Future directionsResearch and scholarship at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels will be emphasized more in the future. A recent postdoctoral residency in the program is, we trust, the first of many to come.
The ideal humanities course is a working seminar in which students and faculty cooperate in addressing a problem. Such an environment is conducive for stimulating and refining scholarly thought.
Besides hosting postdoctoral fellows we intend that visiting speakers, national and international, will play a bigger role in the program, both in courses and colloquia.
In 2002-2003, for example, seminar leaders' came from University College of Dublin, University of Toronto, University of Calgary, Carleton University, University of Amsterdam, and Queen's University, among others.
Our students are already quite mixed in terms of nationality - focusing our curriculum on local and Canadian strengths within a broad reflection on the meaning of humanity will, we hope, attract more international students.
Some of our most accomplished students have been able to publish their journals in book and article form. In the coming years we will place a high priority on the dissemination of student work, be it in the form of published academic books and articles or by way of websites, films and videos, novels and poetry.
We also envisage collaborative academic publications derived from exceptionally productive courses.