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Friday News and Events, March 10, 2023

The College of Arts News, Celebrations, and Events

March 10, 2023

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◾ Thanks to Professor Joshua (Gus) Skorburg, Philosophy, for giving a talk to the high school students attending the Ontario Ethics Bowl, “If Animals have rights, should AI robots have rights too?”

◾ There are now promotional videos available of some of our facilities. They’re on YouTube so feel free to share widely. Please note that the interior of the Zavitz/Alex Hall video was created using cuts from another video, to be redone in the future, but we wanted something available for this recruitment cycle. For best viewing, adjust the settings on the video > quality > 1080p HD. And thanks to Kim Francis (Director of Interdisciplinary Programs) and Rachel Ruston (Manager, Academic Programs and Recruitment) for making this happen. 

The ARC: https://youtu.be/tPvRfNyuHWg 

Massey Hall: https://youtu.be/QO_WWvxdYzo 

Zavitz and Alex Hall: https://youtu.be/QO_WWvxdYzo 

◾ Sara Graham (MFA 2006) has produced a major piece of public work and you can read it about it here:


You can also follow Sarah’s work on Instagram here, https://www.instagram.com/citimovement/ 

“My practice explores ideas of the overlooked voids and cutouts spaces found in architecture, the built environment and urban landscape.”

◾ Also, the latest volume of the Guelph Classics Society journal has just been published.



◾ Title: Thinking Spaces: Rebecca Barnstaple, “Fidelity for the Irreplicable: Improvisation in Dance and Health Research”

Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2–4 pm

Location: In-person at ImprovLab, MacKinnon 108

Blurb: Improvisation is a core element of some interventions in the emerging fields of dance for health and dance therapy, which have shown potential to slow progress or diminish symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alheimer’s. IMPROVment® is a dance-based improvisational movement practice for brain-body health developed at Wake Forest University. It has been used in several research studies, including a recently completed RCT (2017 – 2020) and a just-launched 5-year RCT investigating dose and frequency effects of dance interventions for adults with subjective memory loss. 

This talk by Rebecca Barnstaple explores how tools related to improvisation can be adapted to a research-ready scientific protocol while preserving their integrity and magic. Her presentation includes a demonstration and moderated Q&A following the talk.

Registration is required to attend: https://forms.gle/sRybRtUXjrq25JpS7

◾ The Cree-Métis-Saulteaux researcher, curator, editor, writer Jas M. Morgan, author of nîtisânak (Dayne Ogilive Prize winner and finalist for several awards including a Lambda Literary Award, Indigenous Voices Award, and the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction) will speak on “Screen Sovereignties: 2LGBTQ+ Indigenous Governance in Canadian Cinemas” on Thursday March 16th at 10am as part of the collaborative Digital Humanities Virtual Seminar series sponsored by THINC Lab. Click here to register for the talk, which will be streamed via Zoom.

◾ Digital Humanities Virtual Seminar 2023: Jas M. Morgan (TMU)

As part of the 2023 edition of the « Digital Humanities Virtual Seminar » series organized by the CRIHN, the Thinc Lab (Guelph), The Humanities Data Lab (Ottawa), and the Center for Digital Humanities (Toronto Metropolitan U) around the theme of « Communities », Jas M. Morgan (TMU) will present a talk entitled « Screen Sovereignties: 2LGBTQ+ Indigenous Governance in Canadian Cinemas » on Thursday 16 March 2023 […]


NÎTISÂNAK by Jas M. Morgan

Jas M. Morgan’s nîtisânak honours blood and chosen kin with equal care. A groundbreaking memoir spanning nations, prairie punk scenes, and queer love stories, it is woven around grief over the loss of their mother.


◾ Hope to see you this weekend at Troy Hourie’s performative installation Odditorio on Saturday (tickets available here, https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/odditorio-a-performative-art-installation-tickets-539577941147?aff=ebdsoporgprofile) and at the Guelph Classics Society Symposium on Sexuality in Antiquity is Sunday 12-4 in the Arboretum (https://www.instagram.com/p/Co-rV4kv4m1/?hl=en.) 

These Friday emails are archived on my Dean’s Blog at https://deaning.uoguelph.ca/

Wishing you a relaxing weekend. Who I am kidding? It’s March. No one who works at a university relaxes in March. It’s been a long year, there’s grading ahead, and in the Dean’s office, it’s still budget season. But try to get some rest anyway.



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