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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.


About

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.

Methodology  

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.

Get involved

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.

FAQs

What language are the events in? Do I need to register? What is the cost, and answers to other important questions.  


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

Accessibility

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.

Tuesday February 18
Racialized and Gentrified Neighborhoods: How can we hang on to the neighborhoods that we have built?

When: 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Librairie Racines 2.0
5118 de Charleroi street

Tuesday March 24
Progressive Policing and Making Homelessness Invisible: Is the urban left failing to co-exist with the urban poor?

When: 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Centre Récréatif, Culturel et Sportif St-Zotique
75 square Sir-Georges-Étienne-Cartier

Tuesday February 25
From Consultation to Genuine Participation : What’s preventing communities from truly controlling their urban planning?

When: 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Centre Récréatif, Culturel et Sportif St-Zotique
75 square Sir-Georges-Étienne-Cartier

Tuesday 14 avril
Ethnocultural Entrepreneurship: How can we challenge the systemic barriers to Black community entrepreneurship?

When: 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Librairie Racines 2.0
5118 de Charleroi street

Tuesday Mars 17
Racism and Labour Movements: How can we advocate for labour rights for racialized workers in precarious employment?

When: 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Librairie Racines 2.0
5118 de Charleroi street

Tuesday 28 avril
When Innovation Simply Isn't :  How do capitalist approaches to social innovation limit the creativity and freedom of community movements?

When: 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Centre Récréatif, Culturel et Sportif St-Zotique
75 square Sir-Georges-Étienne-Cartier


Past events

University of the Streets discussion Photo by Johanna Baes

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

Contact us

If you would like your project or partnership featured on this website
please contact the Office of Community Engagement
!

Phone: 514-848-2424 ext. 5840
Emailcommunityengagement@concordia.ca
Office of Community Engagement


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