ENLIGHTENING INFORMATION

National Council on Ethics in Human Research
(NCEHR) Visit – Feb. 6

ALL interested Athabasca University staff and students are invited to attend the NCEHR site visit team’s noon hour presentation on Minimal Risk and Expedited Review Processes.

Please respond to Jill Calliou at jillc@athabascau.ca by Feb 1st, as to whether you will be attending the presentation and luncheon (12:15 – 1:15 pm) at Athabasca Central on Wednesday, February 6.

The noon presentation will be videoconferenced to Edmonton and Calgary Learning Centres, for the convenience of those who are unable to attend in Athabasca. (The luncheon, however, will only be available in Athabasca.)

For further information about the team’s activities on Feb 6th, please refer to the schedule posted on the Research Ethics Board web page located at http://www.athabascau.ca/ethics/

Indigenous Education Event
Thursday January 31, 2002 – 6:00 p.m.

@ the Provincial Museum of Alberta
Infoline: 428-2064 / E-mail: janism@athabascau.ca

Athabasca University is launching its new Indigenous Education initiative with the Canadian premiere screening of Yolngu Boy, an Australian film about Indigenous youth, at the Provincial Museum in Edmonton the evening of Thursday, January 31. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. in the foyer of the Museum with food and beverages, entertainment by Asani an Edmonton-based a capella quartet followed at 7:30 by a brief ceremony to officially launch the initiative.

We then move into the theatre by way of a grand entry processional, with Harold Cardinal introducing the event and Derek Starlight serving as the Master of Ceremonies. The White Buffalo Drummers and Dancers, will accompany the procession and perform. The short ceremony will be followed by an introduction to the film by Maria Campbell, followed by the film itself.

Yolngu Boy has attracted considerable international interest, and film festival awards, since its release. It is the story of three Yolngu teenagers who embark on an epic journey through the wilderness of Northern Australia. Colliding between the worlds of rap, football, and street credibility and the oldest living culture on Earth the youths draw on ancient bush knowledge, street instinct, and the bonds of friendship to chase their
childhood dreams.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students, and are available in advance by contacting Janice Makokis (428-2064 or janism@athabascau.ca), or at the door. All proceeds will go to AU’s Indigenous Education Scholarship Fund.

Courtesy of:
The Community Networks Group (c) 6819 – 119 Avenue, Edmonton (Canada) T5B 4L9
Tel/Fax: (780) 474-6058 / Pager: (780) 419-7654

University of Alberta’s
INTERNATIONAL WEEK January 28 – February 1, 2002

INFO: http://www.international.ualberta.ca / Phone: (780) 492-2692

“Living as if the Planet Matters”

The 17th annual International Week includes over 50 events examining the many facets of social and ecological sustainability and sustainable development in both local and international contexts. The Week features keynote speakers each evening and wraps up with a lively drumming concert, “Rhythms of the Planet.”

A one day forum on Monday, January 28, “Global Water Crises: We Are All Downstream,” will explore the dimensions of the water crises we are facing. Experts and activists from Canada and abroad will focus on issues of health, water quality, water rights and conflict over water.

Monday evening’s keynote speakers will discuss “Living as if Water Matters.” Featured are Dr. David Schindler, Killam Memorial Professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta, limnologist and recent winner of the prestigious $1 million Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering; and Maude Barlow, Volunteer Chairperson of the Council of Canadians. Tuesday, Allan Wolf Leg will highlight the
Siksika, or Blackfoot, worldview on the state of being, the relationship of space and history, and the interrelationship of all elements.

Wednesday evening’s program, “Living as if Forests Matter,” brings us some of the world’s leading forestry activists: Randy Hayes, the Founder and Director of the Rainforest Action Network based in San Francisco, and Colleen McCrory, Executive Director of the Valhalla Wilderness Society and winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize (the environmental equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize).

“Protecting the Planet: Options for Action” on Thursday evening features Isabel Altamirano, discussing options utilized by Indigenous peoples in Mexico, Dr. Virginia Cawagas, reflecting on People Power Philippine style, and Andrew Nikiforuk, author of “Saboteurs: Wiebo Ludwig’s War Against Big Oil.” And not to be missed — music and poetry from the Radical Cheerleaders and the Raging Grannies.

The Week spotlights a range of musicians from opening events in HUB Mall on January 25 to the wrap up concert. Performers include the University of Alberta’s West African Music Ensemble and Asani, an Aboriginal women’s vocal ensemble.

Friday evening’s percussion concert, “Rhythms of the Planet,” features the Okoto Dancers (African), Capoeira (Brazilian), Viajante Drumming Ensemble (Latin-American), Buffalo Tail Productions (Aboriginal) and the Drumcan Man who recently set a new speed world drumming record. Tickets for the concert are $8 for students and $10 for others available mid-January.

And there is so much more — a found objects fashion show on January 23, a film from the Global Visions Festival, a story told by Gandalf the Wizard, the International Week Quiz, trash crafting and straw bale construction! Check it out by picking up a program guide at Gateway distribution points, Students’ Union info booths and public libraries, on-line at http://www.international.ualberta.ca or by phoning (780) 492-2692.

NOTE: All but two events are free of charge. Everyone is welcome. International Week 2002 is co-ordinated by the International Centre, University of Alberta and sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Environmental Research and Studies Centre, the Students’ Union, the Graduate Students’
Association (GSA), World University Service of Canada (WUSC), HUB Mall, and VUE Weekly.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Nancy Hannemann, Global Education Program Coordinator
International Centre – University of Alberta Campus, 172 HUB International
E-mail: Nancy.Hannemann@ualberta.ca
Phone: (780) 492-5962 / Fax: (780) 492-1134
WEB SITE: http://www.international.ualberta.ca

Good Girl magazine is looking for proposals and submissions (art and writing) for our Spring 2002 issue (volume 3). There’s no specific theme for volume 3 – instead, we hope to publish whatever is going on for young women right now.

Good Girl is published by and for young women who want to talk, listen and be challenged, and have a great time doing it. We want to carry on a discussion, start talking and listening across our differences, and start being passionately aware that we could be completely wrong. So girls of all experiences, colours, dimensions, persuasions, ages and abilities – get mad, get hilarious, yell, swear and guffaw. And then listen, pay attention, think and reflect. Do you have something to express about the state of the world? The state of the war? The state of the media? The state of your life? Then say it!

Written submissions will be edited using a peer review system, and articles chosen for publication will receive the following humble remuneration, in Canadian dollars:
Articles over 1500 words get $40
Articles under 1500 words get $25
Poems get $20 each

Original art and photography submissions chosen for publication will receive the following:
Each image $20
Cover image $40

Written submissions should be sent as Word documents and art submissions should be sent as TIFF files (note that all images will be printed in black and white) to:

goodgirlmagazine@hotmail.com

Women and men are encouraged to contribute! Pseudonyms are encouraged.

Deadline for submissions is February 1, 2002.For more information about good girl magazine, please visit our website at HTTP://www.goodgirl.ca or contact us at goodgirlmagazine@hotmail.com

+15 Window in the Performing Arts Centre
Part & Parcel
Paul Robert
December 1, 2001 to January 31, 2002
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 13, 2001

Paul Robert is a conceptual-based artist whose works often have a performative or participatory element. For his proposed work, Robert is constructing an object that uses the mechanics of Western perspective that plays on a Kesslerian model of the universe: that the universe is made up of many individual parts that are all interconnected to create a whole depending on the perspective of the viewer.

Paul Robert is presently completing his BFA in Sculpture at the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2001. Paul is an active member of the Calgary art community, who recently worked as project assistance for Vera Gartley and who also presently sits on the board of directors for The New Galelry.

The artist was in attendance at the opening reception.

Main Space at Stride Gallery L’Hôtel SofiCalle
Vera Greenwood
January 18 – February 16, 2002
Opening Reception: Friday January 18 @ 8PM
Artist Meet and Greet: Saturday, January 19, 2002

In her installation entitled L’Hôtel SofiCalle (2001), Vera Greenwood documents her somewhat failed attempts at surveillance of the French artist Sophie Calle. Through the ‘evidence’ collected during a three-month residency at the Canada Council Paris Studios, she produces an autobiographical account of her own behaviours, social transgressions, and psychological experiences that surround her ‘investigations’ of Calle. The exhibition itself follows the principles of an ethnographic display-cases holding objects, photographs and text that are identified and interpreted-yet it carries with it the feeling of the backstage of a theatrical performance. The traces of her activity, such as passport, plane tickets, rubber gloves, disguises, maps and spy camera are all displayed behind glass cabinets alongside excerpts from her detailed written diary. Like all good mysteries, her diary is replete with plot twisters and comedic moments while her exhibition is filled with a trail of descriptive props and various pieces of evidence.

Born in Calgary in 1954, Ottawa-based artist Vera Greenwood lives and works in Hull, Quebec. A graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Concordia University, Greenwood’s training in printmaking has expanded to included mixed media installations. Her work has been widely exhibited across Canada and in England, which include The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, On, The Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB.; and The Beg Peg Gallery, Birmington, UK.

The artist will be in attendance at the opening reception. A brochure will accompany the exhibition.

Main Space at Stride Gallery Reginald Baxter
King Charles Cavalier Spaniel
February 22 – March 23, 2002
Opening Reception: Friday, February 22 @ 8PM
Artist Meet and Greet: Saturday, February 23, 2002

Since 1990 Reginald Baxter has been painting copies of a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel that at a rate of about 4 to 8 each year. The source for this image itself is a bit of a mystery as it was extracted from an “original art” catalogue where the artists’ names appeared to have been fabricated. Upon the first examination the 30 or so dog paintings appear to be replicas of one another, but on closer inspection it is quite easy to spot subtle differences that render each work as a unique original. The paintings are a crude counterpart to current technologies (like photography or videography) where there is no such thing as an original, but only mechanically made duplicates. These collection of paintings that begun as a mechanically reproduced image of a forgery painting have ironically ended up as original pieces revealing the non-mechanical nature of the human touch and our ways of seeing.

Reginald Baxter graduated from the Ontario College of Art with Honours in Fine Art in 1989. His work has been widely exhibited in Canada and abroad in various galleries including Kenderline Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK; Mercer Union, Toronto, ON; and 494 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and the Venice Biennial, Canadian Pavillion (collaborative bookwork with Tom Dean), Venice, Italy.

The artist will be in attendance at the opening reception. A brochure will accompany the exhibition.

Stride Gallery 1004 MacLeod Trail S.E., Calgary, AB CANADA T2G 2M7
Hours of operation: Tuesdays – Saturdays 11 – 5 p.m.
Storefront. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
URL: http://www.stride.ab.ca
E-mail: stride2@telusplanet.net
PHONE: 403.262.8507
FAX: 403.269.5220

For further information about Stride Gallery’s upcoming program, please contact Lissa Robinson, Director at 403.262.8507. The Stride Gallery is an artist-run gallery that is funded in part by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Calgary Region Arts Foundation, the Canada Council and the generous support of the Calgary community.

UNTITLED ART SOCIETY ANNOUNCEMENT

Up coming shows in the Main Gallery

“Pieces of a Picture”
By Ryan Hamilton and Tanya Mastrobuono

Untitled Arts Society +15 Window
225 – 8th Ave. SE (West end of Performing Arts Centre corridors, 2nd Floor)
On view from December 1st, 2001 to January 31st, 2002

This collaborative show presents a whimsical series of collages by Ryan Hamilton and Tanya Mastrobuono, the former a University of Calgary Fine Arts graduate, and the latter, soon to be.

Random, discarded, leftover puzzle pieces are the key constituents of these light-hearted mixed media works. From this starting point these artists looked for surprising and unexpected ways to take the familiar and remake it as something new. Imaginary landscapes and flights of fancy result, as these recombinant puzzles show traces of their process of exploration, and the marks of the artists’ hands.

The artists will be in attendance at the opening reception. All are welcome. For more information please contact the artists @ 340-3970 (Tanya) or 289-6743 (Ryan) or Untitled @ 262-7911 (leave a message).
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Global Village Backpackers Banff
Our hostel opened June 1, 2001 right in downtown Banff. Formerly the Woodland Village Inn, we are a unique hostel as all our rooms have ensuite bathroom facilities. We have a hot tub, sauna, internet access, kitchen facilities, pool table, tour desk, TV room, bike rentals, laundry facilities, lounge and a large outdoor courtyard patio. A majority of our rooms are spacious 4-8 bed dorms. We also have, what we call, semiprivate rooms. Each has a double bed in a loft above a 4 bed dorm. You share the washroom facilities with the dorm.

Room rates
October 1, 2001 – April 14, 2001
Dorm Beds $25.00 $22.00
Semi-private $55.00 $51.00
Weekly rate in a dorm room $129.50 (non-refundable)
All prices include taxes and linen. Discounts are available to travelers carrying YHA, ISIC, VIP or GO cards.

2001/2002 Ski packages
3 Nights/2 days – only $169
3 Nights shared accommodation
2 days ski passes (Lake Louise/Sunshine Village/Mount Norquay)
Transport to/from ski hills
Free pancake breakfast daily.

6 Nights/5 days – only $369
6 Nights shared accommodation
5 days ski passes (Lake Louise/Sunshine Village/Mount Norquay)
Transport to/from ski hills
Free pancake breakfast daily.
We require credit card details to guarantee reservations.
We welcome group bookings. Please call the hostel directly for details.
Cheers

The Staff at the Global Village Backpackers Banff
449 Banff Avenue BOX 398
Banff AB Canada T1L 1A5
1-403-762-5521 Toll-free in North America 1-888-844-7875 fax 1-403-762-0385

Are you an Artist? AUSU supports the arts!

AUSU is interested in purchasing original works of art from students for use in promotional purposes. These promotions may include: gifts from AUSU to graduates at convocation, tokens of appreciation for volunteers, special presentations, etc.

The works of art must:
-be created by an AU Student
-be within a value range $0-$500.
-be accessible or easily transportable to Alberta

If you are an artist of any kind who creates a product you feel we would be able to use for such a purpose, please contact djabbour@ausu.org. Supply a brief description of the art object, a picture if you have it, and its market value.

WRITE FOR THE VOICE!

Contact Tammy Moore at tmoore@ausu.org.

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