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.
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.
The University of the Streets Café has been put on hold
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic that caused mandatory lockdowns and the closure of all social ventures for many months, we were unable to run the program. And while we are thankful to have maintained many connections remotely, we decided not to move the experience to the virtual world.
The University of the Streets was, and is, about much more than sharing information: it connects people and helps foster communities.
Although we won’t be convening these conversations at the moment, our work as the Office of Community Engagement continues.
If you would like to learn more about our work or share ideas, please contact us.
Winter-Spring 2020: Our Communities
This season of University of the Streets Café looks at questions of belongingness in our cities and neighborhoods. Who gets to experience a sense of belonging in relation to the spaces we live in? Who doesn't and why? To what extent is this sense of connection affected by factors outside of sphere of influence? How can we in turn reclaim our capacity to hold a relationship with our communities? We encourage you to draw your own links between these conversations or to experience them individually.
See coverage from our fall 2020 season, The Right to Stay Put: How can we resist being forced out of our neighborhoods?
Source, CBC Montreal November 27, 2019. For more information
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-drive 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