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MONDAY, 16 JUNE 2014 3:28 PM

Turning grants into greenhouses

A small town in Peru may soon be eating veggies thanks to alumna Kelly Meza Prado (PC YR36/2011, Peru), who has received a grant from the Davis Projects for Peace initiative. Kelly will be using her funding to address agricultural issues in rural Peru by building rustic greenhouses. READ MORE
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MONDAY, 9 JUNE 2014 3:23 PM

Alumnus leads others to diversity

It's been seven years since Bryan Cayabyab boarded his first plane to come to Canada and Pearson College UWC. Now, the Resident Director at Springfield College is getting his Master’s Degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology while simultaneously trying to help others who are entering new circumstances. READ MORE
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THURSDAY, 27 MARCH 2014 4:23 PM

Massimiliano Gioni speaking about the pleasures and pains of mounting the Venice Biennale

 

One of the best quotes ever about the Pearson College experience comes from a recent interview in The Globe and Mail with Massimiliano Gioni (PC YR 17/1992 Italy).  Torontonians got a taste of the Gioni life and philosophy recently. He visited at the behest of the Power Plant, Canada’s primary showcase for cutting-edge contemporary art, to talk about the pleasures and pains of mounting the Venice Biennale, an event that, to quote one observer, usually has turned its artistic director into “a sacrificial goat.”

"Perhaps it’s Gioni’s inner-Canadian that accounts for his relative groundedness. As a teenager in the early 1980s he spent two years at Victoria’s Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific, hanging with students from all over the world, imbibing the school’s heady ethos of making education “a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.” Today Gioni, born in a small city northwest of Milan, describes his time there as “formative and” – he laughed – “equally deformative in that it made me a more creative and stranger person. . . . The international and cosmopolitan upbringing I had at Pearson and this notion of an international culture prepared me to . . . face the international life that I’m happy to live now.”"

Read the entire article at The Globe and Mail

 

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