Community Events February 2022
This February join fellow community members virtually to enjoy insightful lectures by experts, a highly entertaining theatre performance and a thought-provoking financial webinar amongst other intriguing events. Mark your calendars, share these events with your friends and meet us online.
UM Alumni Book Club
Looking for some literary lustre? Read A Gentleman in Moscow with us. From New York Times bestselling author Amor Towles, and set in 1920s Russia, it tells the peculiar tale of Count Alexander Rostov, who is sentenced to house arrest in the luxurious grand Metropol Hotel. Join host Chancellor Anne Mahon and a network of over 800 UM alumni, friends and fellow book lovers to connect and discuss ideas, literature, lifelong learning and more. Everyone is welcome to join at any time. This program is generously sponsored by the UM Alumni Association.
Ongoing until March 10 | Free
UM Theatre Program presents Unity (1918) by Kevin Kerr
Watch Unity (1918) a mainstage production about the story of the last great pandemic as the “Spanish Flu” hits the town of Unity, Saskatchewan while soldiers are returning from the Great War. The story is both far away and very close, as we see the community experience fear, panic, and caring and masking, distancing, and conspiracies. It is very resonant and also full of love and loneliness, sex and death, hope and fatalism.
February 2-5, 7:30 p.m. | Free
Promises to Keep: Cree Treaties, Cree Ceremonies and Pathways to a Shared Constitution
Faculty of Law Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series
Be part of the conversation with Dr. Darcy Lindberg, mixed-rooted Plains Cree, with his family coming from maskwâcîs (Samson Cree Nation) in Alberta and the Battleford-area in Saskatchewan. Darcy was called to the British Columbia and Yukon bars in 2014 and practiced in the Yukon Territory with Davis LLP. His research focuses on nêhiyaw law, ecological governance through Indigenous legal orders, gender and Indigenous ceremonies, comparative approaches in nêhiyaw and Canadian constitutionalism, and Indigenous treaty making.
February 3, 12-2 p.m. | Free
TD Building Wealth Webinar
We know that financial health is increasingly important and top of mind for many right now. That’s why we’ve partnered with TD Financial to help you get the right knowledge, tools and advice to make more confident financial decisions. Jeff Myall, Assistant Branch Manager and the LGBTQ2+ Market Lead for TD Bank, will deliver this free financial education webinar. Take advantage and get money smart!
February 7 | 6-7 p.m.| Free
Inchoate Citizens: Black Canadians, Law and the Racial State
13th annual Delloyd J. Guth Visiting Lecture in Legal History: Dr. Barrington Walker
This presentation draws from published work and works in progress. It explores the Canadian racial state formation, law and the Black Canadian experience over time. The talk will begin with a discussion of slavery, law and the question of freedom. It will move to a discussion of Black Canadians and citizenship in the post slavery era and the law’s role in both supporting the conditions of Black unfreedom and providing an avenue for contesting it.
February 10, 12-2 p.m. | Free
The Coronation of Poppea
Desautels Faculty of Music
Watch the Desautels Chamber Opera Group’s electrifying performance of Claudio Monteverdi’s opera “The Coronation of Poppea” .
February 10, 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. | $10
Writer-In-Residence Welcome Event
The Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture
Join Ariel Gordon (she/her), a Winnipeg/Treaty 1 territory-based writer, editor and enthusiast. Her most recent books are Treed: Walking in Canada’s Urban Forests, a collection of essays that combines science writing and the personal essay, and TreeTalk, a public poetry project where Ariel hangs poems in trees and asks passersby to add their thoughts, ideas and secrets. She is also the ringleader of Writes of Spring, a National Poetry Month project with the Winnipeg International Writers Festival that appears in the Winnipeg Free Press.
Special guest reading by Alison Calder, an award-winning poet. She is the author of Wolf Tree and In the Tiger Park, and she lives in Winnipeg where she teaches Canadian literature and creative writing at the University of Manitoba.
February 11, 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m. | Free
Email ccwoc [at] umanitoba [dot] ca for the Zoom link to attend
Virtual Fireside Chats
Learn from Elders and community members every second Tuesday as they come together to share Indigenous knowledges in this long-running series.
February 15, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Free
Adjudication and Mediation are Cousins Playing in the Same Sandbox: Reflections on Mandatory Mediation
Faculty of Law Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series
Dr. Nayha Acharya from Schulich School of Law will discuss how adjudication and mediation should come together to form a holistic, legitimate civil justice system. Acharya’s premise is that a legitimate civil justice process will demonstrably recognize and uphold, equally, everyone’s human dignity. That is at the core of a valid legal system that deserves the authority that it asserts. She questions how mandatory mediation fares in terms of upholding these central values of equality and human dignity through three related lenses.
February 15, 12-2 p.m. | Free
Indigenous Scholars Speaker Series
The Indigenous Scholars Speaker Series highlights the research and expertise of Indigenous scholars, while providing new opportunities to learn about Indigenous perspectives and knowledges. In this talk, hear from Heather Souter, instructor in the department of Indigenous studies, as she addresses the goals of language proficiency, community-building and capacity to promote and participate in language revitalization among learners of Michif.
February 17, 12-1 p.m. | Free
Attend Zoom event
We Need a New Story: Walking and the wâhkôhtowin Imagination
Faculty of Education Dean’s Lecture Series: Dr. Dwayne Donald
Inspired and guided by the nêhiyaw (Cree) wisdom concept of wâhkôhtowin, Dwayne Donald, professor, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, frames walking as a life practice that can teach kinship relationality and help reconceptualize Indigenous-Canadian relations on more ethical terms. A significant curricular and pedagogical challenge faced by educators in Canada today is how to facilitate the emergence of a new story that can repair inherited colonial divides and give good guidance on how Indigenous peoples and Canadians can live together differently. In his experience, Donald believes the emergence of a new story can be facilitated through the life practice of walking.
February 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Free
Kaffeeklatsch: Aganetha Dyck, Reva Stone and Diana Thorneycroft in conversation
School of Art Gallery
Join internationally renowned artists Aganetha Dyck, Diana Thorneycroft and Reva Stone for the fourth installment of Kaffeeklatsch. Sharing a studio for 27 years and a friendship that spans even longer, this trio will converse about the ways in which their relationship has supported pivotal moments of their life and art practice. Dyck, Stone and Thorneycroft bolster practices that are uniquely complex and evocative yet all critique contemporary societies’ practices and histories.
February 18, 12-1 p.m. | Free
Workshop: How to Talk to Bees with Aganetha Dyck
School of Art Gallery
In this workshop, Aganetha Dyck will use her art practice to exemplify the ways in which she has approached and has collaborated with bees to create her sculptural works. She will go into depth on how beekeepers have guided her to successfully and safely collaborate with honeybees, as well as her ventures working with different scientists all over Canada and abroad on cutting edge research on the preservation of honeybees. Please have handy: paper & a pencil/pen and a favourite, typical kind of bread* that you identify as a part of your family/home/culture/community.
February 19, 1-2:30 p.m.| Free
What’s new on LinkedIn this year?
Take your LinkedIn profile to the next level with this free webinar! LinkedIn is always changing – and the savviest job-seekers change right along with it. Join former LinkedIn insider, Omar Garriott, to discover new tools to explore which careers match your skills best, based on data from 700 million professionals.
February 28, 7-8:30 p.m. | Free
For more events: University of Manitoba events calendar