Ban Righ Centre Speaker Series 2013

When: ongoing. Talks are at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm unless otherwise specified.

Where: Ban Righ Centre, All welcome.

Cost: FREE with student ID.

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.  

Tuesday Feb 26th
Is there anything wrong with bad language?

Adele Mercier. Associate Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, cross-appointed to the Linguistics Program.

As a recent case at Queen’s University has amply made clear, we can easily be hair-triggered by “bad language” (gendered and racialized language, and some swear words). In my talk, I will discuss “weighted words” in an effort to provide principled and empirical grounds for distinguishing between oversensitivity and reasonable concerns, and between malicious defamation and legitimate criticism.

Wednesday Feb 27th
Women and Money

Carol Ann Budd. P.Eng. Consultant

Learn more about the true financial impacts of caring for children or aging parents, a longer life expectancy, how to survive separation and divorce, good debt and bad debt, building a financial safety net, and charting a course toward your long term financial goals.

Friday, March 1st
Change Your Mind:  Mood Management Strategies to Beat the Blues

Dr. Jenn Rae – Author and Family Physician

Wednesday March 6th
Traumatic Remembrance and Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings

Kip Pegley.  Associate Professor. Queen’s School of Music.

The most widely-performed musical work for public mourning in the Western art music repertoire is Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings (1936). It was played on radio after Roosevelt’s sudden death in ’45, then at the funeral of Einstein in ’55, during the radio report of J.F.K.’s assassination, and at the funeral of Princess Grace of Monaco, not to mention its performances after the Challenger explosion, the Oklahoma City bombing, and innumerable renditions worldwide after 9/11. In 2007, when BBC Radio asked its audience to nominate the “saddest piece of music ever written,” Barber’s Adagio received more votes than the other top four pieces combined. By examining three recordings of this piece (Toscanini, 1938; Stokowski, 1958 and Schenck, 2009), I will talk about how the work transformed over a period of seventy years to become our modern-day anthem for grieving. I will discuss how and why this piece of music is powerful, never neutral, and always contextually contingent as it shapes our relationship as a grieving public to past events and lost lives.

Tuesday March 12th
Gothic Matriarch

Cavelle Macdonell. Filmmaker and Fine Arts teacher  

In 2011 Cavelle produced and directed a 13 minute indie documentary GOTHIC MATRIARCH honoring the 85 year old Fredericton NB legend Catherine Hale, for a lifetime of artistic achievement and non-conformity.  GOTHIC MATRIARCH is part of the “ART OF LIVING” Independent Documentary Series, honoring Ordinary People with Extra-ordinary Lives. Cavelle will talk about Miss Hale’s artwork and her creative collaboration with Miss Hale and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery during filming. See trailer here:

Thursday March 21st
The Burden of Depression in Women

Kate Harkness, Ph.D., C. Psych. Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry. Department of Psychology

Women outnumber men 2 to 1 in the prevalence of depression, and according to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of disease-related disability among women in the world. Reasons for the increased rate of depression in women are complex, and involve a combination of bio-genetic, environmental, and psychological factors. In this talk I will discuss research that we have been conducting to better understand the increased burden of depression in women by focusing specifically on the environments to which women are exposed, and the unique ways in which they make meaning of those environments.

Friday, March 22nd

Rebecca Anweiler. Assistant Professor, Fine Art Programme, Queen’s University

Working figuratively and dealing with issues of representation, Anweiler critically investigates the cultural meanings underlying gender, sexuality and the natural world as constructed through norms produced by education and scientific systems. Her background in biology and education informs these various lines of inquiry. Her talk will engage with the efforts in her practice to subvert scientific bias and expose the limitations of that field to acknowledge or incorporate research requiring a reinvention or major overhaul of existing theory. Rebecca’s work will be displayed at Ban Righ from Feb 22-March 29.

Tuesday April 9th
Haiku Poetry as a Path to Slow Time

Philomene Kocher, Poet

Haiku are little poems that honour the beauty of the ordinary moment. If we slow down and open our awareness, haiku may be found everywhere. Philomene will share some of her poems and experience of walking the haiku path.

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