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Blackbox Dialogues: Life, Love, and Learning

Date: Mar. 5, 2020

Time: 7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.

Location: Trafalgar Road Campus, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville (Internal)

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHASS) and the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design (FAAD) are pleased to present The Blackbox Dialogues, a community event centered on the sharing of stories, in their many forms, around the theme of life, love, and learning.

Emiliano Paternostro (Mac Technologist), will share his journey as an independent game developer to fulfill a dream of creating and releasing a video game that runs on original Nintendo hardware with the help of open source tools, and will speak about the social and cultural implications for open source communities.

Mark Shufflebottom (Faculty, Bachelor of Interaction Design) and Wesley Slade (student, Bachelor of Interaction Design), will engage in a dialogue about Wesley’s educational journey and how this has led him to his fourth-year thesis project on motivation and impediments to learning.

Carly Williams (Media Technologist, BFTV alumna and researcher) will share how emerging technologies are changing the way we see and interact with media; in particular, how virtual reality can serve as a platform to explore the subject of anxiety.

Kanika Verma (Faculty, ESL), English and Hindi poet and songwriter, will recite her English poetry on topics inspired by her passion for life and for observing, understanding, and surviving human relationships.

Nathaniel Barr (Faculty, Creativity), cognitive psychologist, will share personal reflections and case studies from neuropsychology on how he came to love learning about the mind and the mysterious intricacies of human psychology.


Diana-Crina Catargiu (Faculty, ESL), author, will read an excerpt about life in communist Romania and the years following its collapse from her short story Saint, which won the Penguin Random House Student Award for Fiction in 2019.

Jessica Carey (Faculty, English), singer and songwriter, will sing and speak to the process of translating real-life experiences into song format.

Nataly Shaheen (Faculty, LINC/Continuing and Professional Studies) will share both a chapter from her memoir and her experiences on the power of storytelling to build community and celebrate diversity in the classroom.

Elaine Brodie (Faculty, Visual and Creative Arts) and Jasmine Peteran (student, Bachelor of Creative Writing and Publishing) mother and daughter duo, will dialogue about how they came to be at Sheridan together through their mutual and independent journeys centered on the theme of “hair and identity.”

This event is free and open to the public, so please feel free to extend invitations to family and friends. We hope you are able to join us as our colleagues dialogue with us about life, love, and learning!

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