A Place for Passion: Uncomfortable Truth

María Sifone grew up wondering why people stared uncomfortably at her sister's disability. She wasn't used to thinking of disability as difference and experienced none of the social awkwardness that some people exhibited around her sister. Here, María explores our discomfort with disability and profiles Centennial Infant and Child Centre's Preschool program where typically developing children laugh and learn alongside peers with complex needs.

Episode transcript and references here.

Stephanie Bell

Dr. Bell is the Associate Director of York University's Writing Centre and an Assistant Professor in the Writing Department's Professional Writing degree program. She spends her time devising ways of using critical pedagogy to support students' understanding of and commitment to academic and professional integrity. The podcast course is a result (and continuation) of one such experiment.

A Place for Passion: Conversational Bandaids

Let's make mental health something we can talk about, says Olivia Quenneville. In this podcast, she calls attention to the work Jack.org is doing to normalize open conversation about mental health in an effort to improve and even save lives.

Episode transcript and references here.

Stephanie Bell

Dr. Bell is the Associate Director of York University's Writing Centre and an Assistant Professor in the Writing Department's Professional Writing degree program. She spends her time devising ways of using critical pedagogy to support students' understanding of and commitment to academic and professional integrity. The podcast course is a result (and continuation) of one such experiment.

A Place for Passion: Laughter is the Best Medicine

Nicole Laverty helps us understand social anxiety and the reasons why the Improv for Anxiety program at Toronto's Second City seems to be so helpful.

Episode transcript and references here.

Stephanie Bell

Dr. Bell is the Associate Director of York University's Writing Centre and an Assistant Professor in the Writing Department's Professional Writing degree program. She spends her time devising ways of using critical pedagogy to support students' understanding of and commitment to academic and professional integrity. The podcast course is a result (and continuation) of one such experiment.

A Place for Passion: Hitting the Books

Mark grant looks at the changes taking place in Regent Park's Children's Book Bank. Not quite a library, not quite a bookstore, the Book Bank makes books freely available to children without membership cards or late fees, and it's thriving.

Episode transcript and references here.

Stephanie Bell

Dr. Bell is the Associate Director of York University's Writing Centre and an Assistant Professor in the Writing Department's Professional Writing degree program. She spends her time devising ways of using critical pedagogy to support students' understanding of and commitment to academic and professional integrity. The podcast course is a result (and continuation) of one such experiment.

A Place for Passion: Criminal Compassion

Courtney Ryckman looks at the case against Anita Krajnc, a Toronto Pig Save activist charged with mischief for giving water to pigs en route to slaughter. She explores the power of bearing witness to animal suffering and the criminalization of compassion for farm animals.

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Stephanie Bell

Dr. Bell is the Associate Director of York University's Writing Centre and an Assistant Professor in the Writing Department's Professional Writing degree program. She spends her time devising ways of using critical pedagogy to support students' understanding of and commitment to academic and professional integrity. The podcast course is a result (and continuation) of one such experiment.

A Place for Passion: Agent of Change

Alexandra Prochshenko profiles Hot Doc's new DocX project and the ethics of virtual reality documentary film. She asks whether these documentaries are more than cyberspace amusement parks for first world audiences.

Find the full episode transcript and references here.

Stephanie Bell

Dr. Bell is the Associate Director of York University's Writing Centre and an Assistant Professor in the Writing Department's Professional Writing degree program. She spends her time devising ways of using critical pedagogy to support students' understanding of and commitment to academic and professional integrity. The podcast course is a result (and continuation) of one such experiment.

inQUERY: Futurism & the now

Jennifer Baptie, "inQUERY"

Jennifer Baptie, "inQUERY"

In only 15 years, the number of devices connected to the internet has grown to ten billion. In this episode, Dennis explores the implications of this massive societal shift.

Episode transcript

Stephanie Bell

Dr. Bell is the Associate Director of York University's Writing Centre and an Assistant Professor in the Writing Department's Professional Writing degree program. She spends her time devising ways of using critical pedagogy to support students' understanding of and commitment to academic and professional integrity. The podcast course is a result (and continuation) of one such experiment.