Sam UrquhartAfter completing my degree in SASAH, Comparative Literature and Classics I made the decision to take a year out of school – something I never thought I would do. This year has allowed me to work, spend time with friends and family and read freely. During my time at Western I worked at the McIntosh Gallery on projects which culminated in my senior SASAH independent study working as a research assistant on the Behind the Lines exhibition and publication commemorating the Gallery’s 75 th anniversary. In the summer of 2016 I took part in the Vindolanda Field School excavating on Hadrian’s Wall in the North of England. These experiences alongside course knowledge helped to direct my interests of telling stories of people, places and the objects they leave behind. In September 2018 I will be starting my Masters in Celtic and Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh after which I intend to continue building a career of telling stories in galleries and museums.
Haley EverittHaley graduated from SASAH in 2017. Her education in the Arts and Humanities has taught her how to be an effective communicator, a critical thinker, and a creative individual. Throughout the entirety of her undergraduate degree, Haley was extensively involved in the Arts community at Western. She was a member of the Arts and Humanities Students’ Council for five years, and in her fourth year, was the organization’s president. She also led the Campus Tour Guide team for four years, where she had the opportunity to share her love of Western with hundreds of prospective students. Haley is currently a Master of Environment and Sustainability (MES) candidate at Western where she researches the intricate combination of the environmental, societal, political, and economic factors that play a role in the multidisciplinary study of sustainability. She wants to make a positive environmental impact in her community and is going to do so with her uniquely interdisciplinary background in sustainability and communication. Haley will begin her professional career as a Sustainability Consultant in the spring of 2018.
Maryam GolafshaniSince graduating from SASAH with the gold medal, Maryam is now pursuing her MA at the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism with a Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Maryam’s passion and research lies at the crossroads of care: where the humanities and healthcare intersect. To this end, Maryam has presented a TEDx talk on "Why Medicine Needs Literature"; developed curricula for the American Medical Students' Association and Western University; conducted research at the University of St Andrews and Schulich School of Medicine; and completed intensive narrative medicine workshops at Columbia University. Maryam's current MA research reconsiders the value of literature in medical education through postcolonial theory and phenomenology - and she hopes to one day apply this research as a practicing physician and medical educator.
Dessa HayesIt doesn't seem too long ago that I was sitting at my laptop crafting last year's SASAH biography. A lot has changed since then: I crossed the Alumni Hall stage last June with my fellow 2017 graduates. Later that same day, I was awarded the gold medal for top graduating student in the Honours Specialization in Creative Writing and English Language and Literature program. And somewhere in between, I said goodbye to many friends I made during my first four years at Western. Yet, at the same time, many things have remained the same. I returned to Western in September as a second degree student to finish my 3.5 credits required for an Honours Specialization in Anthropology. I still walk the same path to my classes and say hi to many friends pursuing a 5th year or a Masters on campus. I still long to quit my pressing life responsibilities, jet off to a villa in the countryside, and––with the help of my Humanities training––write the story that will launch my novelist career. But somewhere along the way I discovered new kinds of stories, embedded not in paperbacks or Kindle files, but in the broken shards of cooking pots, the faded etchings on funeral masks, the ruins of ceremonial centres. I discovered just how fascinating the stories of non-fictional humans could be, especially past people who no longer have voices to speak for themselves. So, I decided to tuck my writing aspirations away––just for a little while––in order to pursue an MA in Archaeology next year at the University of Sheffield. I hope that this will lead me to a career in museum work, where I can satiate my passions for storytelling, ancient and historical material culture, and public engagement.
Nicholas PincombeSince I finished my double major in philosophy and SASAH in 2017, I have moved to Shenyang, a city in the Northeast part of China. I am working full-time as a private tutor and teacher. My employer is called Evergreen English Training Centre and my students' ages range from 3 to 13 years old. Next year, I will study Chinese at Liaoning University in order to become fluent. SASAH's curriculum emphasizes intercultural competence and global citizenship. These skills are serving me very well on my present journey. If anyone wants to work in China, message me at email@example.com. The Chinese market has a huge demand for enthusiastic English teachers!
Since having begun my 4th year at SASAH in 2016, I have developed an interest in performing arts. I auditioned for Theatre Western’s “Twelve Angry Men” and received a role as Juror #1 (The Foreman). I then performed in Western’s annual Purple Shorts Festival and subsequently proceeded to perform as Chorus in the Arts & Humanities Students’ Council’s “Antigone.” Most recently, I performed in The English Department’s “Macbeth” as the role of Macduff as well as Snakarell in a segment of Don Juan at the Music Faculty’s Mozart Symposium.
The passion I have discovered for the performing arts has lead me to produce and direct F. Scott Fitzgerald’s THE GREAT GATSBY adapted for the stage by Simon Levy at The Palace Theatre (London, ON) in April of 2018. My aim is to study Performing Arts Management at the Master’s level either at Queen’s University (Canada),McGill, La Scala (through Milan Polytechnic), Bocconi (Italy) or perhaps somewhere in France. I intend to expand upon my interest in law, which was solidified while studying U.S and international law at Heidelberg Universität (with some classes held at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law), by pursuing a JD (possibly through York’s JD/MBA in Arts, Media and Entertainment Management). I feel that my interest in law as well as performing arts—and ‘the arts’ in general— will help position me to work in a managerial capacity for a nonprofit entity in years to come.
Apart from my interests in the arts and law, I have a passion for events planning and organizational studies. This passion was borne from having served on the UWO Senate as the Arts, Humanities & Music Student Senator and, through this capacity, as a member of the Senate Review Board Academic (SRBA). Further, I served as the VP of Events for the Western Chess & GO Club on multiple occasions where, in 2017, I spearheaded the Canadian University Chess Championships at UWO. To add: I acted as the VP of communications for the German Language Club and acted as both a clerk for the Pre-Law Society’s Mock trial and a judge for the North American Debate Championship (Ottawa). Perhaps most notably, I am the Founding Grand Master of Ceremonies (VP External) of the Kappa Sigma Xi-Nu Chapter where I, among other things (and with the aid of a number of Chair positions), facilitate the carrying-out of philanthropic events as well as many other initiatives related to fellowship, scholarship, leadership and service.
I am happy to have taken part in the (Honours BA) SASAH Program and for my time spent completing a major in philosophy. My choice to accept an offer in the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities greatly influenced my life in a positive manner and my one hope is that I will have the opportunity to facilitate ‘the arts’ and offer opportunities for others to gain exposure to everything SASAH stands for.
Sarah ShaughnessyI’m Sarah Shaughnessy, a member of the first graduating cohort of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities. I graduated with distinction from Western in 2017, receiving an Honours BA with a double major in SASAH and English Language & Literature and a minor in Classics, as well as the Gold Medal in English Language & Literature. Since graduating from SASAH, I have moved on to pursue a Master’s degree in Classical Studies at Western, funded by a SSHRC scholarship. My research focuses on Latin Literature (especially Latin epic) and Classical Reception; through my first year in this program, I have given a lecture on fanfiction as a modern continuation of oral epic culture as well as two on the reception of Virgil’s Aeneid. I look forward to continuing onto a phD in Classics when I have graduated my Masters, hopefully one day achieving my dream of becoming a Classics Professor. Not only did SASAH provide me with the tools to succeed in graduate school, but it was through SASAH’s interdisciplinary approach to learning that I discovered my love for Classics; I will always be grateful to this program for helping me to become the scholar I am today.