Monday, October 22,
- 11:30, Auditorium,
From Bio- to Social Science: My Career
Path in International Projects and HIV/AIDS
Srivastava will speak about how her career path led her to do
a BSc in Biochemistry and then an MSc in Medical Anthropology
in England. She'll also speak about her work in India and Bangladesh
with vulnerable women and HIV/AIDS prevention.
Bio: Sonali Srivastava, a Vanier graduate, went on to do Biochemistry
Co-op at Concordia University. She completed a Master's degree
in Medical Anthropology from Oxford University and has worked
on HIV/AIDS prevention programmes in India and Bangladesh. Her
past research has included potential uses for alternative therapies
for HIV/AIDS in non-Western countries and sexually transmitted
illness conceptions among sex workers in Bangladesh. She has published
articles about the current state of HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh during
her internship early this year. She is currently working as International
Projects Officer at Vanier College.
October 22, 11:30am
- 1pm, Auditorium
Islamic Law in Canada: Marriage and Divorce
will uncover how members of the Muslim community use elements
of Islamic law to govern their lives in Canada. Primarily the
focus of the talk will surround how the Canadian courts currently
deal with matters of Islamic law that appear before their chambers.
Bio: Sevak Manjikian teaches Humanities and Religious Studies
at Vanier. He has been interested in religion most of his life.
Growing up in Saudi Arabia, he was surrounded by the rich textures
of Islam. He has complemented this interest in religion by pursuing
it at university. Sevak has a Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies
from Queen's University along with a Masters in Islamic Studies
from McGill University. Recently Sevak completed his Ph.D. at
McGill University where his research focused on the use of Islamic
law in Canada.
1 - 2:30, Auditorium
"Everywhere we go, there's aggro!"
The Anthropology of Soccer Hooligans
rooted in the social study of sport, will focus on the historical,
social, psychological and cultural roots of modern-day soccer
fan violence. An attempt will be made to explain the controversial
aspect of hooliganism from within hooligan groups in Europe in
general and, more specifically, in England.
bio: Matthieu Sossoyan has been teaching Anthropology at Vanier
since 1999, after completing his Master's degree in Anthropology
at McGill. Since that time, he has taught Methodology and Explorations
courses as well. A few years ago, he created the Anthropology
of Sports, Games and Leisure course for the new Social Science
major called Sports and Leisure. That major is now in its 4th
year and is running strong as ever. Matthieu's interest for the
topic he will be addressing grew out of his anthropology course
2:30 - 4:00, Auditorium
Prostitution Portraits and Sex Work Policy
Frances M. Shaver
Based on findings
from her research, Dr. Shaver presents a portrait of people working
in the sex industry (PWSI) that reflects their diversity and challenges
commonly held assumptions about their victimization. She argues
that there is a need for social and legal reform based on decriminalization.
bio: Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology,
Concordia University, Dr. Shaver received her doctoral degree
in Sociology from the Université de Montréal. Her
research and publications highlight human sexual behaviour (including
a special focus on prostitution and other forms of sex work),
the role of women in agriculture, rural poverty/deprivation, the
household and the economy, and social change in rural and minority
communities. Her current research focuses on the social determinants
of health and well-being and their impact on work (including sex
work) and family environments.
acts as a knowledge mobilizer to the general public, as well as
a scholar. In keeping with the former she has responded positively
to many invitations to meet with policy makers and community groups
and been involved in initiating events bringing together community
partners and other interested scholars and policy makers to discuss
issues including strategic planning, prostitution research and
policy, and the impact of resource restructuring on rural communities.
She has been invited to appear before numerous policy groups including
House of Commons Subcommittees, Departments of Justice (Ontario,
Québec, Canada), and a variety of NGOs.
To see samples
of her recent work, go to the Sex Trade Advocacy and Research
(STAR) website: www.uwindsor.ca/star
October 22, 4 - 5:30pm, room F216
Segregation: A Round Table discussion
Note: limited seating
you hang out in the Italian caf or the Asian CAF? Students from
two Social Science classes will discuss the issue of self-segregation
at Vanier. Is this a natural process? How does it impact student
comfort in the various areas of the college? Are there ways to
encourage more integration without taking away people's space
to be amongst themselves if they wish? Four students will give
their views on the topic then the floor will be opened to all
who wish to participate.
October 23, 10:00 - 11:30, Auditorium
Ron Charbonneau Memorial Lecture:
"Adolf Hitler and the Politics of Image: Propaganda
and Spectacle in Nazi Germany"
lecture was created in memory of Ron Charbonneau (left)
who taught History at Vanier for over thirty years. We wish to
honor his profound dedication and his impact on his students as
well as the Vanier Community.
Jim Najarian from the Vanier History department will present
this second Memorial Lecture entitled, "Adolf Hitler and
the Politics of Image: Propaganda and Spectacle in Nazi Germany".
Propaganda and mass spectacles were essential elements in
the creation and promotion of the National Socialist image in
Hitler's Third Reich.
A full range
of mass media techniques were employed by the Nazis and most effectively
utilized in the annual Nuremberg Rallies, calculated to legitimize
Nazi rule and mobilize German society to support Nazi objectives.
clips and still photographs, Mr. Najarian presents a fascinating
depiction of a hateful regime using sophisticated devices to achieve
their idealogical goals.
product of the 1960s, Jim Najarian (left) was born in New
York and grew up in California. He received his B.A. from University
of California at Berkeley, and his M.A. and Master's of Philosophy
from Columbia University in New York. He studied modern European
history, with a specialty in modern German history and research
in the areas of Weimar and Nazi Germany. After three years of
post-M.A. work at Berkeley, he became a teacher.
He did one
year at Loyola, then got in on the ground floor of Vanier College
in 1970, where he has taught History, Humanities, and Liberal
Arts until the spring of 2007, when he took his retirement. He
has hitch-hiked through Europe and travelled many times across
Canada and the US.
October 23, 11:30 - 1pm, Auditorium
Awareness Group Panel: "Aboriginal Worldviews and Rights"
Steven Bonspille, Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council
Michael Kanentase Rice, Principal of Ratihente High School in
Awareness Group is a group of Vanier community members who work
to raise awareness of the histories, cultures and current realities
of Canadas Aboriginal peoples (the people some of you have
heard of as Indians). Every year during the Social
Science Festival, the Native Awareness Group invites individuals
from different Aboriginal communities to discuss issues of relevance
to Aboriginal people in Canada today. This year, the guests include
two members of the Mohawk community to discuss the importance
of understanding Aboriginal worldviews in context of the European
intrusion into the Americas in the 15th century and its implications
on current Aboriginal, provincial and federal relations.
Sose Onahsakenrat Steven L. Bonspille is 41 years of age,
married, and has three children. He is from the Bear Clan family
and has have lived in Kanehsatake for most of my life. He graduated
from Dawson College in Business Administration and received his
Certificate in Public Relations Management from McGill University.
He worked as the Director of the Kanehsatake Cultural Centre for
12 years. He was a Governor for the First Nations Confederacy
of Cultural Education Centres from 1996 to 2001 and served as
the Vice-President from 2001 to 2004. He was first elected to
the Mohawk Council in 2001 as a Council Chief and in 2005 he was
elected as the Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council. His main interest
has always been to fight for social justice and the basic needs
of his people and to strengthen Moahawk identity through language
and culture. On the lighter side he is an avid lacrosse fan and
Michael Kanentase Rice is Principal of Ratihente High School
in Kanesatake. He has also been teaching History, Social Studies
and Native Studies at RHS since 1998 and has been Principal since
July 2006. He has a BA in Canadian Studies/ Northern Studies at
McGill(1995) and a B.Ed from Queen's University in Native Studies
and History (1998). Mr. Rice was a member of the History and Geography
Task Force (MEQ) from 2000-2004 and the Histoire et de la citoyennete
October 23, 10:00am- 12 noon, Marketplace
(D Building, first floor, across from the cafeteria)
Science Research in the News
teacher, Kelly Purdy and her Research Methods students will host a poster
presentation on Social Science Research in the News.
activities of social scientists can be seen everyday in media
reports that we hear on the radio, see on the television, or read
about on the Internet. The students from the Honours Research
Methods class will present a poster display about current research
events in the media. Come and see the work of social scientists
in action, and see how their research is relevant to all of us
in our everyday lives.
been a teacher at Vanier since 2004 and teaches Psychology and
Methodology courses. She graduated with her PhD from McGill University,
where her research interests included children and adolescent's
social development and issues related to adolescent health.
October 23, 1 - 2:30pm, Auditorium
Students: Diversity and Change
Doug Miller, panel
A panel of
students gathered by Doug Miller from the Learning Centre will
discuss their personal experiences with issues of race, ethnicity,
gender, living with HIV and other forms of diversity and how these
experiences led them to work for social change.
October 23, 1 - 2pm, room
Jacqui Miller and Hannah Steinwald
ever wondered what it would be like to be a psychologist? Come
and hear a panel of teachers from the Psychology Department
talk about their experiences in becoming a psychologist and
what their jobs are like now. It's also your chance to ask a
psychologist anything you want to know!
How do I
become a psychologist? How long does it take? How much money
do psychologists make? Do psychologists really analyze everyone
they meet, including friends and family?!
questions, and this panel of psychologists including Loris Peternelli,
Jacqui Miller and Hannah Steinwald will provide you with answers.
October 23, 2:30 - 4pm, Auditorium
is Sustainable Development?
Is it the same as
being green? If a corporation calls itself sustainable, does it mean
it's environmentally friendly? Is it a way to describe how countries
like China or India are developing? To some Sustainable Development
is the only way to save the planet from environmental degradation. To
others it is the only way to get big business on board the environmental
This presentation will look at the history of Sustainable Development
from when the term was first used to what it means today. From something
which was highly criticized from all fronts at first, it is now a term
being embraced by some of the largest corporations in the world and
accepted by some of the best known environmental organizations. Finally,
it is through Sustainable Development that the United Nations intends
to achieve the UN's Millennium Development Goal, which would see world
poverty disappear by 2015.
Perout has been teaching Geography at Vanier College since 1992.
She also teaches Canadian Environmental Issues for the Department
of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University.
Her main interest is in the link between environmental change and
for their website
October 24, 10:30am
- 12 noon, Auditorium
What does Restorative Justice Restore?
presentation, David Shantz will discuss his work as a chaplain
and the importance of activities like the Face to Face activity,
in which people who have been victimized meet with inmates.
bio: David Shantz is an ordained minister with the Mennonite
Conference of Eastern Canada. He has worked as chaplain for 20
years with Correctional Service Canada. Since 1995 he has presented
the Face to Face program in federal institutions. This
activity brings together victims and offenders in a structured,
safe and confidential setting. He has also served on the Canadian
National Restorative Justice Committee.
October 24, 12
- 1:30pm, Auditorium
Social Sciences Festival Annual Quiz
Peter Gantous, MC
Show with Vanier teacher Peter Gantous as Master of Ceremonies. Teams
of students show off their social science knowledge in this informative
and entertaining competition. Come cheer them on!
1:30 - 3pm, Auditorium
iPods, Algae, and Oil: your place in
the future of (rural) Canada
In this presentation
Dr. Reimer will explore the interdependence of rural and urban
places. Consumer products, safe food, clean water, and a sustainable
environment are all intimately connected in a complex web that
spans the globe. How can we learn about it? What can we do to
minimize the risks? What is a good strategy for a CEGEP student
to choose in the face of this complexity?
bio: Bill Reimer is a Professor of Sociology at Concordia
University. For the past 10 years he has directed a national research
project on the New Rural Economy (http://nre.concordia.ca).
It includes 15 researchers, more than 75 students, and 32 rural
communities in a research and education network from all parts
of Canada (plus 2 in Japan). His publications deal with the impact
of technology on rural communities, the economy and the household,
Aboriginal communities, the informal economy, social support networks,
social capital, community capacity-building, and rural immigration.
October 25, 10:00 -
Friday's Footprint and the Triple Planets
and Victor Perichon
Crusoe, author Daniel Defoe's 17th century adventurer, ends up shipwrecked
on an island for years. One day he is shocked to discover a man's footprint
on the beach. He first assumes the footprint is the devil's
out it was "Fridays", and represented the industrial beginning
for the New World, as European colonialism spread, and dominated local
people and resources - the devil in another guise. Today,
our footprint is much bigger, and just as dangerous: if every person
in the world "consumed" at the same rate as North Americans,
we would need two additional planets worth of natural resources. At
this session of the Social Science Festival, we will discuss Robinson's
"devils" footprint, and the calculations that led to shocking
predictions of the three-planets of doom!
Dueñez, (left) a native of San Diego, California, is
a Geography, Explorations, and Methodologies teacher at Vanier,
with a dark and mysterious background having something to do with
Tanzanian forestry, Mozambican health, and South African environments.
Believe it or not, he thinks that working with Vanier students on
issues relating to awareness of the world around us has been perhaps
the most fulfilling of his many and varied jobs.
Perichon is a Belgian student working towards a graduate diploma
degree in Environmental Impact Assessment at Concordia University.
He is currently involved with Sustainable Concordia, and efforts
to reduce that institution's"ecological footprint".
October 25, 11:30am
- 1pm, Auditorium
Feature Lecture: "Climate Wars"
with Gwynne Dyer
Wars," is based on Gwynne Dyer's (seen at left) forthcoming
CBC "Ideas" series and Random House book of the same
name (out in April 2008) and deals with the frightening geopolitical
implications of large-scale climate change. Canada comes through
relatively unscathed, losing only the prairies and gaining all
the land from the current northern limit of cultivation to the
Arctic coast. Unfortunately, NONE of the United States stays habitable
for a dense human population except the Pacific North-West, so
Canada also has the problem of 300 million American refugees.
Panel on Climate Change has been revising its estimate for the
probable range of warming upwards to between two and four-and-a-half
degrees by the end of the century, with a maximum of 5.8 degrees
Celsius. Five degrees hotter produces a world in which most of
Russia's existing farmland survives except for the northern Caucasus,
and it gains much new potentially arable land in the north --
but none of the Middle East makes it, and none of China except
land would remain productive, so Scandinavia, Poland, Germany, Britain
and northern France would be all right, but Spain, Italy and the Balkans
become deserts. None of South-East Asia makes it, and none of South
Asia except the foothills of the Himalayas. None of Africa makes it
except Madagascar, none of South America except Patagonia, none of Australia
This nightmare vision
would be less troubling if the IPCC were some fringe group of radicals,
but it is an inter-GOVERNMENTAL panel that operates by seeking the broadest
possible consensus among over a thousand of the world's leading meteorologists
and climatologists. So what might we do about it? The answer comes in
two versions: utterly apocalyptic, and what you might call "wise
counsels of despair."
Dyer has worked as a freelance journalist, broadcaster and lecturer
on international affairs for more than 20 years. His first television
series, 'War', was aired in 45 countries in the mid-80s, and one episode,
'The Profession of Arms', was nominated for an Academy Award. His articles
are published by over 175 papers in some 45 countries.
Dyer's recent book,
'Ignorant Armies: Sliding into War in Iraq', was the number-one non-fiction
best-seller in Canada in the spring of 2003. Both "Future Tense"
and "War" have been high on the Canadian bestseller list,
while his most recent book, "After Iraq" was number three
on the Canadian nonfiction list this spring. "Climate Wars,"
based on his forthcoming CBC "Ideas" series and Random House
book of the same name (out in April 2008) deals with the frightening
geopolitical implications of large-scale climate change.
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1 - 2:30pm, Auditorium
Film Screening: "In the Name of
the Mother and the Son"
on "In the Name of the Mother and the Son"
takes us to the heart of Montreal's Saint-Michel neighbourhood
for an intimate look at two young Quebecers of Haitian origin
as they search for hope and freedom. Like their parents, who
left Haiti to settle in Canada and had to start from scratch,
James and Le Voyou are trying to make a life for themselves,
each in his own way. The subtle voice of a guardian angel whispers
to James and Le Voyou in Creole - words spoken by generations
of Haitian women who have always struggled so that their families
might find happiness.
Maryse Legagneur will be present to discuss the film.
October 26, 9am
- 11:30am, Auditorium
Film Screening: "Encounter Point"
Film-maker: Ronit Avni
Avni (above) will be present to discuss the film.
Caught in the crossfire of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
are civilians who seek to build a secure, peaceful future. Their
stories seldom make the headlines, drowned out by explosive coverage
of suicide bombers and an occupation maintained by one of the
world's most powerful armies. This critically acclaimed documentary
follows the lives of everyday leaders struggling for peace in
the midst of an escalating conflict.
when the world is losing hope about the possibility of resolving
the Palestinian-Israeli conflict comes Encounter Point. Created
by a Palestinian, Israeli, North and South American team, Encounter
Point moves beyond sensational and dogmatic imagery to tell the
story of an Israeli settler, a Palestinian ex-prisoner, a bereaved
Israeli mother and a wounded Palestinian bereaved brother who risk
their safety and public standing to press for an end to the conflict.
They are at the vanguard of a movement to push Palestinian and Israeli
societies to a tipping point, forging a new consensus for nonviolence
and peace. Perhaps years from now, their actions will be recognized
as a catalyst for constructive change in the region. Encounter Point
is a film about hope, true courage and implicitly about the silence
of journalists and politicians who pay little attention to vital
grassroots peace efforts.
For more information
on the film, please visit: www.encounterpoint.com
funny and deeply troubling" - Los Angeles Times
else entirely.... Ronit Avni and Julia Bacha never flinch
from the brutal tragedies these men and women have endured,
thereby capturing the heroism of their nonviolent choice."
- TimeOut NY
Ronit Avni is the Founder and Executive Director of Just
Vision, a non-profit that widens the influence of Palestinian
and Israeli grassroots peace builders. She has co-produced short
videos and online video advocacy features in collaboration with
filmmakers in Senegal, Burkina Faso, the United States and Brazil
while working for Peter Gabriel's human rights organization, WITNESS.
WITNESS advances human rights advocacy using video and communications
technology. Ronit has trained non-governmental organizations from
Honduras to the Gambia to produce videos as a tool for public
education and grassroots mobilizing, as a deterrent to further
abuse and as evidence before courts and tribunals. She wrote and
produced a short documentary film, Rise, with the Revolutionary
Association of the Women of Afghanistan. Rise premiered at Makor
in Manhattan and screened at the Women's Film Festival in Seoul,
Korea, and at the GlobalVisions Film Festival in Canada. Excerpts
from Rise were featured on PBS's World At Large. She was among
eight American-based recipients of the 2003-2005 Joshua Venture
Fellowship for young Jewish social entrepreneurs. She was recently
selected to receive the Auburn Seminary's 'Lives of Commitment'
Award. Ronit has lectured at American University, Concordia University,
Minnesota University, Bard College, New York University, the New
School and Vassar College. Ronit has written for Satya magazine
and co-edited the book, Video for Change: A Guide for Advocacy
and Activism (Pluto Press, UK), with staff from WITNESS. Ronit's
essay, "Inverting the Shame-Based Human Rights Documentation
Model in the Context of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict,"
was published in the spring 2006 edition of American Anthropologist.
with honors with a BA in Political Science from Vassar College.
She received a Burnam Fellowship to intern at B'Tselem: the Israeli
Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.
While abroad, Ronit volunteered for the Public Committee Against
Torture in Israel (PCATI). Ronit acquired a DEC in Professional
Theatre Studies from Dawson College. She has directed plays for
Show-Off and Threepenny Productions in Montreal.
October 26, 11:30am - 1pm, Auditorium
Planes, Spiders and Elevators; Phobias
Are Easy to Treat
Karen White, Psychology and Methodology teacher at Vanier College
is an excessive fear reaction to something that isn't actually
that dangerous. It can lead us to avoid common experiences such
as riding in elevators or going into basements.
fears can stop us from travelling or speaking in front of groups,
and make us feel ridiculous! But psychologists know how to treat
phobias well and quickly (without ever having to talk about your
Dr. Karen White
is a teacher in the Psychology Dept at Vanier College. She is also a clinical
psychologist in private practice in Montreal. She treats adults and adolescents
for depression, anxiety, stress, compulsive behaviours, and often just
for unhappiness. In addition, she treats couples and individuals who want
to improve their relationships.
October 26, 1 - 2:30pm, Auditorium
Climate Change 101: A
Live Presentation of Al Gore's Slideshow on Global Warming and Climate
Shelley Kath, Executive
Director of The Climate Project-Canada and climate change messenger
personally trained by Al Gore to present the slide show that forms the
subject of the documentary film, An Inconvenient Truth.
Former U.S. Vice-president,
Al Gore has presented the slide show on global warming and climate change
seen in the film, An Inconvenient Truth, over 1,000 times. Now, you
can see the slideshow in your community, presented by one of the Canadians
personally trained by Al Gore to present his slides. The slideshow provides
a great overview and introduction to global warming and its many impacts,
particularly climate change. The slideshow includes a look at some of
the Canadian impacts as well, and explores some of the ways individuals
can approach taking action to reduce greenhouse gases.
Climate Project (TCP), founded by former US Vice President Al Gore,
is a movement to educate and challenge both citizens and governments
into action against the growing crisis of global warming.
Its first initiative involved the training of over 1,000 individuals,
including 21 Canadians, to present a personalized and localized
slide-show version of An Inconvenient Truth. Following the initial
US training sessions, similar trainings led by Al Gore were held
in Australia and the United Kingdom, and others are planned for
India, China, Spain and Canada. The Canadian training program
will be developed and organized by a new organization called The
Climate Project - Canada, created by a handful of Canadian presenters
trained by Mr. Gore in Nashville. The Climate Project - Canada
operates in close conjunction with The Climate Project in the
bio: Shelley Kath is one of the climate change messengers
personally trained by Al Gore to present the slide show that forms
the subject of the documentary film, An Inconvenient Truth. Following
the film's launch in the spring of 2006, Mr. Gore decided to create
"The Climate Project", an initiative through which he
wanted to select and personally train some 1000 individuals who
would then go out into their communities and present the slide
show a minimum of 10 times each. Shelley was the 51st person chosen
and the first Canadian, and was trained by Mr. Gore in December
2006 in Nashville, Tennessee. She also assisted at Mr. Gore's
final training session in Nashville in April of this year and
served as mentor to some 50 presenters from the northeastern US
and Canada. Additionally, Shelley authored one of the documents
contained in the training materials for Mr. Gore's US training
sessions. Furthermore, she arranged for and coordinated the translation
of Mr. Gore's slide show into French and Spanish by the Centre
Helios, a Montreal-based nonprofit energy and environment research
and consulting group.
of last year, Shelley has served as the point person and coordinator
for Climate Project activities in Canada. Recently, she was named
Executive Director of The Climate Project - Canada, which will
host a training session led by Mr. Gore here in Canada, along
with a post-training follow-up program, in order to launch another
200 presenters across the country (currently, there are only 21,
compared to 1000 in the US).
an attorney and member of the Quebec Bar, formerly with the law
firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, in its Environment and Energy,
as well as Strategic Counsel Groups. Before becoming a proud Canadian,
Shelley lived in New York State where she was very active in environmental
advocacy. Prior to coming to Montreal to study law at McGill,
she served as Legislative Director of the Sierra Club's New York
State Chapter, where she coordinated the Chapter's 45,000 members
and served as the organization's chief spokesperson and lobbyist.
She began her career in environmental advocacy about 20 years
ago when she was drafted by the League of Women Voters, best-known
for their voter registration work, to become the League's Environmental
Lobbyist in New York State.
in Montreal with her husband and 7-year old son, who naturally
fuels her interest in keeping global warming at bay!
online articles by Shelley Kath:
article from June 1, 2007: In defence of An Inconvenient Truth
article from May 31, 2007: Becoming an Instrument of (Climate)
This Festival could
not have been made possible without the generous contributions of the
following members of the Vanier Community:
Nancy Wargny, Faculty Dean, Faculty of Social Science, Commerce,
Arts and Letters
The Vanier College Learning
Doug Miller and Dany Brown
Vanier Social Justice
The Vanier College Teachers Association
(Native Awareness Group)
Neil Caplan, Miles
DeNora, Lyne Marie Larocque
Zsofia Orszagh, Denis
Lafontaine and Marguerite Corriveau
Natasha-Kim Ferenczi and Frédérique Denis
All teachers of the Vanier
College Social Science Program
We thank each and
every one of you.
further information or inquiries, please contact:
Nancy Leclerc at (514) 744-7500 ext 7272 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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