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.

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Op-ed: Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Canada

In a recent op-ed in Le Devoir​, Project SOMEONE director Vivek Venkatesh argues that we need to use publicly-available data to inform our understanding of the terrorism threat to Canadians. 

Photo: Sean Kilpatrick La Presse canadienne


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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.

A World First: A UNESCO Chair on the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism

Sherbrooke, February 23, 2018 – A world first, the UNESCO Chair on the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism (UNESCO-PREV Chair) was inaugurated today at Université de Sherbrooke, in partnership with UQAM and Concordia University (Project Someone), and in collaboration with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. A number of Quebec and Canadian government stakeholders came together to highlight the importance of the initiative, which directly or indirectly affects millions of people worldwide.

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Fighting online hate with empathy, understanding and resilience


The SOMEONE initiative has:

  • 34,000+ views on SOMEONE website since its launch in 2016.
  • 4,800+ attendees at public events held over 3 continents.
  • 9,200+ unique visitors from 118 countries.

Since its creation in 2015, project SOMEONE (SOcial Media EducatiON Every day) and partners have hosted and participated in many local, national and international activities. As SOMEONE has grown, so has its radius of participation.  These events have taken various forms including workshops, panels, concerts and public talks.

Between 2015 and February 2018, 33 events took place in the province of Quebec—inside and outside the Montreal metropolitan area—while 10 more took place in other Canadian provinces involving about 3,800 people in audience. Reaching an additional audience of approximately 1,700 individuals beyond national borders, SOMEONE also took part in 16 international activities in the US, Europe and South America. Additionally, audience participants have attended internationally from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

In collaboration with partners that include (but are not limited to) schools and school boards, local and international organisations, NGOs, governmental organisations, human right groups and different Universities, SOMEONE maintains an active public presence to offer policy makers like members of the broader public strategies to develop critical thinking and informed literacy skills to negotiate events of hate speech encountered in online and offline spaces.

With its 11 projects developed by collaborative research practitioners, SOMEONE also offers educational institutions a variety of curricular activities meant to open dialogue on hate speech. While doing so, SOMEONE tailors those projects to best suit the needs of the communities with which it works.

Check back soon for news on our partner programmes.