Juno Award–winning jazz artist Christine Jensen led a workshop for music students in 2015.

Sharing ideas with people near and far

January 24, 2019 | Campus Life

As a student, Dr. Craig Monk heard Margaret Atwood, John Mortimer and Arthur Miller read their works in small venues on campus. “I also met Archbishop Desmond Tutu just hanging around our campus one day,” recalls the provost and vice-president, Academic.

And Craig says there are opportunities for students to have similar experiences on MacEwan University’s campus too.

MacEwan regularly invites guest scholars and artists to campus to interact with students and faculty members. Events are typically free and open to all everyone. Don’t limit yourself to speakers and visitors in your own faculty or area of study. Interdisciplinary interactions are what university is all about. You may be studying computer science, but are a fan of a guest author’s work, or you could be a music student with an interest in research. It doesn’t matter what your discipline is as long was you’re keen to learn from these guests.

“Like any community, a university benefits from the sharing of ideas and experiences,” says Craig. “Our students and staff thrive through an interaction with visitors, and we have a responsibility to share widely our facilities and the opportunities they enable.”

While some of the guests are invited as part of your formal academic programming, such as speaking engagements and workshops, others are also on campus for informal networking opportunities.

“I have attended many wonderful sessions here where I have met a wide range of talented and inspiring people whose visit to Edmonton was arranged specifically for them to spend time with students and staff at MacEwan,” says Craig.

Past guests at MacEwan have included Margaret Atwood, Yann Martel and Michael Ondaatje (who are each past MacEwan Book of the Year honorees); world famous book designer Chip Kidd, world’s leading saxophonist Bob Mintzer, award-winning artist Brenda Draney, international photojournalist Biju Raj Ayilliath Kuttiyeri, and Juno Award–winner Christine Jenson (past visiting artists); Teresa Spinelli, Dave Mowat and Bill Comrie (past Allard Chairs in Business) — not to mention the keynote speakers and guest lecturers invited to various conferences, panels and forums held on campus.

Contact your program for information about upcoming guest lecturers, speakers, visiting artists and more, or visit

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