Adventures in Global Citizenship

Adventures in Global Citizenship - August 5-15, 2014

Guest faculty


Please note that Adventures in Global Citizenship has an extremely condensed timeline, involving eight days of intensive lectures, followed by a reporting/writing period. Please pay close attention to the class dates and assignment deadlines, and ensure you will be able to participate fully for the duration of the course, including submitting assignments after the intensive lectures have finished.

For registration assistance please contact 

New Students Registering for the First Time

If you have recently graduated high school, are new to the University of Winnipeg, you will first have to apply to the university, and then register for Spring and Summer Institutes.

  1. APPLY ONLINE to the University of Winnipeg
  2. Once your application is accepted, you can Register by contacting The Global College

Current University of Winnipeg Students:

You can register for any of our Spring/Summer courses via WebAdvisor.

This course requires permission from the instructor. Once the instructor approves your taking the course, you will be able to register online.

Students from Other Universities

Students from other universities who would like to take Global College Spring and Summer Institutes for credit are invited to apply to attend Spring and Summer Institutes on a Letter of Permission from their home university.

  1. Contact your Faculty or Department to request a Letter of Permission (don't know who to ask? try contacting the department secretary or the Dean's office);

  2. APPLY to become a 'visiting student' through Student Central (1st floor, Centennial Hall Near the Ellice Avenue entrance to campus)

  3. Once your application has been accepted, follow instructions by Student Central to register for courses. (Make sure to pay attention in case special permission is necessary!)

Please note: you must comply with all of your home university's requirements in order to receive academic credit. This may include (but is not limited to): a Letter of Permission application fee and/or submission of an official University of Winnipeg transcript. These fees are additional to the tuition paid for Spring and Summer Institutes. The student is solely responsible for any and all fees and/or deadlines related to receiving credit on a Letter of Permission.


Bursaries are available for this course, as per the application form:

  • Application for first year students (Coming soon)
  • Application for upper year students (Coming soon)


This intensive 3 credit summer course is designed to introduce students who are entering university or have completed their first or second year of university to global challenges and opportunities in human rights and global studies, as well as to cultivate foundational skills for academic success. In the context of a comfortable classroom and in the community, students will explore global issues through current news items, literature, and social analysis, with particular emphases shaped by research expertise in Global College, such as gender equality, children affected by armed conflict, Indigenous rights and post-conflict reconciliation. The course is structured to strengthen skills in critical thinking and analysis, writing, and oral presentations within a human rights framework, as a foundation for increasing student readiness and confidence in a range of post-secondary academic programs that the student may choose for the following academic year.

This course is offered in partnership with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Rotary International and Folklorama.

Please note: due to field trips and workshops, Adventures in Global Citizenship does not include an online component.

If you have any questions regarding the course, please email

Past Guest Faculty

Ataman, Darcy

Curle, Dr. Clint

English, Dr. John

Khan, Dr. Rais

Logan, Tricia

Matenge, Mavis

McLeod, Albert

Miki, Art

Onubogu, Elsie-Bernadette

Parent, Major-General Alain

Perla, Armando

Spillett, Leslie

St. Louis, Col. Michel-Henri

Wang, Xiao-Nan

Wolbert, Valerie

Darcy Ataman

Darcy Ataman is a successful producer of both music and film. As a music producer he has lent his skills to a multitude of projects in Canada and the US. Ataman's crowning musical achievement came in the form of a compilation CD single, entitled "Song for Africa." Spearheaded, driven and musically produced by Ataman, the project "Song for Africa" brought together Canada's A-list artists including members of Billy Talent, Thornely, Big Sugar, the Watchmen and Choclair among others in the purpose of educating Canada's youth on the plight of AIDS in Africa. The CD single was the #2 selling CD single for the month of August 2006 and motivated Ataman to formalize Song for Africa into an established non-profit organization.

With Song for Africa, Ataman has produced documentaries in Kenya and Rwanda (with accompanying record) along with establishing educational programming and staff in both countries. Both documentaries were broadcast to acclaim nationally on City TV and Bravo.

Ataman recently completed his third African documentary, entitled "The University and the Community". While the documentary surrounds Lloyd Axworthys community outreach vision for the University of Winnipeg, success stories were exemplified in regions as far reaching as Sudan. The documentary aired successfully on Omni Television in the fall of 2011. Darcy's fourth documentary, which will depict the scourge of child soldiers in the Congo, is currently under pre-production. The documentary will shed light on the work being done by Song for Africa (soon to be known as Make Music Matter) to rehabilitate ex-combatants through the vector of music. He holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in English Lit.

Clint Curle

Clint Curle, LLB, MTS, MA, MA, PhD

Clint Curle is presently a researcher at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Previously a professor at Carleton University’s Department of Law, Clint taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Human Rights and Transnational Justice, with a focus on theories of human rights, transitional justice, genocide studies and research methodology. Clint was formerly the Executive Director of an international development NGO called World Hope, and has designed and supervised transitional justice and human rights enhancement projects in several African and eastern European countries. For eight years he served as a Methodist parish pastor, including a stint as volunteer chaplain at the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre north of Edmonton, Alberta. His research interests include the 20th century history of human rights, theories of human rights, Canadian contributions to the international human rights movement, human rights and conflict, religious approaches to human rights, and the relationship between international criminal law (particularly genocide) and human rights. He has published two books on human rights: Humanité : John Humphrey's alternative account of human rights (UTP, 2007) and New Directions in Human Rights: The Augustana Distinguished Lectures 2007 (University of Alberta/Chester Ronning Centre, 2008). Clint’s educational background includes a PhD (Political Science), MA (Legal Studies), MA (Theology) and an LLB. He currently holds adjunct positions at Carleton University (Law), the University of Manitoba (Law and Political Studies) and the University of Winnipeg (Global College).

John English.

Dr. John English

Associate Professor John English (Retired) taught in the School of Heath Studies at Brandon University until he retired in 2006. He has a background in Clinical Behavioral Sciences and an advanced degree in psychosocial responses to illness. With a background in psychiatric nursing most of his professional life was spent in counseling individuals families and groups. This was a primary focus for his teaching at Brandon University. He has been a Rotarian since 1982 and in recent years has been involved in the Ambassadorial Scholarship program sponsored by District 5550 for Rotary International.

Dr. Rais Khan

Dr. Rais Khan

After receiving his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Dr. Rais Khan worked as a professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Winnipeg from 1967 until 2003. During that time, he was elected to the College of Fellows at the International Association of Middle Eastern Studies and nominated for the Robin Farquhar Award for Excellence in Contribution to University of Winnipeg Self-Governance. He has been a member of multiple learned and professional associations, such as the Canadian Political Science Association, the International Political Science Association, and the Canadian Institute of International Affairs. During his time at the University of Winnipeg, he has served, at different times, on the Senate and the Board of Regents, and on more than 80 University committees including, those dealing with curriculum, personnel policy, merit, promotion, tenure, appeals, Faculty-Board relations and the Committee to draft the University of Winnipeg Act. For research purposes, he has traveled to Egypt, Israel, the Middle East, and parts of Europe. He is the senior author of An Introduction to Political Science (co-author J.D. McNiven) and has published numerous journal and newspaper articles.

Tricia Logan

Tricia Logan

Tricia Logan is a researcher at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and has spent the past decade working in the areas of both residential school and Métis research. In that time she has worked with Métis, First Nations and Inuit Elders and residential school Survivors from across Canada, sharing in the transmission of countless stories and oral histories over the years.

Her past work experience includes work with the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, National Aboriginal Health Organization, Legacy of Hope and the Manitoba Métis Federation. She also has an interest in Aboriginal language revitalization and spent time in a Michif language immersion course, living with Michif Elders in Camperville, Manitoba. In addition, Tricia has also published a number of articles on Métis Health, Métis experiences at Residential School, Métis Scholarship and Truth and Reconciliation in Canada. A number of these papers have also been presented at international, national and regional conferences on different topics of Aboriginal and residential school histories. As part of her work Tricia also sits on an advisory team for developing ethical guidelines for Métis research.

Mavis Mantenge.

Mavis Matenge

A native of Botswana, Mavis Ntshebo Matenge is currently a Doctoral student at the University of Manitoba where she is pursuing Peace and Conflict Studies as a Commonwealth Scholar with the Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice. Matenge is a graduate of the Monterey Institute of International Studies and Luther College in the United States. At the Monterey Institute she completed a Master of Arts program in International Policy Studies (1999-2001), and also obtained certificates in Conflict Resolution and Gender and Development. Her undergraduate work (1995-1999) at Luther College was in Political Science and International Studies. During her studies in the United States, Matenge realized academic achievements as the recipient of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Scholarship for her graduate work and membership in Phi Alpha Theta, a History Honours Society at Luther College in which she also served as its President.

In addition to her studies, from 2001-2002 Matenge undertook Fellowship Programs with the Washington-based Population Reference Bureau, and the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, where as a Fellow she addressed the impact of sexual and gender-based violence on internally displaced females in Angola and also published on this topic. Matenge has gone on to utilize her academic training to pursue work in areas that she is passionate about, namely human rights advocacy, peace-building, democratic governance, and refugee assistance and protection.

Prior to commencing her Doctoral Program, Matenge worked as the UNV Reproductive Health/HIV/AIDS Project Officer for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) HIV/AIDS Project at Dukwi Refugee Camp in Botswana. During her time at the camp, Matenge played an active role advocating for the refugee community in Botswana to be awarded access to the country’s Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) and PMTCT services. In 2005, pursuant to the completion of her service at Dukwi Refugee Camp, she joined the Southern Development Community (SADC) where she worked as a Peace-building Officer. While with SADC, some of the key activities she undertook included coordinating SADC Electoral Observer Missions in SADC Member States which included the 2006 electoral observation of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s first democratic elections in over 40 years. She also served on the region’s peace-building missions which included the 2007 SADC-led Peace Dialogue process in the Kingdom of Lesotho.

Having embraced the spirit of volunteerism at an early age, Matenge has volunteered with a number of community-based and non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International, orphanages in Botswana and Zimbabwe, and with Habitat for Humanity. Today, Matenge remains committed to the cause of realizing peace and justice in the African continent and is purposed to be a voice for the voiceless and make a positive difference in the lives of those who are marginalized.

Albert McLeod.

Albert McLeod

Albert McLeod is a Status Indian with ancestry from Nisichawaysihk Cree Nation and the community of Norway House in northern Manitoba. He was a founder of the Manitoba Aboriginal AIDS Task Force where he was employed as the Program Manager from 1991-2001. Albert has over twenty years of experience as a human-rights activist and is one of the directors of the Two-Spirited People of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He is currently a free-lance educator specializing in Aboriginal cultural reclamation, textile art, and community development.

Art Miki.

Art Miki

Art Miki has dedicated his life to promoting positive race relations and increasing awareness of human rights issues in Canada and is an advisor to the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.

As president of the National Association of Japanese Canadians, he led the negotiations to achieve a just redress settlement for Japanese Canadians interned during the Second World War.

In 1991 Art received this country’s highest recognition, the Order of Canada and in 1999 he accepted an Honourary Doctorate degree from the University of Winnipeg.

He was Citizenship Judge for Manitoba and Saskatchewan from 1998 until 2008 and he is a guest instructor for the Faculty of Education and Global College at the University of Winnipeg. 

Elsie-Bernadette Onubogu

Elsie-Bernadette Onubogu is an International Lawyer with expertise in the area of human rights, gender, peacekeeping and development. She also has a degree in Sociology and Anthropology, and received a Masters degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston, USA. In 2005, Elsie addressed the United Nations Security Council at the Open Debate on United Nations Resolution 1325 on ‘Women and Peace and Security’.

She currently serves as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Peace and Security cluster of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women {UN WOMEN}. As a senior policy advisor, she provides advice to the Officer in Charge of the cluster on women and peace and security issues and manages the cluster’s work stream in the area of United Nations Resolution 1325 with particular bias to National Action Plans, Conflict Prevention, Knowledge Management as well as oversight responsibility on the normative and the operational work of the cluster. Before the creation of UN WOMEN, Elsie served as a Senior Social Affairs Officer in the former Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women {OSAGI}, in charge of the portfolio on women and peace and security.

Prior to rejoining the UN, Elsie served as a Gender Adviser in the Social Transformation Programmes Division of the Commonwealth in London from 2004. She was responsible for advising the Commonwealth Secretary General on women and peace and security and political participation issues. In addition, Elsie worked to develop policies and programmes with member countries in the area of gender, democracy, peace and conflict, addressing challenges of global peace and security.

In 2004, Elsie, left the UN where she had served from 1996 – 2003, to join the Commonwealth. Elsie worked with the United Nations in various capacities of legal, gender, human rights and development in general. She served with the Division for the Advancement of Women in New York on a range of policy matters and was responsible for two critical areas of the Beijing Platform for Action, Women in decision-making, and Institutional Mechanisms. She also serviced the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), particularly on Agenda Item (3a) on ‘gender mainstreaming.

She served as an Investigator with the United Nations Tribunal for Rwanda, investigating sexual assault and other human right violations and abuses particularly on women. She consulted for UNICEF and UNIFEM, coordinating Africa’s campaign to eliminate violence against women. Elsie also worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on issues of conflict and post-conflict recovery.

At the field level, Elsie served with three UN peacekeeping operations in the former Yugoslavia and in East Timor, working particularly on oversight and compensation matters. She has lived and worked in four continents of Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Elsie has written many articles and contributed to publications – the last one, a Commonwealth publication on ‘Mainstreaming in Conflict Transformation: Building Sustainable Peace, an advocacy and resource tool for policy makers and practitioners. She is currently working on a publication on women’s participation and representation in democracy.

Major-General Parent, J.A.J. , OMM, CD

After serving five years as an Air Cadet with 830 Squadron in Pierrefonds, Quebec, Major-General Alain Parent enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1979 to study at the Collège Militaire Royal in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. After receiving his commission in 1984, he completed pilot training in Moose Jaw and Portage La Prairie.

MGen Parent flew the CH-135 Twin Huey, the CH-136 Kiowa and the CH-146 Griffon helicopters amassing 4,900 flying hours. He served with 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron in Gagetown and with 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, in Valcartier. He had the privilege of commanding 403 Squadron from 2002 to 2004. In 2007 he was appointed commander of 1 Wing, in Kingston, responsible for providing the army with integral tactical aviation support.

All of MGen Parent's staff appointments were in operations and plans at the tactical, operational and strategic levels: as SO Ops at 10 Tactical Air Group Headquarters in Saint-Hubert; as Missile Warning Crew Commander and International Military-Political Affairs Officer in the J5 (Plans) staff at North American Aerospace Defence (NORAD) Command Headquarters in Colorado Springs; as A3 Plans and Air Operations Centre Director at 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region Headquarters in Winnipeg; and as Director Air Strategic Plans at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. Promoted to BGen in 2008, he was assigned to CEFCOM Headquarters, also in Ottawa, as Chief of Staff, and in 2010 he was promoted to MGen and appointed Deputy Commander CEFCOM.

MGen Parent has a bachelor's degree in business administration. He earned a master's degree in strategic studies from the USAF Air War College, Air University at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama. He is also a graduate of the Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College at Fort Frontenac in Kingston, the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, and the USAF Combined Force Air Component Commander (CFACC) course, also at Maxwell-Gunter AFB.

MGen Parent assumed command of the operational Air Force on 13 July 2011.

Armando Perla

Armando Perla

Armando Perla is a researcher for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and adjunct professor at the faculty of law of University of Manitoba as well as the Global College at the University of Winnipeg. Armando holds a Master's degree in International Human Rights Law (LLM) from Lund University and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Sweden. He also has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from L'Université Laval in Quebec City.

Armando studied political sciences at the University of Winnipeg and also attended law school in El Salvador where he co-founded a non-for-profit legal clinic. Armando has been with organizations such as the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, Covenant House Guatemala, the Centre for Justice and Internal Law in Washington DC, and Lund University Commissioned Education.

Throughout the years, he has researched human rights topics such as children's rights, commercial sexual exploitation of children in Central America, human rights education as a tool for programming, trafficking and sexual slavery, immigration and refugee law, poverty and the use of human rights indicators in the monitoring and evaluation of development programs.

Leslie Spillett

Leslie Spillett is the founder and Executive Director of Ka Ni Kanichihk, a non profit, Aboriginal led organization that has been providing culturally safe programs and services to Winnipeg's urban Aboriginal people.

Born in Northern Manitoba and raised by her Cree mother, Leslie relocated to Winnipeg in 1977 and has played an integral role in building capacity within the urban Aboriginal community.

Leslie is the mother of two adult daughters.

Colonel St-Louis M-H, CD

Colonel Michel-Henri St-Louis was born in Managua, Nicaragua, where he lived until 1977, date at which his family resettled in the South shore of Montreal.

He started his military career at the Collège Militaire Royal du Canada de St-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu in August 1987. Graduating in May 1992, he joined the 2e R22eR in the autumn of 1992 as an infantry officer. He occupied a number of junior positions in the 2e R22eR between 1992 and 1996. Following his first regimental appointment, he served as an instructor at the Infantry School in Gagetown, New-Brunswick, from July 1996 to December 1999. He was then appointed as the Squadron Commander of Richelieu Squadron in St-Jean (Prep year for RMC) in January 2000. Position he kept until January 2002. At which time he re-joined the 2e R22eR that was getting ready for another operational deployment. After this second regimental tour, he then served as staff-officer for the Director General Strategic Planning, in NDHQ. After spending one year at the Canadian Forces College, he became the Chief-of-Staff to the COS Army Strategy within the Army's headquarters. After this second posting in Ottawa, he assumed command of the 1er Bataillon Royal 22e Régiment in 2009, as it got ready to deploy on Roto 10 of Op Athena in Afghanistan. He is also honorary aide de camp to the Lieutenant-governor of Québec.

Through his different postings, he has participated in three missions to Ex-Yugoslavia: summer 1993, as a platoon commander in Srebrenica, summer of 1995 as the intelligence officer of the battle-group in Rastevic, and in the summer of 2002 as the deputy commander of the Combat Support Coy and S3 plans in Zgon. He first served in Afghanistan in the spring of 2006, as part of the Strategic Advisory Team. During that tour he acted as a strategic advisor with the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission. On his second tour to Afghanistan, from November 2010 to July 2011, he commanded the last battle-group to conduct combat operations in the province of Kandahar. On two occasions, he has also served as course director and instructor in Mali, Africa, for the Pearson Peacekeeping Center.

He is a graduate of the Army's Command and Staff College and the Canadian Forces College. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Military and Strategic Studies, a Masters in War Studies and a second Masters in Defence Studies, as well as a Micro-program in Law from l'Université de Montréal.

Wang, Xiao-Nan

No information is available at this time.

Wolbert, Valerie

No information is available at this time.