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40 years of books without bosses, 1977-2017

Events

  • Incarcerated Women and the Kingston Prison 4 Women Memorial Collective

    University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB

    Ann Hansen is a former member of Direct Action, whose activism included igniting dynamite at a facility that manufactured American cruise missiles. Although no one was killed in the blast and the group posted and phoned in warnings, Hansen received a life sentence in 1983. After more than seven long years in prison and more than twenty on parole, Hansen wrote Taking the Rap: Women Doing Time for Society’s Crimes .

    Fran Chaisson-was imprisoned in P4W in 1973. Fran is part of the P4W Memorial Collective fighting to keep alive the memory of the women who lived and died at the Kingston Prison for Women (P4W closed in 2000).

  • Human Evolution at a Crossroads: Ecological Collapse, or a Sustainable Future?

    Royal Botanical Gardens, RBG Centre, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON

    Speaker Series: Kevin MacKay

    In this two-part lecture series, Kevin MacKay, professor and author of Radical Transformation: Oligarchy, Collapse, and the Crisis of Civilization, explores the existential challenges facing our industrial, capitalist society. Through understanding the causes behind ecological destruction and human conflict, we can then envision new ways of being on the earth and viable pathways toward a sustainable future. The first lecture contends with the latest research on why societies fail, and on how ecological crisis, social inequality, and oligarchic political systems are fundamentally intertwined. The second lecture addresses the question of how to re-orient the trajectory of human evolution from collapse to sustainability.

    Pre-Registration Required: $20, $10 for student / fixed income (Members 10% off)

    https://www.rbg.ca/visitorevents?cgid=3&ceid=5212&cerid=0&cdt=02%2F04%2F2019

  • Learning from Repression: Activists and the Surveillance State

    Carleton University, 1201 Richcraft Hall, Ottawa, ON

    Many environmental movements, environmental justice activists, Indigenous Peoples’ struggles, their politics and their ideas have been, and continue to be constructed as ‘extremist’ and threats to ‘national security’ by state and corporate security and intelligence agencies, and subject to surveillance, infiltration, criminalization and more. Many of today’s political policing and state security policies, practices and concepts have their origins in counter-insurgency techniques in colonial regimes tested against earlier anti-colonial/independence struggles. This presentation draws from Dr. Aziz Choudry’s recent edited book, Activists and the Surveillance State (Pluto, 2019), which foregrounds resistance to state spying and repression through collective organizing, activist research and political education in the UK, Canada, South Africa, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia and the USA.

    Aziz Choudry is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Social Movement, Learning, and Knowledge Production in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University. His research focuses on learning in social action and knowledge production in activist/social movement milieus, including local and transnational community organizing, NGOs, trade unions and social movement networks. He explores questions of education, learning, ‘development’, social justice, and resistance through a critical, interdisciplinary, anti-colonial lens which connects theory to practice. His most recent book is Activists and the Surveillance State: Learning from Repression.

    This lecture is part of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology Winter 2019 Colloquium Series: The Sociology and Anthropology of Climate Change. It is co-sponsored by Climate Commons.

    https://carleton.ca/socanth/cu-events/learning-from-repression-activists-and-the-surveillance-state/

  • Human Evolution at a Crossroads: Ecological Collapse, or a Sustainable Future?

    Royal Botanical Gardens, RBG Centre, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON

    Speaker Series: Kevin MacKay

    In this two-part lecture series, Kevin MacKay, professor and author of Radical Transformation: Oligarchy, Collapse, and the Crisis of Civilization, explores the existential challenges facing our industrial, capitalist society. Through understanding the causes behind ecological destruction and human conflict, we can then envision new ways of being on the earth and viable pathways toward a sustainable future. The first lecture contends with the latest research on why societies fail, and on how ecological crisis, social inequality, and oligarchic political systems are fundamentally intertwined. The second lecture addresses the question of how to re-orient the trajectory of human evolution from collapse to sustainability.

    Pre-Registration Required: $20, $10 for student / fixed income (Members 10% off)

    https://www.rbg.ca/visitorevents?cgid=3&ceid=5212&cerid=0&cdt=02%2F04%2F2019

  • Halifax launch of The Montreal Shtetl by Zelda Abramson & John Lynch

    Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, Rudolph P. Bratty Hall, 1055 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS

    In their latest work, Zelda Abramson and John Lynch take a close look at the experience of Holocaust survivors in Montreal to tear down the “rags to riches” perception. The Montreal Shtetl: Making Home After the Holocaust draws on more than 60 interviews with survivors, hundreds of case files from Jewish Immigrant Aid Services and other archival documents to present a portrait of the real daily struggles survivors face in their community.

    On Tuesday, April 16, there will be dramatic readings from the narratives in The Montreal Shtetl. After the readings, there will be a Q&A. Book signing will follow the event.

    Pier 21 Reads: Zelda Abramson and John Lynch is presented in partnership with the Atlantic Jewish Council.

    Reserve your seat : https://montrealshtetl.eventbrite.ca

    https://pier21.ca/visit/whats-on-calendar https://www.facebook.com/events/837613179917366/

  • Three Feminists on Fear, Love and Liberation

    L'Euguélionne, librairie féministe 1426 Beaudry, Montreal, QC

    Idil Issa and Yara El-Ghadban join Alexa Conradi in conversation for the launch of her book Fear, Love, and Liberation in Contemporary Quebec.

    In response to rapid and unsettling social, economic, and climate changes, fearmongering now features as a main component of public life. Right-wing nationalist populism has become a hallmark of politics around the world. No less so in Quebec.

    In Fear, Love, and Liberation in Contemporary Quebec, Conradi invites us to take off our rose-coloured glasses and to examine Quebec’s sore spots. Through her personal reflections on Quebec politics and culture, she calls for a rethinking of politics of solidarity.

    Idil Issa has worked in the startup and nonprofit space in Qatar, Malaysia, South Africa, and Canada. She writes frequently for outlets such as the Globe and Mail, Esquire Malaysia, COLORS Magazine, and Maisonneuve Magazine, among others, on issues touching race, religion, and gender. She appears regularly on media outlets such as CBC & CTV to advocate for the rights of marginalized and oppressed populations, with a focus on the intersectional experiences of Muslim women in general and Muslim women of color in particular.

    Palestinian-Canadian novelist and anthropologist, Yara El-Ghadban lives and writes in Montreal. She published her first novel, L’ombre de l’olivier (2011) with les éditions Mémoire d’encrier as well as Le parfum de Nour in 2015. Her latest novel Je suis Ariel Sharon was published in September 2018. She is also the co-editor of the volume Le Québec, la Charte, l’Autre. Et après, published in 2014. Her most recent work as translator is Shakil Choudhury’s Vivre la diversité. Pour en finir avec le clivage eux/nous, translated from English and published in 2019 by Mémoire d’encrier. Along side her writing, Yara El-Ghadban is also co-founder and Board Director of the non-profit Espace de la diversité / Diversity District since 2016.

    Alexa is best known for work as chair and spokeswoman of the Fédération des femmes du Québec (Quebec Women’s Federation) from 2009-2015. She is a founding member of Québec solidaire and acted as its first president from 2006-2009. With an MA in Communication Studies from Concordia University that focused on discourses of reconciliation, Alexa is committed to decolonization and true justice for indigenous people. Living in Germany, she works internationally as a freelancer.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1995756950721022/

  • Montreal launch of The Montreal Shtetl by Zelda Abramson & John Lynch

    École Bancroft School, 4563 rue St-Urbain., Montreal, QC

    Join Zelda Abramson & John Lynch for the Montreal book launch of The Montreal Shtetl: Making Home After the Holocaust.

    On Monday, April 29, there will be dramatic readings from the narratives in The Montreal Shtetl. After the readings, there will be a Q&A. Book signing will follow the event.

    Co-sponsored by the Montreal Holocaust Museum and the Museum of Jewish Montreal.

  • Toronto launch of The Montreal Shtetl by Zelda Abramson & John Lynch

    Tranzac Club, Main Hall, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, ON

    Join Zelda Abramson & John Lynch for the Toronto book launch of The Montreal Shtetl: Making Home After the Holocaust.

    On Sunday, May 5, there will be dramatic readings from the narratives in The Montreal Shtetl. After the readings, there will be a Q&A. Book signing will follow the event.

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