Open Dialogue events offer opportunities to collaborate, challenge and otherwise engage in meaningful and thoughtful discussion. From mentorship panels to open forums covering current issues and historical events, the offerings are as unique and varied as the subject matter.

Browse this section for videos, news stories and media coverage of past events in the Open Dialogue series.


Shaar Shalom Lecture with Michaëlle Jean

MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance

The Road Ahead: Political Discussion

Policy Matters Speaker Series 2019

Alumni Days 2019

Open Dialogue Keynote

Open Dialogue Panels


Michaelle Jean speaking at Shaar Shalom Lecture, Dalhousie University

Shared humanity: Michaëlle Jean discusses hope in despairing times at Shaar Shalom Lecture

Against the backdrop of an oft-distressing global political climate, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean (former Governor General of Canada) brought a message of hope to Dal’s annual Shaar Shalom Lecture, drawing on humanity’s common bonds to inspire a new generation of leaders and change makers.

The panel at the "Resilience or reluctance" session. (Nick Pearce photo)

Adapting to climate change is no longer somebody else’s problem

Resilience or reluctance: what is driving the policy behind how Atlantic Canada is preparing to adapt to climate change? That’s what a panel of experts considered on campus last week, hosted by the MacEachen Institute.

Anne McLellan speaking at McEachen Institute event

Point and counterpoint: Exchanging views on the future of Atlantic Canada

Prominent former politicians of different political stripes gathered at Dalhousie last Monday to discuss the big policy challenges that lie ahead for Atlantic Canada.

Alumni-Days_Open-Dialogue Edward Snowden onscreen

Edward Snowden talks surveillance and security

Whistleblower Edward Snowden earned international infamy when he leaked secret documents that revealed the extent of global surveillance culture. Speaking via livestream to a packed house as part of Dal Alumni Days, Snowden discussed what a “digital arms race” means for our future.


Opening a dialogue

Dal Alumni Days featured Open Dialogue events that engaged alumni and other guests in thought-provoking discussions around the pressing issues of immigration and health care — and some of the boundary-breaking ways Dal researchers and community partners are helping address them.