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Course Outline Cafe

DATE:   24/8/17
TIME:   10:00 AM

 It’s that time of year again: course outline deadlines are just around the corner. Do you have questions, ideas, experiments you’d like to try? Come to the café and consult with your colleagues for good advice, best practices, and snacks.

Library Showcase

DATE:   29/8/17
TIME:   9:00 AM
LOCATION:   Harriet Irving Library

Every year UNB Libraries hosts a (free) half-day Library Showcase to highlight new resources and services to St. Thomas University faculty. Presentations will include predatory publishers, new academic software and apps, and advice on research data management.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to view the newly renovated study space on the 3rd floor. This space, adjacent to the Library’s Data/GIS Lab, was opened in the fall of 2016, and has quickly become a favourite destination for students.

To register, please contact Lauren Eagle ( RSVPs will be accepted until August 22nd.


9:30 Introduction
9:45 New Faculty Website
10:00 Predatory Publishers
10:15 HIL Multimedia Services
10:30 BREAK
10:45 Browzine Journal App
11:00 Scopus & Author Profiles
11:15 Zotero Citation Management Software
11:30 Research Data Management
11:45 LUNCH

Effective Teaching Institute: Making Student Work Matter Beyond the Classroom

DATE:   30/8/17
TIME:   8:30 AM

It's increasingly important that students learn their work contributes to the world beyond the classroom and the university. Even the most abstract student work could become tangible or reach non-academic audiences and change the discourse around academia, the arts, the sciences, and more. But how?

•How can we make student work matter beyond the grades they receive for it?
•How can we encourage all students to see their work as important to the world at large?
•How can students see their work as professional or as giving them a stake in a professional life?
•How can they begin to influence a world in which they feel unimportant and sometimes helpless?
•What effects could this have on their work in the classroom?

This day-long workshop will include an interdisciplinary panel discussion and small groups workshops.

Panelists and Facilitators include:
•Sandra Bell (UNBSJ English)
•Brad Cross (STU History)
•Amanda Dipaolo (STU Human Rights)
•Juan Antonio Carretero (UNBF Engineering)
•Susan Machum (STU Sociology)
•Kathleen McConnell (STU English)
•Ben Newling (UNBF Physics)
•Matthew Sears (UNBF Classics)
•Tony Tremblay (STU English)

Registration opens at 8:30 am and the Conference begins at 9:00 am.  Lunch and Refreshments will be provided.

Registration fee: $25 taken on the day - CASH ONLY
Register at
For more information, please contact Andrea Schutz, LTD Chair:

Ease Your Mind - September 1 - Orientation for Students with Disabilities

DATE:   1/9/17
TIME:   9:00 AM

Are you anxious about coming to university?

Do you have a disability or mental health diagnosis, or suspect that you may have one?

You may be eligible to participate in Ease Your Mind, a one-day pre-Welcome Week orientation for students with disabilities who are new to STU.

During this full day event, you will:
  • Have a chance to be on campus before Welcome Week starts to minimize the anxiety of a new environment
  • Meet the Student Services team that will support you throughout the academic year
  • Learn about Student Accessibility Services and how they can support you with accommodations
  • Plan and organize your semester with our Learning Strategist
  • Learn about how to reduce and manage anxiety throughout the school year
  • Meet fellow students and start building friendships
  • Eat free food, win prizes and have a great day!
Some students may also be eligible for early residence move in.

If you have a disability or diagnosis, or suspect that you might have one, please apply below.

Once we have received your application we will follow up with you to confirm your participation or to refer you to other helpful services.
Apply Now!

Welcome Week: A Giant Step for STUdents—Move-In Day!

DATE:   2/9/17
TIME:   9:00 AM
LOCATION:   James Dunn Hall/Forest Hill Cafeteria

Come visit us and pick up your Student Card, Welcome Week Kit, and bracelet. Your student card acts as a bus pass and meal card, your bracelet is what gets you into all the events throughout the week, and your Welcome Week kit contains some amazing swag and essential gear for your first week of university.

Welcome Week: Parents Welcome

DATE:   2/9/17
TIME:   2:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Lobby

Parents are invited to join faculty and staff in a welcome ceremony. Parents will receive an official welcome from the Associate Vice-President, Enrolment Management Scott Duguay, as well as tips to help their students with the transition to university. Refreshments will be provided.

Welcome Week: Intergalactic Battle—Cheer Off

DATE:   2/9/17
TIME:   8:00 PM
LOCATION:   Lower Courtyard

A popular Welcome Week tradition, the Cheer Off is an opportunity for first-year students to show their newly adopted pride for their residence and Off Campus communities. STU’s newest students will gather together, sporting house colours and screaming cheers, in hopes of claiming the title of the loudest and proudest house on campus.

Welcome Week: Mission - Downtown

DATE:   3/9/17
TIME:   1:00 PM
LOCATION:   Gather in Lower Courtyard

Get ready to test your skills and abilities while exploring downtown Fredericton! This event will introduce students to the downtown core and its many landmarks to help them make the most of their years at STU! This is one event you definitely won’t want to miss!

Welcome Week: James Mullinger Comedy Keynote Presentation

DATE:   4/9/17
TIME:   10:00 AM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium

Award-winning comedian James Mullinger will deliver an inspiring presentation that encourages students to realize “anything is possible.” Everyone can benefit from this message as we enter a new school year.

Welcome Week: Mark Black “Live Today” Presentation

DATE:   4/9/17
TIME:   1:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium

We are proud to welcome Mark Black to our Welcome Week! His motivational speech will inspire students  to ignite their potential and live in the moment. Attending this talk will give students the tools they need to cope with the stress and worry that comes with stepping out of their comfort zone. Mark will show us how to be productive and creative with our time and energy—skills every student needs!

Welcome Week: James Mullinger Comedy Night

DATE:   4/9/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium

Acclaimed British comedian James Mullinger moved to Canada in 2014 and has been delighting audiences with his poignant insights into Maritime quirks. Students from near and far will be entertained by Mullinger’s witty style and pertinent jokes as they finish off the second day of their Welcome Week experience.

Welcome Week: Shine Day

DATE:   5/9/17
TIME:   10:00 AM
LOCATION:   Lower Courtyard

Students will hit the streets of Fredericton to flip burgers, sing songs and wash cars – whatever they can do to attract attention and raise money for St. Thomas’s annual Shinerama campaign. Students will be given the opportunity to raise money for a great cause, meet classmates, and become familiar with the Fredericton community. Let’s get out and raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada! 

Welcome Week: FREX

DATE:   5/9/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Meet at Student Union Building

Students will meet in the Vanier Parking lot to be bussed down to the Fredericton Exhibition—a wildly popular tradition! Welcome Week bracelets will provide students with FREE entrance into the FREX, where they will have the opportunity to play games, catch death defying acts, and much more! Busses will be running throughout the night to bring students back to campus. 

Welcome Week: Academic Orientation Day

DATE:   6/9/17
TIME:   8:45 AM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium

Academic Transition Day occurs the day before classes begin and provides incoming students with the chance to experience a university classroom, meet faculty, and chat with upper-year students. Students will also attend an Information Fair to learn about the many helpful services St. Thomas has to offer. 

Welcome Week: Commencement Ceremony

DATE:   6/9/17
TIME:   1:30 PM
LOCATION:   Forest Hill Ballroom

The Commencement Ceremony is STU’s official welcome to new students joining the university community and marks the beginning of their university years. Each student will receive a T-Pin – the “T” is the symbol all St. Thomas students identify with while they are attending STU and long after they graduate.

Welcome Week: Hypnotist Cyrus at The Fredericton Playhouse

DATE:   6/9/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Fredericton Playhouse

STUdents are invited to see the legendary Hypnotist Cyrus perform at the Fredericton Playhouse for FREE! This will be a one of a kind show that students won’t want to skip! The Fredericton Playhouse is a cultural staple in the downtown community, which hosts hundreds of amazing musical and theatrical performances all year long! 

Welcome Week: Freddy Beach BBQ

DATE:   7/9/17
TIME:   6:00 PM
LOCATION:   Officer's Square

Each year the City of Fredericton hosts a welcome back BBQ for the students of St. Thomas University, University of New Brunswick, New Brunswick Community College, and other local campuses. Join your fellow classmates for live performances and free food in this exciting downtown event where dignitaries from the city and post-secondary institutions will welcome you to Fredericton!

Welcome Week: Ziggy Stardust’s Time to Shine Talent Show

DATE:   7/9/17
TIME:   8:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium

The Time to Shine Talent Show allows first-year students to showcase their talent in a friendly competition with both a joke and serious category. This event will be an extension of Shine Day where Shinerama participants will be thanked for their hard work with an address from St. Thomas University President Dawn Russell. Our grand total of fundraising will also be announced!

Welcome Week: Mos Eisley Casino

DATE:   8/9/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Forest Hill Ballroom

You will never find a better hive of fun and foolery. Enjoy some mocktails in the Rigby Ballroom while you face off against your friends in a variety of casino games. At the end of the night, a prize auction will be held, during which students can use the monopoly money they’ve won to bid on prizes.

Welcome Week: Sex Ethics and Alcohol Safety Presentation with Karla O’Regan, Natasha Glover, Rebecca Kingston

DATE:   9/9/17
TIME:   12:00 PM
LOCATION:   Forest Hill Ballroom

This presentation gives students tools to navigate various situations safely and ethically. Karla O’Regan, professor in the Criminology and Criminal Justice department, will deliver a presentation on consent. Natasha Glover, a STU alumna now working with AIDSNB, will talk about sexual health and the resources available to students in the city of Fredericton. Finally, Rebecca Kingston, a STU student organizing the Keep It Social Campaign on campus, will outline the harms of alcohol and the importance of maintaining safe habits. This presentation is mandatory for any students who wish to participate in the Paint Fight.

Welcome Week: Colours of the STUniverse—Paint Fight

DATE:   9/9/17
TIME:   2:00 PM
LOCATION:   Forest Hill Residence

If you thought colour runs were fun, you haven’t seen anything yet! The final event before the STU Social will be an enormous paint fight between residences. White shirts will be provided to all students. With over $1,000 spent on paint, the battle will continue until all of the paint is gone!

Welcome Week: STUniverse Social

DATE:   9/9/17
TIME:   10:00 PM
LOCATION:   Forest Hill Ballroom

The grand finale of your first week at STU is the legendary STU Social! So dress up, dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to have fun! It's going to be out of this world!

Faculty Book Launch: Dr Fariba Solati

DATE:   22/9/17
TIME:   3:00 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall Rotunda - 3rd Floor

Details to follow.

Indigenization of the Academy – Sept. 27-29 with Keynote Address by Dr. Marie Battiste on Sept. 29

DATE:   27/9/17
TIME:   8:00 AM
LOCATION:   St. Thomas University

Dr. Battiste is a Mi'kmaw educator from the Potlotek First Nation, Nova Scotia and professor at the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a nationally recognized expert on Aboriginal life-long learning, decolonizing and indigenizing the academy, and violence prevention and anti-bullying in schools.
As part of a three-day conference on Indigenization of the Academy at St. Thomas University taking place Sept. 27th -29th, Dr. Marie Battiste will be keynote speaker on Friday, Sept. 29th.

Further information on the agenda for the three-day conference will be forthcoming.

Dr. Marie Battiste

Dr. Battiste is a Mi'kmaw educator from the Potlotek First Nation, Nova Scotia and professor at the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a nationally recognized expert on Aboriginal life-long learning, decolonizing and indigenizing the academy, and violence prevention and anti-bullying in schools.

She holds degrees from the University of Maine, Harvard, and Stanford, and she is recognized as a senior Indigenous scholar in Canada. She holds honorary degrees from the University of Ottawa, Thompson Rivers University, the University of Maine–Farmington, and St. Mary's University, and is a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

She is the founding academic director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, a founding board member of the Canadian Council on Learning, and a former co-director of the Aboriginal Learning Knowledge Centre.

Dr. Battiste was awarded the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in Education in 2008 for helping to spur institutional change in order to decolonize education, activate social justice, and promote postcolonial approaches to education.  

She has recently conducted workshops with faculty at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg, and participated in a panel on The Future of the Liberal Arts: A Global Conversation Workshop.

Thank you.

Dr. Kim Fenwick
Vice President (Academic and Research)
Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Indigenization of the Academy

McKenna Centre Distinguished Speaker Series: Public Lecture – “Educating for Democracy” by Hon. Margaret McCain

DATE:   27/9/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall

The Hon. Margaret McCain will speak on the vital role of education and public policy in supporting democratic institutions during periods of change and dislocation in a public lecture at St. Thomas University.

Her talk, “Educating for Democracy,” is part of the McKenna Centre for Communications and Public Policy Distinguished Speaker Series. It will be held on Wednesday, September 27 at 7 pm in the Kinsella Auditorium in McCain Hall.

“Societies require caring and responsible citizens genuinely concerned with and capable of contributing to democracy, peace and sustainability. Educating for these goals should begin very early in life because it is during this period that children develop their basic values, attitudes, skills, behaviours and habits,” said McCain. 

“We live in a period of rapid technological change resulting in economic dislocation which has consequences for how people view democracy and its institutions. Public policy must respond by cushioning the impact and supporting citizens to adjust. At the same time, it must prepare the next generation to lead and flourish in the new environment.”

Past speakers in the McKenna Centre Speaker Series have been: Blair Feltmate, ecologist and climate change adaption expert; Elizabeth May, leader of the federal Green Party; former senator Michael Kirby; and former Prime Minister Paul Martin.

McCain has long been a champion of Canada’s youngest citizens and active with public policy issues. Together with her husband, Wallace and her four children, she founded the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation to promote the best possible early childhood for all of Canada’s children. Her knowledge and understanding about the impact of early experiences on lifelong learning, behaviour and health are evident in the three Early Years Studies (1999, 2007 and 2011) which recommended early child development and parenting centres linked to the school system and sensitive to local communities.

McCain’s concern about family violence, long before it was recognized in mainstream thinking, was evident in her term as the 27th Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick from 1994 to 1997. She was a founding member of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation whose mission is to eliminate family violence through public education and research.

To learn more, visit the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation at

Faculty Book Launch – "Apron Strings: Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy, and China" by Professor Jan Wong

DATE:   28/9/17
TIME:   7:30 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall

Jan Wong knows food is better when shared, so when she set out to write a book about home cooking in France, Italy, and China, she asked her 22-year-old son, Sam, to join her. While he wasn't keen on spending excessive time with his mom, he dreamed of becoming a chef. Ultimately, it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up.

On their journey, Jan and Sam live and cook with locals, seeing first-hand how globalization is changing food, families, and cultures. In southeast France, they move in with a family sheltering undocumented migrants. From Bernadette, the housekeeper, they learn classic French family fare such as blanquette de veau. In a hamlet in the heart of Italy's Slow Food country, the villagers teach them without fuss or fanfare how to make authentic spaghetti alle vongole and a proper risotto with leeks. In Shanghai, they home-cook firecracker chicken and scallion pancakes with the nouveaux riches and their migrant maids, who comprise one of the biggest demographic shift in world history. Along the way, mother and son explore their sometimes-fraught relationship, uniting — and occasionally clashing — over their mutual love of cooking.

A memoir about family, an exploration of the globalization of food cultures, and a meditation on the complicated relationships between mothers and sons, Apron Strings is complex, unpredictable, and unexpectedly hilarious.

Jan Wong is the author of five non-fiction bestsellers, including Out of the Blue and Red China Blues, named one of Time magazine's top ten non-fiction books of 1996. (Twenty years later, the book is still in print.) She has won numerous journalism awards and is now a professor of journalism at St. Thomas University. A third-generation Canadian, Jan is the eldest daughter of a prominent Montreal restaurateur.

Graduate School and Scholarship Information Session

DATE:   29/9/17
TIME:   2:30 PM

Thinking about graduate school? Wondering what your options are? Keen to find out about funding and scholarships?

Join Dr. Michael Dawson, Associate Vice-President (Research) for a one-hour information session on Friday, September 30th at 2:30 pm in James Dunn Hall G6. 

Application deadlines are approaching, so don’t miss out on this important opportunity!

STU Cares - Day of Action: September 30th, 2017

DATE:   30/9/17
TIME:   8:00 AM

STU Cares - Day of Action is a one-day event on Saturday, September 30th, 2017 that connects STU students with the opportunity to volunteer with a community organization in Fredericton. By participating, students will connect this volunteer experience with what they are learning in class. 

Growing Community - Students will learn about exciting community initiatives revolving around food security including an Everyone Eats presentation by the New Brunswick Food Action Security Network. They will then be transported to The Ville or Greener Village where they will volunteer and make a real difference in their community.

At the end of the day, students will gather together for reflection activities to make connections between the service they’ve done, social issues in the community, and what they are learning in class. STU Cares is a great way to meet new friends, make a difference and explore career opportunities. 

For the schedule and to register for STU Cares, please visit:
STU Cares Day of Action Sept 2017 Description
STU Cares Day of Action Sept 2017 Registration

Please register by Monday September 25th, 2017.

Want to be a Team Leader? Please register by September 12th. More info:

STU Cares Sept 2017 Team Leader Description
STU Cares Sept 2017 Team Leader Registration

For more information, please contact Kimberley Webb, Student Engagement and Retention Coordinator, 506-452-2119 or

Public Lecture: Keith Helmuth on "The Case for Public Banking in NB and the End to External Debt Service Payments"

DATE:   4/10/17
TIME:   7:00 PM

Keith Helmuth, author, editor and community development activist from Carleton County will be speaking on public banking as an alternative to the debt and deficit spending of our provincial government.  His talk, "The Case for Public Banking in NB and the End to External Debt Service Payments," will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7pm (Room TBA).

If cutting government expenditures, raising taxes, and modest economic growth cannot eliminate government debt and deficit spending, are we stuck with an annual loss of public money due to interest payments? None of the experts on public policy and government finance who are weighing in on NB’s fiscal dilemma offer any credible analysis or advice on reducing and eliminating the provincial debt. Yet if the debt is not eliminated, or at least significantly reduced, the New Brunswick government will continue to send millions of taxpayer’s dollars in interest payments out of the province.

The province of NB pays $600 million annually in interest to service its bonds to unknown outside parties protected by the privacy act – millions of dollars that could and should be used in New Brunswick. Is debt and deficit spending a permanent feature of government?

Under current fiscal management, this is the case. Structural debt is the logical result of the way money is created and managed by the private for-profit financial institutions; it is a design feature that systematically transfers money from NB citizens and businesses to outside institutions of enormous wealth.

Naturally enough, private financial institutions are happy to facilitate permanent government debt in order to secure an ongoing source of income from taxpayers.
The international bond rating agencies lower or raise the interest rate governments must pay on borrowed money in order stabilize government debt within a certain range of risk and security. They have no wish to have governments pay off their debts or drive them into bankruptcy. Their business model is to keep a relatively stable government debt going in perpetuity. But shouldn’t a responsible government wish to get out of debt, or at least significantly reduce its debt? Shouldn’t it wish to keep its tax revenue circulating within its own jurisdiction for the benefit of the public interest? If so, then why is the NB government borrowing money from the international, private, for-profit financial industry when there is a clear alternative?

The alternative is called public banking. It is well understood and is being put into practice in various jurisdictions. (See The establishment of a public bank in NB would lead to the immediate reduction and eventual elimination of the need to issue bonds on which interest payments are made to outside parties.

The public banking alternative offers government a way to stop the loss of public money by reducing and eliminating its indebtedness to the private financial system. The public banking alternative provides government a secure way of conducting all its financial activities, including borrowing when needed, within a public utility financial management framework dedicated to serving the public interest.

The State of North Dakota, for example, pays $0 annually in interest to outside financial institutions because the government established a Public Bank in 1919. The government of NB could do likewise and begin to extract the province from the debt service trap. If cutting government expenditures, raising taxes, and modest economic growth cannot eliminate government debt and deficit spending, are we stuck with an annual loss of public money due to interest payments? None of the experts on public policy and government finance who are weighing in on NB’s fiscal dilemma offer any credible analysis or advice on reducing and eliminating the provincial debt. Yet if the debt is not eliminated, or at least significantly reduced, the New Brunswick government will continue to send millions of taxpayer’s dollars in interest payments out of the province. The province of NB pays $600 million annually in interest to service its bonds to unknown outside parties protected by the privacy act – millions of dollars that could and should be used in New Brunswick.

Keith Helmuth has been a small business entrepreneur and community economic development activist in Carleton County since the early 1970s. He served on the Board of Directors of Carleton Pioneer Credit Union for twenty-five years. He helped found the Woodstock Farm Market Cooperative and the Speerville Mill Cooperative.

He previously taught environmental and economic development studies at Friends World College. He is currently the Publisher and Managing Editor of Chapel Street Editions, a non-profit cultural heritage publishing company based in Woodstock, NB. He has been researching the history and functioning of contemporary monetary systems for several decades.

W.C. Desmond Pacey Memorial Lecture at UNB: Dr. Tony Tremblay, “Desmond Pacey at 100: Looking Back at the Legacy"

DATE:   11/10/17
TIME:   5:00 PM
LOCATION:   Room 102 Tilley Hall (Alfred G. Bailey Auditorium), UNB

In this lecture on the 100th anniversary of the birth of pioneering Canadian literary critic Desmond Pacey, Professor Tony Tremblay examines Pacey’s contributions to Canadian literature, his work to position UNB as a hub of Canadian Studies, and his efforts to professionalize Canadian criticism, thus removing from it the biases of class, empire, and gentlemanly opinion.

What Pacey brought to his work was the conviction that New Brunswick wasn’t second rate, and that a whole generation of Canadian literary scholars could be trained in the province. Pacey directed his graduate students to studies of Bliss Carman, Charles G.D. Roberts, E.J. Pratt, Elizabeth Brewster, and other Atlantic Canadians, not only pioneering the practice of regional studies in Canada, but also stating explicitly that a national literature in a federation as balkanized as Canada’s was quite impossible, thus turning critical attention to regional and local response. His conception of a fragmented federation, at least culturally and linguistically, was one of the first such views of Canada that is now normative today.

Dr. May Chazan to Deliver Annual Women's Studies and Gender Studies Lecture

DATE:   12/10/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall, Room TBA

Dr. May Chazan will deliver the annual Women's Studies and Gender Studies lecture October 12 at 7:00 pm in Brian Mulroney Hall, room TBA.

STU Gala Dinner

DATE:   14/10/17
TIME:   6:00 PM
LOCATION:   Fredericton Convention Centre, 670 Queen Street

Please join us at the 2017 STU Gala Dinner for an evening of dining, entertainment, and celebration in support of extraordinary students.

St. Thomas Moot Court students – including the team which recently took top honours with their first place at the Nelson Mandela International Human Rights Moot Court Competition – will be among those celebrated for their achievements at the Gala Dinner, which will also include the presentation of the Carolyn Layden-Stevenson Distinguished Alumni Award.

A charitable tax receipt will be available for a portion of the ticket price.

When: Saturday, October 14 at 6:00pm (Reception); 7:00pm (Dinner)
Cost: $150/person; $100/person for STU graduates within the last 10 years.

Interested in filling a table of 8 at a discounted price of $1,000 table? (Names of guests will be required at time of booking.)

Please call (506) 452-0645 for further information or to purchase tickets.

McKendy Lecture: Dr. Janet K. Ruffing on "Ancestry, Place(s), and Identity in Spiritual Direction Narratives"

DATE:   19/10/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall, Room 101

Dr. Janet K. Ruffing will talk about, "Ancestry, Place(s), and Identity in Spiritual Direction Narratives" during the John McKendy Memorial Lecture at St. Thomas University.
Dr. Janet K. Ruffing will talk about "Ancestry, Place(s), and Identity in Spiritual Direction Narratives" during the John McKendy Memorial Lecture on October 19 at 7PM in Brian Mulroney Hall, Room 101.

“Spiritual direction is a narrative process, recognized or not, in which the person tells his or her sacred tale in interaction with a spiritual director who significantly affects the unfolding of this serial narrative of lived faith,” Dr. Ruffing said. 

“At a time, when people have unprecedented access to genealogical information and also live in or make retreats in a variety of places, how do these new experiences affect their identity spiritually and socially?  Do they become integrated into the on-going narrative of identity or not?”

Dr. Janet K. Ruffing, RSM has been Professor in the Practice of Spirituality and Ministerial Leadership at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT since 2010 and Professor Emerita of Spirituality and Spiritual Direction at Fordham University since 2009.  She holds a PhD in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and advanced degrees from Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley and the University of San Francisco. 

She is a founding member of both Spiritual Directors International and of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. She has published five books and more than ninety journal essays and has lectured or led workshops in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, China, India, Thailand, Korea, the Netherlands, France, Ireland, the UK, and the U.S. 

She is best known for her publications on spiritual direction, the French mystic Elisabeth Leseur, kataphatic mysticism, and female religious life. She a member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas from California. Most relevant to this lecture is her book: To Tell the Sacred Tale: Spiritual Direction and Narrative, Paulist, 2010.

The McKendy Lecture is sponsored by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Narrative and is named in honour of Dr. John McKendy, a much loved and respected member of the St. Thomas community.

Faculty Book Launch: Dr Jamie Gillies

DATE:   20/10/17
TIME:   2:30 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall Rotunda - 3rd Floor

Details to follow.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Training

DATE:   21/10/17
TIME:   9:00 AM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall

St. Thomas University & the University of New Brunswick present UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS YOUTH TRAINING
In celebration of Canada 150th, the SDGs Youth Training Canada will mobilize 10,000 Canadian youth to advocate and implement the SDGs through 100 local actions and 50 trainings in colleges and universities across Canada in 2017.
Interact with UN officials, policymakers, and civil society activists who identified, created, and are implementing the Sustainable Development Goals around the world.

You will receive a certificate for the training from FES and develop a deeper understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals. You will also gain access to local organizations through where you can utilize your training to collaborate and provide support.

NOTE: This training event is open to both high school and post-secondary students as well as the community at large. 
Why are we doing this?
Foundation for Environmental Stewardship is a Canadian registered charity and a UN accredited organization with a mission to empower youth for sustainable development. We are working with UN programs to deliver practical training for youth on advocacy and local implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Organizing Partner 
St. Thomas University, University of New Brunswick & STU/UNB Student Unions

STU and UNB are thrilled to collaborate on such an exciting opportunity for community and its students. Together they have joined forces to host the#CANYouth4SDGs movement through direct engagement with UN staff here on the STU/UNB campus.

Opening Ceremony

Session 1: SDGs Advocacy and Local Implementation

Session 2: UN speaker

LUNCH: (NGO exhibition, networking)
Session 3: Skills Development
A. Awareness Campaign
· Media Training & Communications
· Project Management
· Campaign Strategies
· Building Public Support
· Decolonizing space
· Leveraging partnerships
B. Policy in Action
C. Policy Advocacy (UN+ Government)
Session 4: Solution Design Session

Session 5: The movers and the shakers: Real talk from local NGO’s and student involvement
***Use #CANYouth4SDGs to share your experience!

More breakout sessions and speakers will be confirmed and updated shortly.

Professor Pam Palmater to Deliver Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights

DATE:   2/11/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium

Professor Pam Palmater will deliver the Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights at St. Thomas University. The lecture will take place Thursday, November 2, at 7:00 pm in the Kinsella Auditorium.

Digital Media and Global Affairs Expert Dr. Taylor Owen to Deliver Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism

DATE:   23/11/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall

Digital Media and Global Affairs expert Dr. Taylor Owen will deliver the Dalton Camp Lecture on Thursday, November 23 at 7:30 PM in the Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall.
Digital Media and Global Affairs expert Dr. Taylor Owen will deliver the Dalton Camp Lecture on Thursday, November 23 at 7 PM in the Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall.

Dr. Owen is Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School and the founder and publisher of He was previously the Research Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University where he designed and led a program studying the impact of digital technology on the practice of journalism, and has held research positions at Yale University, The London School of Economics and The International Peace Research Institute, Oslo where his work focuses on the intersection between information technology and international affairs.

He is the author, most recently, of Disruptive Power: The Crisis of the State in the Digital Age (Oxford University Press, 2015) and the co-editor of The World Won’t Wait: Why Canada Needs to Rethink its Foreign Policies (University of Toronto Press, 2015, with Roland Paris), Journalism After Snowden: The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State (Columbia University Press, 2017, with Emily Bell) and The Platform Press: How Silicon Valley Re-enginnered Journalism (Tow Center 2017, with Emily Bell).

His work can be found at and @taylor_owen.

The Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism is a partnership between St. Thomas University, CBC Radio and the Dalton Camp Endowment in Journalism. Past speakers have included Naomi Klein, Roy MacGregor, Chantal Hébert, Ken Whyte, Stephanie Nolen, Neil Reynolds, Nahlah Ayed, David Carr, Nelofer Pazira, Lyse Doucet, and Mohamed Fahmy.