Upcoming Events: Mar 20-Apr 21, 2015

There are some great events coming up related to art, social change, activism and research. Check them out and we'll see you there!

THE ROLE OF THE ARTIST PROVOCATEUR
Fri, 20 Mar, 2015 7:00 PM
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts,
149 W. Hastings St.
Admission is FREE

From the provocative cartoons at Charlie Hebdo, to the music and actions of Pussy Riot, to hard hitting plays like Sarah Kane's Blasted, artists around the world have been agents of provocation for millennia. But what about Canada today? Is there a role for the artist provocateur in this country? Or is general public apathetic to engaging with artistic representations of challenging ideas?

Join five practicing artists from hiphop, theatre, cartooning and the visual and live arts for an intriguing discussion that opens up the question of the role of the artist-provocateur in contemporary Canada.

The evening will begin with each panelist offering samples of their actual work to provide real-world context for the discussion to follow.

ART ACTIVISM: THE CAIRO-TEHRAN CONNECTION
with DIMA M. YASSINE & HOSSEIN MARTIN FAZELI

Tues, Mar 24, Mar 31, Apr 7, Apr 21, 2015 7:00-9:00 PM
Room 7000, Harbour Centre Simon Fraser University
515 W. Hastings St. Unceded Coast Salish Territories/Vancouver
Admission is FREE

While the world is watching the chaos engulfing the Middle East during the past few years and wondering if there is a possibility of hope and peace in tat region, very few people are paying attention to strong and determined grassroots movements born not necessarily out of hope but sometimes out of despair.

From Cairo to Tehran, women have played a very important role in any political and social gain or loss. Today, however they are increasingly using all kinds of tools to influence an overall change, especially in the aftermath of the 2009 Green Revolution in Iran and the January 25th, 2011 revolution in Egypt. Can they succeed?

The four-part series will explore the multi-faceted pro-active movements of women in seeking change in Egypt and Iran.

KNOW THE LEDGE WE’RE ON FROM ACCOUNTABILITY TO ACTIVIST RESEARCH WORKSHOP
Friday, April 17, 2015 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Room 2270 Harbour Centre Simon Fraser University
515 W. Hastings St. Unceded Coast Salish Territories/Vancouver
Registration: http://cgi.sfu.ca/~hccweb/cgibin/OnlineRegistration/site/event/detail.php?id=1007
Program: http://www.sfu.ca/fcat/research-centresinstitutes/cpcc/events.html

University-based researchers are involved in a wide variety of collaborations and partnerships with individuals, collectivities and organizations including — but not limited to — NGOs, community organizations, activist political movements, and local, national and transnational governments, agencies, and networks. This workshop invites debate and discussion about practices, promises, and power in research relationships. How do we work with/in shifting grounds of knowledge and certainty?

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor Dian Million (American Indian Studies, University of Washington). Million's work interweaves analyses of political movements and autobiographical writing with debates among scholars, politicians, writers, artists and activists.