Arts on Violence

ARts on Violence program

ARTS ON VIOLENCE is a semester-long, faculty-wide program examining themes of violence through the lens of the social sciences and humanities. All events are free and open to the public. For help locating events held on Memorial's St. John's campus, view this campus map.

Supported by the Vice President (Academic’s) fund for scholarship in the arts.


February 7 from 3 to 5 p.m., SN 2041 - Violence: A Definition – a panel with Barry Stephenson, Luke Ashworth, Noreen Golfman

February 12 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., A 1045 - Guest speaker Mostafa Miniwi of Cornell University discusses "Imperialism under the Radar:  The Ottomans and the Scramble for Africa"

February 25, 7:30 p.m., Bruneau Centre's Innovation Theatre - Gwynne Dyer answers the question "Why is the Middle East so Violent?"


March 7, 3 to 5 p.m., SN 2041 – Violence: State & Society – a panel with Maria Mayr, Trevor Pomeroy, Carol-Lynne D’Arcangelis

March 27, 3 to 5 p.m., SN 2041 – Violence: Then & Now – a panel with Paul Smith, Alan Hall, Messod Salama

March 28, 1 to 2 p.m., A 1046 - Carmen Aguirre, playwright and actress, will read from her book Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter

March 28, 4 p.m., A1043 – Guest speaker Michael Carter (Brock University) discusses the culture of gladiators


April 3, 7 to 9 p.m., A 1046 – Sublimating Violence?: When Philosophy meets Literature – a panel with Joel Madore, Ariana Patey, Seamus O’Neill, Helen F. Patey, Michelle Mahoney

April 17, 3 to 5 p.m., SN 2041 – Violence: Today – a panel with Christopher Lockett, Craig Cramm, Jeffery Learning, Virginia Harger-Grinling

April 22, 3 to 5 p.m., A 1046 - Civil Disobediance: Transcendence in Political Philosophy presented by Professor Maeve Cook, University College Dublin

April 23, 1 to 3:30 p.m., SN 4035 - Arts on Violence with the Department of French and Spanish presents Philippe Basabose, Myriam Osorio, Messod Salama and Dr. Jean-Marc Lemelin wiith the introduction by Anne Thareau, Head, Department of French and Spanish


May 13, 6 to 8 p.m., The Rocket Room - Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis and  Movement Building Strategy - a workshop with Chris Crass. This is a workshop for activists and anyone interested in community organizing. We will engage participants with dynamic questions of how to create and support effective movements for visionary systemic change. Using storytelling and personal experiences Chris Crass will pull from his more than two decades of personal experience to share his first hand look at the challenges and opportunities of anti-racist work in white communities, feminist work with men, and the integration of women of colour feminist praxis into social movement spaces. The workshop will support discussion and strategizing on how these concepts and practices can be applied here. Limited space available. Contact to reserve a space.

May 13, 8 to 10 p.m., The Rocket Room - Activist Chronicles: Stories from the Field with Steve D'Arcy, Jaggi Singh and Leanne Simpson

May 14, 1 to 5 p.m., The Landing -  Violent Measures: When are they Justified? - Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Dr. Sean Cadigan, Jaggi Singh, Chris Crass, Steve Darcy 


Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000