Prevailing Winds

Gabriel Ndayishimiye ****** Ave Toronto, ON M6* *** October 19, 2021 *********  **************** Graduate Program Administrator Yeats School of Graduate Studies Ryerson University (Renaming in process) 350 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3 Cc: Dr. ************ *********** Dear *****, I recently announced withdrawal from my MA studies at Ryerson, following my intellectual dilemma that IContinue reading “Prevailing Winds”

The Black Plague and the Catholic Church in Medieval Europe

Christian communities experienced structural and institutional changes in the years following the fall of Roman Empire 476 CE. Europe fell into disorder. Centuries of political and social strife ensued. Europe had no centralized governments and the situation lasted until the late 14th century. Within that period, Europe underwent political crisis that would profoundly impact theContinue reading “The Black Plague and the Catholic Church in Medieval Europe”

SYNOPSIS: Run, Elvin: The Rising of a Rejected Stone

Gabriel Ndayishimiye was born in 1994, just two months before the most critical moment in Rwanda’s history, an inflection point known to all who’ve confronted genocide. He and members of his family were lucky to count themselves among the survivors. They fled and sought refuge in Tanzania. While trying to recover from the horrors behindContinue reading “SYNOPSIS: Run, Elvin: The Rising of a Rejected Stone”

RUN ELVIN: The Rising of a Rejected Stone

Dedicated to my son Elvin Gabriel Jr. And my father, a man I never knew. CHAPTER 1 Son, When you were born, I could not have begun to imagine how on earth I would manage being a parent. Now I cannot imagine my life without you, my loving and remarkable son. I named you ElvinContinue reading “RUN ELVIN: The Rising of a Rejected Stone”

If you’re reading this and you find me, yet again, far away. Just remember that you, my son, will always call me back home.

In February 2019, Uniterra – a WUSC and CECI program – called for volunteers from multiple universities to participate in its 2019 International Seminar in Malawi. The purpose of the seminar was to bring together a diverse group of 15 post-secondary students. The group was to be made up of five Canadians, five Malawians, andContinue reading “If you’re reading this and you find me, yet again, far away. Just remember that you, my son, will always call me back home.”

Islamophobia: Is it about Religion or Ignorance?

The evening of yesterday, I viewed Jason Plant’s[1] photos of the recent demonstrations in London, Ontario, against Islamophobia.[2] Then something crossed my mind. Momentarily, I stopped thinking   fast.  I took a deep breath in,    and I breathed out, then I paused   for a deeper reflection of all the photos in front of me. Let thatContinue reading “Islamophobia: Is it about Religion or Ignorance?”