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From feminism to poverty, there's something for everyone on March 24

Diversity Week wraps up with TED-style lecture series and free lunch
March 23, 2017
In a Diversity Week activity, students, faculty, and staff participated in the Disability Interactive Zone. Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

In a Diversity Week activity, students, faculty, and staff participated in the Disability Interactive Zone. Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary 

After a full week of panels, workshops, screenings and discussions, Diversity Week’s final event brings a little something for everybody through a dynamic lecture series that covers multiple topics in a short period of time.

On Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., six speakers will cover topics as varied as mental health stigma, feminism, social justice education and the concept of the Other to MacEwan Hall B. The lecture series is the final attraction of a full week of activity, spearheaded by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Protected Disclosure (ODEPD) and involving more than 20 partners across campus. 

“I thought it would be fun to have short, thought-provoking and inspirational talks to end our week with a bang,” says Valerie Pruegger, PhD and director of ODEPD. “I tried to find scholars on campus or elsewhere who were doing work in different areas related to diversity, equity and inclusion, and who might be able to provide us with a different perspective. I wanted speakers who would be provocative.”

Using the popular TED talk-style format, speakers will bring topics to life in 20 minutes while challenging the audience to think a bit differently and start a conversation.

The series starts with Katie O’Brien questioning if Allyship is Dead, followed by a look at economic diversity with the title The Widow, Alien, Afflicted and Fatherless Voices from the Outside, presented by Derek Cook, director of Canadian Poverty Institute at Ambrose University.

Andrew Szeto presents on the timely topic of mental illness and stigma, followed by a thoughtful exploration of feminist identity with Leslie Reid. The next speaker, Gregory Wolbring, will challenge the idea of genetic enhancement and disability. The session caps off with an exploration of the Indigenous notion of ethical space in social justice education from Dustin Louie.

The lecture series is followed by closing remarks from Karen Jackson, general counsel for the university, Stephen Guscott, Students’ Union president, and Sam Hossack, Graduate Students’ Association president. And — not to bury the lead — but lunch for the first 200 people is free and will be accompanied by the Blues and Motown sounds of the Gary Martin band!

“I am so proud of how this has all come together with funding, resources and partnerships across campus. Everyone has worked hard during the already busy month of March and I can’t thank them enough for bringing this vision to fruition,” says Pruegger.

The closing events are open to all — no registration is required. Lunch is provided for the first 200 people. 

Diversity Week is an initiative to celebrate diversity and inclusion on University of Calgary campuses through a variety of events, open to all community members. From March 20 to 24, we can embrace our differences, get involved and create safe and inclusive campuses for everyone. Find an event for you here