Oki, and welcome to the University of Lethbridge. Our University’s Blackfoot name is Iniskim, meaning Sacred Buffalo Stone. The University is located in traditional Blackfoot Confederacy territory. We honour the Blackfoot people and their traditional ways of knowing in caring for this land, as well as all Indigenous Peoples who have helped shape and continue to strengthen our University community.
The Faculty of Arts & Science offers instruction in a broad range of subjects, from the humanities and social sciences to the natural and mathematical sciences. The Faculty of Arts & Science commits itself to the development of well-educated persons through the pillars of liberal education, including breadth and connections across disciplines, critical thinking skills, and engaged citizenship at all levels. We emphasize the skills developed by a liberal education, and a balance of breadth of general intellectual background with depth of knowledge in a particular area.
The Faculty of Arts & Science offers three very diverse degree programs: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc), and Bachelor of Science (BSc). As an important part of your liberal education, you will select courses from the humanities, social sciences, and sciences as part of your program requirements. As such, you have the opportunity to study from within your areas of interest even if these areas are not part of your major. You can make your uLethbridge degree exactly that - YOUR degree - individualized to what you want to study.
We are thrilled to announce that we are back to our regularly scheduled in-person and online talks for the 2022-23 season.
PUBlic Professor Series | Dr. Chris Burton, History
Identity and the Russian Invasion of Ukraine
Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 7-9 p.m. (MST)
The Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 took nearly everyone, including the “experts” by surprise, but is rooted in the long and uneasy history between Ukraine and Russia. Chris Burton will analyze the contemporary and historical causes of the conflict with a focus on questions of identity. Vladimir Putin himself claims to be acting on behalf of the diaspora of ethnic Russians but cross-border populations have a long and tangled history. Who is a Russian? Who is a Ukrainian? The answers are complex, problematic, and illuminate the fighting in 2022.
PUBlic Professor Series | Dr. David Logue, Psychology
The Science of Birdsong
Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 7-9 p.m. (MST)
Birdsong is a window into Nature’s soul, and an enduring mystery to science. How do songbirds make their music? Who are they singing to? And why do they bother? This interactive lecture teaches the foundations of birdsong science through examples, demonstrations, and stories from a career in birdsong research. Once we understand the basics, we’ll get into the weird stuff, like duets, soft song, and the dawn chorus.
PUBlic Professor Series | Dr. David Hobbs, English
What Do We Do
Thursday, April 13, 2023 - 7-9 p.m. (MST)
In this talk, Dr. Hobbs will discuss the goals of literary study, how they have changed over the past century and how they will continue to change in the coming years. Emphasizing the (often surprising) relationship between aesthetic appreciation and ethical imperatives, this talk will argue for the importance of our own, individual sense of "taste" and for the value of continuing to develop that sense throughout our lives. BE WARNED: this talk will include poetry.
Dr. Digvir S. Jayas named as seventh University of Lethbridge president and vice-chancellor
Dr. Digvir S. Jayas, an internationally renowned agricultural engineering researcher, decorated professor and experienced academic leader, has been chosen as the University of Lethbridge’s seventh president & vice-chancellor. Dr. Jayas will assume his new role on July 1, 2023.
Jayas comes to ULethbridge from the University of Manitoba where he most recently was vice-president (research and international) for the previous 12 years. An accomplished researcher, Jayas is a former Tier I Canada Research Chair in Stored-Grain Ecosystems, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2018 was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for “his advancements to agricultural practices worldwide, and for his promotion of academic and scientific research in Canada.”
University of Lethbridge to launch two new programs with PrairiesCan investment
The University of Lethbridge will receive nearly $1.5 million to create the Centre for Neuroengineering Solutions and nearly $870,000 to establish a work-integrated learning centre for Indigenous youth after the Government of Canada announced $11.2 million in funding for 18 projects in the Lethbridge region.
The Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan, announced the federal funding, including support for opening a new regional office in Lethbridge.
“The funding the University is receiving from PrairiesCan allows us to become even more connected to our community,” says Dr. Mike Mahon, ULethbridge president and vice-chancellor. “We are excited to increase the opportunities for Indigenous youth to engage in work-integrated learning. On top of that, the neuroengineering centre of excellence will further cement our partnerships and collaborations with local producers and industries.”
Kinesiology student Leeza Voyevoda eager to experience all Semester at Sea program has to offer
Leeza Voyevoda has never been afraid to expand her comfort zone. That intrepid spirit gave her the confidence to leave her hometown university for what she hoped would be a better experience at the University of Lethbridge, and now, it has led her to an international educational opportunity as the Brawn Family Foundation scholarship recipient and the Semester at Sea student.
“It was one of my co-workers who told me he was doing this exchange thing and how he was going to all these amazing countries and taking a semester of school,” says Voyevoda about being introduced to the program. “I literally went to my computer at work, looked it up and started applying 20 minutes later.”
University of Lethbridge study investigates the effects of space travel on male and female astronauts
Astronauts blasting into space face a barrage of stressors — noise, vibration, G forces, loss of gravity, radiation, isolation and closed quarters, to name a few. A new study, led by a team around University of Lethbridge neuroscientist Dr. Gerlinde Metz, is examining what these stressors do to the human body in space and may in turn unlock clues to help mitigate the effects of similar stressors on everyday people.
“Using this approach, we saw that space travel resulted in sex-specific changes in metabolites involved in energy metabolism, which may be linked to bone loss, muscle regulation and immunity dysfunction. Our results also show different metabolic responses, especially during the recovery period, with females needing more time to adjust to their return to Earth.”
Student scholarship drive championed by University of Lethbridge alumni and community leaders
When the University of Lethbridge Board of Governors pledged $10 million in match funds for the establishment of new endowed student scholarships, it laid the groundwork for the most ambitious student scholarship drive in the 50-plus year history of ULethbridge.
Now, alumni and community leaders Janice Varzari (BN ’90, MEd ’02, LLD ’21), Terry Whitehead (BA ’94), Bernadine Boulet (BEd ’88) and Roland Labuhn (BMgt ’90) are leading the way through the next phase of the initiative, with ULethbridge students, current and future generations, destined to benefit.
Pictured: (left to right) Janice Varzari, Roland Labuhn, Terry Whitehead and Bernadine Boulet.
University of Lethbridge appoints Dr. Leroy Little Bear as Vice-Provost, Iniskim Indigenous Relations
One of Canada’s most respected Indigenous academic leaders, Dr. Leroy Little Bear (BA '72, DASc '04), has been appointed Vice-Provost, Iniskim Indigenous Relations.
The key portfolio signifies ULethbridge’s commitment to meaningfully implement the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and is entrusted with ensuring the University is a safe and welcoming community for Indigenous students, staff, faculty and community members and that programs, strategies, and initiatives reflect an institutional commitment to incorporating Indigenous knowledge, perspectives and ways of knowing.
“Women have historically played important roles in initiating societal transformations, so I hope new generations of women will engage more with mathematical careers to have a meaningful impact in our society.”
Black History is everyone’s history: Read Maleeka Thomas' speech from the BHM Opening Event
During the Black History Month Opening Event on Wednesday, February 1, Maleeka Thomas shared a passionate speech about why it’s important to honour and celebrate Black history, not just for one month, but …
Shining Student Ally De Jonge discovered archaeology by taking courses outside of her major. This past summer, she was privileged to be part of a team of students to excavate at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo …
Career Bridge: Centre for Work-Integrated Learning and Career Development
Put Your Knowledge to Work
Whether you’re looking for a more in-depth learning experience by assisting with research projects on campus or by testing your knowledge in a real-life work setting, we can help! The University of Lethbridge is proud to offer you an exceptional opportunity to explore professional development through academic programs and services designed to give you a competitive edge in a fast-changing world.
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