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Hart House Global Commons

What is the Hart House Global Commons

The Hart House Global Commons is your opportunity to connect in real-time with students participating from international partner universities, to engage in dialogue and action around climate change. Students participating directly from Colombia, Canada, France, South Africa, and the U.S.A. will connect for truly global discussions on one of the most pressing issues of our time. This is an opportunity to reflect on how we as humans react and respond both individually and collectively to this existential crisis, and how we can learn from and with each other in that process.

2019-2020 marks the inaugural Hart House Global Commons Cohort, where small groups of 10 selected students from each location will participate in an online, globally-networked 5-week short course. 

Who it is for: all students, regardless of discipline, year of study, or background are encouraged to participate. The cohort opportunity is a deeper experience intended for students who are interested in how local perspectives can shape global engagement, and spending time in dialogue with others from around the world in order to understand their unique position and relationship to climate change. Participants who complete the cohort will receive a certificate of completion from all participating universities. U of T students will also receive credit on their Co-curricular Record. 

What you can expect to get out of the Cohort: Participating from the comfort of your living room, connect in real time with students and guests from all locations, and develop a personal call to action towards climate change; meet and connect with other students from around the world; and experience a non-academic approach to discussing climate change and intersecting issues. 

Time commitment: 10-15 hours over the term. Each session is 2 hours, and selected students are expected to commit to the entire series, participate fully, and to engage in additional activities including reflections or artistic assignments, for example. 4 sessions will be held online (using Zoom), and 1 session will be held-in person on your campus (i.e. the Conference).

2019-2020 Cohort Dates and Details

• Fall Term 2019 Cohort