EMILY TALKS: 2008 Spring Speaker Series

Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 6:28am - Sunday, April 20, 2008 - 6:28am

NEW! Alanis Obomsawin - Thursday, March 27, 7pm

Alanis Obomsawin, a member of the Abenaki Nation, is one of Canada's most distinguished documentary filmmakers. Her films include Gene Boy Came Home, Waban-Aki: People from Where the Sun Rises, and Rocks at Whiskey Trench, which was Obomsawin's fourth film in her series about the 1990 Oka crisis. The first, Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, documented the 1990 Mohawk uprising in Kanehsatake and Oka, which has won 18 international awards. Obomsawin's many honours include the Order of Canada, Luminaria Tribute for Lifetime Achievement from the Santa Fe Film Festival, International Documentary Association's Pioneer Award, Toronto Women in Film and Television's Outstanding Achievement Award in Direction, and Canadian Native Arts Foundation National Aboriginal Achievement Award.

Denise Pelletier - Thursday, April 3, 7pm
Denise Pelletier's ceramic work has been shown at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, Museum fur Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, Hogeschool ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, Skulpturens Hus, Stockholm, Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, and the Clay Studio, Philadelphia. She has received numerous grants and awards, and was recently in residency at the Kohler Company in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Art in Newcastle, Maine. Pelletier has a MFA from Alfred University and a BFA from the University of Connecticut. She currently lives in Rhode Island and teaches at Connecticut College, New London.

Past Talks:

Ann Thorpe - Thursday, January 17, 7pm
Ann Thorpe is the author of The Designer's Atlas of Sustainability (2007). She teaches and researches sustainable design in London, England, where she is based, and has worked with US architects and designers to support green building and product stewardship, serving as co-chair of the US Green Building Council's Cascadia Chapter and participating in collaborative eco-redesign projects with companies. She was publisher and editor of On the Ground, a journal on community, design and environment, and holds a BS in Design and Environment from Stanford University with an MA in Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley.

Lida Abdul - Tuesday, January 22, 7pm
Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Lida Abdul lived in Germany and India as a refugee after the former-Soviet invasion. Her work fuses the tropes of Western formalism with the numerous aesthetic traditions -Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, pagan and nomadic- that collectively influenced Afghan art and culture. She has shown her video, São Paulo Biennial, Gwangju Biennial, Moscow Biennial, Sharjah Biennial, Istanbul Modern, Kunsthalle Vienna, ICA, Tate Modern, ZKM. For the past few years, she has been working in Afghanistan exploring the relationship between architecture, identity and memory. Abdul has been shortlisted for Artes Mundi award and residency at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.

Gabriela Albergaria - Thursday January 31, 7pm
Gabriela Albergaria studied at the Fine Arts University of Porto, Portugal, and was an artist-in-residence at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in 2001. She has been participating in individual and group exhibitions internationally since 1990. She uses photography, drawing, installations and sculpture in developing a line of work that takes gardens and their history as a starting point. These social and collective references intercross with personal and subjective memoirs of her intimate experiences. Albergaria lives and works in Lisbon and Berlin, and will be in Vancouver to install her work at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Bill Rees - Tueday, February 5, 7pm
Dr. Bill Rees is best known as the originator of ecological footprint analysis, which reveals the fundamental incompatibility between continued material economic growth and ecological security. His research shows how we continue to vastly underestimate the impacts of industrialization, that the modern world is the product of the "enlightenment project," contributing to how we see ourselves as separate from the biophysical world. He is a founding member the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics, co-investigator in the "Global Integrity Project," Fellow of the Post-Carbon Institute and Founding Fellow of the One Earth Initiative. He received the Senior Killam Research Prize and was named one of British Columbia's top "public intellectuals." In 2006, he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada.

Peter McCormack and Dennis Burke, February 28, 7pm
The Composer/Director Collaboration
Director Pete McCormack and composer Dennis Burke discuss the collaborative process in filmmaking, moderated by John Sereda. Sponsored by the Guild of Canadian Film Composers, Department of Canadian Heritage Creators' Assistance Program and the SOCAN Foundation.

Peter McCormack is an award-winning writer, musician, poet, producer and director. Projects include the award winning documentary Uganda Rising, and feature film See Grace Fly. McCormack's two novels, Shelby, and Understanding Ken, have received critical acclaim.

Dennis Burke is an award-winning composer, musician and sound designer for film and TV with over 90 films to his credit whose work can be seen regularly on network and cable television, international film festivals, galleries and commercial theatres. He is Associate Professor in Media Arts and Associate Dean of Curriculum at ECI.

John Sereda has numerous awards and nominations for his compositions on 35 movies, 12 series and many TV specials and documentaries. He is a Board member of The Guild of Canadian Film Composers.

Gerald McMaster - Friday, March 14, 3pm
The Double Entendre of Re-enactment: From Catlin to Monkman

Gerald McMaster is the Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. Previously, he was Curator at the Canadian Museum of Civilization where he organized Indigena, Reservation X, and Edward Poitras: Canada XLVI Biennale di Venezia. He has worked at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, edited The Native Universe: Voices of Indian America, and curated First American Art and New Tribe/New York. Awards include the ICOM-Canada Prize, National Aboriginal Achievement Award, and the Order of Canada. Sponsored by ECI's Annual Aboriginal Awareness Days, followed by the opening reception for the Aboriginal Student Art Exhibit in the Concourse Gallery.

All talks are held in Lecture Hall 301, SB. For a pdf of the poster, click here.