Exciting News: Winners at The Emerald Global Literati Awards

“Second wave true Norwegian black metal: an ideologically evil music scene?”, an article on the Norwegian black metal scene by Jason Wallin, Jeff Podoshen, and Project Someone’s Vivek Venkatesh, was selected by the editorial team as Highly Commended at the 2018 Emerald Global Literati Awards. Please click here for more info and the full article.  

From left to right: Vivek Venkatesh, Jeff Podoshen and Jason Wallin

Photo: David Hall

Upcoming Project with the UNESCO Co-Chairs for the Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism

The co-Chairs for the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism, David Morin from Université de Sherbrooke, Ghayda Hassan from UQAM, and Vivek Venkatesh​ from Concordia University, are filming for a new project in Montreal on July 4th. Stay tuned for more news.

Photo: Kathryn Urbaniak

Social Pedagogy to Promote Pluralistic Dialogues in Classrooms: Lessons from Project SOMEONE (webinar)

Vivek Venkatesh participated in a webinar hosted by The Association for the Educational Application of Computer Technology at the Post-Secondary Level (APOP) for the purpose of presenting college teachers and professionals with the resources available to help them introduce inclusive dialogue in their classrooms.

Click here for webinar

Op-ed: Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Canada

In a recent op-ed in Le Devoir​, Vivek Venkatesh weighs in on what constitutes terrorism in Canada, arguing that we need to use publicly-available data to inform our understanding of the terrorism threat to Canadians. 

Photo: Sean Kilpatrick La Presse canadienne


Read more here



Landscape of Hate performing at Festspillene this May

Project Someone’s Vivek Venkatesh is taking Landscape of Hate on tour this summer to the Bergen International Festival, Festspillene, one of the longest-standing Norway festivals. The event will begin on May 24th with 2-day workshops on media literacy and art education and culminate on the 26th with a concert. Other Project Someone members who are involved in this event are Jason Wallin, Sandra Chang-Kredl and Martin Lalonde.

Read more here. Find out more about upcoming Landscape of Hate performances.

Webinar: Social Pedagogy to Promote Pluralistic Dialogues in Classrooms

Along with APOP, Project SOMEONE will host a webinar titled “Social Pedagogy to Promote Pluralistic Dialogues in Classrooms” on Wednesday May 9th, from 12:00-1:00PM. Designed for CEGEP teachers, this webinar will provide strategies for facilitating inclusive dialogue as well as an overview of Project SOMEONE’s web portal of multimedia, curricular and public engagement initiatives.​


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CEFIR’s symposium on “Sovereign Citizens”

Project Someone’s Ryan Scrivens will participate in CEFIR’s one-day symposium on the “Sovereign Citizens” radical movement in Canada, on Thursday May 3rd, from 10am-4:00pm. The free event will be held at Concordia’s Department of Theological Studies (2140 Bishop street).  

Schedule and more info here.

Concordia professor strives to prevent violence before it starts

(Image credit: Zeze Le Lin)

Megan Hunt of The Concordian spoke with Vivek about his new role as UNESCO’s co-Chair in the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism, as well as how to prevent radicalization and violent extremism before it starts. Read more here.

Proactively preventing violent extremism

The Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence (CPRLV) and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) are launching their campaign, “What if I was Wrong? When we talk, we learn!” in Ottawa for the first time. This campaign launch, in collaboration with The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and the Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy in Canada, will be held at the Canada Council for the Arts. Our hosts and experts will take part in a panel discussion touching on various issues related to the use of awareness campaigns as a means to fight violent radicalization.

March 29th, 2018  – Canada Council for the Arts – Ottawa, ON


UNESCO taps Concordia’s expertise in anti-terrorism education

Renée Dunk reports on the UNESCO chair announcement which occurred Friday 23rd February.

(Photo credit: Concordia University)

Read more about the announcement here.