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(March 7, 2002, Gazette)

Phil  Robbins' Public artworkPhil Robbins' Public artwork

Three Grenfell College visual arts students held public exhibitions at the Valley Mall on Friday, Feb. 22. The pieces were meant to be ways that the students could connect with the public. Phil Robbins’ Public Artwork (L) involved a group of students who completed a public drawing. Mr. Robbins is seen here at centre among the group of students, who came from around the Corner Brook area. The group drew for the length of the day and were videotaped throughout. The final piece was then displayed along with a showing of the video. Heidi Anderson’s Mall Rat (C), was a performance piece based on reality television where she lived in the mall for the day. Here, she’s seen behind glass as she goes about her normal routine. Laura King’s 12 Hours of Thought, (R) another performance piece, was based on automatic writing. She “free associated” for 12 hours straight using adding machine tape to allow for complete continuity and free-flow of thought.

Thursday, March 7
Cinema series — MUN Cinema Series presents Our Lady of the Assassins (La Virgen de los sicarios) (Colombia/ France/Spain 2000). Rated R. Spanish with English subtitles. Directed by Barbet Schroeder with Germán Jaramillo, Anderson Ballesteros, Juan David Restrepo, Manuel Busquets, et al. All screenings are at 7 p.m. in Empire Theatres Studio 12 in the Avalon Mall. For more, see

Lecture — Dr. Robert Paine will be presenting a lecture titled The Place of ‘Equivalence’ in the Politics of Being a Reindeer Pastoralist, from 12-2 p.m. in room A-2072. Everyone welcome.

Discussion — The Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs offers the Mi’kmaq/Maliseet and Passamaquoddy Treaty Education Initiative, designed to raise awareness of treaties and treaty-related issues through community dialogue in room AA-1046 at 5 p.m. with an opportunity for questions and discussion. A reception will follow in the University Club.

Friday, March 8
Lecture — The Women’s Studies program speakers’ series continues with Eleanor Bernard, director of the Mi’kmaq College Institute, Cheryl Bartlett, professor biology at UCCB, and Edwina Wetzel, St. Anne’s School in Conne River, who will speak on education innovations by and for Aboriginal people, at 3 p.m. in room SN-4087 of the Science Building.

Seminar — Dr. Wade Locke and Scott Lynch, Economics, will present a seminar on knowledge-based enterprises titled The State of Innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador: An Interprovincial Comparison, in room AA-1049 at 3 p.m.

Heidi Anderson’s Mall Rat

Heidi Anderson’s Mall Rat

Sunday, March 10
Art workshop — Dabble in Printmaking: An Art Workshop for Adults takes place from 1-4 p.m. at the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John’s. An excellent workshop for beginners who want to learn some cheap and easy ways to make prints to use on greeting cards and for decoration, or for those who just want an afternoon out to be creative and not have to clean up the mess. Gallery educator Kate Wolforth will guide participants in turning household objects into printmaking materials. Register: 737-2563. Fee: $15 or $12 for AGNL members, all supplies included.

Tuesday, March 12
Colloquium — There is a philosophy colloquium at 2 p.m. in room SN-4040 of the Science Building. Dr. A Latus will present a talk titled The Roots of Consent: The History of “Informed Consent” and Its Implications for Genomics Research.

Wednesday, March 13
Lecture — Dr. Richard Ilgner, German and Russian department, will present a talk at 8 p.m. titled The Artist as Outsider: The Fate of Art in the City of Weimar (1832-1932), at the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, Arts and Culture Centre, St. John’s, in conjunction with the exhibition Prints and Drawings of the Weimar Republic at the gallery until

March 24, 2002.
Wessex Society — The Wessex Society presents a public lecture at 8 p.m. at Hampton Hall of the Marine Institute. Dr. Otto Tucker will speak on The Salvation Army of Newfoundland: A Story of Passion and Compassion.

Thursday, March 14
Lecture — Dr. Mark Tate, Anthropology, will present a lecture titled Gambling and the Death of God, from 12-2 p.m., in room A-2072. Everyone welcome.

Cinema series — MUN Cinema Series presents Treed Murray (Canada 2001). Directed by William Phillips with David Hewlett, Aaron Ashmore, Kevin Duhaney and Jessica Greco. All screenings are at 7 p.m. in Empire Theatres Studio 12 in the Avalon Mall. For more, see

Laura King’s 12 Hours of ThoughtLaura King’s 12 Hours of Thought

Friday, March 15

Lecture — The Newfoundland Rock Garden Society and the Newfoundland Wildflower Society present a free public lecture titled The Arctic and Alpine Flora of Northern Norway by Dr. Finn Haugli, director of the Arctic-Alpine Botanical Garden in Tromsö, Norway, which is situated at 70 degree north latitude. The talk takes place at the Botanical Garden, Mount Scio Road, at 8 p.m.

Monday, March 18
Lecture – Dr. Pamela Willoughby, associate professor of anthropology at the university of Alberta will present the Elizabeth R. Laird Lecture titled The Great Rift Valley: East African Evidence for our Remote Past. The lecture will take place in the Health Sciences Auditorium starting at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. A reception will follow.

Tuesday, March 19
Lecture — As part of the Irish Newfoundland Association’s Irish Week 2002, Dr. Peter Hart, chair of Irish Studies in the Department of History, will give a lecture titled In Search of Michael Collins in Salon B of the Fairmont Newfoundland Hotel at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Colloquium — There is a philosophy colloquium at 2 p.m. in room SN-4040 of the Science Building. Dr. R. Matthews will present a talk titled What Can Transcendental Arguments Achieve.

Thursday, March 21
Cinema series — MUN Cinema Series presents Together (Tillsammans) (Sweden 2000). Swedish with English subtitles. Directed by Lukas Moodysson with Lisa Lindgren, Michael Nyqvist, Emma Samuelsson and Sam Kessel. All screenings are at 7 p.m. in Empire Theatres Studio 12 in the Avalon Mall. For more, see


Prints and Drawings of the Weimar Republic runs at the Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador until March 24, 2002. This internationally touring exhibition demonstrates the often conflicted relationships between art and politics, and between ideology and the everyday in the modern era. After the First World War the German monarchy had been dissolved to make way for a kind of liberal democracy known as the Weimar Republic (1919-1933). For information contact Gabrielle Kemp at 737-2370.

There are two new exhibitions opening at the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery today. The Tactile Vision: Dorothy Caldwell and Beth Oberholtzer and Stitching Women’s Lives: Sujuni and Khatwa from Bihar, India, curated by Dorothy Caldwell and Dr. Skye Morrison. They will continue until April 13. There will be an opening reception on March 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. to which the public is invited to attend. Both Dorothy Caldwell and Beth Oberholtzer will be present. Stitching Women’s Lives: Sujuni and Khatwa from Bihar, India offers a selection of six sujuni and one khatwa produced by the women of ADITHI which is a women’s non-government organization based in the state of Bihar, India. Sujuni refers to a straight running embroidery stitch on layered (often recycled) cotton while Khatwa uses applique. Both forms have functioned as a forum for socio-political issues affecting women. The works in this exhibition were commissioned by Caldwell and Morrison for exhibition at the Textile Museum of Canada. In conjunction with the exhibitions, Dorothy Caldwell will be offering a weekend workshop, Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10. The workshop, The Narrative Stitch, will use the tradition shown in the Stitching Women’s Lives exhibition as the point of departure for participants’ own works. Participants will learn about this tradition and will also do hands on-work The workshop is open to all. For further information regarding the workshop, please contact Marilyn Forward, program developer, Community Education at 637-6208. See the Web site at: