From the Dean’s Office

Alchemy returns this year, vibrant and focused, under the editorial leadership of Owen Percy, Sarah Sinclair, and Mikal Radford, who continue and extend the strong tradition established by Sarah Tsiang and her colleague, Anna Boshnakova.

(Photo: Has Malik)

(Photo: Has Malik)

Looking into the metaphorical rear-view mirror, we gather some interesting clues about how far the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has come over the past year in developing and promoting creative learning and research opportunities for our students.  Milestones such as the PEQAB submission of the Creative Writing and Publishing degree, the launch of the Board Undergraduate Certificate in Creativity and Creative Problem Solving, the offerings of varied and extensive co-curricular activities, the support ESL faculty are providing to international students, the partnership between Academic Upgrading and Home Sweet Hope, and the formation of the General Arts and Science student-led group, Sheridan Generals, to name a few examples, serve as very tangible outputs of our talented and inspired faculty.

The current issue of Alchemy captures some recent activity of note.  As always, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences aims to help students expand their intellectual and global consciousness, and to transform their mental landscape by encouraging learners to interact with concepts and real-life challenges in creative and thoughtful ways.  Perhaps William Blake’s insightful and cautionary observation that the “man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind” is apropos here, as we collectively work to shape and educate the next generation of leaders.

Has Malik

Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences