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Gone Viral

October 26, 2021 — 
COVID-19 pulled us together in chaos, stumped infectious disease experts and catapulted their field to newfound fame. Why did this particular coronavirus get so out of hand? And what do we do now?

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Agents of Change

October 26, 2021 — 
Introducing our 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients—those who don’t just talk about challenging the status quo, they make things happen.

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When Human and Animal Collide

April 16, 2021 — 
Our encounters are becoming more complex thanks to climate change’s fury and our sprawl into the wilds. And now, considering the risk of infectious disease spilling over, it’s time to explore the human and animal relationship anew.

The Mummy Whisperer

April 16, 2021 — 
It’s not a career choice for the faint-hearted. Meet the eccentric alumna who unearths important stories from the ancient past in the name of cultural preservation and out of respect for those who came before.

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Out of Sight / Out of Mind

April 16, 2021 — 
COVID-19 in prisons got our attention. Manitoba has quietly been home to the highest incarceration rates in the country, with a grossly disproportionate number of Indigenous people behind bars. And Canada has one of the highest prison rates in the world. Members of our UM community who’ve witnessed a broken system are pushing for change and greater empathy—but is society ready?

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Hope in Harmony

April 16, 2021 — 
University of Manitoba alumnus Darcy Ataman saw a way music could empower survivors of sexual assault and trauma in conflict zones. Now they’re reclaiming their voices and speaking out in song.

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What happens when you act on your passion?

September 29, 2020 — 
These are the stories of people who saw new ways of doing things, who overcame, who are bold with their ideas and moved by their passion. Introducing the 2020 recipients of the University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Awards.

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My Pandemic

September 29, 2020 — 
It felt personal, each one of our experiences different from one another, and yet unequivocally linked. In these Notes from a Pandemic, we cull a collection of perspectives, asking members of the UM community to tell us what they saw—and what they see coming next.

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The Loneliest Number

September 29, 2020 — 
You could see it in the homemade rainbows on windowpanes. And in the memes of people raising a glass to the mirror to cheers on Friday night. As the world retreated in response to COVID-19, loneliness stole the spotlight, with an audience of pandemic proportion. Suddenly—and very publicly—we were exploring this emotional state, and all its complexity.

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The Rethink

September 29, 2020 — 
We collectively hit the pause button and as we press play we enter a future that requires a massive rethink—of our public-health policies, our hospitals, our classrooms, our cities, our supply chains. In 2050, what will we be buying into? Members of our UM community weigh in.

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