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What happens when you act on your passion?

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.

By Mary Jane MacLennan


My Pandemic

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.

By Katie Chalmers-Brooks


The Loneliest Number

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.

By Anya Nazeravich


The Rethink

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.

By Sean Moore


Inside Fall 2020

From the President

A Homecoming

Get to know the University of Manitoba’s 12th president and vice-chancellor, Michael Benarroch


Alumni POV

From the Dark

A first-person account behind the dramatic rescue of miners trapped underground



A Space of Her Own

The extraordinary life of alumna Yvonne Brill, whose expertise went far beyond beef stroganoff



Dancing into New Era

Instructor Horace Luong talks ballroom, chemistry and Zoom



Angelina McLeod

Why this master’s student wants you to feel the superpowers within birch bark scrolls


Field Notes


Think sputum and stacks—the curious collections of biological anthropologist Stacie Burke



An Awakening

Meet author John Stintzi and their journey into self that’s earning critical acclaim


Local Roots

Strength in Solace

The kinship alumnus Troy Woods feels with Winnipeg-born Terry Fox


Campus News

In the Loop

Find out what our students and researchers are up to


Class Notes

From Film to Folk Songs

Catch up with alumni from across the globe


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