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Everyday: Freedom from Gendered Violence


A Symposium brought to you by the Social Innovation Research Group

Everyday: Freedom from Gendered Violence Symposium
Date: Wednesday, March 11th 2015 4:00pm-9:00pm & Thursday, March 12th 2015 9:00am-3:30pm

Dr. Ginette Lafreniere, Director of the Social Innovation Research Group is proud to invite you to SIRG's Everyday: Freedom from Gendered Violence Symposium on March 11th and 12th, 2015 at Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work in Kitchener, Ontario.  
Everyday Freedom aims to bring together university and community stakeholders whose efforts are directed at the prevention and response to gendered violence. Over the two days of the symposium we will honor the successes of university/community collaboration, celebrate the accomplishments of activists working tirelessly in this field, and engage participants in skill building workshops that explore the practical application of social justice principals to end gendered violence.

The symposium will feature concurrent sessions as well as keynote speakers and panels that will allow faculty, staff, students, administrators and community partners to reflect on the issues that inform gendered violence through meaningful conversations with other local stakeholders.

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Wednesday, March 11th - 4 pm - 8 pm

- Graduate Students Association: Topic Areas Symposium

- Performance by Janice Lee (singer, songwriter, poet) 

- Keynote by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is a visual artist and native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Fazlalizadeh, who currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, after years in Philadelphia, is a traditional oil painter. Her painting work crosses genres from muralist to freelance illustrator. She exhibits her paintings in galleries across the country, while completing illustration commissions for magazines, films, and books.  Her work focuses on portraiture with social/political themes. Over the past year, Fazlalizadeh's work has been covered by the New York Times, NPR, MSNBC, and other media. She has lectured about her work at Brooklyn Museum and colleges across the country. Currently, Tatyana is producing a public art series titled Stop Telling Women to Smile that has garnered attention around the world for bringing light to street harassment and women's rights via visual artIn her key note speech "Stop Telling Women to Smile: Using Art to Tackle Sexual Harassment", Tatyana Fazlalizadeh will discuss the conception and growth of her public art series that addresses sexual harassment in public spaces, as well as the complexities of harassment and gendered violence due to the intersections of class, race, gender, and sexuality. 

- Women of Resistance Awards Ceremony to follow keynote 

Thursday, March 12th - 9:00 am- 3:30 pm


- Keynote by Judah Oudshoorn
Judah is a professor in Community & Criminal Justice at Conestoga College, a restorative justice mediator with the Correctional Service of Canada, and a Ph.D student in Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University. His work centres on making justice systems more trauma informed, and finding meaningful ways to hold men accountable who have used violence toward partners and children Judah will speak about the role of men in ending male violence on campuses, as well as the challenge of meaningfully holding perpetrators accountable while meeting the needs of victims/survivors.

- Keynote by Sonnet L'Abbé

Sonnet L'Abbé is an award-winning poet and essayist who currently resides as Laurier's Edna Staebler Writer-in-Residence. L'Abbé is the author of two collections of poetry, A Strange Relief and Killarnoe (both published by McClelland and Stewart). She is also a poetry critic and the 2014 guest editor of Best Canadian Poetry. In 2000, she won the Bronwen Wallace Award for most promising writer under the age of 35. She is now at work on two new manuscripts, Sentient Mental Flower Book and Sonnet's Shakespeare, her third and fourth collections of poems. L'Abbé has taught at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She was also chosen to travel across the country for two months in 2013, as the artist-in-motion for the 2017 Starts Now initiative hosted by CBC Radio-Canada, Community Foundations of Canada, and Via Rail.

- Workshops will address the following themes/initiatives:
ˇ         Engaging Male Allies
ˇ         Responding to Disclosure
ˇ         The Change Project
ˇ         Engaging with Campus Media
ˇ         Micro-Aggressions Against the LGBTQ Community
ˇ         Gendered Violence Against Racialized Students
ˇ         Combating Violence in the Trans Community and Queerphobias

           Exact workshops TBA

Limited Spots available. Please register by March 1st, 2015-http://legacy.wlu.ca/news_detail.php?grp_id=30&nws_id=13596

Related Information Title Type
2015 Everyday: Freedom from Gendered Violence Document