Vanier College
Social Science Festival
October 18 - 22, 2004

                   MAKING DIVERSITY WORK

  Tenzin Dargyal, Board Member and President of the Montreal Branch of the Canada Tibet Committee, coordinated the visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Ottawa last spring. He discussed the Tibet movement in a Canadian and international context.  

On the March with the Zapatistas.
Phyllis Bailey, Social Activist and former Sociology, Humanities and Psychology teacher at Champlain College, shared her experiences with the Zapatistas, members of a grassroots movement based in Chiapas, Mexico, who act in defense of the rights of indigenous people.

  True Love versus Infatuation.
Karen Tee, Vanier Psychology teacher, specialist in the psychology of love, relationships and sexuality, discussed the difference between true love and infatuation, plus some other things we know about love.  


Islam and the West.
Sevak Manjikian, Vanier Religious Studies teacher, whose current research includes Islamic Law in Canada, reflected on some issues and controversies involving Muslim citizens living in Western countries.


Prohibition - Not Just a Losing Cause.
Graeme Decarie, noted History professor at Concordia, columist and short story writer, spoke on the "Prohibition of Booze: The good and true parts of the story you never heard".

Diversity in the Third World Workplace:
It works because it has to
Ricardo Dueñes, Geography teacher at Vanier; has worked on numerous environmental projects in Eastern and Southern Africa. He reflected on the contributions people of Eastern and Southern Africa have made to the social, economic and environmental awareness of others.

The 3rd Annual Archeological Dig organized by Matthieu Sossoyan



The Street or School: The view from people who work with youth.
With Harry Delva and Dave Austin. Two social workers, one from Maison d'Haiti and the other from The Alfie Roberts Institute, whose clientele consist mainly of visible minority youth, examine the forces which drive young Haitians and black anglo youth away from school and towards the street.


Stand-up Comedy: Making Diversity Work

  Daliso Chaponda, born in Malawi and presently a Creative Writing student at Concordia. To him, immigration can be funny. But comedy is also a coping mechanism, it's cathartic.  Sugar Sammy, of East Indian background, focuses on Canadian multiculturalism. Rated number 1 comedian by Montreal Mirror readers.


The 3rd Annual Social Science Quiz. Master of Ceremonies: Peter Gantous.
Trivia competition between four teams of Social Science whiz kids.

Student Panel: The Street or School?
The view from the school
Students from diverse backgrounds discuss what drove them to leave school and the struggles they have had to get back in. Student panel: Junora Etienne, Karlyn Moreno, Navim Ramlal, Mathew Regis with Dany Brown and Doug Miller


Who Owes Who? Or, How the Third World got to be Third.
Eric Lamoureux, History teacher at Vanier and social activist with a special interest in African history and Third World Studies, leads a workshop exploring how the global economy keeps poor countries poor.



Fashion Show with a Difference
and Fair Trade Coffee         

The Raging Grannies are socially active women from across Canada and abroad who present serious issues in a funny way with the aim of making the world a better place. Choice issues this time: sweatshops, unfair trade, and globalization.


The Open Door Network. Kieran, Kelly, Jodi with Marilyn Sudia, organized by Nancy Leclerc and Evangeline Caldwell.



Myriam Mansour and Henri Avery.


A Forgotten History.
A presentation by Henry Avery, a school teacher in the Eastern Townships for more than 30 years and recipient of the Frederic Johnson Award from CRARR in 2001 for the work he did on Nigger Rock. Yes, Canada did have slaves and the proof lies in the St-Armand cemetery.




Martine Le Royer with Maria de Salamon.


Women on Patrol. Officer Martine Le Royer, a Montreal police officer, was sent to East Timor in 2002 on a UN peacekeeping mission. She presented a documentary on the work done there by UN delegates.





Three Projects: Islamic Empire, Pax Americana, or a World of Law.
Gwynne Dyer, well-known journalist, military analyst and specialist on international issues, argues that the seeming chaos in the world today is the result of two extreme positions, one held by Islamists and another by neo-conservatives in the Bush administration, and both projects are doomed to fail. He believes that terrorism is actually a very small threat masquerading as a big one and that the best defense is to refrain from overreaction.


Gwynne Dyer with Mark Prentice


Old-Fashioned Fieldwork in Papua New Guinea. Judy Ingerman, a Humanities teacher at Vanier whose area of expertise is the sociology and anthropology of Papua New Guinea, discusses living and doing research in a small-scale society during post-modern times.


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revised December 7, 2004