Ban Righ Speakers Series

Held at 32 Bader Lane at noon, the Speaker Series provides an opportunity to continue your education at your own pace, in an intimate, comfortable setting with no exams! From the visual and other arts, science and technology, the environment and social justice, to the more personal, obscure and indescribable, we try to cover it all. Everyone is welcome and home-made soup is available for a donation (free if you are a student).

Winter 2019 Speakers Series

Stories and reflections from eight months on the road

Claudia Hirtenfelder, PhD Candidate, Geography and Planning, cycle-tourer

“I could never do that!” These were words Claudia often murmured when seeing others undertaking what seemed to be epic mental and physical feats such as mountain climbing, doing month-long treks or cycling in remote and arid regions. Then one day she found herself doing exactly that, cycling through and camping in regions of the world that are more wild and remote than she could have ever imagined (the Steppe of Mongolia and the desert of Tajikistan). This is not a serious talk, or even one about selfmotivation. Rather, it is a series of reflections and stories from Claudia’s time cycle-touring for eight months (Jan-Aug 2018) through five countries in Asia, a discussion about what her and her husband’s day-to-day lives looked like, and some of the personal lessons learnt along the way.

Indigenous women: sharing and community

Adrianne Lickers Xavier, Predoctoral Fellow-Queen’s University, Doctoral Candidate, Royal Roads University

When we consider the ongoing discussion of indigenization and reconciliation in organizations and programs, what are the unspoken expectations on people, in particular, women? How can we build community and what does that include in the larger social context? How can research contribute? A discussion, as an Indigenous woman, of my experience, and how I would hope non-indigenous women can contribute to the process of reconciliation.

An adoptee’s healing journey

Paddy Dolphin, Adoptee

Adopted as an infant, Paddy outlines her healing journey, bringing light to some of the issues, struggles and revelations that adult adoptees may need to manage as they strive to live happy and fulfilling lives.

Spirituality – a missing piece in health promotion

Karina Gerhardt-Strachan, MA in Health Studies, Queen’s University

Advocating a holistic approach, health promotion examines many aspects of health and well-being, including physical, mental, sexual, community and social health. However, despite this holism, there is a noticeable absence of spiritual health. I explored this missing piece in my Master’s thesis by conducting qualitative interviews with leading scholars in health promotion across Canada and will be sharing some of the major themes that arose in my research.

Inspiration and the creative process: How they are different and how they work together

JT Winik, Visual Artist

How do we get from a blank canvas to a completed painting? How does a scientist follow a question through to its answer? How does a musician go from a few notes struck on a piano to a full composition? If inspiration is the idea then how does the creative process lead it forward? Using examples of her own work, and the work of others, JT describes various avenues of inspiration and how abandoning control allows the creative process to expand into areas unforeseen. “Ideas are one thing and what happens is another.” – John Cage (experimental composer).

The Tragically Hip and Canada as a work in progress

Michelle MacQueen, PhD student in Cultural Studies

The Tragically Hip have been a fixture in Canadian popular culture for over three decades, and in many ways this band and Canada have become synonymous. Through discussion of the band’s lyrics, musical sound, and the connections with the CBC, this talk will explore how constructions of Canadianness are reinforced, countered, and dispersed through The Tragically Hip’s music.

The emerging future of Providence Village: Hope. Belonging. Wellbeing

Ruth Gruer, Executive Director, Providence Village Inc.

Ruth Gruer presents a bridge between a 150-year legacy and a wondrous future. As the Sisters of Providence bring their local ministries to completion, the new 30-acre Providence Village is coming to life. If you would like to hear how this new Kingston community hub will bring support to the elderly, the dying, youth, affordable housing, community gatherings and community gardens, please join us.

River of Life

National Film Board

This documentary focuses on the Yukon River Quest, the world’s longest annual canoe and kayak race. Athletes come from around the world to test their endurance, racing day and night along 740 km of rugged river shoreline. The film chronicles the experiences of the all-female 2006 Paddlers Abreast team. By following them from the moment they climb into their boat in Whitehorse to the cheers that greet them in Dawson City, the film tells an exhilarating story of a group of women who have faced death and understand how precious life is.

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