Nostalgia

Nostalgia is frequently looked upon as a concept immersed in emotion, often describing a longing for days gone by.  Nostalgia is a very personal experience as one reflects on his or her own life, yet nostalgia is also a shared cultural experience as many societies throughout history have looked back upon a ‘golden age’ of…

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The Peter Pan Complex

Dessa Hayes’ poem looks at nostalgia through the eyes of the individual, touching upon themes of childhood and the fear of growing into an adult in her title, ‘The Peter Pan Complex’:   The Peter Pan Complex When present woes torment my soul, Power chord anthems are my relief, Where teenage angst and social grief…

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Exploring the concept of memory

Jacqueline Grassi explores the concept of memory in a series of artworks. Using the transient element of flowers as a symbol for memory, Jacqueline portrays how the longer a person holds onto one’s memories, the further one grows from the root of truth. Blooming, while also fading, into embellished images of the past.

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Nostalgia in Modernity

Something Professor Olsen said in lecture recently, about nostalgia being present in every time period, reminded me of the Woody Allen film, Midnight in Paris, starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard. The film is about an aspiring writer who, while writing about a nostalgia shop, is transported back to Paris in the 1920′s…

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Experiential Learning

January 30th, 2014: Experiential Learning The SASAH students were given a presentation on the vast educational opportunities offered at western for experiential learning. These courses help students engage in their discipline in a hands-on context, in the real world.

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Indigenous Services Joel Burton (PhD candidate, Dept. of English) and Candace Brunette

January 23rd, 2014: Indigenous Services Joel Burton (PhD candidate, Dept. of English) and Candace Brunette, Coordinator of Indigenous Services, hosted an intimate discussion centering on applying one’s personal gifts to their fullest capacity. The students were asked to identify a personal gift and encouraged to share an experience in which the gift had helped or affected their lives. This…

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