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.
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.
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.
Inside Fall 2020
From the President
Get to know the University of Manitoba’s 12th president and vice-chancellor, Michael Benarroch
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
Why this master’s student wants you to feel the superpowers within birch bark scrolls
Think sputum and stacks—the curious collections of biological anthropologist Stacie Burke
Meet author John Stintzi and their journey into self that’s earning critical acclaim