Upcoming Events

A list of upcoming events at Acadia University involving the Women's and Gender Studies program:

Thursday November 23

The Black Students’ Association and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Acadia present Afua Cooper, acclaimed historian, a founder of the Jamaican dub poetry movement in Canada, and author of national bestseller, “The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montreal” at the K.C. Irving Centre auditorium on Thursday, November 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Past Events from 2017-2018

September 25

Community Development in the Himalayan Foothills:  Lessons from the Field

by Dr. Karen Trollope-Kumar

7:30 pm, Monday September 25, BAC 132

Karen Trollope-Kumar will share the joys and challenges of health and development work in a remote part of the world through reading and reflection. She is a Canadian family physician, with a doctorate in health anthropology, who lived and worked for 11 years in the Himalayan foothills of north India with her husband, Pradeep Kumar.  Initially they worked as doctors in a charitable hospital, and later with an Indian NGO to develop a primary healthcare project for rural villages centred around the lives of women.  Her award-winning memoir, Cloud Messenger, describes those dramatic years. Presented by the Department of Community Development and Women and Gender Studies

September 26

WGS is hosting a social for students and faculty on Tuesday, September 26th at 4:30pm in the Library’s Quiet Room. This is an opportunity to meet and get to know other members of the WGS community. Free snack and drinks will be provided.

If you are on Facebook, you can RSVP by clicking HERE.

October 4 & 5

Oct. 4-5 Circle of Hope Mawio’mi, starting just before sunrise and going through until the next sunrise. This is the 8th Annual Sisters in Spirit Community-Campus Event, a gathering on the National Day of Vigils to honour missing and murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.  The Authors@Acadia and WGS performance by Rebecca Thomas, Mi’kmaw Poet Laureate of Halifax, is one part of the Evening Gathering in the Garden Room at KCIC Centre. Program details and updates are available at http://libguides.acadiau.ca/circleofhope

October 30

WISE Works!  Receive mentoring advice from female Acadia alumnae in STEM careers.  4:30-6:30 pm, Fountain Commons.  Pizza and refreshments will be served.

Our plenary speaker, Acadia Alum, Dr. Erin Hennessy (Wolfville Dentist and President of the Nova Scotia Dental Association), will be followed by the chance for students to talk with WISE Advisors in a ‘speed-meeting style’ to learn about a variety of careers. The WISE advisers are alumnae of 11 academic units from across campus. This event is open to all students regardless of their program of study.  Find us on Facebook for more info

November 6

Unveiling Arab Feminism: A Narrative Discourse with Arab Women of the 19th Century.  A presentation by Dr. Natalie Honein from the American University of Sharjah.  Monday November 6 in the Acadia Art Gallery, BAC, from 7 to 8:30 pm.  Sponsored by: Women's and Gender Studies, Department of History and Classics, and the Acadia University Faculty Association Women's Committee.

 

 

 

 

Previous Years

 

2016-2017

September 20, 2016

Code: Debugging the Gender Gap

September 20 at 6.30 at the Al Whittle Theatre. The film exposes the dearth of female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap and digital divide. Keynote address by Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia (President of Digital Nova Scotia) and Panel discussion with faculty members including Randy Newman and Darcy Benoit.

October 4, 2016

Hon. A. Anne McLellan presents a panel discussion and Q&A on "Diversity in Governance and Law," 10:00 am,  Learning Commons, Acadia University

October 4, 2016

Sisters in Spirit National Day of Vigils for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and girls, 6 to 8 pm, KCIC
Garden Room, Acadia University
 

October 13, 2016

The Acadia University Faculty Association Women’s Committee invites you to attend a screening of the documentary Highway of Tears

October 13, 2016 at 6:30 PM Al Whittle Theatre (450 Main Street)

Freewill offering for Sisters in Spirit will be accepted at the door.

"Highway of Tears" is about the missing or murdered women along a 724 kilometer stretch of highway in northern British Columbia. Viewers will discover what the effects of generational poverty, residential schools, systemic violence, and high unemployment rates have done to First Nations reserves and how they tie in with the missing and murdered women in the Highway of Tears cases. - Excerpt from Highway of Tears

The film shone a light on the urgent need to take action on missing and murdered Indigenous women. In August of this year, the Government of Canada announced an independent inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.

October 18, 2016

On Tuesday, October 18th, 2016, WISE Acadia will be hosting a poster session in conjunction with our fall event, which will feature a keynote address by this year’s Huggins Science Seminar speaker, Dr. Anne Condon. The poster session will be held from 4:00-5:00 pm at the Fountain Commons followed by Dr. Condon’s address. The focus of the poster session is to showcase the variety of research at Acadia, and to highlight the interdisciplinary nature of computing.

October 21-22, 2016

ARPA 2016 Annual Conference

The Atlantic Region Philosophers’ Association Annual Conference will be held at Acadia University on October 21-22. The keynote address will be by Dr. Samantha Brennan and is entitled “Ethics and our Early Years: Making decisions for children as if childhood really mattered.”

October 21-22, 2016

In honour of the 100th anniversary of the European deployment of the No. 2 Construction Battalion, Canada's only segregated battalion in WW1, The Ethnocultural Research Centre, and Departments of Sociology and History & Classics will host a 2-day symposium titled, "To Do Our Share: The African Canadian Experience in World War 1," on October 21st and 22nd. This event will bring together many interested parties to highlight the crucial role played by the Reverend William A. White, a graduate of Acadia University and the sole commissioned Black officer in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. White was an extraordinary citizen, who provided spiritual and personal support to the men of the Battalion, and to scores of African Nova Scotians in the years following the war. The project will also illuminate the experiences of these soldiers from the Battalion.

 

November 16-19 and 23-26, 2016

Three Shorts by Susan Glaspell:  Trifles, Suppressed Desires, and Woman's Honor
Written by Susan Glaspell
Directed by Anna Migliarisi

Writer, theatre producer, actress and feminist Susan Glaspell (1876-1948) is largely known for her 1916 one-act play Trifles -- based on an actual murder case she covered during her stint as a journalist -- but Glaspell was also a principal player in the American avant-garde theatre movement and co-founder of the influential Provincetown Players. She experimented with both comedy and tragedy as forums for social critique; strong female characters and their particular struggles were always at the center of her dramaturgy.  During her years of productivity, Glaspell was widely considered to be one of America's two most important playwrights -- Eugene O'Neill being the other.

November 22, 2016

Asteroseismology: Dissecting the Stars.  A free public talk by Dr. Catherine Lovekin, Assistant Professor, Physics, Mount Allison University

November 24, 2016

WISE Acadia student meeting

December 1, 2016

Notes from a Feminist Killjoy: Essays on Everyday Life by Erin Wunker, book launch, Box of Delights Bookshop, 5:30 pm

December 6, 2016

Canada's National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence against Women, 4:30-5:30 pm, Wolfville Farmers' Market

January 16, 2017

7:00 pm Screening of Selma, followed by discussion and hot chocolate.  KCIC Auditorium

January 25, 2017

On 25 January 2017, Jenna Colclough was invited by the CFUW-Wolfville to speak on the topic of Acadia and the First World War. She focused on the role of women from Acadia Seminary who served as nurses. Jenna is a fourth-year student in History and Classics.

February 10

Please come and join us at the KCIC Auditorium on February 10, 2017 from 7.45 p.m. to 10.00 pm. As a member of the Maple League, Acadia University will live stream a lecture by Marie Henein broadcasted from Bishop’s University. The lecture is part of the Donald Lecture Series. The broadcast will be introduced by Dr. Heather Hemming, V-P Academic, and followed by a panel with Dr. Paul Abela, Dr. Erin Crandall, and Dr. Randy Newman as discussants. The panel will be moderated by Anne Quéma, Coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies program.

February 17

Join us for "An Evening with George Elliott Clarke," 6:30 PM in the Fountain Learning Commons, Acadia University

February 27

Race, Sex, and Sexuality Discussion, Quiet Reading Room, Vaughan Library, 12 pm

February 28

Black History Month Finale - a night of dancing, singing, poetry, rap, magic, food, and culture.  7 pm, Denton Hall

March 1

Dr. Akivah Starkman presented "The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement: Reflections, Lessons, and Questions."  7 pm

March 9

Join us for International Women's Day with keynote speaker Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard (Ph.D.), 5 pm to 7 pm in the KCIC Auditorium.

March 10

Zabrina Whitman: The Scars Within. Opening reception March 10, 7-9 pm

March 20

WGST Film showing of Closet Monster, 7 pm at the KCIC Auditorium

March 22

Women in Science & Engineering in association with Women's & Gender Studies present Faces of WISE.  An end of term event featuring updates from WISE and WGST, Listening to WISE on campus, and WISE trivia.  4:30-6:00 pm, Acadia Art Gallery.  Refreshments served.  Everyone welcome.

March 29

WGST and Politics present "Happily Ever After? The Impact of Same-sex Marriage Policy Diffusion on LGBT Coalitions" by Julie Moreau, postdoctoral fellow in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.  7:00 pm.

May 18

WISE Acadia is hosting Dr. Karen Crosby (Mount Allison University) who is giving a lecture at Acadia on The Brain, Appetite and Obesity. The event is scheduled for Thursday, May 18th at 2 p.m., in BAC 141. Dr. Crosby is coming here as part of a Women in Science Speaker Tour, a joint initiative between Science Atlantic and WISE Atlantic.

Fat and obesity are important societal issues. WISE is interested in making our events STEAM-friendly and in particular, trying to help students realize that a strong background in both science and arts is needed to understand complex topics. To that end, Ann Smith will be introducing Acadia Reads at this event with a short reading from the first book selected by the Acadia Reads committee, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Monica Awad. This is a great opportunity to launch Acadia Reads and should help promote it to students across campus. Following Ann’s reading, we will have a panel discussion on The Skinny on Fat: An Interdisciplinary Discussion of Fatness, which will address the complexity of the topic from the perspectives of sociology (Lesley Frank), nutrition and dietetics (Cathy Morley), epigenetics (Glenys Gibson), neurobiology (Karen Crosby) and community development (Rachel Beddingfield).

May 24 - June 11

Drawing from the permanent collection of Acadia University Art Gallery, the exhibition explores how the human experience is represented in portraiture. The selected works emphasize women’s experience and the under representation of women in art.

The exhibition is the result of research undertaken by students enrolled in HIST 3693-Special Topics: Introduction to Curating. 

Please join us for the opening reception & presentations of student research on Weds, May 24th, 11am.

June 19

Documentary film screening of Why Women Need to Climb Mountains, Al Whittle Theatre, 7 pm.  Berlin's Renata Keller, the film producer, will be in the audience and we will have a post film open dialogue. 

August 15-16

Wise Acadia STEAM Mash-up - Fun, educational, two-day long science retreat with overnight stay.  Hands-on learning about science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM), plus a mentoring sessions with senior female WISE students at Acadia University.  The retreat is open to all girls entering grades 7-8. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015-2016

 

  • Revisiting the Birth House: infusing fiction with fact - 10-11:20am, Fountain Commons - Tuesday, November 3rd - Ami Mckay will be speaking at Acadia University for a guest lecture on her widely successful book, The Birth House.
  • Gender and Rural Development - 1:30-3:00pm, BAC 239 - Thursday, November 5th - Women's and Gender Studies invites you to attend a gues lecture by Dr. Karen Foster, the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Rural Futures for Atlantic Canada from Dalhousie University.  All are encouraged to attend.
  • Behind the Numbers: Gender, Women and Government Budgets -  - Tuesday, November 10th - Christine Saulnier will focus on what we can do to reduce and eventually eliminate the barriers preventing women from fully participating in our society and our economy, and how gender-responsive budgeting can improve the lives of all Nova Scotians, indeed, all Canadians. Presented by Women's and Gender Studies and the Department of Politics, Acadia University. 
  • A Public Lecture with Lynn Jones -  BAC 239, 1:30-3:00pm - Thursday, November 19th - Lynn Jones is a longtime activist in Halifax and was the first woman of colour to be a vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress.  Join us for a talk about the experience of Black women in electoral politics.  All are welcome to attend.
  • A Public Lecture with Cheryl Maloney - BAC 239, 1:30-3:00pm - Tuesday, November 25th - Cheryl Maloney is another local activist, with the Nova Scotia Native Women's Association.  She led an initiative called "Mi'kma'ki Rock the Vote" to get First Nations people out to vote in the recent election.  All are welcome to attend.
  • Lecture from Dr. Vannina Sztainbok: "Black Femininity in Uruguay: The Conventillo, the Carnival Vedette and the Laundress". Monday January 18th, 4:30-5:45pm, BAC 325.   In this presentation Dr. Sztainbok will be discussing insights from her book manuscript – Black Femininity in Uruguay: The Conventillo, the Carnival Vedette and the Laundress. The book addresses the symbolic significance of the black feminine figure within the libidinal economy of Uruguay, a white-identified South American nation. Her focus is on the tenements (conventillos) of two Montevideo neighborhoods (Barrio Sur and Palermo) that are considered traditionally Afro-Uruguayan, and two key figures that are associated with this context: the Carnival vedette and the laundress. These tenements are nationally revered for their connection to Afro-Uruguayan culture, yet the residents were affected by poverty, demolitions, and evictions. Dr. Sztainbok studies the national fascination with the conventillo and blackness, particularly black femininity, by attending to how they are narrated and represented. Predominantly Afro-Uruguayans are folklorized by being intrinsically linked to sensuality, Carnival, music, and domestic work. Drawing on psychoanalysis, she argues that folklorization signals fetishization. In psychoanalytic theory, the fetish implies a disavowal. The conventillo fetish disavows racial hierarchy and violence; it disavows anti-blackness in the afterlife of slavery. This book contributes to theorizing anti-black racism in Latin America by drawing attention to how desires are implicated in citizenship and belonging.
  • Public Talk from Darlene Lamey, LLB from the law firm of Waterbury Newton"The Restorative Justice Process"Wednesday January 27th, 2pm, Manning Memorial Chapel, basement meeting roomThe Canadian Federation of University Women invites you to attend a public talk about the restorative jusice program in Canada and around the world.  All are welcome to attend
  • Special documentary Screening of Twice As Good: Stories of Women in Hip Hop  - Tuesday, February 2th, 7pm in BAC 132 . This is a student documentary, focusing on women in the music industry in the Halifax area.  The documentary was a created as a class project for El Jones' Women In Hip-Hop intersession class in summer 2015.  Amy Prescott, Courtney McLean, El Jones, Lauren Nickerson, and documentary participants (TBA) will be in attendance to facilitate a discussion panel following the screening."

  • Public Talk from  Sfé R. Monster- Normalizing Queer: Intersectionality and Representation in Queer Comics. Thursday, February 4th, 3-4:15pm in BAC 244 .  Sfé R. Monster is a queer writer and artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Sfé's work deals primarily with trans, queer, and genderqueer identities, often presented in fantasy settings and relating to Canada and Canadian folklore. He has worked on multiple comics, including Eth's Skin and Kyle & Atticus, and is the editor of Beyond - the queer sci-fi/fantasy comic anthology.   Sfé lives and works in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and prefers masculine 'he' or neutral 'they' pronouns. 

  • Simone de Beauvoir: "Pourquoi je suis Feministe/Why I am a Feminist" - 10-11am, BAC 137 - Tuesday, March 8th -  In honour of International Women's Day, join the students of French 2123 for a screening of the 1975 interview.

6th Annual Sisters in Spirit Campus Vigil

 

  

 

Tuesday Oct 4th, 1:30-3:30pm, Acadia University Art Gallery and BAC 132.   - "In memory of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls, men and boys, and their families.  Afternoon includes smudging ceremony, short presentations, art activity and sharing.  All are invited, refreshments to follow."

 

The Women's Movement in India: The Rural Reality

Thursday Oct 1st, 7pm, KCIC Auditorium. - "Twenty five years ago, Malika Virdi left the busy urban environment of New Delhi to become a small farmer in a mountain village in the Himalaya state of Uttarakhand.  There she devoted her energies to creating and enabling democratic self governance that brings both well-being and economic development to the region.  She has founded a women's collective, a nature trust, and an eco-tourism enterprise.  She has designed and conducted courses on local ecosystems and community development for international students from the U.S., Canada, and Germany.  She has consulted on government studies of biodiversity, conservation and globalization, and she has presented papers at a variety of international symposia.  Malika was also a member of a team of women who undertook a 7 month trek across the Himalaya, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 as one of  '1000 Peace Women across the globe.  Malika will talk about her work with rural women farmers and the current situation regarding land, development and women's status in rural India.  The issues and perspectives she brings from rural Himalaya have surprising relevance to those facing small farmers in rural Nova Scotia."

 

WISE Works!

Tuesday Sep 29th, 4:30-6:30pm, Fountain Commons. - "Speak with an array of female Acadia alumni from varying diciplines about their lives, their education, and their field of work.  The special guest speaker will feature Deborah McMlatchy, who is the Vice-President: Academic & Provost from Wilfred Laurier University.  Food and drinks will be served.  All are welcome to attend!"