Donations of Bodies to Medical Research

The Interdisciplinary Humanities MA in Interpretation and Values invites you to a talk in its 2011-2013 Colloquium Series.

Dr. Karen Houle, University of Guelph  

“The Donation of Bodies to Medical Research and Training: Is it simply ‘The Ultimate Gift’?”

TODAY Thursday 28 March 2013, 5pm, West Residence W-130 

Dr. Houle Coinstar money transfer is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph. She has published widely on a variety of thinkers, including Deleuze, Guattari, Foucault, Spinoza, Derrida and Irigaray, and on the following subjects: animality, plant ontology, micropolitics, friendship, copyright, and reproductive technology. She has recently completed a monograph titled Toward a New Image of Thought: Abortion and Complexity (2013, Lexington Press, Outsources Series).

“Reading Deleuze” By Douglas Ord

You are invited to the 1st Research in Progress Talk 2012-2013
“Reading Deleuze”
By Douglas Ord

When: Monday, March 18, 2013 at 1 pm
Where: Portable PO2, left side of the Parker Building
In the preface to the 1994 English translation of Différence et répétition (1968), as the first book in which he “tried to ‘do philosophy’” rather than address its history, Gilles Deleuze
(1925-1995) wrote the following:  “We try to speak in our own name only to learn that a proper name designates no more than the outcome of a body of work – in other words, the concepts discovered, on condition that we were able to express these and imbue
them with life using all the possibilities of language.”

This talk will consider some of “the possibilities of language” that Deleuze himself used, both alone and in joint authorship with the radical psychoanalyst Félix Guattari, toward expressing the concepts that he and they had “discovered” and sought to “imbue … with life.” In doing so,
it will also necessarily consider some of these concepts and how they are framed, suggesting a dynamic tension between the systematizing impulse of a “pure metaphysician,” such as Deleuze styled himself, and an aphoristic impulse linked to Friedrich Nietzsche, as a philosopher whom Deleuze admired.

*The Research in Progress series is a joint initiative between students of PhD in Human Studies and M.A. Humanities, with the support of the ICIRHS and the CHRC.

Distinguished Musicians to Give Talk at Laurentian’s School of Education

Two of Canada’s outstanding musicians, composer-conductor Brian
Current and composer Brian Harman, will be giving a public talk at
Laurentian’s School of Education on Friday, March 22, from 10 to 11:30
am, in Room 305.

Current will discuss the role of the conductor in orchestras and
ensembles, while Harman will address the challenges for both the
composer and the conductor in premiering a new work.

Current, who directs the Royal Conservatory of Music’s New Music
Ensemble in Toronto, is considered one of the leading musicians of his
generation. As a conductor, he has championed a wide range of
contemporary repertoire as well as giving the premieres of
commissioned works of eminent composers.

Harman is a highly regarded composer whose music has been performed in
Canada, the US, Europe, and Japan. An Associate Composer of the
Canadian Music Centre, Harman holds a Doctorate in Musical Composition
from McGill University and is Composer-in-Residence of Ensemble
Portmantô in Montreal.

This event is held in collaboration with 5-Penny New Music Concerts,
the Centre for Humanities Research and Creativity (CHRC) & the
Department of Music of Laurentian University.

Contact: Robert Lemay

Post Narrative and Postcolonial Present

The Interdisciplinary Humanities MA in Interpretation and Values
invites you to a talk in its 2011-2013 Colloquium Series.

La maitrise interdisciplinaire en humanités (interprétation et valeurs) vous invite à une discussion qui fera partie de la série des Colloques 2011-2013.

Dr. Chelva Kanaganayakam, University of Toronto

“Post-Narratives and the Postcolonial Present”

Thursday 7 March 2013, 7pm, Church of the Epiphany, 88 Larch Street
Jeudi, le 7 mars 2013 à 19 heures, Church of the Epiphany situé au 88 rue Larch

Dr. Kanaganayakam is a Professor in the Department of English at the University of
Toronto. His publications include:
Dr Kanaganayakam est un professeur au département d’anglais à l’Université de
Toronto. Parmi ses publications on y retrouve :

Counterrealism and Indo-Anglian Fiction (2002), Dark Antonyms and Paradise: The
Poetry of Rienzi Crusz (1997), Configurations of Exile: South Asian Writers and Their
World (1995), and Structures of Negation: The Writings of Zulfikar Ghose (1993).

For more information contact Dr. Gillian Crozier:

Pour plus d’information, contactez Dre Gillian Crozier:

Book Launch Event — Two Books on Canadian History Through the Stories of Activists by Scott Neigh

(en français)

Join us on November 6, 2012 to hear Scott Neigh speak about “Active Remembering and History From Below” as he launches two new books, Gender and Sexuality: Canadian History Through the Stories of Activists and Resisting the State: Canadian History Through the Stories of Activists.

Time: 3pm

Location: Brenda Wallace Reading Room, J.N. Demarais Library, Laurentian University

Sociology professor Gary Kinsman of Laurentian University, who wrote the Foreword for the books, will also be speaking.

This event is sponsored by the Centre for Humanities Research and Creativity, the Centre for Research in Social Justice and Policy, and Fernwood Publshing.

There will also be an evening launch event featuring Scott giving a talk entitled “Our Movements and Our Histories” at 7pm at Fromagerie Elgin (5 Cedar Street, entry off Elgin) in downtown Sudbury, sponsored by Fernwood Publshing.

To learn more about the books and the project of which they are a part, and to read and hear excerpts from the interviews around which the books are organized, visit here. To find these events on Facebook, you can go here.

From the book jackets:

We usually learn our history from the perspective of our rulers — from the top down. In these books we learn about our history from the perspectives of ordinary people — from the bottom up. Whatever liberty and justice that communities, workplaces and individuals in Canada enjoy are due to the many struggles and social movements in our country’s history. Yet the stories and histories of those movements to overcome racism, sexism, and poverty, for example, remain largely untold, thanks to the single, simplistic national story taught to us in school. Deftly combining history with accounts from participants in social movements, Neigh introduces us to the untold histories of activists, histories that encourage all of us to engage in struggles that will shape our shared tomorrow.

Gender and Sexuality unearths a diverse spectrum of struggle through the accounts of longstanding social movement participants. From indigenous women working against colonization and Christian women trying to end sexism and homophobia in their churches, to gay men opposing sexual oppression and women fighting against hostile employers and violence, this book reveals the ways that oppressions based on gender and sexuality — and the struggles against them — have shaped our society.

In Resisting the State, Neigh details the histories of a broad range of social movements and provides readers with a richer understanding of the Canadian state and why so many people — including military draftees, welfare recipients, workers, indigenous people, psychiatric survivors, immigrants and refugees — have struggled, and continue to struggle, for equality and justice for all members of society.

What people are saying about Gender and Sexuality and Resisting the State:

“Never doubt that a few committed people can change Canada (and the world) for the better. Scott Neigh’s oral histories show not only the power of committed idealism, but also how the history of our whole country has been shaped by brave Canadians who refuse to accept the misery and injustice that surrounds us. Read these books to learn how the history of social change organizing is indeed the history of Canada — and then go out and start making your own history.” — Jim Stanford, union economist and peace activist

“This work is a treasure that provides a portal to Canadian history, bringing it alive and urgent through the voices and profound insights of veteran social justice activists, an indispensable guide for present and future generations to carry on these struggles.” — Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, veteran activist and author

Scott Neigh is a writer, parent, and activist based in Sudbury, Ontario. He blogs regularly on political topics, and maintains a site devoted to these books and to the project of which they are a aprt.