Interdisciplinary Dialogue Project

Interdisciplinary Dialogue Project

In the winter term each year, the Interdisciplinary Dialogue Project brings together students and faculty from different disciplines to explore a social justice issue. Truth and reconciliation, refugee migration, Islamophobia—the topic changes each year, but the approach remains the same: interdisciplinary, collaborative, meaningful.

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

Since 2017, the Interdisciplinary Dialogue has created a unique platform for engaging the university in meaningful conversation on topics of local and global significance. It presents an annual opportunity for faculty, students, staff and others to explore a given topic through different disciplinary perspectives. The Dialogue has an established structure: speaker events, Blackboard discussions and a final celebration of learning. 

We are excited to share with the MacEwan community that the Winter 2021 Interdisciplinary Dialogue theme will be COVID-19. More information will follow. Please contact current co-chairs Larisa Hayduk and Lindsey Whitson with any questions.

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IDP at a glance

The IDP uses a three-part format.  



Levels of involvement

Students can formally participate in the Interdisciplinary Dialogue by registering in a course that is associated with the IDP and/or signing up through the related co-curricular record program.
Students who sign up for the co-curricular record program must complete 20 hours of extracurricular learning in order to have this record formally added to their MacEwan transcript. These hours include participation in the activities described above as well as additional learning opportunities related to the dialogue topic.


Number1 IDP certificate: If you attend a minimum of two educational forums and participate in the corresponding online discussion, you receive an project certificate of achievement. Students who present at the MacEwan Research Day may have their work published in the online project's proceedings via MacEwan Open Journals.


Number2 Co-curricular record: If you complete at least 20 hours of volunteer (project) activities, you will receive co-curricular recognition on your transcript.



Co-curricular record

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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.



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.