TURBINES PRESENTS: UTOPIAS PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL

3 Mar

Levana is excited to support the Turbines Curatorial Collective’s upcoming UTOPIAS Performance Art Festival!

WHAT: Guided by queer, feminist, trans*, and anti-racist perspectives, UTOPIAS draws together emerging/local performance artists with nationally- and internationally-recognized artists in order to produce creative re-imaginings through performance art. Featuring VAGINAL DAVIS, HAZEL MEYER, ANDREW RABYNIUK, and AVERY EVERHART, UTOPIAS temporarily transforms public places and art spaces throughout Kingston in order to stage artistic interventions into dominant cultural narratives.

Turbines Curatorial Collective is committed to building an inclusive arts/activism community with accessible services and facilities that respect the dignity and independent of persons with disabilities. All venues are accessible to persons with mobility difficulties and wheelchair users. Because the venues are located throughout a newly-renovated building, they may not be accessible to persons with environmental or chemical sensitivities. Our festival is available in an accessible format and/or with appropriate communication supports including an ASL-English interpreter, upon request. Please contact us at turbinescuratorialcollective@gmail.com by March 6th so that the necessary arrangements can be made in time for the festival.

WHERE AND WHERE:

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Friday, March 13, 2015

2pm
ANDREW RABYNIUK (Emerging Artist Series)
“Run For It”
Location TBA

7pm
AVERY EVERHART (Emerging Artist Series)
“Take What You Need, Leave What You Can”
Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre, Tett Centre, 370 King Street West

7:30pm
PANEL DISCUSSION
“Making Space: On Performance, Art, and Activism”
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre

10pm
GENDER GALAXY Queer Dance Party [UNOFFICIAL FESTIVAL EVENT]
Co-presented by Turbines Curatorial Collective & Mercury
The Grad Club, 162 Barrie Street

Saturday March 14, 2015

2pm
VAGINAL DAVIS
“Sassafras, Cypress & Indigo-Black Screen Images and the
[e]motive notion of Freakiness”: Artist Talk and Performance Lecturina
Agnes Etherington Art Centre Atrium, 36 University Avenue

7pm
HAZEL MEYER
“Girl Jock/Lez Hulk/Sport Dyke”
The Malting Tower, Tett Centre, 370 King Street West

Sunday March 15, 2015

3pm
VAGINAL DAVIS
“Tea and Sympathy (A Lesbian Separatist Tea Party)”
The Renaissance Room, 285 Queen Street
***We ask that you please dress in formal attire for this performance if possible.

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[The image is a poster for the event. The poster is comprised of a bubble-gum-pink background with a large, abstract drawing of a raindrop-like shape with a milky comet’s tail. Inside the shape is the word “UTOPIAS” and various twisted and furled globs. Below the raindrop-like shape is a row of ten tiny blue houses. On the right hand side of the poster there is text that reads: TURBINES CURATORIAL COLLECTIVE PRESENTS: UTOPIAS PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL, MARCH 13-15. FEATURED PERFORMANCE ARTISTS VAGINAL DAVIS, HAZEL MEYER, ANDREW RABYNIUK, AVERY EVERHART. FOR TIMES AND LOCATIONS VISIT WWW.TURBINESCURATORIALCOLLECTIVE.COM. At the very bottom of the page there is a line of the festival’s sponsor’s logos, and information about Turbine’s accessibility policy (written above)].

The Sexual Assault Prevention Working Group Feedback Survey

23 Feb

‘Dear Queen’s community members,

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Working Group and its Policy Subcommittee is interested in your feedback to improve sexual assault prevention and response at Queen’s.Through this confidential survey, campus community members – students, faculty, and staff – can provide feedback in four key areas:

1 – support and response
2 – prevention education
3 – environmental factors
4 – policy

Data will be compiled by a Research Assistant and reported as thematic findings or suggestions. Findings will be reported in a way that will not reveal individual identities. Data will be retained for a period of five years in a secure location, after which time it will be destroyed.

Thank you in advance for participating. Your feedback will contribute to final recommendations leading to the development and implementation of sexual assault prevention and response policies, procedures and programs at Queen’s.

Arig al Shaibah
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs & Chair, Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Working Group
on behalf of the Working Group membership’

FIND A LINK TO THE SURVEY HERE:

‘Colonial Intimacies’ Symposium After Party: ‘#SonicIntimacies’

19 Feb

WHAT:  The Better Futures Collective and The Black History Month Committee presents #SonicIntimacies! After a fulfilling month of celebrating black accomplishments and an enlightening day at the “Colonial Intimacies” symposium, what better way to unwind than to dance the night away? Join us on February 27th at the Underground, on Queen’s Campus where you’ll be able to further expand your minds AND bodies!

9:00 pm -10:30 pm: Slam poetry session provided by POCTalk
10:30 pm – close: DJ sets by Mark V. Campbell
Get ready to be moved by the POCTalk collective and move to the musical stylings of Mark V. Campbell!!
Who says you can’t consciously shake it!?

WHERE: The Underground, Queen’s University, 87 Union st., Kingston, ON

WHEN: Friday, February 27th at 9:00pm – 2:00am

*Must have Government issued ID, and Queen’s ID or symposium wristband*

**Email betterfuturescollective@gmail.com for more information on wristbands or other queries**

FIND THE EVENT ON FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1415916405372122/?notif_t=plan_user_invited

Trangender Histories and Futurities: Susan Stryker Dunning Trust Lecture

18 Feb

WHAT: Dr. Susan Stryker visits Queen’s to give the Dunning Trust Lecture

WHO: Leading Queer and Transgender Studies scholar, Susan Stryker is an historian, writer, educator, artist, documentary filmmaker, and human rights activist. With an interdisciplinary approach to academia and social justice, Dr. Stryker’s work focuses on the relationship between Queer theory and Transgender Studies. Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, she is currently the Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona, she is a multiple award-winning author, editor, and filmmaker whose works include the Emmy-winning documentary Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria (2005), the break-through two-volume Transgender Studies Reader (2006), the introductory textbook Transgender History (Seal Press, 2008), and popular nonfiction works such as Queer Pulp: Perverse Passions from the Golden Age of the Paperback and Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area. Interlacing scholarship, filmmaking, and grass-root activism, Dr. Stryker demonstrates the kind of dynamic interdisciplinary approach to academia and social justice work that Queen’s University most values. 

WHEN: Thursday Feb 26th, 5:30pm

WHERE: Dupuis Auditorium, reception and signing to follow at the University Club, Fireside Lounge.


For any accessibility inquiries please contact Jane Tolmie (jane.tolmie@queensu.ca)

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[Image is a poster for the event. The middle of the poster has a picture of Susan Stryker smiling at the camera wearing a black shirt and grey blazer. She is wearing glasses.  The Queen’s University emblem is on the top right corner. The text reads: Dunning Trust Lecture Trangender Histories and Futurities: Susan Stryker, Thursday Feb 26th, 5:30pm Dupuis Auditorium, reception and signing to follow at the University Club, Fireside Lounge., For any accessibility inquiries please contact Jane Tolmie (jane.tolmie@queensu.ca), Queen’s University Gender Studies and SXGD Program, Queen’s University Cultural Studies]

Levana Lunchtime Chat Series: Sex, Shame, & Pleasure

6 Feb

WHAT: Join us on for a conversation surrounding sex, shame, and pleasure. For this month’s lunchtime chat we’ll be working through some of the ways we talk about and relate to sex and sexuality, including the difficulties of navigating these conversations through shame and the importance of consent and pleasure. All are welcome!
Lunch will be provided by the Levana Gender Advocacy Centre.
To minimize our environmental impact we are moving towards using reusable cups, bowls and plates. Please bring your own mug and bowl if you can.
Peer support will be available.
Coordinated by Levana Gender Advocacy Centre and OPIRG Kingston

WHERE:  The Grey House (51 Bader Lane, Kingston Ontario)

WHEN: Friday February 13th from 12:30pm to 2:30pm

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[Image is a poster for the event. The poster is divided into four sections. In the first, someone is wearing bright pink lipstick and sticking out their tongue. They have a heart shaped tongue piercing that reads ‘sex’. In the second, a nun is looking at the camera disapprovingly. The text reads ‘shame’. In the third, there is a large bright pink sign that says ‘pleasure’ in all capitals. The text in the fourth section reads ‘Join us for a titillating lunchtime chat discussion on Sex, Shame & Pleasure! Lunch will be provided by the Levana Gender Advocacy Centre. To minimize our environmental impact, please bring your own cups and utensils. Friday February 13th @ 12:30p The Grey House 51, Bader Lane’]

Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements

6 Feb

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WHAT: Germinations and OPIRG Kingston are pleased to host Chris Dixon for a talk about his new book – Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements.

Recent decades have seen the exciting convergence of
anti-authoritarian radicalism and broader-based movements in the U.S. and Canada. From this convergence, a growing set of activists – from anti-poverty organizers in Toronto to prison abolitionists in Oakland, from occupy activists in New York to migrant justice organizers in Vancouver – are developing shared politics and practices. They are building “another politics,” to use a Zapatista expression. These efforts combine anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, anti-oppression politics with grassroots organizing among ordinary, non-activist people. Drawing on interviews with organizers across North America, this presentation will explore another politics and distill lessons for building effective, visionary movements.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

WHO: Chris Dixon, originally from Alaska, is a longtime anarchist
organizer, writer, and educator with a PhD from the University of California at Santa Cruz. His writing has appeared in numerous book collections as well as periodicals such as Anarchist Studies, Clamor, Left Turn, and Social Movement Studies. He serves on the board of the Institute for Anarchist Studies and the advisory board for the activist journal Upping the Anti. Dixon lives in Ottawa, Canada, on unceded Algonquin Territory, where he is involved in anti-poverty organizing. His new book is Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements, published by University of California Press.
Find him at writingwithmovements.com.

This event is made possible through support from OPIRG Kingston, The AMS Social Issues Commission and CFRC 101.9FM.

Also check out this workshop the day before at Queen’s on Social Movement Research: https://www.facebook.com/events/347215232130058/

WHEN: Tuesday February 23rd 7pm to 9pm

WHERE: The AKA Autonomous Social Centre (red and black house on the corner of Queen Street and Wellington Street) Kingston Ontario

Relevant, Responsible and Radical – A Workshop on Social Movement Research

6 Feb

WHAT: Chris Dixon will be asking how can we conduct relevant and responsible research with social movements we care about? This workshop will create a collective space to explore practical answers to this question. Drawing on experiences with activist research involving in-depth interviews and long-term participation, this workshop will dig into real-world dilemmas around accountability and academic expectations. It will also offer take-away tools for crafting research questions and practices, maintaining humility and humor, setting goals beyond credentialing requirements, and making research processes useful for activists.

This event is made possible with the support of CFRC 101.9FM, the Germinations Collective and OPIRG Kingston.

WHO: Chris Dixon, originally from Alaska, is a longtime anarchist
organizer, writer, and educator with a PhD from the University of California at Santa Cruz. His writing has appeared in numerous book collections as well as periodicals such as Anarchist Studies, Clamor, Left Turn, and Social Movement Studies. He serves on the board of the Institute for Anarchist Studies and the advisory board for the activist journal Upping the Anti. Dixon lives in Ottawa, Canada, on unceded Algonquin Territory, where he is involved in anti-poverty organizing. His new book is Another Politics: Talking Across Today’s Transformative Movements, published by University of California Press.
Find him at writingwithmovements.com.

WHERE:  The John Deutsch University Centre 240 in the Sutherland Room, Kingston Ontario

WHEN: Monday, February 23rd at 2:00pm – 4:00pm

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[The image is a poster for the event. The background is a faded picture of a grey house (This building is the office of Levana Gender Advocacy Centre and OPIRG Kingston). There is a sign on the front lawn that reads ‘Welcome to Ontario Public OPIRG Interest Research Group Come In!’. The text is in the centre of the poster and is black. It reads ‘Relevant Responsible & Radical A workshop on Conducting Social Movement Research’]

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