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Monday, April 25 - Saturday, April 30, 2016

Graduate Art Exhibition: Retracing Social Practice 

This year’s Graduate Art Exhibition features a variety of work including paintings, drawings and 3D art installations, as well as two solo exhibitions by graduating honours students. All pieces explore themes related to social practices and how they affect thought, practice and perceptions of reality.

“Hats of Possibility" by Darby Arens features over 150 paper hats. Each shows a handwritten childhood dream, inviting the viewer to reconnect with his or her imagination. Gabrielle Shallahamer presents σημείωσις/Sēmeiōsis, a piece on the practice of observing and interpreting signs. It incorporates keys the artist collected from hotels all over the world over a period of several years.

Retracing Social Practice is hosted by the Langley Centennial Museum, located at 9135 King Street in Fort Langley. Admission is free. 

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Monday, April 25- Saturday, April 30, 2016

SAMC Art + Design presents: Salt Water Skin Boats by Erica Grimm

So long an emblem of healing and spiritual solace, what might it mean to consider that the ocean is sick? And what are the implications for our own balancing bodies?  

Dr. Grimm’s multimedia panels and mylar drawings imagine textual dialogues as a means to understand complex global eco patterns, asking why paying attention in the anthropocene is so important. Set against a background of the chemistry and physics of ocean change, these images juxtapose elegant crystalized mathematical formulas with text and blind bodies balancing, diving, swimming and floating.

In her artist statement, Dr. Grimm argues that ocean change is the most urgent of wicked problems facing humanity today. Her work is fueled by environmental urgency and draws on the miraculousness of the ordinary.

About the Artist

Erica Grimm, PhD, is Associate Professor and Chair of the Art + Design Department, School of the Arts, Media and Culture at Trinity Western University. Her visual practice is rooted in embodiment and investigates how paying attention to ordinary embodied sensory perception and lived experience is vital to human flourishing and knowing. She has had over 25 solo exhibitions, is included in numerous private and public collections, including the Vatican Art Collection, Canada Council Art Bank and the Richmond Art Gallery. She was in 2002 the Distinguished Nash Lecturer at the University of Regina, the first Prize recipient of the Imago National Juried Art Competition, and was honored as the Distinguished Alumnae from the University of Regina. 

8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday, President's Gallery, 2nd Floor Reimer Student Centre, TWU

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

LLC hosting book launch: Desiring a Better Country: Forays into Political Theology, by Douglas Farrow

Douglas Farrow seldom shies from controversy. Discussing several hot-button issues such as religion in public life, educational freedom, human rights, and the definition of marriage, Farrow challenges the common misconception that secular institutions can be religiously neutral.

Inspired by current legal, political, and philosophical debates in North America, Desiring a Better Country engages leading political thinkers from Augustine to John Rawls and John Courtney Murray, contemporary political figures such as Michael Ignatieff and Justin Trudeau, as well as legal scholars and Supreme Court judgments. Writing from a Catholic perspective, Farrow also incorporates contributions from the Church's pre- and post-Vatican II teaching. His arguments treat five pressing issues: the grounding of human rights, the dislocation of the goods of marriage, the incoherence of normative pluralism, the uncertain future of religious freedom, and the peculiar liberty of the Church.

Provocatively written, well-informed, and relevant to current affairs, Desiring a Better Country is a timely intervention in debates on religion, civil society, and the state.

This event is co-hosted with Cardus and the Sheptysky Institute. Tickets are $10 and available here.

6:00 - 8:30 pm, Laurentian Leadership Centre, 252 Metcalfe St., Ottawa


Friday, April 29, 2016

Western Regional 3MT Competition 

2:00 - 4:00 pm

The TWU 3MT Competition took place in December, the winner was Chantel Rodericks. She is representing TWU at this Regional Competition with her three minute thesis, "The Empty Cradle: Grieving a Miscarriage"

How do our words and actions affect how women grieve a miscarriage? Through qualitative interviews with women who have miscarried, nurses, midwives, physicians, and social workers, this research uncovers what helps and hinders the grief process after a miscarriage in Canada. 

Bio: Chantel completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a Specialization in Psychology at the University of Ottawa, and moved to Langley, BC in 2013 to begin her Masters in Counselling Psychology at Trinity Western University. Upon graduation, Chantel hopes to work in reproductive and maternal health counselling. Her thesis explores what helps and hinders women’s grief following a miscarriage.  

Prior to beginning graduate studies, Chantel worked as a bilingual tour guide/interpreter at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial and Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial in France. She enjoyed meeting and teaching visitors from all around the world about Canada and Newfoundland's military history during WWI. She also loved having the opportunity to travel and visit Portugal, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Italy. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano, travelling, and exploring BC’s beautiful hikes. 

Please take a moment to vote for the "People Choice" Award. Video recordings of those presentations will be profiled for a two-week period on the CAGS website. Three non-specialist judges will choose the national winner and a runner up based on those video presentations. Voting for the People’s Choice winner is open to the public and based on the number of likes/votes a particular video has received on the CAGS page.


The livestream of the Western Canadian 3MT Competition will be available via UBC Okanagan’s website.
The livestream will be available from 1:45 p.m. (PST) on Friday, April 29th.

People’s Choice Vote:
A link to the people’s choice voting options will be posted on the Western Canadian Deans of Graduate Studies website on Friday, April 29th.
During the event, people will be able to enter a people’s choice vote either online or in-person. Online ballots can be cast here.
Voting will open after the last presentation and will remain open for 20 minutes.

The Western Regional 3MT Competition is open to Western Canadian Deans’ Agreement participating Universities hosting a local 3MT competition. Eligible participants must have won their local competition, and be a Master’s or PhD student in a graduate program eligible for Tri-Council funding.

For more information about the Western Regional 3MT Competition, visit the Western Canadian Deans of Graduate Studies website.

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