Concordia University

Concordia University defines next-generation education by anticipating the future of what a university can and should be. Our research and teaching is daring, transformative and distinct with a “big thinking” approach that examines societal issues from an expansive, interdisciplinary perspective. Concordia is an open and engaged university that encourages students to become active, critical and global citizens. As part of Montreal’s fabric, we are deeply connected to the city — and we are deeply connected to the world at large. More than 46,000 students choose Concordia each year. Globally, we have nearly 200,000 graduates.

L’Université Concordia vous invite à sauter dans le monde de l’éducation nouvelle génération. Tournés vers l’avenir, nous savons ce qu’une université peut et doit être. Nos recherches et notre enseignement sont non seulement uniques et audacieux, mais aussi en constante évolution. Nous voyons grand, voilà pourquoi nous examinons les enjeux sociaux d’un point de vue global et interdisciplinaire. Concordia est une université ouverte et engagée qui encourage ses étudiants et étudiantes à devenir des citoyens du monde impliqués et critiques. Nos racines sont montréalaises et notre ADN est profondément lié à cette ville, mais notre regard, lui, est tourné vers le monde entier. Plus de 46 000 étudiants choisissent Concordia chaque année, ce qui fait en sorte que nous avons globalement près de 200 000 diplômés aux quatre coins de la planète.

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Once we see the scale of issues like the climate change crisis, it can be difficult to imagine solutions. Collective reflection and alternative storytelling is one way to begin. Here: Youth leaders at the Climate March in New York City. (The Shore Line Project)

The Shore Line: A storybook for a sustainable future

Filmmaker Liz Miller discusses her collaborative, interactive documentary process and how storytelling might lead us to an alternative future through action and resistance.
Anti-trafficking evangelical activists are often sensationalist and incite fear, prurient interest, and a sense of moral righteousness in their crusade against sex work. (A21)

Evangelical women are shaping public attitudes about sex work

In the past two decades, the fight against human sex trafficking has become an evangelical mission but sex-worker rights advocates have rejected the conflation of sex trafficking and prostitution.
Modern citizenship in the West increasingly involves a duty to care for ourselves – to eat healthily, exercise enough and even screen ourselves for disease – to minimize our health-care costs to the state. (Shutterstock)

Are your health resolutions really a free choice?

Are your new diet, exercise, meditation and self-care resolutions for 2018 really a personal choice? Or are you a model Western "biocitizen," living a life of unfreedom?
A man breaks down next to the caskets of three of the six victims of the Quebec City mosque shooting during funeral services in February 2017 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Trump may have emboldened hate in Canada, but it was already here

As Canadians, we shouldn't blame U.S. President Donald Trump for the rise of hatred here. He may have emboldened the so-called alt-right in Canada, but it was flourishing long before his election.
Une affiche du film ‘Vie et passion de notre seigneur Jésus-Christ’, un muet de Ferdinand Zecca and Segundo de Chomón (1907) Wikipédia / Fondation Jérôme Seydoux

Connaissons-nous vraiment l’histoire de Noël ?

Personne ne connaît véritablement la date de naissance de Jésus ; les évangiles ne donnent aucun renseignement sur le sujet.
Canadians double their waste output during the holiday season. (Shutterstock)

’Tis the season to redesign and reduce our waste

Canadians are a wasteful bunch, especially during the holidays. Redesign your holidays this year to cut back on garbage and food waste.
Le personnage du père Noël et la déconstruction du mythe favorisent l'apprentissage du raisonnement chez l'enfant. Max Pixel

Que dire à son enfant au sujet du Père Noël ?

L’adhésion au mythe du père Noël et de l’inévitable découverte de son inexistence doivent être perçus comme un accomplissement qu’il faut célébrer et non redouter.
The Luvabella robotic dolls are reportedly one of this season’s most wanted toys. It’s time to pause and ask about its impact on children. (Handout)

Should you get your child an AI doll this holiday?

The technological revolution has hit the doll aisle this holiday season in the form of artificial intelligence dolls. What does it mean for children's development, to confuse real bodies with machines?
Developmental psychology suggests that fantastical beliefs in children are associated with positive developmental outcomes. And parents need not worry, children will bust the Santa myth themselves, when the time is right. (Shutterstock)

Lies about Santa? They could be good for your child

There's no need for parents to bust the Santa myth. Children figure out the truth themselves, at a developmentally appropriate time. In the process, they build their reasoning skills.
Islamophobia in Québec has roots that lie within our missionary past and the Christian nature of our society. We need to reinterpret out past in order to move forward and past 20th century racism. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

Islamophobia in Québec: An ideology rooted in 20th century imperialism

The current aggressive version of Islamophobia in Québec is unique to the province. We need a critical re-interpretation of our own history to build a Québec freed from our old racist patterns.
A woman lights candles in honour of women killed by gun violence during an event in Toronto marking the anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal that left 14 women dead. (CP PHOTO/Adrian Wyld)

A continuum of unabated violence: Remembering the massacre at École Polytechnique

On the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, Concordia Research Chair on Intersectionality, Violence and Resistance, Yasmin Jiwani reflects on violence and action.
Those caring for spouses with dementia are often isolated, lonely and emotionally overwhelmed. (Shutterstock)

Is it adultery if my spouse doesn’t know who I am anymore?

With people living longer lives and dementia on the rise, it's time to consider whether it's verboten for spouses acting as full-time caregivers to seek love and comfort outside their marriages.
Le Québec était sous le choc après l'attentat contre le centre culturel islamique Islamic Cultural Centre dans la ville de Québec le 3 février 2017. Alice Chiche/AFP

L’islamophobie au Québec : une idéologie impérialiste qui survit depuis le début du XXᵉ siècle

Le Québec souffre d’une « religio-amnésie » où la mytho-histoire d’une société laïque structure les discussions sur la foi et de sa place omettant une longue histoire chrétienne et xénophobe.
La ville de Deir Ezzor à l'est de la Syrie a été prise d'assaut en novembre dans une opération militaire contre Daech. L'organisation perd du terrain dans la région mais tente de l'étendre sur internet. AFP

Les « cours virtuels » de Daech, outils de fidélisation

Pour raffermir l’identité et la détermination de Daech, les membres influents de sa communauté numérique proposent des cours et de la propagande radicale en ligne.
The act of spending money to impress others is a signal of resources to potential mates. Having resources is a valued trait by females. (Shamim Nakhai/Unsplash)

What your profile pic says about you in the Tinder age

Dating apps have changed the way people present themselves. Visual cues and short 100 word bios are the new currency of dating.
Studies are showing that loneliness can be deadly, even more so than obesity. (Shutterstock)

Loneliness could kill you

Loneliness shortens our life spans and some studies suggest it's even more lethal than obesity. We are physiologically and psychologically primed for connection, so don't shrug off your loneliness.
A nine-year-old boy plays on his damaged street in Mosul, Iraq in this July 2017 photo. U.S.-backed forces have wrested Mosul from the Islamic State, and the terrorist group lost Raqqa, in northern Syria, last month. Nonetheless the Islamic State is using virtual information sessions to keep its members committed to the cause. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

How the Islamic State uses ‘virtual lessons’ to build loyalty

Despite the fact that the Islamic State is on the run, the terrorist group still manages to inspire, motivate and maintain the social identity and cohesion of its members. Here's how.
Germany has introduced new legislation to try to stop the rise of online hate speech. It’s a phenomenon that’s happening in Canada too and many analysts point to the impact of Donald Trump’s politics. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Trump effect in Canada: A 600 per cent increase in online hate speech

There has been a 600 per cent increase in online hate speech since Nov. 2015. The solution to stop the tide lies in both anti-hate laws and self-awareness education for audiences.

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