Keynote: Hoda Katebi 

Thursday, February 7
7:00 - 9:00 pm 
Myer Horowitz Theatre, Students’ Union Building
6:00 - 7:00 pm: Cultural performance by Nasim Ahmadian and photo exhibit by Kamyar Sheisi, drinks and snacks in the lobby.

From Tehran Streetstyle to the War on Terror: A Conversation on Gender, Feminism, Orientalism, White Supremacy, and Empire through Fashion

Hoda Katebi

Sponsored by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation and Global Education Program

Besides being used as a measure of one's clout, fashion is a powerful means of communication, oppression, and resistance -- particularly so for women.

Between Kanye West's “refugee camp” collection and miniskirts being used as a sign of Afghanistan's modernization, political tensions have been expressed on women’s bodies. Starting with images of illegal fashion, which she documented in her book, Tehran Streetstyle, and ending in the United States, Hoda will guide participants through an engaging conversation exploring the politics of fashion and what it reveals about contemporary structures of violence, inequalities, and modes of resistance.

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Hoda Katebi is a Chicago-based angry daughter of Muslim-Iranian immigrants. She is the voice behind JooJoo Azad, the radical, political fashion online publication hailed from BBC to VOGUE to the New York Times, and author of the book Tehran Streetstyle, the first-ever in-print documentation and celebration of illegal fashion in Iran. Offline, Hoda is an abolitionist and community organizer, part of campaigns to end surveillance programs and police militarization. She is also developing a sewing co-operative of refugee and low-income immigrant women in Chicago. 
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    Most recently, Hoda has launched #BecauseWeveRead, an Instagram-based radical, international book club with meet-ups in 30+ cities around the world, working to uplift and celebrate stories of those whose voices are systemically silenced and engage in community organizing work and campaigns.  She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2016 where her research focused on intersections of gender, resistance, feminism, and the state in Iran, and will be starting law school in the fall of 2019. She runs on saffron ice cream and colonizer tears.

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 Fashion Show by UAlberta students.


Today's Talks:

Lessons from Malawi to Alberta: Ensuring Availability and Sustainable Management of Water and Sanitation for All 

Dr. Robert Summers
Academic Director, University of Alberta Sustainability Council; and Associate Director, School of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Alberta

Dr. Robert Summers is the Director of the University of Alberta Sustainability Council and the Associate Director of the Urban and Regional Planning Program, a program that he championed to see developed at UAlberta. 

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    He has a wide range of research interests and has published on topics as diverse as village level water supply in rural Malawi, the role of traditional main streets in North American towns and cities, and the history of water policy in Alberta. 

The Roots of Hate: Political Institutions and Daily Life in Bosnia-Herzegovina 

Emrah Keskin
PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Alberta

Emrah Keskin is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. He holds a MA from New York University and a BA from Sabanci University in Istanbul.

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    He previously worked as a journalist in Turkey. In Edmonton, he has been heavily involved in the community, working with The Mustard Seed, Canadian Red Cross and Catholic Social Services. His current research focuses on the impact of mental health trauma on post-conflict reconciliation.

Partnering for the Goals: Working Together to Reach 2030 

Heather McPherson
Executive Director, Alberta Council for Global Cooperation
Heather McPherson is the Executive Director of the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC).  ACGC works towards ending poverty and achieving a peaceful and healthy world, with dignity and full participation for all.

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    She is committed to SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) because, unless we strengthen current and develop new partnerships, we will not be able to achieve Agenda 2030. Working together, developing new partnerships and new ways of finding solutions is how we will move our collective agenda forward.

6:00 - 6:45 pm
Atrium, Students’ Union Building

The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation will launch the 8th annual Top 30 Under 30 publication and award featuring 30 exemplary young people from Alberta and around the world.  This event will celebrate and showcase the recipients and their contributions in partnering towards the Sustainable Development Goals.  Recipients will be joined by keynote speaker Hoda Katebi, honorary Top 30 Under 30 recipient.

Learning Through Migration: Towards a Pedagogy of Settlement

12:30 - 2:00 pm
Telus Centre 134

Alexandru (Alex) Caldararu, Instructor, Community Support Worker Program & Program Founder, Settlement Studies Program, NorQuest College
SDG 10,11,16,17
Although debates continue to rage in the scientific community regarding the exact origins of our species, there is a widespread consensus that the history of humanity is one of migration.  As Canada continues the long process of reconciling its colonial and racist past, the need for a critical examination of the role the settlement sector has played in the maintenance of dominant cultural myths/narratives regarding Canadian multiculturalism has never been higher.
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    As the primary contacts for newcomers upon their arrival, settlement agencies share important knowledge with their clients and play a vital role in the integration of migrants into Canadian society. However, these same agencies receive significant portions of their operating grants from their funders, and as such, are expected to engage only in activities that are sanctioned by the federal government. This raises important questions about what newcomers learn about Canada from state-funded, non-profit service-providing agencies, and more significantly, what they do not.
    This presentation will analyze how Canada’s increasingly neoliberalized settlement sector can augment the informal learning that happens throughout the migration process, the implications of this augmentation for efforts to reconcile Canada’s increasing demographic diversity with its history of racism and colonialism, and what can be done to create a new “pedagogy of settlement,” one that simultaneously develops a critical consciousness in newcomers to Canada and a critical praxis for practitioners who hope to do more than simply reproduce the Great Canadian (Multicultural) Myth.