Congrès Plus

Saturday, May 24

Big Thinking     
Lyse Doucet

“Borders without Boundaries: Whose Stories are Ours?”
12:15-1:20 p.m., David S. Howes Theatre

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Interdisciplinary Canada/U.S. Panel

In a series of three panels, scholars, administrators and graduate students explore cross-border research connections, funding opportunities and employment options.

 

Mobility of Global Talent and Networking
Saturday, May 24, 5-6 p.m., Sankey Chamber

Chair: Jory Korobanik, Graduate Students’ Association President, Brock University
Stephen C. Dunnett, Professor and Vice-Provost for International Education, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York
Michael Plyley, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Brock University
Christl Verduyn, Davidson Chair and Director, Centre for Canadian Studies, Mount Allison University

Sponsor:
Brock University

 

Sipping Ontario Wines with the Stars
Saturday, May 24, 6-7 p.m., Sankey Chamber

What the movies can tell us about the pleasures of drinking wine. Join the fun with wine educator Linda Bramble for an interactive, tutored tasting of premium Ontario wines. Bramble, who holds a PhD, will be your host, and the movie stars will be your guides: from Meg Ryan to the Muppets; Humphrey Bogart to Paul Giamatti, Dan Ackroyd and even Raymond Massey.  “Here’s looking at you, kid!” (Nominal event fee collected at the door)

Sponsor:
Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, Brock University

 

Performance of neXT Company Theatre’s Khalida
Saturday, May 24, 8 p.m., Sean O’Sullivan Theatre

Khalida by neXt Company Theatre, written and directed by David Fancy, is a dynamic, poetic, and politically relevant production featuring the confessions and testimony of Said, a man in flight from a conflict zone in the Middle East who has found himself in an oil-producing country in the economic north.

Sponsor:
Canadian Association for Theatre Research
Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Department of Dramatic Arts, Brock University

Sunday, May 25

Big Thinking     
Cindy Blackstock
“Children’s Voices have Power: Ending Inequalities Affecting First Nations’ Children and Families”
Sunday, May 25, 12:15-1:20 p.m., David. S. Howes Theatre

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Follow up panel: Ending Inequality for Aboriginal Children and Families
Sunday, May 25, 2:15-2:45 p.m., David. S. Howes Theatre

Chair: Janique Dubois, Brock University
Elaine Burwald, 1960’s Scoop Survivor (Mi’kmaq Nation)
Jennifer Dockstador, Oneida Nation
Kevin Lamoureux, University of Winnipeg

Respondent: Cindy Blackstock

Sponsor:
Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education, Brock University

 

Copyright and the Modern Academic Debate Series
Organized by Blayne Haggart

Copyright and the Modern Academic Debate Series: The “Copyright Pentalogy”: Its Effect on Fair Dealing and Canadian Academia
Sunday, May 25, 1-2:30 p.m., Sankey Chamber

Copyright law is a contentious issue for Canadian academics in their roles as teachers, researchers and creators. In a series of three debates, Canada’s leading copyright experts and practitioners tackle these issues. This debate focuses on the effects of recent court cases on academics’ ability to access and copy works, and considers the future direction of copyright reform.

Panelists:
Samuel Trosow, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Western University (formerly the University of Western Ontario)
Blayne Haggart, Brock University 

Sponsors:
Brock University Council for Research in the Social Sciences and hosted by the Canadian Association of Learned Journals
AV sponsored by the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education

 

Conversation Café: What should be the Ultimate Goal of Education Today?
Sunday, May 25, 3-4:30 p.m., DeCew Community Meeting Place, R208

In our increasingly fast-moving, diverse, and technology-based society, it’s hard to imagine what the world will look in four years, much less 40. In order to prepare young people for the uncertainty of our times, should the goals of education be training for the workforce in a competitive world, building citizenship skills and a sense of social responsibility, or perhaps developing the self-awareness to lead a balanced and happy life? In this conversation, we will explore your ideas for an ideal education in the 21 century.

Sponsor:
Community Learning, Brock University

 

Poetry beyond Boundaries

Poetry beyond Boundaries: Adam Dickinson reads from the Polymers
Sunday, May 25, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Sankey Chamber 

The Polymers is an imaginary science project that combines the discourses, theories, and experimental methods of the science of plastic materials with the language and culture of plastic behaviour. Through various procedures, constraints, and formal mutations, the poems express the repeating structures fundamental to plastic molecules as they appear in cultural and linguistic activities such as arguments, anxieties, and trends.

Sponsors:
Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English
Brock University 

 

Aboriginal Community Social
Sunday, May 26, 6-8 p.m., Jubilee Courtyard

Sponsor:
Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education, Brock University
Brock University Aboriginal Education Council 

 

Soirée des Refusés
Sunday, May 25, 8-10 p.m., Niagara Artists Centre, 354 St. Paul St.

An off-site local cultural event featuring a diverse array of poets from across the country. Hosted by Gregory Betts (Brock) and Tanis MacDonald (Wilfrid Laurier). All are welcome to attend and hear some boundary-breaking readings. Niagara Artists Centre, 354 St. Paul St., in downtown St. Catharines.

Monday, May 26

Big Thinking     
Tim Cook
“The Borders Between Life and Death: Stories of the Supernatural and Uncanny Among Canada’s Great War Soldiers”
Monday, May 26, 7:45–8:55 a.m., David S. Howes Theatre

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The Datascapes Project
May 26-28, 9 a.m.-noon, Isaac Brock Blvd. (traffic circle)

Conceived by Professor John Bonnett, this project presents a display of computer-generated visual and musical art derived from text and protein data sources. Two works—“Emergence” and “The Five Senses —will be expressed in Augmented Reality and viewed via an app and computer tablet.

http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/computing/csdh

Sponsor:
Brock University

 

Visite guidée et conversation (en français) Galerie d’art Rodman Hall
Monday, May 26, noon-2 p.m., Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St Paul Crescent

Visite (en français) de l’exposition “Sources : l’art contemporain repense l’eau” (Nadine Bariteau, Raymond Boisjoly, Elizabeth Chitty, Soheila Esfahani, Gautam Garoo, Patrick Mahon, Colin Miner, Lucy + Jorge Orta, Gu Xiong).

Organized by Catharine Parayre

Sponsor:
Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Brock University

 

Big Thinking     
Lise Bissonnette

“Servitude and Grandeur” of the University
Monday, May 26, 12:15-1:20 p.m., David S. Howes Theatre

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Poetry beyond Boundaries
Poésie sans frontières: Paul Savoie fait une lecture de son recueil Bleu bémol
Monday, May 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Academic South 203

Organized by Catherine Parayre

Paul Savoie est un poète franco-canadien reconnu dont l’oeuvre a été récompensée de plusieurs prix, y compris le Prix Trillium 2013 pour Bleu bémol. Lors de cette rencontre, il lira pour nous certains de ses meilleurs textes.

Sponsors:
Association des professeur.e.s de français des universités et collèges canadiens
Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Brock University

 

Thinkers beyond Boundaries
Professor Maureen Lux, “On Medicare and Medicine Chests: Indian Hospitals and the Construction of National Health in Postwar Canada”
Monday, May 26, 5-6 p.m., Sankey Chamber

Two enduring narratives mark the history of health care in Canada in the decades after 1945. Better known is the celebrated and progressive story of the path to Medicare from a hardscrabble provincial plan to the definition of national health. The other, by contrast, chronicles the seeming intractability of ill health in Aboriginal communities.  This paper examines these contradictory narratives by discussing segregated hospital care and the struggle for the treaty right to health care.

Sponsor:
Brock University

Tuesday, May 27

Big Thinking     
David Plotz
Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control: How the Internet Has Made Journalism Better Than It’s Ever Been”
Tuesday, May 27, 7:45–8:55 a.m., David S. Howes Theatre

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Follow up panel: Rapid Research: From New Media Journalism to the Digital Humanities
Tuesday, May 27, 9:15- 10:45 a.m., David S. Howes Theatre

Chair: Michael Sinatra, Université de Montréal
Carolyn Guertin, York University
Jon Saklofske, Acadia University
Jason Boyd, Ryerson University
Respondent: David Plotz

Sponsor:
Brock University

 

The Datascapes Project
May 26-28, 9 a.m.-noon, Isaac Brock Blvd. (traffic circle)

Conceived by Professor John Bonnett, this project presents a display of computer-generated visual and musical art derived from text and protein data sources. Two works—“Emergence” and “The Five Senses” —will be expressed in Augmented Reality and viewed via an app and computer tablet.

http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/computing/csdh

Sponsor:
Brock University

 

Canada/U.S. Connections Interdisciplinary Panel: Screening of WNED-TV Buffalo-Toronto’s The War of 1812 Documentary
Tuesday, May 27, noon-1:30 p.m., Academic South 204

The War of 1812 is a major PBS documentary produced by WNED-TV Buffalo-Toronto that examines events and issues 1800 to 1815, when Americans battled against the British, Canadian colonists, and Native warriors in a conflict that forged the destiny of a continent. Presented by John Craig, Vice-President Education and Outreach, WNED-TV Buffalo-Toronto.

This event includes an introduction to The War of 1812 by the WNED team, an abridged screening of the film and a panel discussion of First Nations, Canadian and American perspectives.

Participants:
Chair: David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, Brock University
John Craig, Vice-President WNED and the WNED production team
Heather George, Coordinator, Six Nations Legacy Consortium
Renée Lafferty, Brock University
Wes Turner, Brock University

Sponsors:
Canadian Historical Association
WNED-TV Buffalo-Toronto
Brock University

 

Interdisciplinary Canada/U.S. Panel
In a series of three panels, scholars, administrators and graduate students explore cross-border research connections, funding opportunities and employment options.

Canada/U.S. Comparisons on the Crisis of PhD Surplus, Cross-Border Research and Talent Mobility
Tuesday, May 27, 5-6 p.m., Sankey Chamber 

Chair: Joffre Mercier, Associate Vice-President Research, Brock
Marilyn Rose, Professor, Brock University
John T. Ho, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Sponsors:
Brock University

 

Meet the Shaw Festival
Tuesday, May 27, 6-7 p.m., Sankey Chamber

Come for an engaging talk by Leonard Conolly, PhD, Corresponding Scholar for the Shaw Festival, on the history of this internationally recognized theatre company and the important role it plays in Canada’s cultural discourse. Founded on the passionate exploration of Bernard Shaw’s work and his ideas, how did this small grassroots company evolve over the years to become a theatrical and cultural leader in North America?

Sponsors:
Shaw Festival
Brock University

 

Conversation Café: Do We Care Where Our Food Comes From?
Tuesday, May 27, 7-8:30 p.m., Mahtay Café, 241 St Paul St., St. Catharines

More and more Canadians are thinking harder about the security and sustainability of their food supply. Many are concerned that our food comes from all over the globe, from people who we know very little about, and under conditions with which we are unfamiliar. Others say they don’t care to worry, that division of labour and access to a variety of foods is one of the best aspects of modern life. Eating shouldn’t be a moral duty; it should be a pleasure! So what do you think? Are you interested in where your food comes from? Has the way you eat changed over the last few decades?

Sponsor:
Community Learning, Brock University

 

Revered and Reviled: Dirty Plötz — A Conference Cabaret
Tuesday, May 27, 7:30 p.m., Sean O’Sullivan Theatre

Dirty Plötz is an exploration of the variety show genre—so central to the prohibition-era Niagara region nightlife—with a feminist and queer politics and aesthetics. Curated by renowned cabaret artist Alexandra Tigchelaar and scholar T. L. Cowan, the cabaret features dance, storytelling, body art, video art, hip hop, and theatre.

Sponsors:
Canadian Association of Theatre Research
Women’s and Gender Studies et Rècherche Feministe
Supported by Sexuality Studies Association
Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English
The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Department of Dramatic Arts, Brock University

Wednesday, May 28

Thinkers beyond Boundaries

Professor Ryan Plummer, “Resilience Thinking: An Integrative Perspective to Navigate Environmental Change and Governance”
Wednesday, May 28, 7:45-9 a.m., Sankey Chamber

Resilience thinking is an emerging approach to help understand social-ecological systems. It encourages a dynamic and integrative perspective beyond conventional disciplinary boundaries. Conceptual and applied insights help us to understand, navigate, and govern contemporary challenges, which are characterized by rapid change, uncertainty and complexity across scales.

Sponsors:
Environmental Studies Association of Canada
Brock University

 

The Datascapes Project
May 26-28, 9 a.m.-noon, Isaac Brock Blvd. (traffic circle)

Conceived by Professor John Bonnett, this project presents a display of computer-generated visual and musical art derived from text and protein data sources. Two works—“Emergence” and “The Five Senses —will be expressed in Augmented Reality and viewed via an app and computer tablet.

http://www.edgehill.ac.uk/computing/csdh

Sponsor:
Brock University

 

Big Thinking     
Catherine Dauvergne
The End of Settler Societies and the New Politics of Immigration”
Wednesday, May 2812:15-1:20 p.m., David S. Howes Theatre

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Copyright and the Modern Academic Debate Series
Organized by Blayne Haggart

Copyright and the Modern Academic Debate Series: Open Access and the Future of Academic Publishing
Wednesday, May 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Academic South 215

Copyright law is a contentious issue for Canadian academics in their roles as teachers, researchers and creators. In a series of three debates, Canada’s leading copyright experts and practitioners tackle these issues. This debate focuses on the opportunities and challenges that the Open Access movement poses for Canadian academics and academic publishing.

Panelists:
Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law, University of Ottawa
Glenn Rollans, Partner, Brush Education Publishing

Sponsors:
Canadian Communication Association
AV sponsored by the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education

 

Sipping Ontario Wines with the Stars
Wednesday, May 28, 5-6 p.m., Sankey Chamber

What the movies can tell us about the pleasures of drinking wine. Join the fun with wine educator Linda Bramble for an interactive, tutored tasting of premium Ontario wines. Bramble, who holds a PhD, will be your host, and the movie stars will be your guides: from Meg Ryan to the Muppets; Humphrey Bogart to Paul Giamatti, Dan Ackroyd and even Raymond Massey.  “Here’s looking at you, kid!” (Nominal event fee collected at the door)

Sponsor:
Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, Brock University

Film Night: Highrise
National Film Board of Canada
7:30-10 p.m.
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Sean O’ Sullivan Theatre

Thursday, May 29

Big Thinking     
Benjamin Barber

If Mayors ruled the world: Is the City Democracy’s Best Hope?”
Thursday, May 29, 7:45–8:55 a.m., David S. Howes Theatre

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Follow up roundtable: Benjamin Barber’s If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities
Thursday, May 29, 10-11:30 a.m., David S. Howes Theatre
Organized by Livianna Tossuti, Brock University

The Canadian Political Science Association (Local and Urban Politics) presents a roundtable chaired by David Siegel, and including former and sitting mayors, an urban affairs journalist and academic commentator.

Participants:
Chair: David Siegel, Brock University
Alan Broadbent, chairman and founder of Maytree
Naheed Nenshi, Mayor, Calgary
Andrew Sancton, Western University, UWO
Respondent: Benjamin Barber

Sponsor:
Canadian Political Science Association

 

Copyright and the Modern Academic Debate Series
Organized by Blayne Haggart

Copyright and the Modern Academic Debate Series: Access Copyright: Friend or Foe?
Thursday, May 29, 2-3:30 p.m., International Centre 119

Copyright law is an increasingly contentious issue for Canadian academics in their roles as teachers, researchers and creators. In a series of three debates, Canada’s leading copyright experts and practitioners tackle these issues. Today’s debate focuses on the future of the much-debated Access Copyright collection society.

Panelists:
Howard Knopf, Counsel, Macera & Jarzyna
Roanie Levy, Executive Director, Access Copyright

Sponsors:
Canadian Association for Information Science
AV sponsored by the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education

 

Big Thinking     
Lawrence Hill
Blood: The Stuff of Life
Thursday, May 29, 12:15-1:20 p.m., David S. Howes Theatre

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Follow up forum: Lawrence Hill’s Blood: The Stuff of Life
Thursday, May 29, 2:30-3 p.m., David S. Howes Theatre

Discussion of Lawrence Hill’s Blood: the Stuff of Life

Panelists:
Chair: Professor David Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, Brock University
Professor Tamari Kitossa, Brock University
Professor Cecil Foster, Associate Director Canadian Studies, the State University of New York
Respondent: Lawrence Hill

Sponsor:
Brock University

 

Thinkers beyond Boundaries

Professor Lissa Paul; “Eliza Fenwick (1766-1840): Abolitionist in England, Slave Owner in Barbados, and Teacher in Niagara”
Thursday, May 29, 3:15-4:15 p.m., David S. Howes Theatre

This is an adventure story with an unlikely heroine, author Eliza Fenwick, whose ethics are put to the test and who doesn’t get rich in the end. It is a proto-feminist story of maternal love and loss, of teaching, of writing and pursuit of the North American dream.

Sponsor:
Brock University

 

Interdisciplinary Canada/U.S. Panel

In a series of three panels, scholars, administrators and graduate students explore cross-border research connections, funding opportunities and employment options.

Roundtable on Cross-Border Research Collaboration
Thursday, May 29, 5-6 p.m., Sankey Chamber

Chair: John Wood, Senior Associate Vice Provost for International Education, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York
Gary Libben, Vice-President Research, Brock University
Munroe Eagles, Director of Canadian Studies, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York
Jane Moss, Director and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Canadian Studies, Duke University
Kathryn Bryk Friedman, Director of Cross-Border and International Research, University at Buffalo Regional Institute, Research Associate Professor of Law and Policy, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York
Kaplan Harris, Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Transnational Studies, 2014, Canada

Sponsor:
Brock University

 

Canadian Composers Concert / Concert de musique contemporaine
Thursday, May 29, 8-10 p.m., Sean O’Sullivan Theatre

The Contemporary Composers Concert is a highlight of the annual conference of the Canadian University Music Society. The event features compositions by the current membership, and showcases the winner of the Student Composers Competition. This year’s presentation will feature works for flute, clarinet, cello and percussion, performed by the talented faculty of Brock University’s Department of Music.

Sponsor:
Canadian University Music Society
Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Department of Dramatic Arts, Brock University

Friday, May 30

Momentum Choir
Friday, May 30, noon-1 p.m., Sean O’Sullivan Theatre

Momentum is a highly disciplined, professionally facilitated performance choir comprised of more than 50 adults with an intellectual disability. The mission is to provide an authentic musical experience in which the gifts of unique artists can be professionally nurtured and through which the artists can be given the opportunity to belong, believe, and inspire.

Sponsors:
Canadian Disabilities Studies Association
Canadian University Music Society
Brock University

Installations and Exhibits, May 24-30

A Loft
May 24-30, Scotia Bank Hall

Eleven undergraduate Visual Arts students collaborated with the artist Althea Thauberger to create this film project of the Marilyn I. Walker Cultural Leader series 2013-14. The ideas of home, growth, and displacement are brought up through the chimney swift, an endangered bird that takes refuge in industrial chimneys.

Sponsor:
Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Department of Visual Arts, Brock University

& all watched over by machines of loving grace
May 24-30, Thistle Complex

Two video monitors display human eyes that lock onto viewers and track them as they move. Initially, it’s almost comic, but gradually the installation reveals itself as an unsettling comment on the ubiquitous nature of contemporary labyrinth of surveillance technology. It’s a digitally driven stare, implacably observant and eerily blank. Created by Althea Thauberger, Donna Szoke and Ricarda McDonald.

Sponsor:
Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Department of Visual Arts, Brock University

Inspiring Images: Landscapes, Objects, People
May 24-30, Thistle Complex

Adjudicated photo exhibit on the ancient Mediterranean world. Photographs by students and faculty from the Department of Classics showcase international student learning through study tour and archaeological practica as well as faculty research activities. The photos celebrate some of our moments of inspiration during investigations of the ancient world on site in the Mediterranean.

Sponsors:
Department of Classics, Brock University
Niagara Peninsula Society of the Archaeological Institute of America

Plaything
May 24-30, Congress Centre

The Plaything Series by Shawn Serfas examines traditions of landscape painting and visual histories of abstraction. The project specifically looks at the geomorphology, environmental health and aesthetics of the Niagara region.

Sponsor:
Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Department of Visual Arts, Brock University

The Source: Rethinking Water through Contemporary Art
May 24-30, Rodman Hall Art Centre, 109 St Paul Crescent 

In this exhibition, artists from a multitude of cultural backgrounds working in a diversity of media consider changing concepts of water and associated cultural, political and aesthetic implications. The exhibition and associated symposium will build critical context around issues of water and will involve a broad cross-section of the community in Niagara.

Sponsor:
Rodman Hall Art Centre, Brock University