Panel Discussion to Honour Elisabeth Young-Bruehl in Toronto

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl

The sudden death of Elisabeth Young-Bruehl on December 1, 2011 at age 65 near her home in Toronto has saddened us all immensely. Young-Bruehl wrote fifteen books, and her work as a biographer and psychoanalyst has been enormously influential, touching many lives and shaping the disciplines she worked in. In January 2012 her long-awaited book Childism: Confronting Prejudice Against Children was published.

This December 1, we will honour this great work while remembering Elisabeth with the help of four accomplished panelists: Alison Bechdel, Raffi Cavoukian, Donna Orange, and Dr. Heather Weir.

When: December 1, 2012, Panel Discussion 1:30 – 5:30, followed by a reception.
Where: George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON

Cost: $75 (Taxes included)
Registration: Contact Caversham Booksellers at 416-944-0962/1-800-361-6120, or

Alison Bechdel is the author of the bestselling graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, which won a 2007 Eisner Award, and Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama, which came out in May to critical acclaim. From 1983 to 2008, she drew the comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For,” which has been collected in several volumes, including The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For.

Raffi Cavoukian is known to millions simply as Raffi: a renowned Canadian songwriter and performer, author and entrepreneur, once called “the most popular children’s entertainer in the western world” (Washington Post). In 1997, Raffi was inspired to develop a holistic philosophy called Child Honouring. The philosophy is outlined in the book Child Honouring: How to Turn This World Around edited by Raffi Cavoukian and psychoanalyst Sharna Olfman, 2006 with a foreword by the Dalai Lama.

Donna Orange is educated in both philosophy and clinical psychology. She also teaches at ISIPS (Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychology of the Self and Relational Psychoanalysis), Milano and Roma. In New York, she teaches and supervises at IPSS, the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity. She is author of Emotional Understanding: Studies in Psychoanalytic Psychology; Thinking for Clinicians: Philosophical Resources for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Psychotherapies, and The Suffering Stranger: Hermeneutics for Everyday Clinical Practice as well as coauthoring numerous other books.

Heather Weir is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in Toronto. She is on the faculty of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Institute, the Advanced Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program and the Toronto Child Psychoanalytic Program. She is a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist on staff at the Hospital for Sick Children. She is also on staff at the University Health Network, (University of Toronto).

Please contact Vicki Fraser for more information: 416-944-0962; 1-800-361-6120;

Skywalk Panel Discussion – The Princess and the Goblin: The Unexpected Hero

Twyla Tharp's The Princess and the Goblin

On Wednesday, October 17, Dr. Pauline Greenhill, Dr. Mavis Reimer, and Dr. Catherine Tosenberger from the University of Winnipeg and Judy Slivinski from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet will participate in a panel discussion called The Princess and the Goblin: The Unexpected Hero. It will take place from 12:10PM to 12:50PM in the Carol Shields Auditorium (2nd floor, Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street). This discussion is part of the Skywalk Lecture Series, and it precedes the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production of The Princess & The Goblin, choreographer Twyla Tharp’s adaptation of George MacDonald’s book, which will run from October 17 to 21 at the Centennial Concert Hall.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Inversion of fairy tale, including the lack of parenting by King Papa, and the presence of a female hero, who is also a child
  • The implications of George McDonald creating a female hero in the Victorian Era
  • The roles of the King (Parents), the Princess (Children) and the Goblins (Street People) and their parallels to current roles and/or perceptions in society
  • Twyla Tharp and Rachel Browne countering the male-dominated dance world

The Princess & The Goblin Pre-Show Chats

Mavis Reimer will also be doing pre-show chats thirty minutes prior to the ballet performances on Thursday, October 18 and Saturday, October 20. These presentations will take place in the Centennial Concert Hall South Wing, and admission is free.

Background information:

For information about Twyla Tharp’s take on the book and its adaptation to ballet, please see the latest Winnipeg Free Press article:

An electronic version of George MacDonald’s book, The Princess and the Goblin, is available online at

Perry Nodelman Lecture at Trinity College Dublin

Perry Nodelman

On October 30, 2012, Dr. Perry Nodelman, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Winnipeg, will be doing a lecture entitled “‘Clever Enough to Do Variations’: Maurice Sendak as Visual Musician” at Trinity College Dublin. It will take place at 10:00AM in the Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre, Long Room Hub. The lecture will be chaired by Valerie Coghlan, President of Bookbird: an International Journal of Children’s Literature. All are welcome.

Perry Nodelman is the author of Words About Pictures: the Narrative Art of Children’s Picture Books (which celebrates twenty-five years in print in 2013), The Pleasures of Children’s Literature (third edition in collaboration with Mavis Reimer), and The Hidden Adult: Defining Children’s Literature (Johns Hopkins UP, 2008). He has also published about 125 essays on various aspects of children’s literature in academic journals and books, the first published in 1977, the latest in 2012. As a writer for young people, he has published four novels on his own and seven in collaboration with Carol Matas.

Panel Discussion on Solidarity Rock

Solidarity Rock Panel

UWinnipeg’s Oral History Centre in the Faculty of Arts invites all to attend a panel discussion (with videos) on the history of the DIY punk-rock movement in Cuba and the story of Solidarity Rock, its cultural and unifying impact and message. The panel discussion will be led by members of Trinidad, Cuba punk band Arrabio and Solidarity Rock representatives William Garcia and Drew McIntosh.

The event will take place on Thursday, October 25 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in Room 2B23, Bryce Hall on the UWinnipeg campus. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Since 2008, Solidarity Rock — an artist-run organization working with musicians, artists and creative people in Cuba, Canada and beyond — has been working to collect instruments and musical equipment to help the Cuban rock bands find their own way through music. This cross cultural group has managed to overcome social, political and economic barriers in order to build a unifying musical movement across the globe.

Joel Bakan Talk – Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children

The Uniter Speaker Series presents Joel Bakan, author, filmmaker, and professor of law at UBC, on September 19 at 7:30PM in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall. Admission is free.

Joel Bakan, author of the international bestseller The Corporation, and writer of the hit documentary film based upon it, will talk about his new book Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children.

Whether the industry is marketing to kids or digital gaming, pharmaceuticals or industrial chemicals, farm labour or K-12 education, a similar dynamic is at work, Bakan argues: children are being neglected, harmed and exploited by large corporations increasingly unrestrained in their pursuit of profit. Change is possible, Bakan suggests, and he offers concrete ideas about how to pursue it.

Presented by The Uniter, the official student newspaper of The University of Winnipeg, The Uniter Speakers Series is part of the newspaper’s ongoing efforts to enhance its contribution to community life on and off campus.

Storytime Installation at Gallery 1C03

The Bear Who Despised A.A. Milne

Storytime: Glen Johnson and Leslie Supnet (September 6 – October 6, 2012)

Storytime is an exciting new collaborative multi-media installation by Winnipeg artists Glen Johnson and Leslie Supnet which will be shown in Gallery 1C03. In total, this project has four distinct components: 1) an exhibition that pairs Supnet’s drawings alongside Johnson’s stories and a short animated film by Supnet which is narrated by Johnson; 2) an accompanying full-colour illustrated publication containing the drawings/stories with a critical essay on the project by Winnipeg-based writer Tom Kohut [pending funding]; 3) two public performances by Johnson; 4) a public artist talk by Supnet.

Storytime represents the very first collaboration between Supnet, a visual artist and animator, and Johnson, a writer and performance artist. The pieces presented in this exhibition are entirely new. As the two artists became acquainted with one another’s work over the last few years, they realized that they share a certain overlapping sensibility. Both artists are interested in the tradition of illustrated stories and are drawn to a certain kind of anthropomorphism in their work, perhaps best exemplified by the work of Beatrix Potter or Thornton W. Burgess and Harrison Cady. Emphasizing the collaborative nature of their work from conception, neither of the artists wanted the project to be solely a matter of Supnet illustrating Johnson’s stories. Supnet began to work on drawings that were inspired by existing stories but she also gave sketches to Johnson for which he subsequently wrote new stories. A story might inspire a drawing that necessitated rewriting the story or a drawing that inspired a story might have to be altered to fit the new story. By continuing this back and forth process over a lengthy period of time the two will produce a body of richly layered drawing and story pairs.

The exhibition in Gallery 1C03 will include a selection of 15 – 20 of these paired drawings and stories, each presented in the format of a bound hardcover children’s book. The books will be placed on small low tables, encircled with chairs. These furniture groupings, spread throughout the front two-thirds of the gallery, will resemble the reading area of a bookstore, library or classroom. This installation will allow gallery visitors to sit at the tables and handle the “books,” thus engaging with the works as they would illustrated children’s books.

Two to three new short animated films, collaboratively created by Johnson and Supnet, will be presented as part of an installation in the back third of Gallery 1C03. The films will be screened on what will appear as an old style cabinet television. In order to ensure image and sound quality, however, the screen will actually be a flat panel monitor mounted inside an old tv cabinet. The television will be placed within a small living room setting. There, seated on a vintage-style couch, gallery visitors will be able to watch the short films as they would have watched cartoons in their childhood homes. In addition to the living room area with the television, there will be an oversized chair with an end table and a lamp to serve as the setting for Johnson’s performative story readings.

Johnson’s performances will be part of his ongoing “Uncle Glennie” story reading practice. Begun at Gallery 803 in 2006, the series attempts to replicate the experience of a children’s story time with Johnson reading selections from his storybook. While Johnson’s readings are modeled on children’s story times, the character of his stories is by no means juvenile. Although the stories are rarely overtly adult or inappropriate in tone or content, the themes and the manner in which these themes are handled are not tailored for young audiences. When “Uncle Glennie” is not performing, his book of stories will be left on the table by his chair for visitors to peruse.

Supnet’s drawings and short animated films, like Johnson’s stories and readings, appear child-friendly on the surface but they often deal with dark subject matter in a subtle and adult-oriented way. In her words, the images reference “identity, isolation, longing and despair, all with a touch of whimsy and the surreal.” She is interested in using her drawing “as a mechanism to cope with the little tragedies we all face day to day.” Each work possesses a strong and instantly recognizable sentiment, including her distinct brand of melancholy and an edge of irony. She hopes to “invoke a sense of childhood wonder, and inspire playfulness in the lives of the viewers.”

Storytime has been planned to open in early September during the University’s first week of classes and Student Orientation Week. The exhibition will be promoted as part of O-Week, with the first of Johnson’s performances taking place in partnership with these celebrations and sponsored by the University’s Student Association.

Significantly, Johnson and Supnet are University of Winnipeg alumni and their exhibition will also open as part of the University’s 2012 Homecoming celebrations.

Johnson’s second performance will take place as part of Culture Days, again allowing new audiences to be exposed to both contemporary performance as well as Gallery 1C03’s programming. His performance will be recorded and an audio podcast of it will be posted on the gallery’s website and blog for those who were unable to attend the event in person.

ARCYP Program at 2012 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences


Congress 2012 of the Humanities and Social SciencesCROSSROADS: SCHOLARSHIP FOR AN UNCERTAIN WORLD
Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario
May 26 – June 2, 2012

Association for Research in Cultures of Young People Program
May 28 – 29, 2012

MONDAY, MAY 28, 2012
1:30 – 2:45 p.m. / Room: TBA
Project Groundings: A Transnational Approach to Art and Youth Identity Development in conjunction with SSHRC-funded Project Groundings and Toronto’s Nia Centre for the Arts
Chair: Naila Keleta-Mae (U of Waterloo)

Emerging Artists from Nia Centre for the Arts articulate their life stories through spoken word, theatre, and photography, exploring the complex ways in which Afrodiasporic identity is textured, disrupted, and devalued by everyday occurrences of violence. How might art address systemic violence in African Jamaican and African Canadian lives?

Open to all Congress delegates; admission free

TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012
9:00 – 10:15 a.m. / Room: TBA

Joint ACCUTE / ARCYP Session
Chair: Louise Saldanha (Grande Prairie Regional College)
Krys Verrall (York University) “The Meaning of Difference”
Brendan Burrows (University of Ottawa)”‘Punks from South Central’: Re-situating Marginality and Hegemonic Whiteness in Larry Clark’s Wassup Rockers
Molly McKibbin (York University) “Racialization and Belonging in Rachel Harper’s Brass Ankle Blues

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon / Room: TBA

Joint ACCUTE / ARCYP Session
Chair: Cheryl Cowdy (York University)
A. Clotilde Houchon (University of Utah) “Disguised as Dick Tracy: Comics, Safe House, and Transmigrant Youth”
Stuart Poyntz (Simon Fraser University) “Scenes and Urban Youth Media Production Ecologies in Canada”
Jennifer Hardwick (Queen’s University) “These Are Our Stories, These Are Our Songs: Multimedia Storytelling in Another Slice

1:45 – 3:30 p.m. / Room: TBA

Joint ACCUTE / ARCYP Session
Chair: Stuart Poyntz (Simon Fraser U)
Heather Snell (University of Winnipeg) “Global Citizenship and YA Literatures in Canada: Unpacking Contemporary Representations of the Young (Virtual) Traveler”
Sara Dorrow and Dale Ballucci (University of New Brunswick) “Constructing Childhood at the Boundaries of the Nation: An Investigation of the Treatment of Children at the Canadian Border”
Helene Staveley (Memorial University) “Border, Nation, Playground, Gamespace: The Fantastic Spaces of Children’s Books by Margaret Atwood and Welwyn Wilton Katz (and Maybe Salman Rushdie, Too)”
Geneviève Brisson (University of British Columbia) “Québécois Young Adult Novels in Translation in Canada”

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. / Room: TBA

Joint ACCUTE / ARCYP Session
Chair: Natalie Coulter (Wilfrid Laurier University)
Kristine Moruzi (University of Alberta)
Peter Moss (Youth Media Alliance)
Leslie Regan Shade (Concordia University)

Although Canada has a long and distinguished history of producing media texts for children (children’s television, film, music, magazines, and video games), that history is often invisible. This roundtable of scholars and practitioners will begin to recuperate the history of Canadian children’s cultural industries.

Open to all Congress delegates; admission free

Mavis Reimer at Panel Discussion for Chris Reid: I like to believe I am telling the truth

Chris Reid's Screaming Bread

Mavis Reimer will be participating in the panel discussion for Chris Reid: I like to believe I am telling the truth, a double-sited exhibition co-presented by Gallery 1C03 and the Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre.

This panel discussion has been organized to complement Chris Reid’s current exhibition, I like to believe I am telling the truth, at Gallery 1C03 and Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre. The exhibition includes large-scale pastel drawings, quirky re-interpretations of Ukrainian Easter eggs and multi-media sculptural installations that incorporate recycled and found objects. Through these diverse media, Reid invents lush visual narratives containing a sundry cast of characters — from folkloric symbols of her Ukrainian heritage and her husband’s African heritage such as Baba Yaga buildings and Anansi the spider to idiosyncratic anthropomorphic cats, dolls, bunnies and bread — that play out their actions in surreal prairie landscapes and unsettling domestic environments.

Three academics have been invited to share their current research as it relates to themes in the exhibition. Dr. Pauline Greenhill, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Winnipeg, will present “That’s Not Folklore! (A)Musings on Art and Tradition” which includes a discussion of how Raymond Williams’ ideas of archaic, residual and emergent traditions focus an understanding of processes linking folklore and art. For her presentation “Folklore Characters as Perceived by People, Art and the Media”, Joint Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Manitoba’s Department of German and Slavic Studies & Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies Dr. Svitlana Kukharenko will deliver an overview of anthropomorphism in Ukrainian folklore. She will also speak to representations of Baba Yaga and Koshchey in Russian high art and Soviet cinema. Dr. Mavis Reimer is Canada Research Chair in Young People’s Texts and Cultures, and Professor of English at The University of Winnipeg. In “No Place Like Home: Some Thoughts about Unhoming in Contemporary Culture”, Dr. Reimer will talk about the ways in which the ideas of place, the relationships and the feelings associated with “home” are disrupted in contemporary culture. She will focus on the ways in which the work by Chris Reid can be read beside a group of Canadian narratives for young people that represent and encode such unhomings. Following the presentations, audience members are encouraged to engage in a question and answer dialogue with the panelists.

The exhibition runs from February 9 to April 14, 2012, and the panel discussion takes place in Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall on Thursday, March 22 at 7:00PM.

Chris Reid is a visual artist and educator based out of Brandon, Manitoba. Reid completed Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of Alberta as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she specialized in painting and drawing. In addition to her artistic practice, Reid has worked as a contemporary art curator and is employed as a Housing Resource Worker for the Brandon Regional Health Authority. She has been the recipient of grants for her art from the Manitoba Arts Council and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Reid has exhibited across Canada and in the United States for more than 25 years, including recent solo exhibitions at the Yukon Arts Centre, Latitude 53 and the Thames Art Gallery. I like to believe I am telling the truth is Chris Reid’s first solo exhibition in Winnipeg. It will travel to the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba later this year.

Vladimir Nabokov and the Poetics of the Child

Lolita Book Cover

Date: Thursday, February 10, 2011
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: 409 Tier Bldg, University of Manitoba

Central and East European Lecture Series speaker, Dr. Paul Morris

Children and images of childhood play a prominent role in the writing of Vladimir Nabokov, a multilingual Russian-American writer most famous in North America as the author of Lolita (1955). While the motif of children in Nabokov’s oeuvre is multi-faceted, the fate of these fictional children usually is not. Frequently, they suffer and die. Nabokov criticism has wrestled with the troubling implications of these repeated depictions of pain and suffering. A common reading has been to suggest that the image of the child serves as metaphoric representation of the fragility and transience of life and, likewise, as an extreme expression of evil. Paul Morris offers an analysis which partakes of this interpretation and expands it considerably. With a reading based primarily on Nabokov’s poetry, he suggests that the child in Nabokov’s writing is more than an image of primarily thematic importance. The child functions as an essential element in Nabokov’s poetics and represents a defining feature of his distinctive authorial voice.

Dr. Paul Morris teaches translation at the College universitaire de Saint-Boniface. He has published on a variety of topics related to Canadian, American and Slavic literatures. His Vladimir Nabokov: Poetry and the Lyric Voice appeared in March 2010 with the University of Toronto Press.

Operation Go Homeless: Street Kids in Canadian Children’s Literature

Mavis Reimer

On February 9, 2011, Mavis Reimer will be presenting a lecture entitled “Operation Go Homeless: Street Kids in Canadian Children’s Literature” as part of the Winnipeg Public Library’s Skywalk Series.

The lecture takes place at noon in the Carol Shields Auditorium at the Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street.

In the Skywalk Lecture Series, the leading teachers and researchers from The University of Winnipeg inform, engage, and challenge you on topics of broad historical, political and scientific interest.