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January 22, 2004
 In Brief


In Brief

Harvey lecturer
Liz Stanley, who currently holds a research chair in sociology at the University of Newcastle, will deliver the 2004 Henrietta Harvey Lecture in February.

Dr. Stanley previously was chair of sociology at the University of Manchester in the UK, and has been editor of Women’s Studies International Forum, Sociology, Auto/Biography and founding editor of Sociological Research Online.

Among her best known books are (with Sue Wise) Breaking Out: Feminist Consciousness and Feminist Research (1983); Breaking Out Again: Feminist Ontology and Epistemology (1993); The Auto/Biographical I (1992); and Feminist Praxis (1990). She has lived in New Zealand and post-1994 South Africa, in the latter case for an extensive period.

Her main academic interests are concerned with grounded explorations of epistemological matters, particularly regarding knowledge-claims about the past, concerning the relationship between biography and social structure, and in relation to cross-cultural comparisons. Liz Stanley will give the following public presentations:

Tuesday, Feb. 3: The Henrietta Harvey Lecture titled From the Perimeter of Memorial Spaces: Post-memory, Land Acts and Public Commemoration of the Concentration Camps of the South African War, at the Donald Cook Recital Hall, 7.30 p.m., to be followed by a wine and cheese reception in the foyer.

Wednesday, Feb. 4: Mourning Becomes: Boer Women and the Political Mythology of Afrikanerdom, in room SN-2105 (To be confirmed) 12 p.m., followed by coffee and donuts. This seminar is aimed principally at students in Arts but all are welcome.

Thursday, Feb. 5: “The Method of the Life We All Lead: Sociological Thoughts on Olive Schreiner's Social Theory, at 2 p.m. in the Genesis Room, Spencer Hall, followed by coffee. This seminar is aimed at faculty, especially Arts faculty, but all are welcome.

Friday, Feb. 6: Feminist Theory Without Bounds - or a Theory That Refuses to Know its Place, at 3 p.m. in the Sally Davis Room (SN-4087). This is part of the Women’s Studies Speakers Series and will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.

Calls to new PM
Six national education associations have called on Prime Minister Paul Martin to make post-secondary education a priority for Canada.

In a letter released Jan. 14, the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, the Canadian Association of University Teachers, the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Canadian Federation of Students have emphasized to the prime minister that accessible and high quality post-secondary education is vital to Canada’s economic, social and cultural development.

The six associations, which represent students, faculty, scholarly associations and more than 200 post-secondary institutions across the country, call on the federal government to use the upcoming Speech from the Throne as an opportunity to stress the importance of post-secondary education for all Canadians. They recommend that the federal government commit to working with provincial and territorial governments to design and implement a fiscal transfer to the provinces and territories for the specific purpose of funding post-secondary education.

The joint letter to the prime minister represents an exceptional collective effort by the post-secondary education community to work together on issues of common concern.

Film poster exhibit at Grenfell
Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery is hosting Representing Cinema and the Art of the Film Poster, an exhibition of 32 original film posters from around the world, dating between 1929 and 1974. The exhibition is organized and circulated by the Thames Art Gallery and drawn from a collection of film posters assembled over the past ten years by guest curator Otto Buj.

A number of pieces in the exhibition are either unique or one of only a few copies known to exist. Unlike other popular culture ephemera, such as books, prints, cards, or magazines, film posters were never intended for public market. They were produced by the studio exclusively for use by the theatre, and were to be returned to the distributor immediately thereafter. At this point they were normally destroyed and, as a result, comparatively few have survived. Those that did survive have also had to contend with wars, natural disasters, mishandling, and the ravages of time.

Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery will host a film series in conjunction with the exhibition. While a film poster can be enjoyed simply as a work of art or historical document, the film screenings will offer an opportunity for the viewer to become familiar with the following films represented in the exhibition.

Films will be screened in the Arts and Sciences Lecture Theatre (AS328) and in the Fine Arts Lecture Theatre (FA224), as noted. Please call 637-6209 for information.


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