Interdisciplinary Dialogue Project

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.

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

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

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



IDP at a glance

The IDP uses a three-part format.  



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)

Contact IDP Co-chair Lindsey Whitson (student 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.


Student Photo Contest 2021

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?

Use photography to portray the feelings and revelations produced by this new reality.

The Interdisciplinary Dialogue Project student photo contest runs February 1 to 28, 2021. For full details, submission guidelines and prize information, check the photo contest website back or follow MacEwan on social media.

IDP Photo Exhibit and Awards


Gallery of images for IDP


IDP 2019

A visit to a former residential school near St. Paul, Alberta marked a poignant end to the Spirit Bear Dialogues, the 2019 interdisciplinary dialogue project that involved over 100 students and more than 20 faculty members.

IDP 2018

Students and faculty from nine disciplines learned about truth and reconciliation, the impact of residential schools on Indigenous people and related issues when they participated in a Blanket Exercise, attended a sweat lodge and watched the film Indian Horse, among other activities.

A quilt made by students honouring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women


2019 Interdisciplinary Dialogue – Teaching documentary

The 2019 Interdisciplinary Dialogue: ᐊᐦᒑᐦᐠ ᒪᐢᑲᐧ ᐅᓯᐦᒋᑫᐃᐧᓂ ᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (ahcâhk maskwa osihcikêwina; Spirit Bear Dialogues), in partnership with University nuhelot’įne thaiyots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills, focused on Indigenous research. With funding from the 2019 Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund, a teaching documentary was created featuring four Indigenous speakers from MacEwan University and University Blue Quills who participated in the Dialogue. The documentary and associated short videos were filmed and edited by Indigenous videographer and former MacEwan student, Jamie Bourque-Blyan.

In this 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.