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Workshop: Mental Health in Journalism (September 10, 2022)

Sat, September 10, 2022 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT On September 10th, Spheres Of Influence is hosting an online workshop on mental health in journalism, another widely overlooked and underreported issue in the field. The workshop will feature Dr. Saranaz Barforoush, a journalist and an assistant professor of teaching at UBC School of Journalism,…

The Attack on Substantive Due Process: Roe v. Wade and Beyond

The overturning of Roe v. Wade by the United States Supreme Court has stripped rights held for nearly half a century and raises concerns about the new, conservative makeup of the Court. The landmark 1973 case established access to abortion as a federal right, stating overreaching state restrictions were unconstitutional. However, the 2022 Dobbs v.…


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The ‘B’ in BDS – Arguing in Favour of Cultural Boycotts

After previously defending their decision to schedule shows in Israel following public backlash, critically-acclaimed indie rock band Big Thief recently canceled their charity concerts in Tel Aviv. In their new statement, they backpedaled on their initial stance on ‘love beyond disagreement’, stating that,  “We now recognize the shows we had booked [did] not honor that…


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