences with racism and censorship as a student leader at Dalhousie University when she spoke in solidarity with indigenous people in 2017.

Co-hosts: No One Is Illegal Fredericton, STU Women's Studies & Gender Studies, STU Sociology, UNB International Development Studies and UNB Law in Society. 

For more information, contact: 

Bob Rae to Deliver Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights

DATE:   26/9/18
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium

Politician, lawyer, mediator and writer Bob Rae will deliver the Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm in the Kinsella Auditorium at St. Thomas University. 

In his lecture, “Human rights in the age of populism," Mr. Rae will speak about the spread of populism in different contexts both domestic and international, and the challenge it poses to the rule of law and human rights.

Bob Rae was elected eleven times to the House of Commons and the Ontario legislature between 1978 and 2013.  He was Ontario’s 21st Premier from 1990 to 1995, and served as interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011 to 2013.

He is working now as a lawyer, negotiator, mediator, and arbitrator, with a particular focus on first nations, aboriginal, and governance issues.  He also teaches at the University of Toronto School of Governance and Public Policy, and is a widely respected writer and commentator.

An author of five books and many studies and reports, Bob Rae is a Privy Councillor, a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, and has numerous awards and honorary degrees from institutions in Canada and around the world.

About Dr. Bernie Vigod
Dr. Bernie Vigod was a lifelong advocate of human rights. An outstanding teacher and scholar, he was a professor of History at the University of New Brunswick as well as Associate Dean of University’s School of Graduate Studies at the time of his death in 1988. Dr. Vigod served the cause of human rights with distinction. He spoke and published extensively on human rights issues. Dr. Vigod also acted as an advisor to public officials on human rights issues and took a leading role in organizations dedicated to promoting human rights. This lecture series is dedicated to his memory and features distinguished speakers on a wide range of human rights issues.

Book Launch / Public Talk – “Pipe Dreams” by Journalist and Award-winning Author Jacques Poitras

DATE:   27/9/18
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   To be Determined

Please join us at St. Thomas University on Thursday, September 27 at 7 pm for the launch of Pipe Dreams by journalist and award-winning author Jacques Poitras. 

The book is a timely, accessible approach to how Canada's oil pipelines become crucibles for debate about our energy future, Indigenous treaty rights, environmental activism, and east-west political tensions.  Copies of Pipe Dreams will be available for sale and signing by the author.

Pipe Dreams is the story of the rise and fall of the Energy East pipeline. The project was to be a monumental undertaking, beginning near Edmonton, AB, and stretching over four thousand kilometres, across two hundred First Nation reserves, through Montreal to the Irving Oil refineries in Saint John, NB. The crude oil flowing across six provinces would have found a much higher price shipped to world markets than south to the United States. Conceived as a back-up plan for two other pipelines stalled by political opposition, the project became the crucible for Canada's debate over its energy future.

Told as an account of a cross-country journey, the book explores how western Canada alienation, Quebec separatism, Indigenous activism, and climate action combined to question the role of fossil fuels in Canada's economy. The events took place at a time when the government of Canada, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was expressing its commitment to a carbon-reduced economy.

Across the landscape of Pipe Dreams, Poitras talks to oil industry executives, prairie ranchers, First Nations chiefs, small-town mayors, premiers and cabinet ministers, refinery workers, and ordinary Canadians. The book also explores Canada's perplexing relationship with the United States around oil: our oil industry is literally tied to its American counterpart with sinews of steel. The Energy East pipeline represented a new direction: designed to get Alberta oil sands crude to world markets, it was marketed in explicitly nationalist terms. After decades of rhetoric that Canada was destined to surrender to the north-south reality of continentalism and globalization, the country seemed to be reorienting itself along its east-west axis, tying itself together, again, with a great feat of engineering. To listen to the premiers of Alberta and New Brunswick, it was a journey both new and familiar, akin to John A. Macdonald's national dream of a cross-country railway. Their optimism was palpable. But it didn't--perhaps it couldn't--last. 

By the time the journey ended, the story had become a kind of whodunit: Poitras would witness the slow-motion killing of the fifteen billion dollar project--a series of blows dealt not just to a single pipeline proposal, but to Canada's carbon economy. It was a death that also signaled, perhaps, the birth of something new.

Jacques Poitras has been the provincial affairs reporter for CBC News in New Brunswick since 2000. He is the author of The Right Fight: Bernard Lord and the Conservative DilemmaBeaverbrook: A Shattered Legacy, which was a finalist for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction; and Imaginary Line: Life on an Unfinished Border, which was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. His fourth book, Irving vs. Irving, was shortlisted for the National Business Book Award and won the Atlantic Independent Booksellers' Choice Award for 2015.

McKenna Centre Distinguished Speaker Series Presents Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law

DATE:   2/10/18
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium

Michael Geist, Professor of Law and Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law, will deliver a public lecture Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00 pm in the Kinsella Auditorium as part of the McKenna Centre Distinguished Speaker Series.

A professor at the University of Ottawa, Geist was named one of the 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada for three straight years (2011-2013).  He holds degrees from Western University, York University, Cambridge University, and Columbia University. He’s been a member of the International Trade Committee on E-commerce, the Senate Open Caucus on NAFTA, the Access to Information, Privacy & Ethics Committee on Airport Privacy, and many others.

Geist is the author of three books, 14 book chapters, and 19 papers in refereed journals.