February 2021 UM Virtual Community Events
Experience powerful presentations, meaningful discussions and insightful exhibitions in UM’s February online events. Connect with us and learn about a wide-range of important topics from examining if promises made in the summer of 2020 to the Black community have been kept, to the rise in type 2 diabetes in Indigenous youth, to learning how small shifts in the way we work can change our lives in a big way, and more. Check out the community event listing below, share the links with friends and family and connect with us online!
Recreation Services virtual health and fitness page
Follow along with UM Recreation Services’ virtual health and fitness videos while gaining expert advice from our sports and recreation pros. Explore our webpage for online cardio, strength and movement videos and discover tips and techniques to keep you healthy.
Ongoing | Free
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Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture Writer-In-Residence welcome event
Meet UM’s newest Writer-In-Residence, bestselling author and award-winning Métis writer Katherena Vermette and hear her inaugural reading at this welcome event. Vermette, who won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry in 2013 for her first book North End Love Songs, writes across genres from fiction, poetry and graphic novels. Her novel The Break was the fall 2020 selection for the UM Alumni Book Club. Aspiring writers may also register for a 6-week writing workshop with Vermette that runs February 24-March 31 or book an individual writing consultation with the author.
February 2, 10–11:20 a.m. | Free
Virtual Sharing Circles
Join Elders-in-Residence Carl Stone and Wanda Murdock for weekly virtual sharing circles and teachings. The broader community is welcome to take part on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. (open to everyone) | Free
Thursdays at 1 p.m. (open to women and those who identify as women) | Free
Email isc [at] umanitoba [dot] ca for login information
SWANA (Southwest Asian and North African) Film Festival
Explore short films, poetry and workshops in this School of Art Gallery online event that showcases Southwestern and North African stories on screen. Curated by Christina Hajjar, a queer femme first-generation Lebanese-Canadian artist, writer and cultural worker. Presented in part by the Government of Canada.
February 5-18 | Free
The Future of Work: A 1 Degree Shift
Hear how small changes in the way we live our lives and connect with people can impact us in big ways. Author, speaker and entrepreneur Eric Termuende will discuss the one-degree shifts we can make to reduce friction, explore entrepreneurship, develop our leadership skills and build a more intentional future. Hosted by the Stu Clark Centre for Entrepreneurship.
February 10, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Free
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Virtual Learning for Life: Alumni Scholars Series
Tune in Wednesdays for insightful presentations by UM alumni experts on a wide-range of topics. Join Johise Namwira [BA/17] February 10 as she shares her insight on sexual violence in the Congo; Dr. Bob Christmas [MPAdm/09, PhD/17] February 17 who will discuss how to interrupt sex trafficking; and Taylor Morriseau [BSc(Hons)/17] on February 24 as she explores the rise of type 2 diabetes among Indigenous youth. Open to all alumni and community members.
February 10, 17, 24, 1-2 p.m. | Free
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UM Black History Month Forum: “Is Liberation Out of Style?”
Have the promises of the summer of 2020 been forgotten? Keynote speaker El Jones, professor, journalism, University of King’ College, will explore this question and more in this Black History Month forum event. Hosted by UM Black Alliance (UMBA). A UMBA town hall discussion “Anti Black Racism: It’s not a trend” will follow the keynote speaker.
February 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |Free
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UM Virtual Open House
Attention high school students, parents and supporters! Join in from your computer, tablet or smart phone to discover what the UM first year experience is all about at our 2021 Virtual Open House. Explore UM’s 100+ programs and learn about the admissions process, student life and supports.
February 18, 2-8 p.m. | Free
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UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants: What It Means for Canada
Hear four experts from around the globe discuss the impact of the United Nations’ resolution for rural workers and learn how it affects migrant farm workers in Canada. Chaired by Dr. Annette Aurélie Desmarais, Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Social Justice and Food Sovereignty. Co-sponsored by the National Farmers Union.
February 24, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. | Free
Centre on Aging Speaker Series: Jamie Penner
“Examining perspectives on the role of family caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic”
Listen in as Jamie Penner, assistant professor, nursing, examines the extraordinary tensions surrounding family caregiving for those living with disease, disability or frailty due to aging during the pandemic. Caregivers’ rights and responsibilities and the impacts on caregivers and the broader health and social system with be discussed.
February 24, 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Free, registration required
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Indigenous Scholars Speaker Series: Dr. Sara Goulet
“‘Two-Eyed Seeing’: Weaving Indigenous Ways of Knowing with Western Knowledge Systems”
Be inspired by Dr. Sara Goulet, associate dean, admissions, Max Rady College of Medicine, as she explores how two-eyed seeing – using the strengths of both Indigenous and Western knowledges – can help to increase the number of future Indigenous health-care providers.
February 25, 12-1 p.m. | Free
Café Scientifique – Meth and Mental Health in Manitoba
What do we know about the use of meth in Manitoba? What other health factors accompany meth use? How many Manitobans who consume meth also struggle with their mental health? Learn from our group of experts as they discuss how poverty, trauma and unemployment influence meth use.
February 25, 7-8:30 p.m. | Free
Unsettling Ideas Book Club
Hear author Joshua Whitehead discuss his novel Jonny Appleseed, currently shortlisted and longlisted for numerous literary awards, by Zoom or Facebook live. A Q-and-A period will follow. Unsettling Ideas is intended to engage our community in discussions around anti-racism, decolonization and reconciliation.
March 4, 6:30 p.m. | Free
For more events: University of Manitoba events calendar.