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White Ribbon March

DATE:   3/5/18
TIME:   12:00 PM
LOCATION:   Officer's Square

The annual White Ribbon Fredericton march will take place May 3 at 12:00 pm in Officer's Square.

The march is designed to bring together all genders and provide an opportunity for men to stand up and speak out against violence against women as a sign of solidarity with all the women in their life who experience violence, discrimination, and oppression.

This march has been organized by a passionate group of community members and organizations including the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre.

"Alternative Housing for Seniors" -- A Community Planning Presentation

DATE:   3/5/18
TIME:   2:00 PM
LOCATION:   Garrison Lounge, Regent Hall, Parkland Fredericton

The Third Age Centre is pleased to present “Alternative Housing for Seniors” with Community Planner Daniel Savard of Decodesign on Thursday, May 3, beginning at 2:00 pm at the Garrison Lounge, Regent Hall, Parkland Fredericton.

Mr. Savard has 35 years of experience in urban and community planning and design in the Atlantic Provinces focusing on sustainable community design. The presentation will highlight a community approach to independent living, a wealth-creation strategy to develop affordable housing with social capital, and outline the objectives with healthy aging and senior care and co-housing. A question and answer session will follow.

This is a Third Age presentation with space and refreshments sponsored by Parkland Fredericton. All are welcome!

Please register for this event by emailing or calling 452-0526.

Admission is $5 for TAC members and $10 for Non-members. STU students are free.

NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for February and had to be rescheduled due to icy conditions. If you registered at that time, please re-register.

Workshop on the Philosophy of Johann Nicolaus Tetens

DATE:   4/5/18
TIME:   10:00 AM
LOCATION:   Room 201, McCain Hall

St. Thomas University will host a workshop on the philosophy of Johann Nicolaus Tetens (1736–1807).

Anyone interested in participating should submit an abstract by February 1st, 2018. Abstracts are invited for presentations that engage with any aspect, including the context, content, and reception, of Johann Nikolaus Tetens' 2 volume Philosophische Versuche (1777), for a workshop on this text to be hosted by St. Thomas University, May 4-5, 2018.

To be considered for inclusion on the program, please send a detailed abstract (1-2 pages in length) by February 1st, 2018 to Corey W. Dyck (

Presentation time for accepted papers should not exceed 40 minutes. Organizers: Corey W. Dyck (Western) and Scott Stapleford (St. Thomas University) All visitors are welcome.

El Jones on Anti-Prison Activism and the Black Power Hour Show

DATE:   4/5/18
TIME:   2:00 PM
LOCATION:   Magaret McCain Hall, Room 203

Author, poet, professor, and activist El Jones will be on campus Friday, May 4 to discuss institutional racism in the justice system as well as her experiences and work towards prison abolition and prisoner support activism.

Jones' work focuses on social justice issues such as feminism, prison abolition, anti-racism, and decolonization. Her book Live From the Afrikan Resistance! is a collection of poems about resisting white colonialism, and her radio show Black Power Hour on CKDU-FM is an educational program which provides information on Black history and culture aimed at incarcerated people.

Jones has taught at Dalhousie University, Acadia University, Nova Scotia Community College, Saint Mary's University, and Mount Saint Vincent University. In 2017, she was named the 15th Nancy's Chair in Women's Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University.

For more information, click here.

Spring Convocation Baccalaureate Mass

DATE:   14/5/18
TIME:   4:00 PM
LOCATION:   Great Hall

The Baccalaureate Mass celebrating the Class of 2018 will be held Monday, May 14 at 4:00 pm in the Great Hall (second floor of George Martin Hall).

Graduates will assemble in Sir James Dunn Hall at 3:45 pm and proceed to the Great Hall along with St. Thomas University Faculty.

All graduates, no matter what faith or non-faith, are welcome to attend.

2018 Spring Convocation

DATE:   15/5/18
TIME:   2:00 PM
LOCATION:   Grant-Harvey Centre

The 2018 Spring Convocation will take place Tuesday, May 15 at 2:00 pm at the Grant-Harvey Centre.

Graduates can pick up their gowns between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm in the Black Box Theatre in Sir James Dunn Hall.

A reception will follow the Convocation ceremony at 4:30 pm in the George Martin Hall dinning room.

Conference: “Social Justice Champion: Remembering Brian Carty”

DATE:   18/5/18
TIME:   6:30 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall

St. Thomas University will host a conference to celebrate Brian Carty’s life and work on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19.
Brian Carty was a much respected and admired social work professor and colleague at St. Thomas University. He was also a much beloved family member.
Brian was very active in the community. He coached football and was a mentor to youth. He was an avid Jazz and Blues supporter and was a faithful Ultimate Pass holder. He jammed with his Wednesday and Friday night music groups. He was also interested in filmmaking. He tragically passed away in September 2017 due to injuries he sustained in a car accident.

The conference is FREE but participants must RSVP by Friday, May 4 at, 452-0540. Participants should indicate whether they will attend Friday or Saturday, or on both days, and which group they wish to participate in. Lunch will be provided on Saturday.

Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall, St. Thomas University

Keynote Address
Dr. Merlinda Weinberg
“Dr. Carty’s Legacy: Innovative Ideas for Ethics in Social Work”

Dr. Merlinda Weinberg is a professor in the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University. She practiced social work in Canada and the United States as a clinician, manager, and consultant for over 25 years before obtaining her PhD at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education / University of Toronto. Dr. Weinberg is in the process of conducting her third research study on ethics. She was nominated for the Aurora Prize as the top new researcher in Canada by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and recently was awarded a very prestigious award, a Senior Fellowship to Durham University, one of the top five universities in the United Kingdom.

She has published in a range of scholarly publications including, but not limited to, Families and Society, Ethics and Behavior, Critical Social Work, and the Journal of Progressive Human Services. Her published book, Paradoxes in Social Work Practice: Mitigating Ethical Trespass is viewed, according to one reviewer as providing a “very deep, comprehensive and sensitive analyses of the issues” in ethics. Dr. Weinberg was to be the external examiner on Brian Carty’s PhD defence.

Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall, St. Thomas University

The day will kick off with a showing of Brian’s film Blowies, which tell the story of three men who are in training for a synchronized snow blowing competition to be introduced as a demonstration sport at the 2010 Winter Olympics in McMurda, Antarctica.

Following the film, there will be a brief presentation on Brian’s PhD dissertation, which is about the ability of critical social workers to apply their critical social work praxis in their workplaces. He was ready to defend his PhD at UNB at the time of the accident. His PhD will be awarded posthumously by the University of New Brunswick on May 17.

Then, attendees will divide into breakout sessions, which will have themes based on Brian’s interests: 
  • poetry slam,
  • jam and songwriting circle,
  • the importance of mentors for youth,
  • community activism,
  • and social work.
The participants will reconvene afterwards to share what they talked about, the poetry written and the music made during the breakout sessions. People are welcome to bring musical instruments.

The Brian Carty Memorial Fund
A memorial fund has been created in Brian Carty's name at St Thomas University. Two students will be selected annually to receive an award. To donate to the scholarship fund, click HERE and type Brian Carty Memorial Fund in the Special Instructions box.

If you would like to give over the phone, have questions about making a donation or make wish to make a gift in person you can contact:

Anneke de Jong
Advancement Office
St. Thomas University

First-Year Registration Open House

DATE:   2/6/18
TIME:   9:00 AM
LOCATION:   St. Thomas University Campus

Join us on campus Saturday, June 2 for our Registration Open House!
This event will allow you to further explore our 30 programs in the Faculty Fair, tour campus, and register for your first-year courses. 
Student Services and the Residence Life Office invite you and your family to spend a night in our Harrington Hall residence on Friday, June 1 for FREE.  As a future student, you’re invited to join our current students for the evening, beginning with a dinner, and continuing on with a movie and other activities to get you acquainted with residence life at STU. 
To book your room, please email with the subject line: Open House. 
For further details email  
9:00 am – Sign in, Margaret Norrie McCain Hall ground floor
9:00-10:00 am – Faculty Fair in Dr. Daniel O’Brien Study Hall, Margaret McCain Hall
10:00-10:30 am – Welcome presentation in Kinsella Auditorium, Margaret McCain Hall
10:30-11:00 am – Academic Advising registration presentation in Kinsella Auditorium, Margaret McCain Hall
11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Classroom Registration Workshops in assigned rooms, James Dunn Hall
11:30 am , 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm – Campus tours
There will be a presentation on the first-year experience and financial matters in the Ted Daigle Auditorium in Edmund Casey Hall from 10:40 am to 11:45 pm.

To register, click here.
To download a full schedule, click here.

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.

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. 

Mr. Rae will speak about his role as Special Envoy to Myanmar in the context of the Rohingya crisis.

"We need to stay focused on the Rohingya crisis, and not fall prey to “crisis fatigue”," Mr. Rae wrote. "The agreement between Myanmar and Bangladesh to allow for the repatriation of refugees does not “solve” the issue. The return of any refugee to the place of conflict can only happen, as UN Secretary General puts it, if it is “dignified, voluntary, and secure”, and that won’t happen without UN engagement, clear assurances from both governments, and the active participation of the Rohingya population. Dignity means giving agency to a people too long ignored at best and brutalized at worst. Nor can we lose sight of the need for real dialogue and reconciliation inside Myanmar, a continued attention to the humanitarian crisis in the camps, and more organized efforts to collect information on the key issue of accountability."

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.