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New courses and diversity training


Current events and controversies are well-represented in a number of popular new course offerings at Queen’s University including:

HIST 241: Issues in History: Conceptual History of Terrorism will explore how terrorism can be distinguished from other types of political violence, who becomes a terrorist and counter-terrorism strategies. This fall course, now full (with 130 students), will be taught by Professor Ana Siljak who will also be teaching HIST 402: Topics in History: Terrorism: Historical Contexts & Intellectual Legacies a seminar course that, in part, looks at the ethical dilemmas of terrorism and counter-terrorism. It will be offered in the Winter term.

Ana Siljak
613-533-6000, ext. 78796

REL-236: Religion and Sex, a fall course “maxed out” at 150 students, explores the views of and attitudes toward sexuality in selected world religions, the place of sexuality in religious traditions, and the relationship between sex and the sacred. Professor Pamela Dickey Young was quoted extensively in the media during this year’s same-sex marriage debate.

Pamela Dickey Young
613-533-6000, ext. 74324

HIST 296: Issues in History: Making of the Muslim Middle East 550-1350, to be offered this winter, will survey the process by which the Middle East became Muslim, starting with the advent of Islam and the career of the Prophet Muhammad to the aftermath of the devastating Mongol invasions in the thirteenth century. Taught by Professor Adnan Husain, who is visiting Queen’s from New York University. His HIST 408: Global Post-Colonial History: Solidarities, Resistance and the Legacy of Bandung, a fourth year seminar course examines history through the lens of the fate of the Bandung project – the 1955 conference of 29 independent African and Asian nations in Bandung, Indonesia, which this year celebrates it’s 50th anniversary. Students will engage how "The Spirit of Bandung" was received not only in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia but also among the Black Diaspora, particularly in the U.S., through figures like Malcolm X.

Adnan Husain
613-533-6000, ext. 78835

New Diversity Training for volunteers

Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC) has collaborated with other campus student service providers to develop Diversity Training for its more than 300 volunteers. In a series of six sessions, participants will learn about human rights, cross-cultural communication, and supporting the mental health needs of incoming and returning international students suffering from culture/re-entry shock. QUIC volunteers provide a range of services from helping international students with income tax and hosting incoming students, to speaking about their countries of origin and staffing the QUIC library.

Contact: Susan Anderson, 613-533-2604, andersns@post.queensu.ca

For more information or to arrange an interview contact Sarah Withrow, 613.533-3280, sarah.withrow@queensu.ca or Lorinda Peterson, 613.533-3234, lorinda.Peterson@queensu.ca.

Attention broadcasters: Queen's now has facilities to provide broadcast quality audio and video feeds. For television interviews, we can provide a live, real-time double ender from Kingston fibre optic cable and broadcast quality radio transmissions from our on-campus studio. Please call for details.

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