Concert: Part of Ethics, Rights, Culture and Humanization of Refugees Transdisciplinary Workshop

Thursday, February 6 
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Convocation Hall


Transpositions: Music for Resilient Sustainable Communities

Sponsored by the Canada Research Chair in the Politics of Citizenship and Human Rights, Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology, Dept. of Music, Faculty of Arts Conference Fund and Global Education Program

This evening is an opportunity to learn about -- and experience -- music’s power to create a human connection and sustain humanity.  Our first guest is Thomas Mapfumo, known as the “Lion of Zimbabwe” for his immense popularity and influence in critiquing power through Chimurenga (“struggle” in Shona) -- a musical genre he developed in the 1970s in support of human rights and social justice, transposing traditional mbira melodies to electric guitars.  He championed the war for independence, leading to his detention and several arrests, and continued his political critiques under the Mugabe regime.  As a target of government harassment, he moved to the US in the late 1990s.  After Mugabe’s overthrow and a long absence from his homeland, Mapfumo returned to Zimbabwe in 2018 for a historic concert before 20,000 ecstatic fans.  Mr. Mapfumo will deliver a talk by video-conference entitled “Voices from the Wilderness”, followed by a question and answer session.

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A concert of Arabic music follows, featuring two virtuoso musicians, Roy Abdalnour (violin) and Ahmed al-Auqaily (percussion), accompanied by Michael Frishkopf (nay and keyboard) and special guest Guillaume Tardif (violin).  Roy Abdalnour recently arrived in Canada from Syria, where he enjoyed a distinguished career performing with the best vocalists in the Arab world, from Sabah Fakhri to Nancy Ajram. Ahmed al-Auqaily studied music in Baghdad and played in a variety of bands there. He immigrated to Canada from Iraq in 1997 and has become well-known in Edmonton for his dazzling technique. Michael Frishkopf, Professor of Music and Director of the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology, studied Arab music in Cairo. He leads UAlberta's Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble, a community ensemble. Guillaume Tardif is an Associate Professor of Violin and serves as String Area Coordinator at the Department of Music, UAlberta. 

Current Currents in the Story of Two Rivers: Part 1 Sustaining Cultural Ecologies 

A Discussion with Author Myrna Kostash
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Telus Centre 134
Panelists: Myrna Kostash, writer of literary and creative nonfiction; and Dr. Jessica Zychowicz, Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies
Moderated by:  Dr. Vita Yakovlyeva, researcher

Sponsored by the Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies

This panel discussion will feature award-winning Edmonton-based author Myrna Kostash, whose lifelong work includes several creative nonfiction novels spanning the diverse peoples and places between Ukraine and Canada. She will share her processes in researching and writing Reading the River: A Traveler’s Companion to the North Saskatchewan River (2005), which explores nearly 1000 years of history of the Saskatchewan and the many historical layers (sediments) and precious resources that the river watershed continues to provide. How do the many historical layers (sediments) from our natural environments contribute to the diverse cultural ecologies we inhabit every day? UAlberta Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Jessica Zychowicz and researcher Dr. Vita Yakovlyeva will explore these and other questions together with the author and audience.


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    Myrna Kostash is an acclaimed writer of literary and creative nonfiction who makes her home in Edmonton when she is not travelling in pursuit of her varied literary interests and passions. These have taken her from school halls in Vancouver, BC, to Ukrainian weddings in Two Hills, Alberta; from the site of the mass grave of Cree warriors in Battleford, Saskatchewan, to a fishers’ meeting in Digby, Nova Scotia; from the British Library in London, UK, to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. She is inspired in her work by her childhood in the Ukrainian-Canadian community of Edmonton, her rites of passage through the Sixties in the US, Canada and Europe, by her rediscovery of her western Canadian roots in the 1980s, by her return to her spiritual sources in Byzantium and the Eastern Christian (Orthodox) Church, and, most recently, by her re-education in the history of Indigenous and Settler relations in western Canada.

    Myrna is the author of the multicultural classic, All of Baba’s Children (1978), which has never gone out of print. Her second book, Long Way From Home: The Story of the Sixties Generation in Canada (1980), was the first to narrate the specifically Canadian experience of that era, and has been acknowledged as such by grateful scholars of today. Though out of print, No Kidding: Inside the World of Teenage Girls (1987) and The Next Canada: In Search of the Future Canada continue to find readers because of their passionate reportage. With Bloodlines: A Journey into Eastern Europe (1993) and The Doomed Bridegroom: A Memoir (1997), Myrna hit her full stride in the burgeoning nonfiction genre known as creative nonfiction, the latest example of which was her 2010 book, Prodigal Daughter: A Journey to Byzantium, a gathering-together of travel writing, memoir, historical and political narrative, art history and reflection. In original documentations of two key events in western Canadian history, she is the editor of The Frog Lake Reader (2009) and The Seven Oaks Reader (2016). Her work-in-progress is The Ghost Notebooks, about her grandparents. Read more  

    Dr. Jessica Zychowicz holds the Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program at the UAlberta Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies. She was recently a US Fulbright Scholar (2017-18) in Area Studies based at Kyiv-Mohyla University where she conducted research for her second book, and taught in the sociology department, one of the only departments in all of Ukraine today that has instituted the teaching of gender studies as a subject. Her first book, Superfluous Women: Feminism, Art, and Revolution in Twenty-First Century Ukraine, will be available on University of Toronto Press June 2020. Read more 

    Dr. Vita Yakovlyeva earned her PhD in Social Theory and Cultural Studies in 2016 from UAlberta. Parts of her doctoral research, “Childhood after Chernobyl: A Social History of Childhood in Ukraine, 1986-1996,” have been published in English, Ukrainian, and Polish. Read more


Global Goals Talks at International Week

4:00 - 6:00 pm
Social Stair Space, Central Academic Building (CAB)

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


Today's Talks:


Exploring Responsibility to Achieving Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education for All

Dr. Florence Glanfield,
Vice-Provost (Indigenous Programming & Research) & Professor (Mathematics Education), Faculty of Education

In this talk, Dr. Glanfield offers a response to the question, “How might each of us, within the complex systems that we live and work, ‘take up’ our responsibility of ensuring “inclusive and equitable quality education” for all?

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    Dr. Florence Glanfield
    is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, from Northeastern Alberta, a professor of mathematics education, and Vice-Provost (Indigenous Programming & Research), at UAlberta. Dr. Glanfield engages in collaborative research and development projects with Indigenous communities, elementary and secondary mathematics teachers, and teachers and teacher educators in Tanzania and Rwanda.


Our Society and the Sea: Actions and challenges for sustaining our planetary life support system

Dr. Stephanie Green,
Assistant Professor and Sloan Fellow in Ocean Sciences, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science

Oceans cover 71 percent of the planet and are our planetary life support system, producing most of the oxygen we breathe and supplying dietary protein for billions of people. Yet our oceans are in crisis, with escalating global climate change, contamination, overfishing, habitat loss, and invasive species rapidly degrading the ability of these systems to meet our needs. From tuna fisheries and climate change in the Pacific Ocean to invasive lionfish in the Atlantic Ocean, Stephanie will share examples from her lab’s research on the status and conservation of marine fishes to illustrate challenges in achieving SDG14: “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”. 
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    Dr. Stephanie Green
    is an Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences and the Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Global Change Ecology and Conservation at UAlberta. As a marine ecologist, she seeks to unravel the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss in the world’s oceans and develop science-based solutions to conserving imperiled marine species. From tropical coral reefs in the Atlantic to temperate kelp forests in the Pacific, Dr. Green and her research team use a range of methods including behavioural observation of animals, field experiments, and computer simulation modeling to understand how stresses from climate change, invasive species, and over-harvesting are altering the distribution and abundance of species in ocean food webs. Dr. Green’s projects involve close collaboration with university, government, NGO, and citizen scientists throughout the Caribbean, US, and Canada. In 2019, she was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship in Ocean Sciences. Dr. Green completed her BSc in Ecology and Environmental Biology from the University of British Columbia and her PhD in Marine Ecology at Simon Fraser University. Following her graduate training, she held a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University and a David H. Smith Conservation Science Fellowship at Oregon State University from 2013-18.

Reflections on Ten Years of Interviewing Insurgents, Terrorists and their Victims: Implications for peace and justice

Dr. Temitope B. Oriola,
Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology,
Faculty of Arts

From the Lake Chad Basin to the Niger Delta region in sub-Saharan Africa, the actions of challengers of authority and (in)action of the state appear to produce a paradoxical outcome — a synthetic stasis that is both beneficial and yet harmful to all major actors. This presentation is a reflection on 10 years of interviews with insurgents, terrorists, state forces and their victims. The central argument hinges on why societies with active carousels of injustice are hotbeds of exclusion and political violence. The roles of five key entities are highlighted: the state (as the ultimate signifier), the elites, institutions (particularly universities) that train the elite, activists and the public. The presentation offers vignettes for promoting justice and building peaceful and inclusive societies (SDG 16).
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    Dr. Temitope B. Oriola
    is joint Editor-in-Chief of African Security and associate professor at UAlberta. A recipient of the prestigious Governor General of Canada Academic Gold Medal, Oriola’s book Criminal Resistance? The Politics of Kidnapping Oil Workers (Routledge 2016 [orig. 2013]) is one of a small number of book-length sociological investigations of political kidnapping in the English language. Oriola’s ongoing research focuses on the ascendance of extremist non-state transnational actors, particularly in the Lake Chad Basin. This research investigates the intricacies of the ascendance of Boko Haram, the trends and patterns of Boko Haram’s operations, the gender dimensions (particularly sexual and gender-based violence) and the backdrop of global jihadi terrorist trajectories. Dr. Oriola has published in leading scholarly venues such as Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Third World Quarterly, Sociology, the British Journal of Criminology, Canadian Journal of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Ethics and Critical Studies on Terrorism, among others.  He is Vice President (President-elect) of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS).