Karen Armstrong (OBE, FRSL), a noted thinker on the role of religion in the modern world, has written over 20 books that explore what Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have in common and explain how religious traditions have shaped world history and drive current events.
We live in a world that is more and more defined by an ultraliberal and ultra-individualist vision of social life which brings a decline in values and a decrease of social order. As we face a phenomenon which brings all individual opinions to the same level as expertise, the humanities must react by insisting on the critical distancing to explain the mechanisms at work in the social transformations.
My dream job was actually to work for CSIS or to work as a translator for a video game company like Ubisoft. I ended up finding my way into marketing while I was finishing my master’s in Toronto, and I used a lot of the skills I had learned while working for the SFUO Foot Patrol and grew from there. Now I’m a full-time digital account manager for a marketing agency in the GTA!
My dream was always to work in theatre and tour around the world. Once I got to Berlin and travelled with my scripts, I felt like I achieved this and was ready for new challenges and to try everything that interested me.
Young alumni Mathieu Lacombe’s job as the lead news anchor for TVA Gatineau-Ottawa has its roots not only in his graduation from a joint uOttawa-La Cité journalism program (BA ’14), but also in his team’s back-to-back gold medal performances in the News Team category at the Jeux de la communication, a national French-language communications competition.
Last November 18, I had the great pleasure to hear a talk by Richard Carleton. The Faculty of Arts was honoured to welcome Carleton, a uOttawa history alumnus, as part of a day of networking titled Arts | innovation. A successful businessperson and CEO of the Canadian Securities Exchange, Carleton was able to convince us of the value of an arts degree and make us laugh with his wittiness.
On Wednesday, November 9, the Faculty of Arts donors VIP reception took place at Alex Trebek Alumni Hall. The event was organized in conjunction with the 2016 Charles R. Bronfman Lecture in Canadian Studies. Many donors attended, including Gilles Provost and Claude Jutras, who generously established the Gilles Provost Scholarship in Theatre.
The Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa has great cause to be proud of its alumni. To recognize their outstanding achievements and exceptional careers, we are creating a veritable Who’s Who of Faculty of Arts alumni on the first floor of Simard Hall.
In the hands of Anne-Marie White (BA '95), theatre projects that at first seem impossible to produce turn into stage successes. White’s great creativity and artistic vision recently earned her the position of executive and artistic director of Ottawa’s La Nouvelle Scène Gilles-Desjardins.
Nine theatre alumni including Margo MacDonald (BA ʼ91), Caroline Yergeau (BA ʼ09) and Louis-Philippe Roy (BA ʼ08) recently won Rideau Awards. More acts are sure to follow when uOttawa’s black box theatre opens in 2017.