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Research Cluster Focus on Women Announces its Activities

Posted on: Sep 19, 2016


We are pleased to announce on behalf of Dr. Wendy Pullin and Dr. Linda Van Netten Blimke, chairs of the Interdisciplinary Research Cluster Focus on Women:


Schedule: Focus on Women Research Cluster (Fall 2016)

We have many exciting speakers lined up this semester! Everyone is invited to come, listen, and engage with our Wednesday talks. More events TBA, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, September 21st @ 3 p.m.: Naomi McIlwraith, M.A. (Room HA 238)

Noami holds an MA in English, is a published poet, essayist, and adventurer (she has canoed and cycled across Canada!), and is currently finishing her Bachelor of Education. She will be speaking to us about the intersection of her poetry and her commitment to public service and peacemaking. Her talk will focus on her training and experiences with the Alternatives to Violence Program at the Edmonton Institution for Women, where she taught creative writing and produced books of poetry with the inmates at the Institution. She will also be sharing with us selections of her own work from her book of poetry, kiyam.

Wednesday, Oct. 5th @ 12:00 p.m.: Aliza Dadani (Room TBA)

Aliza Dadani is a senior student in the Applied Psychology program at Concordia University of Edmonton. She has a strong background in political organizing and has worked in Canadian politics for three years. She will be discussing her work with the Women and Community Research Development Initiative, launched by the Focus on Women Research Cluster this summer. This project sought to connect with organizations in the community who are dedicated to empowering and supporting women through sport, culture, and education. Through research-based partnerships, the WRDC Initiative has generated a number of exciting opportunities for students to engage in meaningful community research. Dadani, our Community Research Developer, will share the WRCD Initiative story and discuss opportunities for students to connect with the incredible work being done in Edmonton to address issues related to gender disparity.

Wednesday, October 12th @ 12:00 p.m.: Dr. Reginald Wiebe, PhD (Room TBA)

Dr. Wiebe is an assistant professor of English at Concordia University of Edmonton. He will be discussing work from his ongoing collaborative project on cancer and Marvel superheroes, focusing on breast cancer narratives within comics.

Wednesday, November 16th @ 12:00 p.m.: Emma Rochester, PhD (Room TBA)

Co-hosted with the Travel Research Cluster

Emma Rochester’s talk is entitled “Pathways Travelled by a Woman Artist-Scholar.” She will reflect on the many travels, opportunities, challenges, and insights she has had in her artistic and academic career to date.