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 and news coverage of the Open Dialogue series. Go to the Open Dialogue playlist on YouTube for videos of all past sessions. Also find the President’s Coffee Chat events to replay.

▶️Replay the 2020-21 Shaar Shalom Lecture: A Conversation with The BlackNorth Initiative and the fall 2019 Shaar Shalom Lecture with Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Shared Humanity: Generating Hope in an Era of Despair.

▶️Replay a range of panel discussions on the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance’s YouTube channel.


Open Dialogue Live

Coffee Chats with President Deep Saini

Oct. 21, 2021 | Carlos Palacious (BEng’08) and Wendy Davis Johnson (BA’72) June 10, 2021 | The Hon. Frank McKenna and Karen Hutt April 29, 2021 | Dr. Bonnie Henry (MD’90) and the Hon. A. Anne McLellan, PC, OC, AOE (BA’71, LLB’74)


Open Dialogue Live explores design and our health‑care system

What does the future of health-care design look like? Panelists explore this question and more.

Open Dialogue Live explores the complexities of pain at all stages of life

As part of Dal Alumni Days next week, the Faculty of Medicine and the Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation will host a special Open Dialogue Live featuring three Dalhousie researchers in pain management.

Open Dialogue Live explores climate law and human rights

Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law is hosting Climate Law and Human Rights next week, an Open Dialogue Live panel discussion about how human rights law can help bring more urgency to the climate change problem.

Open Dialogue Live explores issues in access to oral health care

Join Dalhousie’s Faculty of Dentistry next week for Oral Health is Health, an Open Dialogue Live panel discussion that will address current oral health care issues facing Canadians across the lifespan, from children under the care of government to aging populations in long-term care facilities.

Fighting anti‑Black racism in Canada: BlackNorth Initiative shares insights at Shaar Shalom Lecture

Wes Hall and Dahabo Ahmed-Omer of The BlackNorth Initiative delivered Dal’s annual Shaar Shalom Lecture this week, offering profound perspectives on the history and modern impact of anti-Black racism in Canada as African Heritage Month draws to a close.

Panel discussion participants take the stage at event's end. Left to right: Dallaire Initiative Executive Director Shelly Whitman; Omar Khadr; Lieutenant-General The Honourable Roméo Dallaire (Ret); Ishmael Beah. (Danny Abriel photos)

Humanity in conflict: Omar Khadr & Ishmael Beah share the stage at Dallaire Initiative child soldiers event

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr spoke publicly on stage for the first time at a discussion event Monday night hosted by the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative.

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.

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.