Wednesday, 12 February 2014

turn of the month events for all (& sundry)

Thursday February 27, 7pm
ROOM 1400

Daniel Heath Justice will give a public lecture entitled "Why Indigenous Literature Matters" to consider the relevance of reading works by Aboriginal writers in an age of Idle No More. Daniel Heath Justice is a Cherokee scholar, fantasy writer and a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Literature and Expressive Culture at the University of British Columbia. This talk is the first of several public events as part of a weekend workshop at SFU, "Approaching Indigenous Literatures in the 21st Century"; it is also part of the SFU Vancity Office for Community Engagement Lecture Series on Aboriginal Issues.  

Friday February 28, 7pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Arts Centre
Rm 2555 (Woodward’s Building) , 149 West Hastings Street.

An evening celebrating Northern writers and artists!

Come join us in an introduction to the literature of the North in its many versions: listen to a public lecture “On the Hunting and Harvesting of Inuit Literatures” by Dr. Keavy Martin, Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, and one of Canada’s leading experts on Inuit literature; view Inhabit Media’s award winning short film Amaqqut Nunaat: Country of Wolvesbe the first to be introduced to Sanaaq, the first novel written in Inuktitut, recently translated into English and released by the University of  Manitoba Press.  The evening is capped with the delightful antics of Raven’s Radio Comedy Hour out of Alaska—a spoof of 40s style radio shows, which blends traditional Alaskan Native stories with song, dance and comedy, written and performed by Ed Bourgeois and Jack Dalton.  This evening is organized as part of the Talking Stick Festival.

Read an excerpt of Sannaq: An Inuit novel

 See  (Free: Donations to the Talking Stick Festival are accepted.)

Saturday, March 1, 1:15-2:15
Labatt Hall, SFU Harbour Centre
Room 1700

Imagine combining the alternative universes of speculative futures and the histories of First Peoples! Dr. Grace L. Dillon, Anishinaabe scholar, Associate Professor at Portland State University and Editor of the acclaimed anthology, Walking The Clouds, will give a key-note lecture on a burgeoning field of Indigenous Science Fiction.

Saturday, March 1, 2:30-4:00
Labatt Hall, SFU Harbour Centre 
Room 1700

Our own Canada Reads!  

Emcees Sophie McCall (SFU) and Niigaan Sinclair (University of Manitoba) will moderate a panel of judges— Jo-Ann Episkenew, Michelle Coupal amd Sam McKegney—as they go to bat for their favourite books!  

Join in this lively and enlightening debate on the many merits of three featured books:
 Nobody Cries at Bingo by Dawn Dumont (Cree), 
Ajjiit by Sean Tinsley (Mohawk) and Rachel A. Qitsualik (Inuit) Flight by Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur D’Alene)

Saturday, March 1, 4:00-5:00
Labatt Hall, SFU Harbour Centre 
Room 1700

Reception & Book Launch for Masculindians: Conversations about Indigenous Manhood, edited by Sam McKegney, released by U of Manitoba Press

Between October 2010 and May 2013, Queen’s University’s Sam McKegney conducted interviews with leading Indigenous artists, critics, activists, and elders on the subject of Indigenous manhood. In offices, kitchens, and coffee shops, and once in a car driving down the 401, McKegney and his participants tackled crucial questions about masculine self-worth and how to foster balanced and empowered gender relations.

Masculindians captures twenty of these conversations in a volume that is intensely personal, yet speaks across generations, geography, and gender boundaries.  (read more).

Read an excerpt: A Conversation with Gregory Scofield

Many more arts @ 
FEB 18-MAR 2 2014

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