We recognize world peace will come, not through one simple act but rather as the final outcome of thousands of smaller undertakings. Dialogue plays a key role and we seek to encourage this with the following inspiring speakers, promoting culture of peace in our communities. Drawing on a diverse selection of local and international speakers, the Mir Lecture Series delivers new views on community and global issues.
Residential Schools and Native Literature
Jordan Abel asks what it means to be Indigenous, what it means to be an intergenerational survivor of residential schools, and what it looks like to be at the intersection of Creative Writing, Digital Humanities, and Indigenous Studies.
Selkirk Collge Mir Centre for Peace and Indigenous Services invite you to hear Abel speak.
Friday, October 26, 2018
Castlegar Campus, Sentinel 113
Sold at the door: $16 general public; $13 students
Abel is a Nisga'a writer from BC. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD at Simon Fraser University where his research concentrates on intergenerational trauma and Indigenous literature. Abel’s creative work has recently been anthologized in Best Canadian Poetry (Tightrope), The Land We Are: Artists and Writers Unsettle the Politics of Reconciliation (Arbiter Ring), and The New Concrete: Visual Poetry in the 21st Century (Hayword). Abel is the author of The Place of Scraps (winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize), Un/inhabited, and Injun (winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize).
The History and Politics of Antifascism
Confronting the resurgence of fascism and white supremacy in the United States and beyond, the oppositional movement known as Antifa has recently sparked heated debate about violence, free speech, and strategies for stopping the Far Right.
But what is this movement, where did it come from, and where will it go from here?
Join historian and movement scholar Mark Bray as he tackles these and other questions. Bray is a historian of human rights, terrorism, and political radicalism in Modern Europe who was one of the organizers of Occupy Wall Street.
Bray is the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street, and is the co-editor of Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Boston Review, Foreign Policy, Critical Quarterly, and numerous edited volumes. He is currently a lecturer at Dartmouth College.
Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7 pm
Location: Civic Theatre, 719 Vernon Street, Nelson
Tickets: $17 general public/ $15 students and seniors (Tickets available online, March 5, at the Nelson Civic Theatre Box Office. Go to: https://civictheatre.ca and click on "Buy Tickets." Tickets also available at the door.)
After a summer of smoke, can Canada leap to a safer place?
These past months have seen historic fires and a punishing hurricane season converge: sometimes it can seem like the world is burning, drowning, or both. The climate crisis is in our face now, no matter how much we may want to avoid it. But can this heightened sense of emergency catalyze real action to confront climate change and build a fairer society all at once?
After 25 years as a journalist and filmmaker, in 2015 Avi Lewis devoted himself full time to working for climate justice. With his customary wit and piercing argument, he deconstructs Justin Trudeau’s Pan-Canadian climate plan, offers a vision of a truly just transition for all of us trapped in the fossil fuel economy, and recounts how the Leap Manifesto has raised the hackles of the establishment and inspired activists around the world.
Date: Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7 pm
Location: Capitol Theatre, 421 Victoria St., Nelson, BC
Cost: $22 for general public; $18 students and seniors.
Advance tickets available at the Capitol Box Office or at the door. TICKETS GO ON SALE SEPT. 29.
To learn more about the Mir Lecture Series, contact Cara-Lee Malange at 250.365.1261.