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Arts Speaker Series

Arts Speaker Series 2021/2022

Join us and learn about the interesting research our faculty are doing. There are a wide range of topics, so we are sure that at least one of them will pique your interest. Hope to see you there!

All presentations will take place from 1-2 PM via Microsoft Teams. Please email to RSVP to the virtual event. A Microsoft Teams link to the event will be sent to registrants two days prior to the event date.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
1 - 2pm 

“Learning and Social Change: Reflections from Two Canada Research Chairs" - Microsoft Teams
Asma Sayed, Dept. of English, Canada Research Chair in South Asian Literary and Cultural Studies, Danny Bernstein, Dept. of Psychology (CRC), and KPU Student panel 
A discussion between the two Arts Canada Research Chairs.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
1 - 2pm 

“Connecting students with people who care(er): Post-secondary professionals as 'Everyday Career Influencers'" - Microsoft Teams
Dr. Candy Ho, Dept. of Educational Studies  
While students have cited enhancing career prospects and career advancements as a major motivation behind pursuing post-secondary education, numerous studies have found that students rarely visit their university or college career centres. Instead, they are likely to seek career help from those they trust within their personal network, such as professors, academic advisors, and volunteer managers; these Career Influencers often informally provide career advice, guidance, and counselling without career development background and training.   

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
1 - 2pm 

“Highway Heritage Revisited: Retelling BC's Public Histories” - Microsoft Teams
Maddie Knickerbocker, Dept. of History, and KPU Students, History 4490
This talk focuses on revisiting the public history of British Columbia from decolonial, inclusive approaches, to share unknown stories about the province’s past. In the context of this current social moment, as British Columbians seek to grapple with our colonial history, there is a widespread desire for this kind of intentional reassessment of conventional narratives of the past. Moreover, this collaborative talk will feature student speakers sharing their own research results –little known stories about BC’s past –in ways that make sense to our student body and to non-specialist audiences.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021
1 - 2pm 

“Trauma Healing at the 9/11 Museum and Beyond" - Microsoft Teams
Ross Laird, Dept. of Creative Writing
Healing from trauma is complex and difficult, as most people know first-hand. Ross Laird is a clinical consultant who specializes in trauma healing, and in this presentation he will discuss the partnership of his research team with the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, their work with survivors and family members of those killed on 9/11, and the team's new approach to healing trauma. Additionally, Ross will describe the application of this approach to several other contexts, from cultural institutions to vulnerable communities to universities.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021
1 - 2pm 

“Thought Experiments and Misinventions: Stories of Forming Numbers” - Microsoft Teams
Byron Peters, Dept. of Fine Arts
Part interdisciplinary mathematics lesson, part speculative fiction, these thought experiments are tales from the histories of numbers and what they could become. This presentation will draw from Fine Arts Instructor Byron Peters’ film seriesAnti-Racist Mathematics and Other Stories(2018) and parallel collaborative research with artists, art historians, philosophers, poets, mathematicians, quantum-physicists, students, and community organizers around questions of ‘countability’ in our contemporary world.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022
1 - 2pm 

“Post-Enlightenment Climate Science and the Challenge of Articulating the Political” - Microsoft Teams
Mark Vardy, Dept. of Criminology 
This talk will consist of three parts. First, to introduce the topic, I will outline in broad brushstrokes two ways that climate change is often discussed in public. Second, I will go deeper into the topic of climate change by presenting an overview of my research on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Third, I will engage with audience members to address the question of how we should collectively articulate political responses to climate change.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022
1 - 2pm 

"Moral Values, Political Attitudes and Covid-19" - Microsoft Teams
Valerie Vezina, Dept. of Political Science, and Hammond Tarry, Dept. of Psychology
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, empirical evidence shows that there have been large variations in individuals’ beliefs and behaviours around COVID-19. These have affected their degree of compliance with public health orders and government restrictions, which in turn have impacted the case numbers and number of lives lost to the virus. The presentation will present the survey results about demographics, political beliefs, moral values, attitudes about social distancing requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, and about COVID-19 vaccination.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
1 - 2pm 

“Collaborative Digital Content Production - Reflections on Re-visioning Identity in the Post-Pandemic Era" - Microsoft Teams
Gordon Cobb, Music
More information to come!  

Wednesday, February 23, 2022
1 - 2pm 

"Should we care about multimedia design for learning? Why education researchers avoid SoTL studies"- Microsoft Teams
Kristie Dukewich, Dept. of Psychology, Kayla Garvin, KPU Student, Psychology, and Carmen Symonds, KPU Student, Psychology  
Research on the multimedia design for learning suggests the application of specific design principles will have astronomical effects on learning outcomes. However, this research has typically been conducted in one-hour lab-based studies. What happens when you do this research in a real course?

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
1 - 2pm 

“Celebrating Women Writers Through the Ages" - Microsoft Teams
Dr. Kirsten Alm, Dept. of English, Dr. Leanne MacDonald, Dept. of English, and Dr. Lindsey Seatter, Dept. of English
This panel discussion celebrates women writers through time: from the women writers of medieval Britain, to Jane Austen and her contemporaries, and culminating with Canadian authors Chelene Knight and Madeleine Thien. In alignment with International Women’s Day, this panel will underscore how women have shaped, and continue to shape, our literary history and contemporary culture through their artistic work and the stories they tell.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022
1 - 2pm 

“Student Panel on Approaching Gendered Media” - Microsoft Teams
Jacqueline Walker, KPU Student, English & Political Science, Clarissa Dixon, KPU Student, Psychology & Counselling and Sara Turcios, UBC Student, Sociology 
In our presentation, we argue that the risks posed to women by misogynistic narratives warrant a re-assessment of how we as individuals approach media, and we subsequently explore some impediments to achieving equitable expectations for media consumption. Since representations in film and other media contribute to the social environment women must navigate, where patriarchal ideas are standard features throughout such media, we assert that expecting women to accept or limit their criticism of this unjust situation functions as a form of gendered gaslighting. Instead, balancing one’s perspective by giving space to and participating in feminist criticism can help reset unhealthy norms. Here, reflecting both on what typically constitutes “worthwhile” media, and ways that such a standard can be adjusted to enter the experiences of women, can allow for social progression in media expectations. We posit that viewers adjust their individual approaches to media as a way of contributing to the necessary, collective shift towards equitable, and thus enjoyable, media. The role of media for research purposes versus casual consumption is also explored.

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
1 - 2pm 

“Digitally Memorializing the Opioid Overdose Crisis” - Microsoft Teams
Aaron Goodman, Dept. of Journalism and Communication Studies
This presentation will focus on the Chancellor’s Chair research being conducted by Aaron Goodman, faculty member in Journalism and Communication Studies at KPU. The purpose of the project is to assist members of the South Asian community in metro Vancouver, LGBTQ+ people in B.C., and residents in rural areas across Canada to digitally memorialize individuals who have experienced fatal opioid overdoses and challenge stigmatizing narratives about the crisis.

 The 2020-21 archived Arts Speaker Series can be found here.

 The 2019-20 archived Arts Speaker Series can be found here.

 The 2018-19 archived Arts Speaker Series can be found here.

 The 2017-18 archived Arts Speaker Series can be found here.