Uplift: The Banff School of Fine Arts and the Public University

The Banff School of Fine Arts and the Public University

PearlAnn Reichwein (Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation)

The University of Alberta created the Banff School in 1933 to extend adult education as a means of equity and sustainability. Over its first four decades, the Banff School produced and circulated ideals of culture and liberal democratic citizenship that were intrinsic to the development of modern Canada. Alberta’s public institutions were enablers and innovators for a hopeful future.

How did public education and the Banff School of Fine Arts uplift the people? From the depths of the Great Depression to postwar prosperity, Alberta’s public university was integral to uplifting creativity and opportunity. Artists and students appeared in the postcard image of Banff yet also met challenges. An engine of nation building and tourism development, public education and public parks stimulated culture and capital.

A pandemic and climate crisis brings us full circle to reimagine and reinvent the arts and education as a way of seeing ourselves and our world anew. Current challenges suggest the importance of public institutions as this talk on the early Banff School and the public good presents.

Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2021

12:30–1:30 p.m.

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March 4, 2021 at 3 p.m.
Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People: Nature, Colonialism and the Responsibility to Revitalize Sociological Theory

Kari Marie Norgaard (U Oregon)

The negation of the natural world has been a building block of ‘modernity’ and central to the legitimization of colonialism. The failure to theorize the environment within sociology obscures power relations associated with colonialism and environmental degradation that continue to be highly salient for Indigenous peoples.

March 10, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.
Uplift: Visual Culture and Sustainability at the Banff School of Fine Arts

PearlAnn Reichwein

Over its first four decades, the Banff School produced and circulated ideals of culture and liberal democratic citizenship that were intrinsic to the development of modern Canada.

March 24, 2021 at 6 p.m.
Green Capitalist Realism, CO2lonialism, and the Urban Climate Insurgency

Ashley Dawson (CUNY)

Green Capitalist Realism is an incipient ideological legitimation for the new regime of accumulation the Biden administration seeks to construct. The eco-modernist tenets that undergird it are linked to intensifying forms of extractivism that Dawson terms CO2lonialism.

March 31, 2021 at Noon
Environmental policy and governance

Kristof Van Assche

Description TBA

Apr. 7, 2021 at Noon
Degrowth

Panel feat. Joëlle Saey-Volckrick

Description TBA

 
 

 

We regret that in-person lectures have been cancelled throughout March and April, 2020.

The COP 101 e-conferences will continue as planned.

The Sustainability Council’s ongoing lecture series explores local and global perspectives on sustainability, equity and climate action. Hear researchers and practitioners from the University of Alberta and beyond in fields ranging from engineering to ecology, public health to poetry, native studies to nanotechnology.

Sustainability lecture series schedule. Updated 2021-02-18
Date Speaker Time
Feb. 24 Geeta Belas: Bridging the Gender Gap with Design Noon–1 p.m.
Mar. 4 Kari Marie Norgaard: Nature, colonialism and sociology 3 p.m.
Mar. 10 PearlAnn Reichwein: Banff School of Fine Arts 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Mar. 24 Ashley Dawson: Environmental Justice in Pandemic-era NYC TBA
Mar. 31 Kristof Van Assche: Environmental policy and governance Noon–1 p.m.
Apr. 7 Joëlle Saey-Volckrick: Degrowth Noon–1 p.m.
Steering Committee

The Sustainability Council’s Research Steering Committee guides the selection of speakers for this lecture series.

Meet the Committee