Human Rights in Arts

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Posted on | March 25, 2012 | No Comments


2012 Human Rights Film Festival

Posted on | March 21, 2012 | No Comments

‘March 21st Human Rights Film Festival’ Back For 2nd Year!

The Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties is please to introduce the 2nd annual “March 21st: Human Rights Film Festival”! This festival was developed in 2010 to increase public awareness of the work needed for the elimination of social inequality and racial discrimination. It highlights March 21 the Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and showcases a film selection that addresses human rights issues. The festival is open to the public and all of the events are free. We invite everyone to attend, discuss and get connected with others in our community. For more detailed information check out the website!

Schedule of Events


  • Noon – “Building a Culture of Human Rights: A Panel Discussion on Human Rights Education”. (Millennium Library)
  • 7PM – Screening of “Eve and the Fire Horse”, followed by an interfaith panel discussion. (IMAX Theatre)


    • 9AM – Youth Program & Workshop (Millennium Library)
    • Noon – Short Film program (Millennium Library)
    • 7PM – Screening of “In the Name of the Family”; Q & A tO Follow (IMAX Theatre)
    • 9PM – Screening of “A Child’s Century of War”; Q & A tO Follow (IMAX Theatre)

      FRIDAY, MARCH 23

        • Noon – Screening of the short film “The Little Black School House” (Millennium Library)
        • 7PM – Screening of “You Don’t Like the Truth”; Q & A tO Follow (IMAX Theatre)
        • 9PM – Closing Night Reception, refreshments provided (IMAX Theatre)

        All Events are FREE, for more information check out the website.


        Deborah Stienstra launching About Canada: Disability Rights

        Posted on | March 21, 2012 | No Comments

        Thursday March 22, 7:00 pm
        Grant Park in the Atrium

        Through a close examination of employment, education, transportation, telecommunications and health care, About Canada: Disability Rights explores the landscape of disability rights in Canada and finds that, while important advances have been made, Canadians with disabilities still experience significant barriers in obtaining their human rights. Stienstra contends that achieving disability rights is possible, but not through efforts to “fix” certain kinds of bodies. Rather it can be achieved through universal design, disability supports, social and economic supports and belonging — in short, through foundational social transformation of Canadian society.

        Deborah Stienstra is Professor in Disability Studies at the University of Manitoba. She held the Royal Bank Research Chair in Disability Studies from 2000-2003 at the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies. She has worked with national organizations including the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, FAFIA, and the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. She is co-editor of Making Equality: History of Advocacy and Persons with Disabilities in Canada and the lead author of Women with Disabilities: Accessing Trade.

        McNally Robinson Booksellers Grant Park
        1120 Grant Ave.
        Winnipeg, Manitoba
        R3M 2A6

        Phone 204-475-0483


        Dr. timothy snyder – Bloodlands: Europe between hitler and stalin

        Posted on | March 21, 2012 | No Comments

        Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012
        7:00 PM (
        Reception to follow)
        Moot Court, Robson Hall, University of Manitoba

        Award winning author, Timothy Snyder, Professor of History at Yale University, will reflect upon his research on the history of mass murders in central and eastern Europe between 1933-1945.

        Sponsored by: The University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto, The Slavic Collection, Elizabeth Dafoe Library, The Department of German and Slavic Studies, Canadian Polish Congress Manitoba Branch.

        For more information please call Magdalena Blackmore 474-7866


        stephen lewis on global issues, local impact

        Posted on | March 21, 2012 | No Comments

        Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
        6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

        University Centre, 2nd floor multi-purpose room

        Stephen Lewis on Global Health

        Date: Thursday, March 29, 2012
        12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

        Bannatyne Campus, Basic Medical Sciences Building

        Hear one of the worlds most influential speakers on human rights, social justice and international development in a series of free lectures.

        For more information, visit


        Caribbean History, Canadian History, Imperial History

        Posted on | March 21, 2012 | No Comments

        Date: Friday, March 23, 2012
        Time: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
        Location: 409 Tier Building

        The Canada Research Chair in Western Canadian Social History presents Caribbean History, Canadian History, Imperial History: A Colloquium

        KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Melanie Newton, University of Toronto
        Geographies of the Indigenous: Hemispheric Perspectives on the Early Modern Caribbean
        10:30 am – 12:30 pm

        Session 1: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
        Chair: John Kendle (UM)
        Paula Hastings
        “‘Possessing a great South as well as a great West’: Canadian Aspirations in the West Indies and the Intertwined Politics of Expansion in the late nineteenth century.”
        Emma Alexander-Mudaliar
        “The ‘coolie’ side: Indentured Transnational Histories and Memory in India, Canada and the Caribbean.”
        Keith Sandiford
        “The Barbadian Impact on the Development of Modern Canada.”

        Session 2: 3:00 – 4:00 pm
        Chair: Jorge Nallim (UM)
        Ryan Eyford (UW)
        “Slave-owners to Settlers: The Taylor family in Barbados and Canada.”
        Adele Perry (UM)
        “Global Empires and Local Powers: Free Women of Colour, Property, and Authority in early nineteenth-century Guyana.”
        Jason Yaremko (UW)
        “Caribbean Borderlands: Indigenous Diaspora, Transnational Resistance, and the Middle Ground in Cuba.”

        For more information, contact:
        Adele Perry
        Phone: (204) 474-8107

        Professor Maria Ines Martinez on her new book

        Posted on | March 21, 2012 | No Comments

        Please see this short (8 mins.) YouTube video of Prof. Maria Ines Martinez being interviewed by undergraduate student Esma Mneina about her new book on the Afro-Colombian communities.

        For more information, contact:
        Dr. Enrique Fernandez
        Dept. of French, Spanish and Italian
        Phone: (204) 474-9313

        Institute for Humanities: Research Clusters

        Posted on | March 21, 2012 | No Comments

        Deadline for the receipt of applications and all supporting material: April 30th, 2012.
        Decisions will be made by: June, 2012.
        The Institute for the Humanities is soliciting applications for the support of two Research clusters for the 2012-13 academic year. Research clusters are groups of faculty and graduate students from different departments and disciplines with shared research interests. In 2012-13, the UMIH expects to offer support to two Research clusters. Research clusters should undertake activities related to the mandate of the Institute:
        to facilitate meaningful dialogue on and exploration of Humanities-related themes across disciplinary boundaries
        to foster and promote interdisciplinary research in the Humanities
        to demonstrate a willingness to seek external funding for collaborative research

        Successful groups will be awarded $1,500 (subject to budgetary approval) in seed money, which can be used towards the costs of meetings, photocopying, visiting speakers, etc. Clusters will also have access to space on the UMIH website and to room 409 Tier Building for meetings, and will receive some administrative support. As part of their activities, each group will be required to plan at least one public event for the fall term and one for the winter term during the 2012-13 academic year. Awards will be renewable for a second year providing that the group adheres to their application proposal, fulfills required activities, and stays within their budget.

        Research clusters must contain at least two University of Manitoba faculty members from the Faculty of Arts, ideally from two different departments. Clusters involving graduate students, members of the community, or scholars at other universities are particularly welcome. Clusters may not include members of the UMIH Board of Management selection committee. Proposals must be on a humanities theme (defined in terms of both content and methodology). Current UMIH research clusters that have had one year of support are strongly encouraged to apply for a second year. Current UMIH research clusters that have had two years of support are welcome apply for a third year on the understanding that their application may be given lower priority than a comparable application from a newer research cluster.

        Selection Criteria
        Members of the UMIH Board of Management will act as the selection committee using the following criteria:
        (a) the qualifications of the applicants;
        (b) the significance of the proposed theme and its potential appeal to a wider humanities audience;
        (c) the proposed activities for the 2012-13 year;
        (d) the viability of the program and budget

        Application Procedure
        The following materials must be submitted to the address below:
        a short (one page) curriculum vitae for each member of the cluster with one contact person clearly identified;
        a two-page (maximum) proposal outlining the theme of the cluster and highlighting the original and interdisciplinary features of the proposal;
        a tentative outline of the activities to be undertaken by the group with preference given to activities leading to a tangible scholarly event such as a workshop, conference, speaker series, or publication;
        a one-page budget with all budget items clearly justified and indication of the potential sources of additional funds, if required

        Application materials will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.

        Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Director of the Institute by email, to whom completed applications should also be submitted:

        Dr David S. Churchill, Director, Institute for the Humanities
        407 Tier Building, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
        Phone: 204-474-9114 Fax: 204-474-7596 Email:

        Manitoba’s Equality Report Card

        Posted on | March 21, 2012 | No Comments

        Manitobans gathered for the release of the second Manitoba Equality Report Card. The Report Card grades the provincial 
government on their progress in meeting the recommendations set out in the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The Government received an overall grade of C+, the same grade that they received in 2010.

        The province saw improvements in the area of women’s health, due largely to the new Women’s Health Strategy that specifically addresses the needs of women, and the opening of the new Birth Centre in Winnipeg. However, grades for Decision Making, Violence Against Women and Childcare saw a decline. Childcare earned an incomplete grade – a statement that says that without immediate action the province will have failed to meet the needs of families in Manitoba. A new category – Rural and Northern Issues – calls attention to the increased isolation and limited access to resources of women living outside of urban settings.

        Chantel Henderson, a young mother and university student says, “As an Aboriginal woman I represent one of the largest marginalized groups in all of Canada. As a result I’ve been forced to live within the margins of poverty all my life. Poverty is a place where bad housing or lack of housing exists; where children are malnourished or neglected; where jobs and opportunities are scarce; and a place where women stretch every dollar and penny to keep a roof over their heads, food on the table and clothes on their children’s backs.” Chantel is a participant in UNPAC’s ChangeMakers program.

        It is essential for governments to live up to our international commitments to conventions like CEDAW and as a privileged nation and province we have the capacity to be leaders in this
regard. We are looking now to this government in particular, one that we have reason to believe is progressive, to show that leadership,” says Dr. Lorna Turnball, Dean of Law at the
University of Manitoba and a member of UNPAC’s advisory council.

        The report was coordinated by UNPAC – an organization of Manitoba women committed to equality and empowerment – with contributions from several other organizations.

        Check out the Report Card at

        Call for Papers – Languages and Cultures of Conflicts and Atrocities

        Posted on | February 6, 2012 | No Comments

        The  interdisciplinary and international conference will be held
        in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada), October 11-13, 2012
        Deadline for submissions: 15 May 2012
        Keynote Speakers
        James Dawes (Macalester College), author of That the World May Know: Bearing Witness to Atrocity (Harvard UP 2007) and The Language of War (Harvard UP 2002).
        Alison Landsberg (George Mason University), author of Prosthetic Memory: The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture (Columbia UP 2004)
        Jill Scott (Queen’s University), author of A Poetics of Forgiveness (Palgrave 2010) and of Electra after Freud (Cornell UP 2005).
        The conference encourages papers which seek to understand how to represent war, racial and ethnic conflict, genocide and other atrocities, terrorism and human rights can be expressed, represented and remembered. Possible topics include: collective, national, and transnational memory of war and violent conflicts; the representation and remembrance of wars and genocides from antiquity to the present; the representation of human rights and human rights violations; indigenous rights and right violations / indigenous genocide; relation between representation and transitional / restorative justice; learning through representation; aspects of witnessing, trauma, authenticity, truth, and immersive experiences of violence and atrocities, etc.
        Papers from all disciplines across the Humanities and Social Sciences are welcomed that discuss representations in literature, film, photography, museums, memorial culture, architecture, autobiography, the Internet and other digital media, oral and written history, everyday practices and rituals. Session will be organized in English and French.
        Small travel grant funds for graduate students on a competitive basis (approx. $200 per student)
        All inquiries and submissions should be sent electronically to:
        Dr. Stephan Jaeger, German and Slavic Studies, University of Manitoba,
        Please provide electronically 15 May 2012 the title and an approx. 250-300-word abstract of the paper you are proposing; your name, institutional affiliation, and email address; and a brief statement (no more than 100 words) listing your academic background and publications.
        Participants will be notified after anonymous peer-review by an interdisciplinary committee of University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg experts by 15 June 2012.
        Conference Website (see also for detailed call for papers):
        Organized by the Languages and Cultures Circle of Manitoba and North Dakota (LCMND) and the University of Manitoba.
        For more information, contact:
        Dr. Stephan Jaeger
        German & Slavic Studies
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