News and events

  • Professor Kitossa’s piece in The Conversation – How to understand police violence: Not a case of good cop vs. bad cop

    Tamari Kitossa, Associate Professor of Sociology at Brock University, had a piece published in The Conversation where he advocated for the defunding of the police and the formation of a new basis for social order.

    He writes:

    “Amidst the grief, disbelief and justified outrage at the killing of African Americans, many people want to make sense of what appears to be senseless police mayhem and violence. The killing of George Floyd and other African Americans by police has led to civilian protests and outrage across the United States and around the world. The gaze has now turned to Canadian police.

    According to the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Black Torontonians are 20 times more likely to be shot by police than the city’s white residents. Despite numerous inquiries and commission after commission after commission into police violence over the years — many with strong recommendations for police reform — nothing changes. Why? 

    Universities, news media, Hollywood, politicians and economic elites continually drum into our heads that police “serve and protect” — and so goes the police motto in Toronto. This narrative of police helps to fuel the fantasy that they are necessary in their present configuration. But whom and what police protect must be asked squarely.”

    Continue reading the full article here.

  • An Evening With Ivan Coyote

    Friday, March 13, 7pm

    “Neither, Nor: How to Circumnavigate the Gender Binary in Seven Thousand Easy Steps”
    Performing Arts Centre, Recital Hall

    Visit the box office for more information and free tickets.

  • 2nd Annual Yosif Al-Hasnawi Memorial Lecture: Promoting Racial Justice in Health Care

    Thursday, Feb. 27th from 12-2pm, Pond Inlet

    Today We Might Save a Life:  Conversations about Racial Equity, Justice and the Canadian Healthcare System

    Speaker: Notisha Massaquoi, Health Equity Consultant, former Executive Director, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands

    There is clear evidence that disparities in access to health care and successful outcomes are strikingly different for racialized communities in Canada. There is a pressing need for us to name racism as a specific barrier for racialized communities in our health care system.  Our ability to engage in a discussion of racism and racial equity in healthcare will not only ensure optimal service provision and quality care but the preservation of racialized lives.

     

  • Join Brock’s Coldest Night of the Year Team

    Saturday, February 22, 5pm, downtown St. Catharines.

    This 5 or 10km walk raises funds for Start Me Up Niagara, a local outreach centre that serves people who are experiencing life challenges such as homelessness, mental illness, addiction and unemployment.

    Interested participants can learn more and join the Brock team on the Coldest Night of the Year website.

  • Jonathan Brower M.A Thesis Defence- February 3rd. WH 147@ 12 noon

    Master of Arts in Social Justice and Equity Studies student Jonathan Brower will defend the thesis “That Power: Performing Power, Trauma, and Queer Religious Futurity” on Monday, Feb. 3rd at 12 noon in WH 147.

    His examination committee includes Trent Newmeyer, Chair; Margot Francis, Women and Gender Studies, Supervisor; Beau Coleman, External Examiner (Co-Coordinator, MFA Directing Program Associate Professor Department of Drama University of Alberta); Mary-Beth Raddon, Graduate Program Director; and Dr. Susan Spearey (English Language and Literature – Brock University) and Dr. Brenda Anderson (Women’s and Gender Studies and Religious Studies, University of Regina), Committee Members.

  • Registration Open for Niagara Social Justice Forum

    Register now for the Niagara Social Justice Forum on Saturday, February 1, 2020.

  • Keely Grossman M.A Thesis Defence- January 28th. WH 147@ 2 p.m

    Master of Arts in Social Justice and Equity Studies student Keely Grossman will defend the thesis “We Had More Eyes on Us Than the Boys”: Recollections of Girlhood at Residential Schools for the Blind” on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. in WH 147.

    Her examination committee includes Rosemary Condillac, Chair; Jane Helleiner, Sociology, Supervisor; Michelle Owen, External Examiner (Professor and Program Coordinator for Disability Studies, University of Winnipeg); Mary-Beth Raddon, Graduate Program Director; and Shannon Moore and Lauren Corman, Committee Members

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  • February 3, 2018: Niagara Social Justice Forum


    2018 marks the forum’s 10th Anniversary!

    The 10th Niagara Social Justice Forum was a success welcoming over 250 individuals to the Marilyn I Walker Fine and Performing Arts Centre for the February 3rd event The next one will be hosted in 2020. Stay tuned for upcoming details about that event.

    Visit our webpage for more details.

     

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