News Release

REF NO.: 168

SUBJECT: PSA: Memorial's ARTS on Violence series wraps up with a focus on activism

DATE: May 9, 2014

Four prominent activists will join Dr. Sean Cadigan of Memorial University’s Department of History as participants in the final ARTS on Violence sessions May 13-14.
A faculty-wide initiative highlighting some of the exciting research conducted by faculty members and graduate students in the Faculty of Arts, ARTS on Violence is supported by the Vice-President’s (Academic) Fund for Scholarship in the Arts.
Over 10 events have been held over the winter 2014 semester, showcasing research from all 16 departments in the Faculty of Arts.
There are two ARTS on Violence events scheduled for Tuesday, May 13, at the Rocket Room, 272 Water St. A workshop for those interested in community organizing will take place from 6-8 p.m.; a panel discussion on activism, Activist Chronicles: Stories From the Field, will take place from 8-10 p.m.
On Wednesday, May 14, the discussion will focus on Violent Measures: When Are They Justified? from 1-5 p.m. in The Landing, University Centre, St. John’s campus.   
All three events are free and open to everyone; however registration is required for the workshop by contacting chriscrassworkshopnl@gmail.com.
For more information, visit www.mun.ca/arts/news/events/aov.php
About the participants:
Sean Cadigan is a professor in the Department of History at Memorial University and is a specialist in the social and ecological history of fishers and fishing communities. His most recent book, Death on Two Fronts (Penguins, 2013) examines the impact of The Great War on public support of the Fishermen’s Protective Union after the SS Newfoundland sealing disaster and the lasting impact of these events on Newfoundland’s political culture.
Chris Crass is a social justice activist and writer. A central figure in anti-war and anti-racist movement in the U.S. for over two decades, Mr. Crass is committed to “building powerful working class-based, feminist, multiracial movements for collective liberation” through his activities, talks and workshops dedicated to fostering change. He is the author of Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis and Movement Building Strategy (PM Press, 2013).
Stephen D’Arcy is an associate professor of philosophy at Ontario’s Huron University College, Western University. His research addresses practical ethics, democratic theory and theories of social and environmental justice. Dr. D’Arcy is the author of Languages of the Unheard (Between the Lines, 2013), a work that explores the moral ambiguities and politics of military resistance.
Jaggi Singh is a Montreal-based community organizer and activist in groups and projects such as the Anti-Capitalist Convergence (CLAC), migrant rights organizations No One is Illegal and Solidarity Across Borders, and the Montreal Anarchist Bookfair. Mr. Singh has gained renown over the past 10 years through his participation in numerous high-profile anti-capitalist, anti-war and civil rights protests, where his actions have caught the attention of the public, the police and the media.
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is an award-winning writer, storyteller, educator and activist of Mississauga Anishinaabeg ancestry. A member of the Alderville First Nation (Rice Lake, Ontario), Ms. Simpson draws on her extensive knowledge of indigenous peoples to inform her scholarship and as inspiration for her work with indigenous communities and organizations. Ms. Simpson is the author of over 30 scholarly articles and five books, including her most recent collection of short stories, Islands of Decolonial Love (ARP Books, 2014).

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