Has human rights transformed Canada? Are we more equal today? Dr. Clément explores the historical origins of human rights law, politics and activism and focuses on British Columbia and sex discrimination. The province was at the forefront of the women’s movement and a veritable laboratory in human rights legal innovations, and yet nowhere else was human rights law more contested. Funded by Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (SFU): Co-presented by Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and Department of History (SFU); Herstory Café.
Time: 5:30 pm Place: Rm. 7000, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free, register with
MONER MANUSH is the biography of Lalon Fakir, the great spiritual teacher, poet, and folk singer of East Bengal who brought together a fusion of Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist thought in his songs. He united Sufi and Vaishnab mysticism in his Baul concept of the beloved, the “moner manush” union with whom is the goal of the human spirit outside the boundaries of religion. The film is a visual and musical feast and received the Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration at the 58th National Film Award. Goutam Ghose will do a Q & A by Skype.
Time: 4pm Place: Rm. 2270, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free, more information
Following months of demonstrations by pro-European Ukrainians, President Yanukovych fled Ukraine on February 21, 2014. Since then, Ukraine has descended into violence. Crimea has been annexed by Russia, and fighting has engulfed large sections of Eastern Ukraine. What explains the outbreak of violence, and how and why is Russia involved? What are the repercussions for Ukraine, Russia, the international community and its commitments to sovereignty and territorial integrity, and what are the ramifications for Canadian foreign policy? In the interests of carefully and critically considering the reasons for, and implications of, the very complex, ongoing and volatile situation in Ukraine, leading Canadian and international scholars on Russian and Ukrainian politics and foreign policy will consider the crisis from various perspectives – economic, political, geopolitical, historical and security.
Time: 8:30am Place: Rm. 1700, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free, reservation required
The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and the Rosemary Brown Award Committee invite you to attend Inequality and Rights: A Feminist Perspective Inaugural Annual Rosemary Brown Memorial Conference.
Rosemary Brown campaigned tirelessly in her lifetime for the rights of marginalized groups. A distinguished social worker and the first Black woman to be elected to a Canadian legislature, she was also a respected feminist and academic, teaching at SFU as the Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair in Women's Studies. She served as the Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and on many Boards that were committed to equality principles. She was awarded the Order of BC and became an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Commander of the Order of Distinction of Jamaica. This conference will honour her legacy by bringing together academics and members of the broader community to talk about issues of diversity, persistent inequality, and social justice.
Time: 10am Place: Rm. 1520, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free, register online
As newspapers across the continent shut down, it’s obvious that the old media communication channels aren’t working anymore. We still want to know what’s happening around us and why it matters but instead of opening the paper or watching the news, we turn to the tools of the new media: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, online photos, and blogs. Join us to learn how our New Media Journalism Certificate can help you succeed in this challenging, evolving landscape.