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Bienvenue au Congrès 2020, qui a pour thème « Bâtir des passerelles : combattre le colonialisme et le racisme anti-Noirs ».

Blogue invité par Jeff Tennant, Responsable universitaire du Congrès 2020 et Professeur agrégé, département d’études françaises, Université Western

Bienvenue au Congrès 2020, qui a pour thème « Bâtir des passerelles : combattre le colonialisme et le racisme anti-Noirs ».

Le thème de cette année ne saurait être plus opportun, alors que les Canadiens d’un océan à l’autre font face à des questions épineuses. Citons les revendications territoriales du peuple Wet'suwet'en en passant par la pandémie de coronavirus, sans oublier la campagne électorale marquée par un net clivage chez nos voisins du sud, dont l’issue aura d’importantes répercussions pour tous les Canadiens.  

Depuis près de 90 ans, le Congrès est un lieu de...

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Stan Douglas: Impossible Pictures

Mandy Len Catron, Congress 2019 guest blogger

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Narration et force: voix du théâtre autochtone du Canada

Mandy Len Catron, Congress 2019 guest blogger

All of this year’s Big Thinking events consider how the arts function as a platform to engage with scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Organizers were inspired by three big questions: Who speaks for whom? Whose stories get told? And who gets left out?

This event, moderated by Dr. Lindsay Lachance, brought together a group of award-winning Indigenous performers, writers and directors to share songs and stories. 

Margot Kane, Cree-Saulteaux Founder and Artistic Managing Director of Full Circle: First Nations Performance, opened the event with a Cree mourning song. Kane spoke about how, as a young Indigenous actor working in mostly-white productions, she was inspired to create the Indigenous theatre community she longed for. Full...

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David Suzuki and Ian Mauro: Beyond Climate: Science, Storytelling and Solutions

Mandy Len Catron, Congress 2019 guest blogger

All of this year’s Big Thinking events consider how the arts function as a platform to engage with scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Organizers were inspired by three big questions: Who speaks for whom? Whose stories get told? And who gets left out?

Activist David Suzuki and filmmaker Ian Mauro came to Congress to screen their latest film, Beyond Climate. The film, which was made over the course of several years, focuses on the increasing impacts of climate change across British Columbia, what Suzuki and Mauro refer to as “a sentinel province” for the crisis. The filmmakers toured the province to find those on the front lines of climate change—cherry farmers, firefighters, local...

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Simon Brault: The role of arts in protecting democracy

Mandy Len Catron, Congress 2019 guest blogger

At Congress 2019, the Big Thinking lecture series considers how the arts function as a platform to engage with scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Organizers were inspired by three big questions: Who speaks for whom? Whose stories get told? And who gets left out? 

Monday’s Big Thinking event featured a talk from Simon Brault, the Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. Brault spoke about the Council’s efforts to protect artistic freedoms while maintaining an ethic of civic responsibility. “Citizens,” he argued, “must be able to relate to and see themselves in the actions of organizations.” After his talk, Brault was interviewed by by Mirelle Langlois,...

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