Niagara Social Justice Forum 2011: Saturday, April 9th from 9 am – 5pm Pond Inlet, Brock University: FREE! Lunch Provided
3:00-4:00pm: SESSION 4: Workshops
Workshop 4a: Vagina Monologues Performance – Nicole Jol and the Feminist Action Collective
Location: MC C407
A shortened version of Eve Ensler’s original script, which was written after she had interviewed over 200 women on the topic of their vagina. Every monologue somehow relates to the vagina, be it through sex, love, rape, menstruation, mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm, the variety of names for the vagina, or simply as a physical aspect of the body. This recurring theme uses the vagina as a tool of female empowerment and the ultimate embodiment of individuality.
Workshop 4b: The Global and Local Relevance of Sport and Physical Education – Kelsey Pinch and Nick Beamish
Location MC D308
This workshop explores the “new age”, humanistic approach to physical education and its possible role in less developed countries. Additionally, it will touch on how El Salvador’s humanistic approach to physical education has impacted youth in Niagara. The workshop will be both experiential and discussion based.
Workshop 4c: Unveiling the Veil – Brock University Muslim Students Association, Student Justice Centre and Carol Leishman
Location: MC D309
This workshop focuses on the debate within Muslim communities surrounding the choice to wear or not wear a veil in their daily lives. This issue is often misunderstood by the larger population that frequently lacks insight into the realities of life within Muslim communities. Our aim is to provide information that may decrease the discrimination, ostracization, and prejudice that occur against Muslim women who work, study, and live in the Niagara region.
Workshop 4d: Are We Heading Towards the Futuristic Vision of Gender and Race?: Fluidity of Gender and Race in Science Fiction Films – Douglas Clarke, David Corman and Lynh Doan
Location: MC H313
This presentation examines depictions of gender in science fiction, focusing on how science fiction artists illustrate non-normative performances of gender. Secondly, presenters look at the futurist creation of voice. The third aspect examines comic book art and narrative of black superheroes. Together these are the cutting edge of social justice weaving popular culture and traditional sociological questions into theoretically driven inquiries about personhood, gender, culture and race.
Workshop 4e: The Bad Trip: Niagara Threatened by Motorway Madness – Sandy Vant and Tim Seeburn
Location: MCD 303
The threat posed by the Canadian Motor Speedway in Fort Erie. It proposes to remove agricultural zoning protection on 827 acres of protected agricultural land. The project is a threat to endangered species such as the Grass Pickerel and the Box Turtle, and would involve the urbanization of the entire headwaters of Miller’s Creek. The workshop will detail plans to stop the motorway through an upcoming hearing at the Ontario Municipal Board.