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Featured GALA partner: Concordia University

Featured GALA partner: Concordia University

CONCORDIA’S FACULTY OF ARTS AND SCIENCE – ENVISONING TOGETHER

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (also known as FAS) is the largest of the four faculties that constitute Concordia University. With 27 academic units, FAS is a powerhouse of interdicisplinarity that embraces bold thinking in research, teaching and learning.
Bridging knowledge between the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences, FAS sparks new ways of delivering its curriculum by bringing lateral thinking to augment the student experience.

FAS2025
FAS 2025: A Living Document is the strategic plan for the Faculty. FAS 2025 invites all of the FAS community to initiate, develop and propose ideas that will further the Faculty’s vision. Presented as a Living Document, the strategic plan offers flexibility and is structured to evolve over time.
FAS 2025 is also a framework for action and a springboard for initiatives that will harness the power of the Faculty.

Ongoing Interdisciplinary Projects
The Faculty of Arts and Science spearheads numerous cross-disciplinary initiatives allowing students to thrive by contributing solutions to today’s most pressing issues, and challenges them to be active creators of our collective society.

Here are a few examples:

C-FAR (Simone de Beauvoir Institute)
The C-FAR (Critical Feminist Activism in Research) is a community-building research and training initiative. Its feminist framework is anchored in anti-racist and anti-oppressive approaches to equity, inclusion and representation on campus and across communities.

The Human Impact Lab (David Usher & Damon Matthews)
The Human Impact Lab is a creative studio focused on exploring and developing projects and platforms that reimagine how we tell the most important and urgent stories of our time, such as climate change. The Lab works at the intersection of art, technology and data and engages artists, designers, game developers and interactive programmers to visualize solutions to problems. The Climate Clock, designed by Damon Matthews (Geography, Planning and Environment) is an excellent example of the power of innovative approaches to storytelling.

U.Lab Social Innovation Hub (Eva Pomeroy and MIT)
In 2015, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called U.Lab – Transforming business, self and society to facilitate people through a process of change that integrates social science, mindfulness and design thinking. Led by Eva Pomeroy (Department of Applied Human Sciences), participants in the U.Lab Social Innovation Hub register for the online course and work with the material at their own pace and then meet weekly in face-to-face in local learning hubs to move through the process and co-create together.

Maker Jam (Ann-Louise Davidson)
The FAS has piloted the concept of Maker Jams in the Communities and Differential Mobilities Cluster (Milieux Institute). Led by Concordia Research Chair Ann-Louise Davidson (Department of Education) Maker Jams develop a community of makers and include novice makers in activities that a team of students is undertaking. This innovative concept draws on crucial themes, such as big data, health, sustainability and Indigenous issues, through concrete maker activities such as building gaming tables, pedagogical robotics and 3D printing, all while engaging marginalized communities.

Workshops in Social Science Research (Mebs Kanji & Kerry Tannahill)
The Workshops on Social Science Research (WSSR) are short, intensive learning experiences and networking opportunities that allow students to develop their critical thinking skills, make new contacts, and succeed as future decision makers. Led by Mebs Kanji and Kerry Tannahill (Political Science) WSSR has just celebrated its 10th Anniversary and it is growing at a very fast pace.

Montreal 2050 (FAS Dean André Roy)
Montreal 2050 is a hub for research and action with the goal of creating a city at the leading edge of urban design and planning. Convening academics, students, industry, government and the public, this is a space to imagine a strong and sustainable urban future for all citizens and the land on which we live. Montreal 2050 collaborates with Future Earth, a United Nations research platform providing knowledge and support to accelerate transformations towards a sustainable world.

International Graduate Summer & Field Schools
Last year 93 students from 22 countries and 33 institutions participated (including Harvard, MIT, Chicago, Sorbonne, Duke, Stockholm, Leuven, Bordeaux-Montaigne, Sorbonne-Nouvelle, UC Davis, UC San Diego, Yale, Turku, Northwestern, New South Wales, Berlin, Boston and more.)
Following the resounding success of the 2017 Summer Schools, the FAS is proud to announce the 2018 edition of the International Graduate Summer Schools.
Registrations for the 2018 Faculty of Arts and Science International Graduate Summer Schools are now open.

Beyond Disciplines
Beyond Disciplines is a public discussion series showcasing the power of interdisciplinary research. By bringing together researchers from across our faculty’s diverse units, the series examine themes through the lenses of a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Podcasts of the events are available online.

RESEARCH
The Faculty of Arts and Science is recognized for the innovative quality of its individual and team research, interdisciplinary collaboration, experimentation, critical-making and creative thinking.
With 21 internationally renowned research centres, our researchers mobilize local communities, influence national issues and engage in global thinking.
Our centres are:
Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies
engAGE Centre for Research on Aging
Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture
Loyola Sustainability Research Centre
Centre for Applied Synthetic Biology
The Centre for Biological Applications of Mass Spectrometry
Centre for Clinical Research in Health
The Centre for NanoScience Research
Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling
The Centre for Research in Human Development
Centre for Research in Molecular Modeling
The Centre for Sensory Studies
Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics
Centre for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology
The Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance
The Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism Studies
Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG)
The Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy
The Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS)
Centre for Microscopy and Cellular Imaging

FAS AT A GLANCE

16,459
undergraduate
students
2,216
graduate
students

260+
undergraduate and
graduate programs

1,000 + faculty members

Over
110,000
alumni members
world wide
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