Events

Jan
31
Tue
“The Pass System” – Film screening and panel discussion
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Pass System, directed by York graduate film student Alex Williams, is a powerful documentary that illuminates Canada’s hidden history of racial segregation. The film investigates how, for over 60 years, the Canadian government illegally denied many Indigenous peoples of the prairies the basic freedom to leave government-assigned reserves, and forced them to carry a pass when they did so.

Alex Williams

The Pass System is a result of a five year investigation involving extensive, pan-Canadian archival research and elders’ oral history testimony. Cree, Saulteaux, Dene, Ojibwe and Blackfoot elders tell their stories of living under and resisting the pass system, and link their experiences to today’s struggles for Indigenous rights.

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Williams researched, wrote, shot, directed and produced the film, which is narrated by acclaimed Cree actor and activist Tantoo Cardinal. The Pass System is currently in the running for two 2016 Canadian Screen Awards given by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. It has been nominated for Best History Documentary Program or Series (APTN – Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) and for the Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research.

York University’s Vice-Provost Academic, Dr. Alice Pitt, will introduce the film and filmmaker. Knowledge Keeper Amy Desjarlais will perform a smudging ceremony before the screening.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with Alex Williams, Osgoode Hall Law School/Environmental Studies Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice Deborah McGregor, Theatre Professor Michael Greyeyes, History Professor Carolyn Podruchny, Education Professor Celia Haig-Brown and Environmental Studies Lecturer Lisa Myers.

Admission is free. All welcome.  |   Campus Maps  & Directions

This event is presented by Cinema Politica York, the Department of Cinema & Media Arts, Graduate Film Student Association, Centre for Aboriginal Students Services,  Office of the Vice Provost Academic and OPIRG York.

Mar
27
Wed
2019 Wendy Michener Lecture: Anna Maria Tremonti
Mar 27 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

“Dispatches from Inside the Newsroom Revolutions in Journalism and Our Changing World”

Anna Maria TremontiAnna Maria Tremonti is the host of CBC Radio One’s flagship network morning news program, The Current, where she has devoted hours of coverage and questions to issues that range from world politics, to social and demographic shifts to economics. For this memorial lecture, she will draw on her extensive experience as a reporter, a correspondent, and a host to examine the dynamic changes and challenges facing the field of journalism.

Admission is free; all welcome.

The Wendy Michener Lecture, named in commemoration of the Canadian arts critic and journalist, was established at York University in 1986 to provide a forum for discussion of vital issues and developments in culture and the arts.

Mar
5
Thu
2020 Wendy Michener Lecture: Wafaa Bilal (Performing Change)
Mar 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Wendy Michener Memorial Lecture presents Wafaa Bilal (Performing Change)

Wafaa Bilal will discuss specific bodies of work including Domestic Tension (aka Shoot an Iraqi), The Things I Could Tell…, and his most recent project 168:01, elaborating on the evolution of his work and reflecting on his personal experiences living in both the conflict zone of Iraq and the comfort zone of the United States. Bilal’s work explores both the trauma of conflicts and post-conflict relationships through social engagement.

His dynamic, participatory work blends technology and performance to engage viewers in dialogue and places him in the role of the artist as platform initiator, helping to shift and change the distribution channels in the media. The controversial aspects of his work spark deeper conversation and provoke passive viewers to take an active stance with regard to social justice and their own personal/political realities

Location: Tribute Communities Recital Hall
Time: 12:00-2:00pm
Admission is free; all welcome.

The Wendy Michener Lecture, named in commemoration of the Canadian arts critic and journalist, was established at York University in 1986 to provide a forum for discussion of vital issues and developments in culture and the arts.