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COLLOQUIUMS / SEMINARS / CONFERENCES


FILM PROJECTION AND DISCUSSION
The Coca Cola Case

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Buchwald Room, 2nd floor, Millennium Library (251 Donald St)
Everyone is welcome to attend!

Film projection and discussion will be led by director Germán Gutiérrez, an independent filmmaker who has focused on social and political issues. He has directed more than twenty films and has also collaborated on a number of television series. He is the director of “The Coca Cola Case,” a documentary film about Coke and labour rights in the bottling plants that present a searing indictment of the Coca-Cola empire and its alleged kidnapping, torture and murder of union leaders trying to improve working conditions in Colombia, Guatemala and Turkey. In this event, the projection of the documentary will be followed by a discussion with director Gutiérrez.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of French, Spanish & Italian, the Institute for the Humanities, and the Interdisciplinary Research Cluster on Power and Resistance in Latin America

El Caso Coca-Cola

Date: Friday, November 4, 2011
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: 302 Tier Building

El Departamento de Francés, Español e Italiano invita a un charla con el director de cine: Germán Gutiérrez sobre el documental EL CASO COCA-COLA
El documental denuncia las violaciones a los derechos humanos de los trabajadores sindicales, que han sido financiadas por la multinacional COCA-COLA.

For more information, contact:
Prof. Maria Inès Martinez
Dept. of French, Spanish and Italian
marines_martinez@umanitoba.ca
Phone: (204) 474-9311


THE COCA COLA CASE: FILMMAKING, PARAMILITARIES, AND UNIONS IN COLOMBIA

Date: Friday, November 4th
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: 409 Tier Building
Everyone is welcome to attend!

Presentation  by Germán Gutiérrez, an independent filmmaker who has focused on social and political issues. He has directed more than twenty films and has also collaborated on a number of television series. He is the director of “The Coca Cola Case,” a documentary film about Coke and labour rights in the bottling plants that present a searing indictment of the Coca-Cola empire and its alleged kidnapping, torture and murder of union leaders trying to improve working conditions in Colombia, Guatemala and Turkey. The filmmakers follow labour rights lawyers Daniel Kovalik and Terry Collingsworth and an activist for the Stop Killer-Coke! Campaign, Ray Rogers, as they attempt to hold the giant U.S. multinational beverage company accountable in this legal and human rights battle. In this presentation, Gutiérrez will present sections of the film and discuss it with the audience.

This event is co-sponsored by th the Department of French, Spanish & Italian, the Institute for the Humanities and the Interdisciplinary Research Cluster on Power and Resistance in Latin America

For more information, contact:
Natalie Johnson
Assistant to the Director
Institute for the Humanities
umih@cc.umanitoba.ca
Phone: (204) 474-9599


CONFERENCE
Strangers in New Homelands:
Positioning the Rights of Immigrants and Refugees into the Human Rights Agenda around the World.

Date: November 3-4, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: 2nd Floor University Centre

This year’s conference is the 4th Annual Conference on the Social Reconstructing of “Home” Among Immigrants in Diaspora.

This Conference will bring together researchers, academics, graduate students, NGOs and government representatives from around the world to promote exchange and discussion on aspects of the integration and settlement processes of new immigrants and refugees in the diaspora. The focus will be on the emotional and social deconstruction and reconstruction of the concept of “Home” among these immigrants.

The main theme for the 2011 Conference is: Positioning the Rights of Immigrants and Refugees into the Human Rights Agenda around the World.

For more information, contact:
Holly Bochurka
Faculty of Social Work
bochurka@cc.mb.ca
Phone: (204) 474-9203


BIENNAL CONFERENCE
Canadian Association of Cultural Studies (CACS)/
L’Association canadienne des études culturelles (ACÉC)

Date: Saturday, November 4-6, 2011
Time: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: McGill University, Montreal

The 2011 CACS conference will be held at McGill University, Nov. 4-6, 2011, where CACS is jointly based in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies and Media@McGill. The conference will operate with four separate “streams”, or groups of sessions that run concurrently; applicants should direct their paper or panel proposals to one of the following streams:

  • Culture, Power and Everyday Life
  • Cultural and Aesthetic Praxis
  • The Future of Cultural History
  • Feminist and Queer Cultural Studies

Link for more information: http://myuminfo.umanitoba.ca/index.asp?sec=1238&too=200&dat=11/5/2011&sta=2&wee=3&eve=8&epa=49911

For more information, contact:
Diana Brydon
Canada Research Chair
Centre for Globalization and Cultural Studies
brydond@cc.umanitoba.ca
Phone: (204) 474-8109


NATIVE STUDIES COLLOQUIUM: COSMOPOLITAIN INDIGENEITY
Settler colonialism and genocide in Canada


Date:
Friday, November 4
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 pm.
Where: Migizii Agamik Boardroom

Speaker Andrew Woolford from the Sociology Department at the University of Manitoba will present as part of the Native Studies Colloquium Series.

From Mist to Buffalo: The Land and Indigenous Kinship Relationships

Date:
Friday, November 18
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 pm.
Where: Migizii Agamik Boardroom

Speaker Tasha Hubbard from the Native Studies Department at the University of Manitoba will present as part of the Native Studies Colloquium Series.

Dakota Okiciyaka Unyanpi: An Engagement into Kunsi Knowledge

Date:
Friday, November 25
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 pm.
Where: Migizii Agamik Boardroom

Speaker Deborah Myran MA student from the Native Studies Department at the University of Manitoba will present as part of the Native Studies Colloquium Series.

For more information, contact:
Shirley McFaren
Native Studies Department, 204 Isbister Building
mcfaren@cc.umanitoba.ca
Phone: (204) 474-9899


ELIZABETH DAFOE GRADUATE STUDENT LECTURE SERIES
Music & Solidarity: How the “Ballad of Chol Soo Lee” Saved One Man’s Life and Inspired a Movement

Date: Friday, November 4, 2011
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Location: Iceland Board Room, 3rd Floor, Elizabeth Dafoe Library

Speaker Rachell Dolynchuk from the Department of Sociology will speak as a part of the Elizabeth Dafoe Graduate Student Lecture Series.

For more information, contact:
Stella Rebling
Reference Services
Elizabeth Dafoe Library
stella_rebling@umanitoba.ca
Phone: (204) 474-9184


CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS: THE IDEA OF A HUMAN RIGHTS MUSEUM
The Ethics of Affect: History, Memory and Empathy

Date:
Monday, November 7, 2011
Time:
2:45 PM – 4:15 PM
Location:
Robson Hall, Faculty of Law, Room #206

Recent scholarship has emphasized the affective power of literature and story-telling to the emergence of the modern human rights regime. Here empathy and identification with the plight of the stranger are seen as part of the politics of recognition, a politics that ultimately sees the other as a rights bearing individual with standing. Drawing on examples from Historic Williamsburg, LGBT public history projects, and the Apartheid Museum this talk will explore the affective power of memory, testimonial, and witnessing in making Human Rights claims, as well as the potential hazards such an approach poses to the production of historical knowledge.

Dave Courchene, Fiona MacDonald, Benjamin Wood, & Peter Kulchyski

Date:     Monday, November 14, 2011
Time:     2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Location:     Robson Hall, Faculty of Law, Room #206

Dave Courchene, “An Elder’s Thoughts on the CMHR” (working title)

Fiona MacDonald (Political Studies, UofM) and Benjamin Wood (Political Studies, UofM), “The potential impact of prioritizing Indigenous peoples at the CMHR”

Peter Kulchyski, (Native Studies Department, UofM), “Aboriginal Rights are not Human Rights”

Fiona MacDonald and Benjamin Wood‘s paper takes the inclusion of Indigenous peoples in the content of the Canadian Human Rights Museum as a departure point for exploring the relationship between concepts of Indigenous rights and human rights more generally. In so doing they directly engage with Peter Kulchyski’s recent argument that Aboriginal rights are not human rights.  According to Kulchyski, “the growing discourse around Aboriginal rights has suffered from a conceptual confusion between Aboriginal rights and human rights.” In response, the central question of their discussion is: what are the potential benefits and potential losses Indigenous peoples may encounter from the growing association of Indigenous rights with human rights. In our examination we will consider how issues are framed within the human rights doctrine using the terms “equality” and “universality,” and how this framework may “help” certain objectives of various Indigenous social movements while “hurting” others. Examples that will be included in the discussion are the recent Canadian human rights commission case launched by the Assembly of First Nations and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society as well as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples. Overall, the objective of the discussion is to shed further critical light on the potential impact of prioritizing Indigenous peoples in the content of the Canadian Human Rights Museum.

Listening to Community Voices: The Case of Falun Gong

Date: Monday, November 28, 2011
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: Robson Hall, Faculty of Law, Room #206

Maria Cheung, David Matas and Terence Russell

The persecution of Falun Gong is a crime against humanity which is systematically perpetrated by the Chinese Communist regime. The 2005 United Nations Report of Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak reported that Falun Gong practitioners accounted for two thirds of the victims of torture in China. The extent and effect of the persecution of Falun Gong should be taken seriously by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

The Chinese Communist Party, either independently, or through the mechanisms of the Chinese state has compiled a long history of arbitrary, violent action against those it considers its enemies. This hostile action continues today, if in a more selective fashion.

In this presentation, the authors argue that the voices of the Falun Gong community need to be heard. By analyzing five Canadian Tribunal cases on Falun Gong, the authors illustrate (1) the web of extrajudicial apparatus that are employed to persecute Falun Gong in China; (2) how the oppression of the Falun Gong in China is being extended to Canada, which results in discrimination and marginalization of the group in Canada.

Public Event.  All are welcome to attend.

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RSC GOVERNOR GENERAL LECTURE SERIES
We are all Treaty People: Accepting the Queen’s Hand

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2011
Time: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Location: Room 220 (Russell), University Centre

Reception to Follow from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm in Room 224, University Centre
Please RSVP to Shellie Johannesson, 474-7952, or johanne2@umanitoba.ca, by November 1, 2011

All are welcome!

Guest Lecturer: Professor James Miller, FRSC

For more information, contact:
Brent Deere
Office of the Vice-President (Research and International)
brent_deere@umanitoba.ca
Phone: (204) 474-8697


SEMINAR
Social Assistance and Health: Is there a causal link?

Date: Friday, November 18, 2011
Time: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: 307 Tier

The Department of Economics is pleased to present a seminar by Lori Curtis, University of Waterloo. Her topic is Social Assistance and Health: Is there a causal link? The seminar will be held in 307 Tier from 2:30 to 4:00 pm on Friday, November 18. All are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact:
Debby Fiorucci
Office Assistant
Economics
debby_fiorucci@umanitoba.ca
Phone: (204) 474-9207
Fax: (204) 474-7681


LECTURE
Reform or Regression? The Last Five Years at the UN Human Rights Council

Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: 100 Fletcher Argue Building, Fort Garry Campus, University of Manitoba
(Main theatre between Dafoe Library and the Tier Building)

The Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism presents Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch.

Link: www.canisa.org


LECTURE
Prison Capacity Expansion and the Need for an Alternative Approach

Date:     Friday, November 25, 2011
Time:     11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location:     Moot Court, Robson Hall, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba

A lecture by sociologist Justin Piché from Memorial University

Governments across Canada are in the process of establishing close to 10,000 new prisoner beds at a construction cost of more than $3.6 billion and counting, with millions more in expenditures to operate and manage new penal infrastructure. This presentation examines the justifications marshaled by proponents of incarceration to legitimate prison capacity expansion.

While the equivalent of 34 new units being built on the grounds of existing federal penitentiaries are in response to new sentencing measures, the 22 new prisons and 16 additions to existing facilities at the provincial-territorial level were mostly put in place to address a growing number of prisoners awaiting trial and/or sentencing who, on a given day, outnumber sentenced prisoners in the penal institutions where they are warehoused. With most provinces and territories not having factored in the impact of federal sentencing measures into their decisions to build new prison spaces, this presentation considers the impact that such laws may have on prison populations and whether further investments in penal infrastructure will be required to absorb the influx of more prisoners, serving longer sentences, with fewer chances of release, at a high fiscal cost and poor return on social investment were community safety is concerned.

As sentencing measures and decisions to expand prison capacity are policy choices, rather than inevitable responses to criminalized conflicts and harms in our communities, this presentation concludes with a discussion on how the future can otherwise be different by considering alternative ways of conceptualizing and responding to these issues.

For more information, contact:
Jennifer Chlopecki
Communications Coordinator
Faculty of Law
jennifer_chlopecki@umanitoba.ca
Phone: (204) 480-1452
Fax: (204) 474-7580


EVENTS


UNPAC Workshop: Budgeting for Women’s Human Rights

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: The University of Winnipeg, Convocation Hall – 2nd floor of Wesley Hall -515 Portage Avenue

What does a government budget have to do with women’s equality?

Come learn how the spending and taxing decisions of the federal government affect women’s equality rights. Learn how governments set budget priorities and how women are advocating for change.

Share your own concerns and hopes and help create budgets that represent you.

Presenters:

Marilou McPhedran, Principal, The University of Winnipeg Global College
Lorna Turnbull, Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba
Meg Luxton, Professor, School of Women’s Studies, York University
Barbara Cameron, Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Equity Studies & Political Science, York University

Workshop is free and lunch will be provided.

To register or for more information contact UNPAC 204.772.7876

Please inform re food allergies, childcare requirements, required disability supports

For more information, contact:
Jennifer Chlopecki
Communications Coordinator
Faculty of Law
jennifer_chlopecki@umanitoba.ca
Phone: (204) 480-1452
Fax: (204) 474-7580


BOOK LAUNCH
“They Shoot Doctors Don’t They?: A Memoir” by Jack Fainman & Roland Penner

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: McNally Robinson

Bitter debate about abortion in the 1990s led to the attempted murder that shattered Dr. Jack Fainman’s shoulder and life. At the time, Fainman was the head of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Winnipeg’s Victoria Hospital. He had performed therapeutic abortions but he had also delivered more than 5,000 babies. This memoir of Fainman’s life as a doctor begins in Winnipeg’s North End and takes us to Chicago where he trained in his specialty and ultimately to the assassination attempt that changed his life forever. Former Manitoba attorney general Roland Penner wrote the book with Dr. Fainman and adds the legal context governing the abortion issue both then and now.

Jack Fainman was a doctor for more than four decades, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology for much of that time. His career came to an abrupt end on Remembrance Day, 1997 with a shot in the dark.

Roland Penner is a recently retired professor at the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law. He was Manitoba’s attorney general for seven years, dealing with several critical issues including abortion. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 2000.

For more information, contact:
Jennifer Chlopecki
Communications Coordinator
Faculty of Law
jennifer_chlopecki@umanitoba.ca
Phone: (204) 480-1452
Fax: (204) 474-7580


2011 Beyond Borders Media Awards

Date: Monday, November 21, 2011
Time: 11:45 AM – 1:30 PM
Location: Fort Garry Hotel

The awards honour Canadian journalists who have provided exemplary coverage of child sexual exploitation issues. View the nominees at www.beyondborders.org/wp/media-awards/.

Keynote: Justice Overdue: From Outrage to Action

Beyond Borders co-founder
Mark Erik Hecht will tell of how two ordinary citizens, with the help of two journalists, have contributed to the fight against child sexual exploitation. In 1995, Catholic priest and convicted pedophile Eric Dejaeger fled Canada to escape new charges for sexually abusing children in Igloolik, Nunavut. He lived freely in his native Belgium for over 15 years until two women, Canadian Sylvia McEachern and Belgian Lieve Halsberghe, teamed up to expose the injustice.

The ceremony runs from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and includes a luncheon. Tickets are $50 each. The group rate for 10 people is $475 – a savings of $25.

Register today –  SEATING IS LIMITED!
visit www.beyondborders.org, call 204-799-4780, or mail a cheque to Beyond Borders, 387 Broadway, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 0V5 (include names and contact information of registrants and any special dietary requirements).


SYMPOSIUM
Out of Mind—Into Creativity: Mental Health and the Arts

Dates: November 24–26, 2011
Location: Winnipeg Art Gallery

Out of Mind—Into Creativity: Mental Health and the Arts will feature a lineup of speakers and panelists from Winnipeg and abroad.
The keynote address will by Jenny Secker, Professor of Mental Health at Anglia Ruskin University, Essex, UK.Dr. Secker has won numerous awards for her research in the area of mental health and social inclusion, with a particular focus on creative endeavour and the participatory arts. In 2009, she received an Arts and Health Award from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) for the study Mental Health, Social Inclusion and the Arts: Developing the Evidence-base.

To register or find out more visit http://wag.ca/visit/events/list/category/specialevents/352


OPPORTUNITIES / ANNOUNCEMENTS / RESOURCES


Palliative Care as a Human Right

Three Manitoba lawyers have published a paper examining whether palliative care is an enforceable human right.

The article by Yude Henteleff, senior counsel at Pitblado and chair of the content advisory committee of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and U of Manitoba law professors Mary Shariff and Darcy MacPherson was published in the September issue of the McGill Journal of Law and Health.

It’s available online through Mary’s webpage: works.bepress.com/mary_shariff/26/


Handbook on Understanding and Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Robson Hall law Prof. Brenda Gunn and the Indigenous Bar Association have produced a new handbook on Understanding and Implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Download it at: chrr.info/images/stories/UNDRIP_Handbook_WEB_2.pdf


Fellowship Opportunities for Faculty Members

Application Deadline: November 14, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.

The Centre on Aging is currently accepting applications for Research Fellowships for the 2012–2013 academic year from University of Manitoba faculty members. Applications must be completed in full as specified in the brochure. Applications will be accepted until November 14, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.

The Centre on Aging has several funding opportunities that are meant to encourage the furthering of studies in aging and gerontology. These awards/fellowships have been made available through gifts and donations made to the Centre on Aging. For more information about fellowship opportunities, view the following link:
http://www.umanitoba.ca/centres/aging/faculty_opportunities/fellowships.html

Centre on Aging
338 Isbister Bldg
University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB  R3T 2N2 Canada

Tel 204-474-8754  Fax 204-474-7576
Email aging@umanitoba.ca


CALL FOR PAPERS
Canadian Journal of Human Rights

The Canadian Journal of Human Rights (CJHR) is currently accepting submissions. The CJHR seeks scholarly articles related to human rights or international humanitarian law including articles with a Canadian, international, theoretical or comparative focus. We encourage a diversity of opinions.

For more information please visit: http://cjhr.ca/


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