Under the Volcano Festival – August 8th, 2010

Under the Volcano Festival of Art and Social Change will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year, on Sunday, August 8th 2010.  With over 30 performers on 4 stages, this final year of the festival may prove to be its best.

Get more information here as it becomes available:



Public Talk at the Carnegie Centre: Dr. Larry Zimmerman

Dr. Zimmerman at the Carnegie Centre

Dr. Zimmerman at the Carnegie Centre

Noted Scholar Mini-Series, Virtually McLuhan: Theorizing Code and Digital Life, March 5 and 12

From Dr. Mary K. Bryson, Professor and Director, Network of Centers and Institutes in Education (NCIE) & Center for Cross-Faculty Inquiry (CCFI), Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia:

Please distribute widely, and encourage students you work with, and in your classes, to participate.

CCFI Noted Scholar Lecture Mini-Series Virtually McLuhan: Theorizing Code and Digital Life, March 5 and 12, noon, Scarfe 310, advance readings and lunch provided w. RSVP ccfi@interchange.ubc.ca

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Historical Consciousness, Critical Studies in Sexuality, Center for Culture and Identity in Education, Digital Literacy Center, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Department of English

Mar. 5, noon-1:30 pm, Scarfe 310
Dr. Richard Cavell
, Professor of English, UBC  (http://www.spectersofmcluhan.net)
McLuhan and the Body as Medium
Long before media theorists asked how we became post-human, McLuhan asked a much more compelling question: how did we become human? He found the answer to this question in the encounter of technology and the bios.

Richard Cavell is Professor of English at UBC and author of McLuhan in
Space: A Cultural Geography. He is also the creator of the website
http://www.spectersofmcluhan.net and joint founding director of the Cultural Spaces series, University of Toronto Press.

Mar. 12, noon-1:30 pm, Scarfe 310
Dr. Arthur Kroker
, Canada Research Chair in Technology, Culture and Theory & Professor, Political Science, University of Victoria  (http://www.ctheory.net)
The MisEducated Imagination: McLuhan’s Creativity
The lasting legacy of Marshall McLuhan has everything to do with his creatively disruptive thought: art as an early warning system of major technological change, media theory as culture probes, words moving at light-speed, texts as worm holes to alternative futures, a festival of seductive paradoxes in writing, images, and aphorisms. With McLuhan, technology simultaneously stultifies and mobilizes the imagination, does violence to the human nervous system and creates electronic breakthroughs.

Dr. Suzanne de Castell, Professor and Dean, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University (http://www.educ.sfu.ca/research/decaste/)
One Code To Rule Them All…
When all that has been solid melts into code, how do we rethink and re-make scholarly praxis—theory, research and pedagogy—built from and for a literate universe? Quality becomes quantity, arts and sciences are re-fused, media fluidly converge, and even the ontology of the body, this “too too solid flesh” of Hamlet’s of distracted imaginings, becomes molten, as virtuality. This paper is part of a larger project which interweaves three strands of interdisciplinary scholarship: the conceptual work of forging a ‘digital epistemology,’ the technological challenge of developing a multimedia, multimodal research tool capable of taking the measure of the re-mediated subjects and objects of interdisciplinary study, and the pedagogical call for the resuscitation of ‘play’ as inseparable from and indispensable for teaching, learning and the advancement of knowledge under unprecedented conditions of uncertainty. Continue reading

Filmmaker SYLVIA HAMILTON in Person with Screenings of her new documentary

FEB 11 – 13, 2009.
Event website: http://www.sfu.ca/cmns/courses/marontate/2009/488/hamilton/

In celebration of Black History Month, Sylvia Hamilton the acclaimed Nova
Scotian documentary filmmaker, writer and educator will be appearing for a
series of lectures and film screenings. Dr. Hamilton’s pioneering films have
chronicled the rich history and experience of African Canadians
in their struggles to achieve dignity and equality. She has been the
recipient of major awards, including a Gemini, Nova Scotia’s Portia White
Prize for Excellence in the Arts, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation’s Maeda
Prize, the Progress Women of Excellence Award for Arts and Culture and the
CBC Television Pioneer Award. She is also a Mentor with The Trudeau

The scheduled events will feature screenings of The Little Black School
House, her most recent documentary, a chronicle of Canada’s racially
segregated schools (Simon Fraser University and Pacific Cinémathèque
events), as well as the Gemini-winning Speak It! From the Heart of Black
Nova Scotia, an earlier work on a related theme (Pacific Cinémathèque event
only). Sylvia Hamilton’s visit was made possible through support from Simon
Fraser University’s Human Rights Office, Dean of Applied Science and School
of Communication.

PACIFIC CINÉMATHÈQUE FEB 11 7:30 pm 200–1131 Howe Street
For admission information, call 604.688.8202 or visit http://www.cinematheque.bc.ca

SFU HARBOUR CENTRE FEB 12 12:00 noon HC 1415–515 West Hastings Street

SFU BURNABY FEB 13 12:00 noon Irmacs Theatre, ASB10900
Simon Fraser University events are open to the public and free but seating
is limited
For reservations, call 778.782.7685 or email blachist@sfu.ca

For further information contact Jan Marontate (778.782.5449) or Greg Tourino
(778.782.3510).  See Greg Tourino’s African-Canadian Cinema blog for more:

Video Installation at the New Forms Festival

Hi everyone,

A video installation and exhibit that I produced/curated with my friend Richard Wilson is part of the New Forms Festival Exhibit at VIVO Media Arts Center. It will be up at VIVO until Sept. 27th, but can also be seen here. My thinking in making the video part was influenced by Bruce Miller’s Invisible Indigenes: The Politics of Non-Recognition (2003). I would love to hear what you think about this experiment!

– Kate Hennessy

Active Pass to IR9 at New Forms Festival 2008

Active Pass to IR9 at New Forms Festival 2008