Viewpoints”, is the theme and title of the 2017 Vanier College English Department’s annual symposium, running from November 8th to the 10th.. The 3-day event will feature speakers, performers, activists and writers who have created and shared ideas that are informed by their viewpoints, but have also delved into the consideration of other perspectives. All events run every day from 8:15 am to 5:30 pm in the Auditorium with the exception of the Coffee House, which will be take place in the Theatre Room (B-325). Guest speakers and activities include the following:


November 8

  • Surviving as a Scribbler: Professional Writing In Canada. A panel of three writers, Andrea Juhász, Julie Barlow, and Kathe Lieber, will discuss freelance professional writing and translation.
  • “Seeing Voices”: Deaf Culture and Perspectives, with Jack Volpe who was born Deaf.
  • Confabulation and the Vanier Storytelling Project Present: Speaking Stories. Teachers and students will tell stories. Hosted by Vanier English teachers and Storytelling Project leaders Matt Goldberg and Stephen Dinsmore.
  • The Story Behind The Story. Novelist Ami Sands Brodoff will talk about the inspiration for her new novel, In Many Waters. This event is co-sponsored by QWF Writer’s-in-CEGEP Program.
  • PLUCK’D. From the 2017 Montreal Fringe Festival, Pluck’d written by Kě Xīn Li, a play about a queer, non-binary, anarchist, tells the story of a Chinese immigrant family torn apart by gaps of generation, culture, and language and reunited by the beauty of Christmas.

 November 9

  • Life Writing in Graphic Form: Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos and Me, with author Lorina Mapa explores growing up in the Philippines during the 1980s. This event is co-sponsored by QWF Writer’s-in-CEGEP Program.
  • Politics Through the Artist’s Lens: Iranian Canadian Filmmaking with Shahrzad Arshadi and Masoud Raouf, multidisciplinary artists who have made documentaries related to Iran and elsewhere.
  • The 60’s Scoop and the Representation of Indigenous Voices in the Media. The 60’s scoop was a government initiative to assimilate Aboriginal people through adoption or foster care to non-Aboriginal families. Nakuset will talk about the effects of cross cultural adoption and where things stand today. This event is sponsored by Vanier’s Indigenous Circle.
  • Experimenting With Perspectives. Author Kaie Kellough will talk about his experimental novel, Accordéon.
  • We’re Here, We’re Queer: The Personal As Political In Canadian Short-Form Videos. Various queer Canadian video works from the early 1990s to 2015, featuring filmmaker and educator Colleen Ayoup, will be screened in a survey of shorts from animation to documentary, experimental, and hybrid forms.

November 10

  • My Journey in Poetry: Life Lessons. Jason Selman will talk about how he has learned a lot from his life as a poet.
  • My Pregnant Brother created by Johanna Nutter and Jeremy Taylor. This award-winning play has become an international hit in both English and French, across Canada and in Europe.
  • Slam Poetry: History and Talented Vanier students Catherine Dorcas Boateng, Amilyon Oliver-Hall, and Ruchama Botat, will perform, and Deanna Smith will talk about the history of slam and spoken word.
  • Coffee House. Teachers, staff and students will read or perform their own original literary works.

Check the complete schedule for details.

2017 English Symposium Viewpoints

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