UNIVERSITY OF THE STREETS CAFÉ
University of the Streets Café is a program of the Office of Community Engagement at Concordia University. It organizes bilingual, public conversations in cafés and community spaces across Montreal.
University of the Streets Café is back!
This season focuses on the theme of "Community engagement in a changing world."
What does community engagement mean to us today? How has the pandemic changed the way we engage, the issues we engage in, and the way community engagement is perceived? Why does community engagement remain important? What is the role of a university like Concordia in supporting and developing community-building movements and projects?
Winter/spring 2023 season
MAY18Engaged artists: How do art and activism intersect to advance social movements?Past, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
APR19Digital activism as a place of struggle: same old thing or an innovative way to change our world?Past, 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
APR12Women and queer people leading community projects: what does it change?Past, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Would you like to know more, or would you like to share your ideas with us? Contact us!
How the cafés work
Our participatory events seek to reinvent the idea of the ‘university’ by creating spaces for lifelong learning, critical thinking and community engagement in local neighbourhoods.
A public conversation is much like a conversation you’d have with friends or family around a dinner table, except with more people, more points of view, and slightly more structure.
Thanks to the support of our volunteers, venues and parterning organizations, the program is free and open to participants of all ages, backgrounds and levels of education.
From community spaces to international relations, we have held a broad range of discussions over the past two decades.
We strive to hold all of our public conversations in venues that are accessible to persons with limited mobility. Contact us to find out more about the accessibility details or for any accessibility-related questions and/or needs.
Since its inception in 2003, University of the Streets Café has hosted over 400 public conversations. As a community-driven program, the topics we explore grow, change and occasionally reappear depending on what’s happening in the world and the interests of our participants. To get an idea of what we’ve talked about during our 12+ year history, explore our list of past events.