Social Justice Speaker Series
CCRLA is pleased to announce our 2013-2014 Social Justice Speaker Series!
CCRLA’s Social Justice Speaker Series and Community Workshops provide opportunities for community members, students, and faculty members to connect, share ideas, and develop new skills. This year’s Speaker Series theme is “What is knowledge?” and is a joint event series with the colloquium of the Laurier Community Psychology Program. Join us for a number of exciting upcoming events which explore how knowledge is conceptualized, created, and shared.
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March 12th, 2014 - RESEARCH in ACTION Workshop: Solving
Problems & Creating Social Change through Community-Based
Join us for an interactive, skill-building workshop for undergraduate students, presented by LSPIRG, CCRLA and the SLC. Learn how to apply your research skills to promote issues regarding social justice, environmentalism, community development, inclusion, equality and innovation. Build your leadership skills and your co-curricular record! This workshop can be added to your co-curricular record, and can contribute to your completion of your "community leadership" pillar at the SLC.
Time: 7:00 -8:30pm
Location: Student Leadership Centre
March 18th, 2014 - Workshop: Shared Learning for Impact
This workshop will explore how cities across Canada are learning and collaborating together to reduce poverty. Learn more about the Vibrant Communities Canada community of practice which includes a shared policy platform, evaluation framework and the building of connections to influence community change. Liz Weaver, Vice President of Tamarack - An Institute for Community Engagement, will share the lessons learned from more than 10 years of building a collective approach to community change.
Location: CCRLA, Rm. K214 in 232 King Street
Speaker: Liz Weaver is Vice-President of Tamarack and has worked as the Lead for Vibrant Communities Canada - Cities Reducing Poverty.
September 24th, 2013- Hodinohson:ni knowledge and wisdom
Join speaker Rick Hill to learn about the scope of Hodinohson:ni (People of the Longhouse) knowledge and how it is acquired, validated, and expressed in Hodinohson:ni culture. This talk will cover how such knowledge then shapes the Hodinohson:ni worldview and infuses language, ceremonies, stories, arts, and becomes a part of everyday activities. Rick will also discuss how this infusion in turn provides a manifestation of the knowledge and wisdom for the next generation.
Speaker: Rick Hill is coordinator of Deyohahá:ge: Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Six Nations Polytechnic, Ohsweken, Six Nations of the Grand River.
September 30th, 2013- The productive paradoxes of interdisciplinary collaboration
Dr. McMurty is the keynote speaker for the Laurier Interdisciplinary Conference: Promoting health and well-being through interdisciplinary collaboration: Moving jointly toward shared goals, which is co-sponsored by CCRLA. Dr. McMurty will discuss interdisciplinary thinking, theoretical frameworks and the conditions that support collaboration, as well as the productive paradoxes that drive interdisciplinarity: diversity/unity, autonomy/connection, individuals/collectives, knowers/known and so forth.
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Location: WLU Science Atrium
Speaker: Angus McMurty, Department of Education, University of Ottawa
October 22nd, 2013- Getting value from evaluation: The case of the
inREACH gang prevention project
In this talk, members of the inREACH gang prevention project share their unique insights gained from the success of the project. Believing that stories give life to data, the speakers will share their stories of the importance of rooting evaluations in the lives of people most affected by them. They will also explore the challenges of gaining valuable knowledge from evaluations, such as the common confusion between evaluation and accountability.
Speakers: Christiane Sadeler, Rohan Thompson (Crime Prevention Council), Shanna Braden (Lutherwood), Mark Pancer (Wilfrid Laurier University).
November 12th, 2013- “Every word was about us”: The role of community knowledge in assessing the health and well-being of trans people in Ontario
Community-based research (CBR) holds considerable promise for collecting new kinds of evidence related to health inequities. In some instances, CBR initiatives transcend traditional partnership arrangements in favour of power sharing and an approach to research that is deeply embedded in community knowledge. Trans PULSE is one such CBR project, where power sharing and community knowledge came together in an innovative way and is helping to shift the policy landscape for trans people in Ontario.
6:30-8:30pm (6:00-8:00pm **Please note time change from Series Flyer) Location: CCRLA
Speaker: Dr. Robb Travers, Department of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
January 8th, 2014- A new politics of knowledge production? Alcohol research, uncertainty, and social critique
Social constructionist viewpoints have offered a powerful perspective from which to critique the authority of science: by treating scientific knowledge production as human activity like any other, these perspectives offered starting points for examining the social actors, institutions, and interests shaping the process by which facts come to be held as true. Join Dr. Nicole Nelson in an exploration of how scientists’ visions of entities such as alcoholism and of the knowledge production process are changing, resulting in new narratives that seem to deflect traditional constructionists critiques by incorporating uncertainty into scientific
Speaker: Dr. Nicole Nelson, Department of the History of Science, University of Wisconsin
February 11th, 2014 - Interdisciplinarity & Indigenous Knowledge:
Thinking about "Ways of Knowing"
For the past six years our team has been undertaking a research program focused on climate change, maple syrup and, more recently, the value of non-timber forest products. In these projects we have been grappling with such concepts asinterdisciplinarity, Indigenous Knowledge (IK) and community-based participatory research. We have found that research incorporating a range of disciplines is often confused with research incorporating a range of "ways of knowing". This can mean that academics don't examine their own perspectives and training; instead, they focus on the "Indigenous other". In this presentation, we will outline why this confusion is problematic and offer an approach that bridges the interdisciplinary and Indigenous literatures.
Location: CCRLA, Rm. K214 in 232 King Street
Speaker: Dr. Brenda Murphy and Dr. Annette Chrétien