Conference Program 2006

RE-IMAGINING THE POSSIBLE: INSPIRING CHANGE THROUGH THE ARTS

Sponsored by the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan
Friday and Saturday, March 17 &  18, 2006

Friday, March 17th
Quance Lecture Theatre, College of Education

7:30 pm

  • A welcome from the University to Her Honour, the Honourable Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Dr. Lynda Haverstock and to conference participants—Dr. Lea Pennock, University Secretary, University of Saskatchewan
  • Opening greetings to conference participants from Her Honour Dr. Lynda Haverstock, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan
  • Pianist: Ms. Jasmine Machibroda for the Vice Regal Salute
  • Appreciation from the Advisory Board to the College of Education
    Presented to Dean Cecilia Reynolds, College of Education
  • A welcome to Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan from Ali Lake and Mehta Youngs, members of the “Respect for Sexual Diversity Youth Troupe”

“Piercing the Thin Skin of Normal: Queer Art and Activism”
Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan
Winnipeg, Manitoba

9:00 pm - Reception

March 18, Saturday Morning - Quance Lecture Theatre, College of Education, U of S

Plenary Session

9:00am
The Road to Inclusion: LGBTQ Visual Narratives of Education, Community, and Culture in Canada
- A multi media presentation by Kris Wells, University of Alberta

9:20am
The Respect for Sexual Diversity Youth Troupe presents “Q-Theatre: Youth Acting, Youth Activism” - a play and workshop

Coffee Break: 10:20am- 10:40am

10:40am-11:10am
Research Report: “Teachers’ Perceptions of Homophobic Behaviour in Saskatchewan Secondary Schools and their Willingness to Intervene” - presented by Melanie Morrison and Margi Corbett; other researchers include Gillian Strange, Randy Wimmer, David Little, Ann Chinnery, and Don Cochrane

Breakout Sessions
11:10am- 12:20pm

For high school students: Creating More Good News - A GSA coming together: Visioning the ideal school—Education Student Lounge

For others: Sharing the Good News (and there is lots of it!) - Quance Lecture Theatre, facilitated by Jonas Kiedrowski

Lunch: 12:20pm-1:30pm - Education Student Lounge
Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
1:30-2:20pm and 2:30-3:20pm

(1) Wes Pearce, University of Regina, Fear and Loathing in Surrey: Homophobia and The Laramie Project

This paper discusses the importance of The Laramie Project as a progressive agent in challenging homophobia and homophobic attitudes in an audience. It contrasts the historic reception of the play to the disturbing events and attitudes surrounding the proposed production at Elgin Park Secondary in Surrey BC and highlights the 'gay panic' defense of several key individuals, the misreading (and homophobic misinterpretation) of the content of the play, and the unfortunate results of this decision which has cast another homophobic pall over the city of Surrey, BC.
Room 1024

(2) André P. Grace and Kristopher Wells, University of Alberta, Camp fYrefly: Building Resilient Youth and Inclusive Communities

The Out Is In queer community education project counters the social exclusion and fallout that many LGBTQ youth endure by utilizing arts-informed educational strategies to engage youth in social learning that assists individual development and peer socialization. Integral to this project is Camp fYrefly, which has emerged as an annual youth leadership retreat where LGBTQ youth learn to deal with life in personal and social contexts. The camp is peer driven and jam-packed with drama, music, writing, visual art, empowerment and reflection exercises, anti-oppression work, personal growth opportunities, healthy socialization, and in-depth learning activities about specific youth topics and social issues. In this presentation, we will explore these elements of the project and discuss how youth use arts-informed educational strategies to raise community consciousness regarding trends that they have identified as impediments to their social learning, development, and inclusion.
Room 1004

(3) Christopher Grignard, playwright, University of Alberta, The Orchard Drive

A look behind the production and process of the Okanagan's very first gay play! Chris will discuss the five-year process of writing the play about his dramatic representation of the gay male youth experience in Kelowna in 1997. The play received its Edmonton world premiere in 2005, and its Kelowna premiere immediately afterwards. There will be a staged dramatic reading from the play.
Quance Lecture Theatre

(4) Hearing and discussing coming-out-stories to friends and parents—(Students only)  Room 1026

(5) Finding a Home—the film!

Watch this 25 minute film about Niki and Julie’s struggle for their love and relationship to be recognized after which Niki, Julie, and members of PFLAG Canada-Saskatoon will be happy to discuss the film with you!
Room 1022

Closing: Quance Lecture Theatre
3:30-4:30pm

The Invisible Son - an NFB video (2005) introduced by the director, Edward Lee.

The struggle of a young man coming to terms with his cultural heritage and his sexuality. A sensitive, truthful letter to his immigrant parents gives voice to his previously unspoken thought, emotions, and experiences.

Our very own Bridge City Chorus will sing us out again!