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Three U of M professors to speak at TedxWinnipeg

June 11, 2018 — 

Three U of M professors are speaking at TedxWinnipeg, on June 13. Each has a unique perspective on a pressing issue facing our society. Here is a preview what our professors will be discussing:

Tracey Bone

Dr. Tracey Bone

The “F-Word”, Revisiting Feminism by Tracey Bone

With increasing expectations and pressures facing women today, what is the current role for feminism and how can it drive change? Dr. Tracey Bone, Faculty of Social Work assistant professor, plans to explore how feminism can reshape ways of thinking and doing during the upcoming TEDxWinnipeg event.  

Open any newspaper or media feed and you will see reference to the issues facing women today. Comments and actions from misogynistic politicians, a judge who commented about a sexual assault victim, documentaries, and music videos; the sources seem endless and the impact devastating. And with that come recent statistics which reveal that only 5% of sexual assaults in Canada that happened in 2014 were reported to police. What is the impact of this on our children; on ourselves? Dr. Bone explores the current role for feminism given the bombardment of images and pressures facing women today.

But where are you Really from? Resolving Unconscious Bias by Rehman Abdulrehman

Rehman Abdulrehman

Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman

How can we shift our thinking from ‘us vs. them’ to ‘WE’? Assistant professor in the department of clinical health psychology, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr. Abdulrehman will discuss the

ways in which unconscious bias can lead to divisive behaviour.

Challenging one’s biases rather than being complacent can help you avoid unintentional racism. Acts like inadvertent discrimination and micro-aggressions, including asking the question, ‘but where are you really from?’ belie ways of thinking that lead to division in diverse societies. Mindfulness may be the key to shifting our thinking, and to avoiding institutional racism and unconscious bias.

Farming to the Sky: Thinking Upward for Nutrition in the North by Miyoung Suh

Dr. Miyoung Suh

Dr. Miyoung Suh

Quantity and quality dietary choices affect the health of our communities, for better and for worse. Dr. Miyoung Suh, associate professor in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences department of food and human nutritional sciences explores the ways in which hydroponic gardening techniques can be used to combat a number of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, in Manitoba’s north.

A vertical farm project underway in Manitoba’s Opaskwayak Cree Nation reserve uses computer-assisted hydroponic technologies which were developed in South Korea. These hydroponic gardening methods make it possible to grow fresh and affordable vegetables year-round, even in the cold winters of northern Manitoba. Dr. Suh will explore how this method can be used across the world to help remote communities gain access to fresh and healthy foods for their meals.

What: TEDxWinnipeg
When: Wednesday, June 13, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Avenue

To learn more about TedxWinnipeg, click here.

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