Keynote: Lila Abu-Lughod 

Monday, February 4
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Myer Horowitz Theatre, Students' Union Building
Cultural performances with Martin Kerr, Roya Yazdenmehr and Farhad Khosravi

Is the War on Muslims a War on Rights?


Professor Lila Abu-Lughod

Visiting Lectureship in Human Rights

Over the past two decades, military invasions in the name of defending Muslim women’s rights and proliferating security measures for surveillance and management of Muslims in the name of protecting human life have confronted those who value the ideals of human rights with troubling questions.  How should we think about competing forms of rights? What are the motives for targeting Muslim communities abroad and at home? What are the human consequences of war and securitization? 


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Student Clubs Fair

11:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Students’ Union Building

Kick off International Week by visiting the Student Clubs Fair!  Learn about some of the amazing globally focused groups we have in our community and find out how you can get involved!

Global Goals Talks

4:00 - 6:00 pm
Atrium, Students' Union Building

Join us for engaging 17-minute talks on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals as well as a cultural performance by Marco Claveria from 4:00 - 6:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. 


Today’s Talks:

Sustainable Consumption: More Than Organic Avocado Toast

Dr. Emily Huddart Kennedy  
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia

Dr. Emily Huddart Kennedy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia. She spent seven happy years in Edmonton, first as a PhD student in UAlberta’s Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, then as a postdoctoral researcher, then as an Assistant Professor for a limited term. 
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    Her research expertise is in understanding what motivates people to engage in sustainable consumption and collective action to redesign systems of consumption and production. Currently, she is building on this expertise to interrogate the ways that environmentalism inadvertently reproduces gender and class inequality and divisions across political ideologies. Outside of work, Emily enjoys hiking with her family and working on her (limited) hockey skills.

Life On Land: Renewing Our Treaty with Mother Earth


Lewis Cardinal

President & CEO, Cardinal Strategic Communications

Lewis Cardinal is a communicator and educator. He has dedicated his life’s work to creating and maintaining connections and relationships that cross cultural divides.  His work has mirrored his personal vision of a socially just and responsive society. 

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    His long track record of public service includes founding Board Member of Alberta Aboriginal Arts, Board Member of Theatre Network, Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Commission for Human Rights and Justice, and Trustee of the Council for a Parliament of World Religions. Lewis has received Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for Public Service, the IndSpire Award for Public Service (the highest award given to an Indigenous person by Indigenous people in Canada), the Province of Alberta’s Centennial Medal for his work in Human Rights and Diversity, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Grant MacEwan University, and was recently conferred the Honorary Degree of “Doctor of Sacred Letters” from St. Stephen’s College at UAlberta. Lewis’s consulting company, Cardinal Strategic Communications, specializes in Indigenous Education, Governance, and Communications. As well, Lewis is a sessional Instructor in the Faculty of Education at UAlberta.

What is a Better World for Youth? Health Equity through Decolonial, Intersectional Research

Dr. Carla Hilario
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta
Carla Hilario is an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. Her parents immigrated to Canada in the late 1980s from Pampanga, Philippines and she was raised on the unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Watuth), and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations of the Coast Salish peoples. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and forest-bathing.

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    Dr. Hilario’s program of research explores youth health equity with a focus on the mental health of marginalized and vulnerable young people. Her research expertise is understanding how migration, gender, and relations of difference shape young people’s mental health. She is currently leading research on the perspectives of service providers on the mental health and wellbeing of newcomer young men, which builds on her previous research on migration, masculinities, and young men’s narratives about the social context of mental health. Her theoretical interests are focused on critical masculinities in relation to youth health; discourses of democratic racism and migrant health; and the synergies and tensions between approaches to global health and decolonial, intersectional research toward the global goals for good health and well-being.

From the Andes to Fort Chipewyan: Undergrads Delivering Reliable Sustainable Modern Energy to All

Dr. Jim Sandercock 
Chair, Alternative Energy Technologies, School of Applied Sciences and Technology, NAIT

Dr. Jim Sandercock is the inaugural Chair of the Alternative Energy diploma program at NAIT.  The two-year diploma program prepares highly qualified personnel who design and assemble renewable energy systems such as solar PV, energy efficiency measures such as geothermal, and conservation measures through energy auditing and energy management planning.  

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    Jim has worked on sustainable energy projects in Peru, Cuba, Cabo Verde, and First Nations in Alberta.  Prior to teaching at NAIT, Jim studied the production of fuel grade ethanol using locally-sourced feedstocks and completed a PhD in Microbiology and Biotechnology at UAlberta.