Interdisciplinary Dialogue Project

The annual Interdisciplinary Dialogue Project brings together faculty, students, and staff from different disciplines along with members of the broader public to explore a social justice issue. Truth and reconciliation, Indigenous ways of knowing, refugee migration—the topic changes each year, but the approach remains the same: interdisciplinary, collaborative, meaningful.

IDP at a glance

The IDP uses a three-part format.

Dialogue launch

Three educational forums, followed by online student discussions

Celebration of Learning Student Symposium

MacEwan students can formally participate in the Interdisciplinary Dialogue by registering in a course that is associated with the IDP and/or by signing up through a related co-curricular record (CCR) program via MacEwan’s Co-Curricular Record.

IDP certificate: Students attending a minimum of two educational forums and participating in the corresponding online discussions will receive a formal project certificate of achievement.

IDP Transcript Notation: Students who sign up for the Interdisciplinary Dialogue Co-Curricular Record must complete 12 hours of extracurricular learning in order to have this activity formally added to their MacEwan University transcript. These hours include participation in project events as well as additional learning opportunities related to the dialogue topic. To get started, students must self-enrol into the IDP CCR program.

Student Research: Students who present at the closing Celebration of Learning, organized in collaboration with the Office of Research Services, may have their work published in the online Interdisciplinary Dialogue Proceedings via MacEwan Open Journals.

CONTACT IDP CO-CHAIR LARISA HAYDUK (faculty, staff and public inquiries)

Open to the public

All educational forums are open to the public, providing an opportunity for meaningful discussions about local and global issues while connecting MacEwan to communities outside the university.

2021 Interdisciplinary Dialogue: COVID-19’s Calls to Reimagine Relations

The topic of the Winter 2021 Interdisciplinary Dialogue was COVID-19’s Calls to Reimagine Relations. The program was open to everyone and featured a launch and three learning forums. Speakers explored the topic from the perspectives of history, misinformation, racism, decolonization, arts creation, and more. The Interdisciplinary Dialogue then closed the project and semester with a student research showcase celebrating our community of learning.

The sponsors for the 2021 Interdisciplinary Dialogue were MacEwan Library; the Office of Research Services; kihêw waciston Indigenous Centre; the Office of Human Rights, Equity and Diversity; and the Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre.

Event recordings

For staff, students and faculty who missed the 2021 events or who would like to watch them anew, recordings are available. They include the launch event, three forums and a talk about lockdowns in British history.

Note: MacEwan University login required to view.


Video montage

Share Your Voice is a montage of 14 creative expression shares in miniature how MacEwan Arts and Cultural Management students have related to the pandemic, their communities, and their own lives. The minute-long responses include dance, original songs, creative non-fiction, and poetry.

Student photo contest

How have you and those around you adapted to the dynamics of the pandemic? How have you managed to stay connected to your loved ones, your aspirations and your past-times?

The Interdisciplinary Dialogue Project student photo contest invited contestants to use photography to portray the feeling and revelations of the pandemic. The content ran for the month of February, 2021.


IDP artwork.

IDP 2019

Indigenous Research

Spirit Bear Dialogues ᐊᐦᒑᐦᐠ ᒪᐢᑲᐧ ᐅᓯᐦᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂ ᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ, a partnership between MacEwan University and University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills under kihêw waciston guidance explored Indigenous research.


IDP artwork.

IDP 2018

Truth and Reconciliation

This Interdisciplinary Dialogue Student Learning Symposium took place at MacEwan University on April 21, 2018, as part of an interdisciplinary teaching and learning project focusing on Truth and Reconciliation.


IDP artwork.

IDP 2017

Global Refugee Crisis

The first Interdisciplinary Dialogue Student Conference took place at MacEwan University on April 25, 2017. It was was part of the interdisciplinary teaching and learning pilot project. The topic was Global Refugee Crisis.


IDP 2019: ᐊᐦᒑᐦᐠ ᒪᐢᑲᐧ ᐅᓯᐦᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂ ᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (ahcâhk maskwa osihcikêwina; Spirit Bear Dialogues)

In this teaching documentary, Indigenous speakers share their views on Indigenous research through the lens of Indigenous ways of knowing and being, as well as the connections between Indigenous research, healing, ceremony and sovereignty. Individual short videos of each Indigenous speaker are included.

Watch video