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Book Launch: "The Dragon Run - Two Canadians, Ten Bhutanese, One Stray Dog" by Tony Robinson-Smith

DATE:   23/9/17
TIME:   4:00 PM
LOCATION:   Renaissance College, UNB - 811 Charlotte Street

A travel memoir from the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon.’

Tony Robinson-Smith, his wife Nadya, and ten Bhutanese college students set out to run 578 kilometres (360 miles) across the Kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayas. Joined by a stray dog, they slogged over five mountain passes, bathed in ice-clogged streams, ate over log fires, and stopped at every store, restaurant, guesthouse, and dzong to raise money for the Tarayana Foundation. The “Tara-thon”  was the first endeavor of  its kind and gave 350 village children the chance to go to school. En route, the Long Distance Dozen met a Buddhist lama, a royal prince, a Tibetan renegade, and a matriarch who told them the secret to long life. On arrival in Thimphu, they were decorated by Her Majesty the Queen.

In this contemplative memoir, Tony describes Bhutan in rich detail at a transformative period in its history and reflects on tradition, belief, modernization, and happiness.

Information Sesion: Canadian Federation of University Women - Fredericton

DATE:   24/9/17
TIME:   2:00 PM
LOCATION:   UNB Alumni Building

The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) - Fredericton invites all those interested in learning about CFUW to join them at their open house to be held on Sunday September 24, 2017 at the UNB Alumni building at 2 pm.

Refreshments will be served.

STU Pride Week - Red Reception

DATE:   25/9/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Sir James Dunn Hall Student Lounge

Come kick off STU Pride week with our Red Reception in the JDH OC Lounge! There will be speeches from President Dawn Russell, LGBTQIA+ Resource Advisor Dr. Erin Fredericks, and a flag raising. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

STU Pride Week - Pumpkin Picnic

DATE:   26/9/17
TIME:   12:00 PM
LOCATION:   STU Courtyard

Come on out to our Pride Picnic in the GMH Courtyard! There will be lots of yummy food, a queer-themed music playlist to jam to, and some of your very own STU artists selling their wares!

A New Path for Communities: Working Together and Becoming Allies

DATE:   27/9/17
TIME:   1:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall

  • Opening Prayer and Greeting Recognizing Traditional Territory
  • Welcome
  • Keynote – Eddy Robinson, “Working Together and Becoming Allies”

    Eddy Robinson has dedicated his life to helping institutions develop an appreciation of Indigenous people. He approaches becoming an Indigenous ally through grounding learners with his personal insight to the Indigenous narrative in Canada and culturally safe methodologies of inclusivity and Indigenous ways of knowing to help form and foster better relationships with Indigenous people and communities.
  • Panel discussion with Chief Patricia Bernard of the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation, Elder Gilbert Sewell of the Pabineau First Nation(Mi'kmaq), and Patsy McKinney (representing the NB Aboriginal Peoples Council).
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Wrap-up
Register now: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/a-new-path-a-shared-vision-a-new-direction-tickets-37417670259



STU Pride Week - Sunshine Stories

DATE:   27/9/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Sir James Dunn Hall Student Lounge

This will be an opportunity for LBGTQIA+ authors and allies to come together to share their own prose and poetry. Snacks and drinks will be provided. 

McKenna Centre Distinguished Speaker Series: Public Lecture – “Educating for Democracy” by Hon. Margaret McCain

DATE:   27/9/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall

The Hon. Margaret McCain will speak on the vital role of education and public policy in supporting democratic institutions during periods of change and dislocation in a public lecture at St. Thomas University.

Her talk, “Educating for Democracy,” is part of the McKenna Centre for Communications and Public Policy Distinguished Speaker Series. It will be held on Wednesday, September 27 at 7 pm in the Kinsella Auditorium in McCain Hall.

“Societies require caring and responsible citizens genuinely concerned with and capable of contributing to democracy, peace and sustainability. Educating for these goals should begin very early in life because it is during this period that children develop their basic values, attitudes, skills, behaviours and habits,” said McCain. 

“We live in a period of rapid technological change resulting in economic dislocation which has consequences for how people view democracy and its institutions. Public policy must respond by cushioning the impact and supporting citizens to adjust. At the same time, it must prepare the next generation to lead and flourish in the new environment.”

Past speakers in the McKenna Centre Speaker Series have been: Blair Feltmate, ecologist and climate change adaption expert; Elizabeth May, leader of the federal Green Party; former senator Michael Kirby; and former Prime Minister Paul Martin.

McCain has long been a champion of Canada’s youngest citizens and active with public policy issues. Together with her husband, Wallace and her four children, she founded the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation to promote the best possible early childhood for all of Canada’s children. Her knowledge and understanding about the impact of early experiences on lifelong learning, behaviour and health are evident in the three Early Years Studies (1999, 2007 and 2011) which recommended early child development and parenting centres linked to the school system and sensitive to local communities.

McCain’s concern about family violence, long before it was recognized in mainstream thinking, was evident in her term as the 27th Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick from 1994 to 1997. She was a founding member of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation whose mission is to eliminate family violence through public education and research.

To learn more, visit the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation at http://mwmccain.ca/.

A Shared Vision for Students: The Two-Eyed Seeing Approach

DATE:   28/9/17
TIME:   9:00 AM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall

Photo Credit: Javian Trotman
  • Opening Prayer and Greeting Recognizing Traditional Territory
  • Keynote – Rebecca Thomas, “Etuaptmumk: The Two-Eyed Seeing  Approach”

    Etuaptmumk is the Mi’kmaw word for two-eyed seeing which refers to learning to see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, and from the other eye with the strengths of Western knowledges and ways of knowing, and then learning to use both eyes together for the benefit of all. Spoken-word artist and Halifax Poet Laureate Rebecca Thomas is the Coordinator of Aboriginal Student Services at the Nova Scotia Community College.
  • Panel discussion with students Mandy Richard, Trish Arcaro, and Philippe Ferland.
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Wrap-up
Register now: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/a-new-path-a-shared-vision-a-new-direction-tickets-37417670259



I Choose Fredericton: Student/Business Social Networking Event

DATE:   28/9/17
TIME:   2:00 PM
LOCATION:   Richard J. Currie Centre - UNB

Experience can be hard to find—from building your professional network, meeting a future employer face-to-face, to getting that paid summer internship you've always wanted right here in Fredericton. 
 
Attend the I Choose Fredericton: Student/Business Social Networking event on Thursday, September 28 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Richard J. Currie Centre on the UNB campus for a chance to network and learn more about working in Fredericton.

For more information and to register, click here!


STU Pride Week - Coffee House

DATE:   28/9/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Ted Daigle Auditorium, Edmund Casey Hall

An evening full of student talent, sure to entertain and delight. Please contact Samantha Arthurs (hmbsf@stu.ca) if you are interested in preforming. 

Faculty Book Launch – "Apron Strings: Navigating Food and Family in France, Italy, and China" by Professor Jan Wong

DATE:   28/9/17
TIME:   7:30 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall

Jan Wong knows food is better when shared, so when she set out to write a book about home cooking in France, Italy, and China, she asked her 22-year-old son, Sam, to join her. While he wasn't keen on spending excessive time with his mom, he dreamed of becoming a chef. Ultimately, it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up.

On their journey, Jan and Sam live and cook with locals, seeing first-hand how globalization is changing food, families, and cultures. In southeast France, they move in with a family sheltering undocumented migrants. From Bernadette, the housekeeper, they learn classic French family fare such as blanquette de veau. In a hamlet in the heart of Italy's Slow Food country, the villagers teach them without fuss or fanfare how to make authentic spaghetti alle vongole and a proper risotto with leeks. In Shanghai, they home-cook firecracker chicken and scallion pancakes with the nouveaux riches and their migrant maids, who comprise one of the biggest demographic shift in world history. Along the way, mother and son explore their sometimes-fraught relationship, uniting — and occasionally clashing — over their mutual love of cooking.

A memoir about family, an exploration of the globalization of food cultures, and a meditation on the complicated relationships between mothers and sons, Apron Strings is complex, unpredictable, and unexpectedly hilarious.

Jan Wong is the author of five non-fiction bestsellers, including Out of the Blue and Red China Blues, named one of Time magazine's top ten non-fiction books of 1996. (Twenty years later, the book is still in print.) She has won numerous journalism awards and is now a professor of journalism at St. Thomas University. A third-generation Canadian, Jan is the eldest daughter of a prominent Montreal restaurateur.

A New Direction for Curriculum: Incorporating Indigenous Content

DATE:   29/9/17
TIME:   9:00 AM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall

  • Opening Prayer and Greeting Recognizing the Traditional Territory
  • Keynote – Dr. Marie Battiste, “Incorporating Indigenous Content”

    Dr. Battiste is a Mi'kmaw educator from the Potlotek First Nation, Nova Scotia and professor at the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a nationally recognized expert on Aboriginal life-long learning, decolonizing and indigenizing the academy, and violence prevention and anti-bullying in schools.
  • Panel discussion with Dr. Kathleen McConnell, Dr. Andrea Bear Nicholas, and Prof. Natasha Simon.
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Wrap-up
  • Closing
  • Lunch
Register now: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/a-new-path-a-shared-vision-a-new-direction-tickets-37417670259


2nd Annual St. Thomas University Wellness Fair

DATE:   29/9/17
TIME:   1:00 PM
LOCATION:   J.B. O’Keefe Fitness Centre

The St. Thomas University Wellness Committee is happy to welcome Students, Faculty, and Staff to participate in this opportunity to learn more about wellness initiatives that are available here on campus and around the city of Fredericton.
 
REGISTRATION WELCOME DESK – Enter to win a door prize – Bluetooth Headphones!
 
WELLNESS BOOTH PRIZES – Enter to win any one of the several prizes of your choice that will be on display at the Wellness Booth. You can only enter to win by ballot!
 
HOW DO I COLLECT BALLOTS? - You have a chance to receive a ballot each time you have a conversation with a local vendor and learn more about their products are services they have available to help you  improve your overall well-being.
 
OTHER VENDOR PRIZES
All Season Sports Pass
One-year membership to the Community Food Smart Program
Crabbe Mountain Season Pass
Tim’s Gift Cards
1-Month Yoga Classes
60 Minute Massage
1 Free Session with Dietician
Mindshift Brainwave Assessment
and more!
 
Looking forward to seeing at this year’s event!

To learn more about the Wellness Committee and our upcoming events for the 2017-18 academic year, please visit us online at stu.ca/wellness, or contact us by email at wellness@stu.ca.

Graduate School and Scholarship Information Session

DATE:   29/9/17
TIME:   2:30 PM
LOCATION:   JDH G6

Thinking about graduate school? Wondering what your options are? Keen to find out about funding and scholarships?

Join Dr. Michael Dawson, Associate Vice-President (Research) and Dr. Michelle Lafrance, Professor of Psychology, for a one-hour information session on Friday, September 29th at 2:30 pm in James Dunn Hall G6. 

Application deadlines are approaching, so don’t miss out on this important opportunity!

Public Lecture - “The Human Right to a Healthy World” by Silver Donald Cameron

DATE:   29/9/17
TIME:   2:30 PM
LOCATION:   Ted Daigle Auditorium - Edmund Casey Hall

Silver Donald Cameron will speak about “The Human Right to a Healthy World” on Friday, Sept.  29 at 2:30 pm in the Ted Daigle Auditorium in Edmund Casey Hall.

The lecture is co-hosted by the Environment and Society Program and the Atlantic Human Rights Centre.
 
Air, water, food—these are the sources of life. Without them, we die. In more than 180 nations, citizens are legally entitled to these essential elements of life. The GreenRights multi-media project (www.greenrights.com) examines dramatic, innovative legal battles all over the world and questions why this right to a healthy environment is not protected in Canada or the United States.

Dr. Cameron is the host and executive producer of http://www.thegreeninterview.com/, an environmental website devoted to intense, in-depth conversations with the brilliant thinkers and activists who are leading the way to a green, sustainable future. He is also the author of the Green Rights book, Warrior Lawyers: From Manila to Manhattan, Attorneys for the Earth – fifteen interviews with trail-blazing lawyers from nine countries, plus a wide-ranging essay by the author.

"With the weather-related disasters of the summer of 2017floods in central Canada, heat waves and fires in Western Canada, and recurring mega-storms in the southern US and Caribbeanwe realize that it has never been more important that citizens have the legal tools to protect themselves and the Earth from ecological and climate degradation," said Janice Harvey, Coordinator, Environment and Society Program.  

"I have been following Silver Don Cameron's work on this vital issue for several years now, and I am thrilled that students and faculty at STU will have the opportunity to hear from him first-hand about the work he is doing.  He has travelled the world to talk to some of the world's most articulate, committed activists working in the field of environmental rights and he will bring this experience, knowledge and insight to his lecture."

A distinguished educator, Cameron holds a BA from the University of British Columbia, an MA from the University of California, and a PhD. From the University of London, England. He is a member of both the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia.

STU Pride Week - Queer History Panel

DATE:   29/9/17
TIME:   6:00 PM
LOCATION:   George Martin Hall, Room 304

This will be an interesting and informative evening as panelists share their knowledge of queer history in New Brunswick and the world. Panelists will have introductory speeches and then the floor will open up to audience questions.

Cinema Politica Fredericton: Surviving the Fundy Footpath

DATE:   29/9/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Conserver House, 180 Saint John St.

An adventure doc that follows Bruce Persaud, a city slicker from Toronto, with zero camping experience, as he attempts to complete one of Canada’s toughest multi-day hikes, the Fundy Footpath. A 5 Days for the Forest event by the Conservation Council of New Brunswick.

http://videoband.ca/portfolio/surviving-fundy-footpath-official-trailer/
 
Donations are encouraged to support filmmaking for social justice. The Conserver House venue has an accessible entry but the washrooms are located up the stairs.

STU Cares - Day of Action: September 30th, 2017

DATE:   30/9/17
TIME:   8:45 AM
LOCATION:   Various Locations

STU Cares - Day of Action is a one-day event on Saturday, September 30th, 2017 that connects STU students with the opportunity to volunteer with a community organization in Fredericton. By participating, students will connect this volunteer experience with what they are learning in class. 

Growing Community - Students will learn about exciting community initiatives revolving around food security including an Everyone Eats presentation by the New Brunswick Food Action Security Network. They will then be transported to The Ville or Greener Village where they will volunteer and make a real difference in their community.

At the end of the day, students will gather together for reflection activities to make connections between the service they’ve done, social issues in the community, and what they are learning in class. STU Cares is a great way to meet new friends, make a difference and explore career opportunities. 

For the schedule and to register for STU Cares, please visit:
 
STU Cares Day of Action Sept 2017 Description
STU Cares Day of Action Sept 2017 Registration

Please register by Monday September 25th, 2017.



Want to be a Team Leader? Please register by September 12th. More info:


STU Cares Sept 2017 Team Leader Description
STU Cares Sept 2017 Team Leader Registration



For more information, please contact Kimberley Webb, Student Engagement and Retention Coordinator, 506-452-2119 or kwebb@stu.ca.

STU Pride Week - Movie Night!

DATE:   30/9/17
TIME:   6:00 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall, Room 101

Join us for the end of STU Pride Week with a queer movie marathon! Popcorn, chips, and drinks will be provided. Exact movies shown will be determined via a poll on the Facebook event page closer to the date.

Public Lecture: Keith Helmuth on "The Case for Public Banking in NB and the End to External Debt Service Payments"

DATE:   4/10/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall, Room 101

Keith Helmuth, author, editor and community development activist from Carleton County will be speaking on public banking as an alternative to the debt and deficit spending of our provincial government.  His talk, "The Case for Public Banking in NB and the End to External Debt Service Payments," will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7pm (Room TBA).

If cutting government expenditures, raising taxes, and modest economic growth cannot eliminate government debt and deficit spending, are we stuck with an annual loss of public money due to interest payments? None of the experts on public policy and government finance who are weighing in on NB’s fiscal dilemma offer any credible analysis or advice on reducing and eliminating the provincial debt. Yet if the debt is not eliminated, or at least significantly reduced, the New Brunswick government will continue to send millions of taxpayer’s dollars in interest payments out of the province.

The province of NB pays $600 million annually in interest to service its bonds to unknown outside parties protected by the privacy act – millions of dollars that could and should be used in New Brunswick. Is debt and deficit spending a permanent feature of government?

Under current fiscal management, this is the case. Structural debt is the logical result of the way money is created and managed by the private for-profit financial institutions; it is a design feature that systematically transfers money from NB citizens and businesses to outside institutions of enormous wealth.

Naturally enough, private financial institutions are happy to facilitate permanent government debt in order to secure an ongoing source of income from taxpayers. The international bond rating agencies lower or raise the interest rate governments must pay on borrowed money in order stabilize government debt within a certain range of risk and security. They have no wish to have governments pay off their debts or drive them into bankruptcy. Their business model is to keep a relatively stable government debt going in perpetuity. But shouldn’t a responsible government wish to get out of debt, or at least significantly reduce its debt? Shouldn’t it wish to keep its tax revenue circulating within its own jurisdiction for the benefit of the public interest? If so, then why is the NB government borrowing money from the international, private, for-profit financial industry when there is a clear alternative?

The alternative is called public banking. It is well understood and is being put into practice in various jurisdictions. (see http://www.publicbankinginstitute.org/) The establishment of a public bank in NB would lead to the immediate reduction and eventual elimination of the need to issue bonds on which interest payments are made to outside parties.

The public banking alternative offers government a way to stop the loss of public money by reducing and eliminating its indebtedness to the private financial system. The public banking alternative provides government a secure way of conducting all its financial activities, including borrowing when needed, within a public utility financial management framework dedicated to serving the public interest.

The State of North Dakota, for example, pays $0 annually in interest to outside financial institutions because the government established a Public Bank in 1919. The government of NB could do likewise and begin to extract the province from the debt service trap.

Keith Helmuth has been a small business entrepreneur and community economic development activist in Carleton County since the early 1970s. He served on the Board of Directors of Carleton Pioneer Credit Union for twenty-five years. He helped found the Woodstock Farm Market Cooperative and the Speerville Mill Cooperative.

He previously taught environmental and economic development studies at Friends World College. He is currently the Publisher and Managing Editor of Chapel Street Editions, a non-profit cultural heritage publishing company based in Woodstock, NB. He has been researching the history and functioning of contemporary monetary systems for several decades.

Cinema Politica Fredericton: Colonization Road

DATE:   6/10/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Conserver House, 180 Saint John St.

Confronts the wreckage of Canadian colonization with radical viewpoints, historical correctives and a dash of humour.

https://www.cinemapolitica.org/film/colonization-road
 
Donations are encouraged to support filmmaking for social justice. The Conserver House venue has an accessible entry but the washrooms are located up the stairs.
 

W.C. Desmond Pacey Memorial Lecture at UNB: Dr. Tony Tremblay, “Desmond Pacey at 100: Looking Back at the Legacy"

DATE:   11/10/17
TIME:   5:00 PM
LOCATION:   Room 102 Tilley Hall (Alfred G. Bailey Auditorium), UNB

In this lecture on the 100th anniversary of the birth of pioneering Canadian literary critic Desmond Pacey, Professor Tony Tremblay examines Pacey’s contributions to Canadian literature, his work to position UNB as a hub of Canadian Studies, and his efforts to professionalize Canadian criticism, thus removing from it the biases of class, empire, and gentlemanly opinion.

What Pacey brought to his work was the conviction that New Brunswick wasn’t second rate, and that a whole generation of Canadian literary scholars could be trained in the province. Pacey directed his graduate students to studies of Bliss Carman, Charles G.D. Roberts, E.J. Pratt, Elizabeth Brewster, and other Atlantic Canadians, not only pioneering the practice of regional studies in Canada, but also stating explicitly that a national literature in a federation as balkanized as Canada’s was quite impossible, thus turning critical attention to regional and local response. His conception of a fragmented federation, at least culturally and linguistically, was one of the first such views of Canada that is now normative today.


Public Lecture - Storying Activisms: Intimate Geographies of Making, Un-making and Home-making in Nogojiwanong by May Chazan

DATE:   12/10/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall, Room 101

A scholar inspired by how social justice movements generate change and how, across differences in power, privilege and worldview, alliances are forged, will deliver a lecture on “storying activisms.”
 
The lecture, “Storying Activisms: Intimate Geographies of Making, Un-making and Home-making in Nogojiwanong,” by Canada Research Chair Dr. May Chazan, will take place on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 pm in Brian Mulroney Hall Room 101.
 
The lecture is sponsored by the Women Studies and Gender Studies Program, the Department of Sociology and the Department of Gerontology.
 
With interests in gender, aging and intergenerational alliances, Dr. Chazan’s current work focuses on struggles for social and environmental justice taking place on Turtle Island, where her position as a “white, settler, Canadian” underpins her commitment to critical, decolonizing and feminist scholarship.
 
“My talk will focus on my newest research on storying resistance, resurgence and resilience in Nogojiwanong (Peterborough, Ontario). I am examining activisms and activist connections through intergenerational, digital storytelling workshops, focusing on the mid-sized urban context of Nogojiwanong, the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig Anishinaabeg,” said Chazan.
 
Chazan’s work aims to document the lesser told and frequently forgotten stories of activisms. She engages activists of different ages who identify as racialized, Indigenous and LGBTQ+.  She also seeks to contribute to queer, decolonial and feminist approaches to intergenerational storytelling as knowledge production methodology.
 
In her talk, Chazan will offer preliminary reflections on the emerging themes from the first round of research workshops.  Based on three storytellers’ interviews, she will explore how their stories reflect activisms as processes of both “un-making” (dismantling, resisting, exposing) oppressions and “making” (through creative work, land-based practices and ceremony) different, fairer, more sustainable futures. She will also discuss these storytellers’ invocations of “home” or “home-making” as central to their activisms, investigating the ways in which “home” is both highly emotive and highly contested in this context of ongoing settler colonialism.
 
Chazan is a Canada Research Chair in Gender and Feminist Studies and a faculty member in Gender and Women’s Studies at Trent University.  She also serves on the executive committee of the Trent Centre for Aging and Society.  She directs an activist-research collective called Aging Activisms (www.agingactivisms.org), which seeks to understand and support the many ways people of different ages, genders, backgrounds and abilities work for social change across different movements and across their lives.

Dr. May Chazan to Deliver Annual Women's Studies and Gender Studies Lecture

DATE:   12/10/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall, Room TBA

Dr. May Chazan will deliver the annual Women's Studies and Gender Studies lecture October 12 at 7:00 pm in Brian Mulroney Hall, room TBA.

STU Gala Dinner

DATE:   14/10/17
TIME:   6:00 PM
LOCATION:   Fredericton Convention Centre, 670 Queen Street

Prominent lawyer and jurist Jack Walsh, nationally recognized Aboriginal law expert Tom Isaac and international human rights activist Michelle Arévalo will be honoured with the Carolyn Layden-Stevenson Distinguished Alumni Award at the university’s Gala Dinner on October 14.
Please join us at the 2017 STU Gala Dinner for an evening of dining, entertainment, and celebration in support of extraordinary students.

St. Thomas Moot Court students – including the team which recently took top honours with their first place at the Nelson Mandela International Human Rights Moot Court Competition – will be among those celebrated for their achievements at the Gala Dinner, which will also include the presentation of the Carolyn Layden-Stevenson Distinguished Alumni Award to Prominent lawyer and jurist Jack Walsh, nationally recognized Aboriginal law expert Tom Isaac and international human rights activist Michelle Arévalo. To read more about these alumni, please click HERE.

A charitable tax receipt will be available for a portion of the ticket price.

When: Saturday, October 14 at 6:00pm (Reception); 7:00pm (Dinner)
Cost: $150/person; $100/person for STU graduates within the last 10 years.

Interested in filling a table of 8 at a discounted price of $1,000 table? (Names of guests will be required at time of booking.)

Please call (506) 452-0645 for further information or to purchase tickets.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this event possible!

Presenting
CIBC Wood Gundy

540 Kitchen & Bar
Bird Holdings Ltd.
Chuck Firlotte
Covey Basics
Cox & Palmer
EMAR Holdings Limited
Flannery Jewellers
Ganong
Hawk Communications
Johnson Inc.
King Street Ale House
KPMG
NB Power
Red Letter Philanthropy
Robert Fisher
Rose Wagner Media
Saint John Sea Dogs
Stantec
Valley Ridge Furniture


McKendy Lecture: Dr. Janet K. Ruffing on "Ancestry, Place(s), and Identity in Spiritual Direction Narratives"

DATE:   19/10/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall, Room 101

Dr. Janet K. Ruffing will talk about, "Ancestry, Place(s), and Identity in Spiritual Direction Narratives" during the John McKendy Memorial Lecture at St. Thomas University.
Dr. Janet K. Ruffing will talk about "Ancestry, Place(s), and Identity in Spiritual Direction Narratives" during the John McKendy Memorial Lecture on October 19 at 7PM in Brian Mulroney Hall, Room 101.

“Spiritual direction is a narrative process, recognized or not, in which the person tells his or her sacred tale in interaction with a spiritual director who significantly affects the unfolding of this serial narrative of lived faith,” Dr. Ruffing said. 

“At a time, when people have unprecedented access to genealogical information and also live in or make retreats in a variety of places, how do these new experiences affect their identity spiritually and socially?  Do they become integrated into the on-going narrative of identity or not?”

Dr. Janet K. Ruffing, RSM has been Professor in the Practice of Spirituality and Ministerial Leadership at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT since 2010 and Professor Emerita of Spirituality and Spiritual Direction at Fordham University since 2009.  She holds a PhD in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and advanced degrees from Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley and the University of San Francisco. 

She is a founding member of both Spiritual Directors International and of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. She has published five books and more than ninety journal essays and has lectured or led workshops in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, China, India, Thailand, Korea, the Netherlands, France, Ireland, the UK, and the U.S. 

She is best known for her publications on spiritual direction, the French mystic Elisabeth Leseur, kataphatic mysticism, and female religious life. She a member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas from California. Most relevant to this lecture is her book: To Tell the Sacred Tale: Spiritual Direction and Narrative, Paulist, 2010.

The McKendy Lecture is sponsored by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Narrative and is named in honour of Dr. John McKendy, a much loved and respected member of the St. Thomas community.

Faculty Book Launch: Dr Jamie Gillies

DATE:   20/10/17
TIME:   2:30 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall Rotunda - 3rd Floor

Details to follow.

Cinema Politica Fredericton: Killer's Paradise

DATE:   20/10/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Conserver House, 180 Saint John St.

Since 1999 more than 2,000 women have been murdered in Guatemala, with the numbers escalating every year.

https://www.cinemapolitica.org/film/killers-paradise
 
Donations are encouraged to support film-making for social justice. The Conserver House venue has an accessible entry but the washrooms are located up the stairs.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Training

DATE:   21/10/17
TIME:   9:00 AM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall

St. Thomas University & the University of New Brunswick present UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS YOUTH TRAINING

Register now at https://www.unsdgfredericton.com/

In celebration of Canada 150th, the SDGs Youth Training Canada will mobilize 10,000 Canadian youth to advocate and implement the SDGs through 100 local actions and 50 trainings in colleges and universities across Canada in 2017.

Interact with UN officials, policymakers, and civil society activists who identified, created, and are implementing the Sustainable Development Goals around the world.

You will receive a certificate for the training from FES and develop a deeper understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals. You will also gain access to local organizations through where you can utilize your training to collaborate and provide support.

NOTE: This training event is open to both high school and post-secondary students as well as the community at large. 
 
Why are we doing this?
Foundation for Environmental Stewardship is a Canadian registered charity and a UN accredited organization with a mission to empower youth for sustainable development. We are working with UN programs to deliver practical training for youth on advocacy and local implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
 
Organizing Partner 
St. Thomas University, University of New Brunswick & STU/UNB Student Unions

STU and UNB are thrilled to collaborate on such an exciting opportunity for community and its students. Together they have joined forces to host the#CANYouth4SDGs movement through direct engagement with UN staff here on the STU/UNB campus.

Schedule- TENTATIVE
 
Opening Ceremony

Session 1: SDGs Advocacy and Local Implementation

Session 2: UN speaker

LUNCH: (NGO exhibition, networking)
 
Session 3: Skills Development
A. Awareness Campaign
· Media Training & Communications
· Project Management
· Campaign Strategies
· Building Public Support
· Decolonizing space
· Leveraging partnerships
B. Policy in Action
C. Policy Advocacy (UN+ Government)
 
Session 4: Solution Design Session

Session 5: The movers and the shakers: Real talk from local NGO’s and student involvement
 
***Use #CANYouth4SDGs to share your experience!

More breakout sessions and speakers will be confirmed and updated shortly.

International Exchange Information Session

DATE:   23/10/17
TIME:   9:00 AM
LOCATION:   George Martin Hall, Room 301

Thinking about going on Exchange?
An exchange experience is an invaluable one.  If you are looking for an opportunity to experience a different language, culture and educational system while earning academic credit, then an academic exchange may be for you.  Taking a semester or a year to study abroad is an excellent way to enhance your St. Thomas University degree, and allows you to challenge yourself in ways you never imagined. 
 
Visit http://w3.stu.ca/stu/academics/travelstudy to learn more!
 
Deadline for Exchange Applications: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - drop off to GMH 303. Contact cmonteith@stu.ca for more information.

Annual Creamer Lecture - Dr. Margaret Cruikshank on “A Feminist’s Perspective on Some Aging Issues”

DATE:   23/10/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Ted Daigle Auditorium, Edmund Casey Hall

Among the topics of special interest to feminist gerontologists and others are the over-drugging of older women, ageism, the importance of narratives, resistance to “successful aging” discourse, contesting  “old” as a total category, and social issues disguised as individual issues.

Dr. Margaret Cruikshank retired from the University of Maine in 2011 after fifteen years in the women’s studies department and continues as a faculty associate of the Center on Aging.  She is a member of  SAGE Maine (Services and Advocacy for Gay Elders).

Her text Learning to be Old: Gender, Culture and Aging, is now in its third edition. Cruikshank also edited an anthology of literature about aging, Fierce with Reality (2017).  She has been awarded two senior Fulbright grants.  She recently became an external member of the Women, Aging, and Media Centre of the University of Gloucestershire, U.K.

Cinema Politica Fredericton: Green: Death of the Forests

DATE:   27/10/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Conserver House, 180 Saint John St.

A visual essay about deforestation in Indonesia as experienced by an orangutan.
 
https://www.cinemapolitica.org/film/green-death-forests
 
Donations are encouraged to support film-making for social justice. The Conserver House venue has an accessible entry but the washrooms are located up the stairs.

Professor Pam Palmater to Deliver Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights

DATE:   2/11/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium

Professor Pam Palmater will deliver the Vigod Memorial Lecture in Human Rights at St. Thomas University. The lecture will take place Thursday, November 2, at 7:00 pm in the Kinsella Auditorium.

New Brunswick Literature Curriculum in English Launch

DATE:   3/11/17
TIME:   2:30 PM
LOCATION:   Brian Mulroney Hall, Room 101

Launch: New Brunswick Literature Curriculum in English (Tony Tremblay)

Date: 3 November 2017

Time: 2:30 PM

Location: Brian Mulroney Hall, Room 101

More: Readings by local writers, details to follow.

Cinema Politica Fredericton: Water Warriors

DATE:   3/11/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Conserver House, 180 Saint John St.

Chronicling the 2013 resistance against shale gas and the movement to protect land and water in New Brunswick. 
 
https://www.cinemapolitica.org/
 
Donations are encouraged to support film-making for social justice. The Conserver House venue has an accessible entry but the washrooms are located up the stairs.

Save the Date for Fall Open House

DATE:   4/11/17
TIME:   9:00 AM
LOCATION:   STU Campus

Join us on campus Saturday, November 4 for our Fall Open House.

Future St. Thomas students are invited to tour campus, meet professors, near from upper-year students, apply on-the-spot, and more.

More details to come.

Cinema Politica Fredericton: Fascism Inc.

DATE:   17/11/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Conserver House, 180 Saint John St.

Unknown short stories of the past, the present and the future of fascism and its relation to the economic interests of each era.

https://www.cinemapolitica.org/film/fascism-inc
 
Donations are encouraged to support film-making for social justice. The Conserver House venue has an accessible entry but the washrooms are located up the stairs.

Theatre St. Thomas Presents Sir Tom Stoppard’s 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead'

DATE:   22/11/17
TIME:   7:30 PM
LOCATION:   Black Box Theatre

Ilkay Silk returns to TST to direct Sir Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

In this witty existential tragicomedy, the spotlight is turned on the minor characters of Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Follow Hamlet’s childhood friends turned conspirators as they weave their way through the plot of Hamlet, unaware of their scripted lives and their inability to deviate from them.

Full of philosophical inquiries that rival those of its counterpart, Hamlet, R&G is sure to leave you as perplexed as you are entertained.

The Black Box Theatre. November 22-25, 2017 at 7:30pm (+2:00pm Sat.). $10 regular / $5 students and seniors.



Theatre St. Thomas (TST) is St. Thomas University’s flagship extra-curricular theatre company. Producing theatre for over 60 years (and more than 45 years as “TST”), we have been at home in the Black Box Theatre since 1993. Working under the professional direction of faculty and staff at St. Thomas, students act and work backstage alongside fellow students, St. Thomas alumni, and members of the Fredericton theatre community to learn and develop their stage skills in a fun and enriching experiential, cross-disciplinary environment.


Digital Media and Global Affairs Expert Dr. Taylor Owen to Deliver Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism

DATE:   23/11/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall

Digital Media and Global Affairs expert Dr. Taylor Owen will deliver the Dalton Camp Lecture on Thursday, November 23 at 7:30 PM in the Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall.
Digital Media and Global Affairs expert Dr. Taylor Owen will deliver the Dalton Camp Lecture on Thursday, November 23 at 7 PM in the Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall.

Dr. Owen is Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Journalism School and the founder and publisher of OpenCanada.org. He was previously the Research Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University where he designed and led a program studying the impact of digital technology on the practice of journalism, and has held research positions at Yale University, The London School of Economics and The International Peace Research Institute, Oslo where his work focuses on the intersection between information technology and international affairs.

He is the author, most recently, of Disruptive Power: The Crisis of the State in the Digital Age (Oxford University Press, 2015) and the co-editor of The World Won’t Wait: Why Canada Needs to Rethink its Foreign Policies (University of Toronto Press, 2015, with Roland Paris), Journalism After Snowden: The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State (Columbia University Press, 2017, with Emily Bell) and The Platform Press: How Silicon Valley Re-enginnered Journalism (Tow Center 2017, with Emily Bell).

His work can be found at www.taylorowen.com and @taylor_owen.

The Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism is a partnership between St. Thomas University, CBC Radio and the Dalton Camp Endowment in Journalism. Past speakers have included Naomi Klein, Roy MacGregor, Chantal Hébert, Ken Whyte, Stephanie Nolen, Neil Reynolds, Nahlah Ayed, David Carr, Nelofer Pazira, Lyse Doucet, and Mohamed Fahmy.

Cinema Politica Fredericton: The Price of Peace

DATE:   24/11/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Conserver House, 180 Saint John St.

An arresting portrait of Tuhoe activist Tame Iti and other Maori activists accused of terrorism in New Zealand.

https://www.cinemapolitica.org/film/price-peace
 
Donations are encouraged to support film-making for social justice. The Conserver House venue has an accessible entry but the washrooms are located up the stairs.
 

Symphony New Brunswick Virtuoso Series

DATE:   30/11/17
TIME:   7:30 PM
LOCATION:   Room 101, McCain Hall

SNB’s newest ensemble, Résonance,  led by Principal Bassist, Andrew Miller will be preparing  a series of  multimedia shows this season to demonstrate some of the more innovative configurations and relationships between the musicians and the various art forms. Andrew is joined for this program by SNB violinist, Danielle Sametz and guest pianist, Peter Mears

In a program of works that spans modernity from 1902 to 2012, this group will entertain, delight and surprise the whole family.

Admission is $26 for Adults and $10 for Students; Children and STU Students are free.

For more information contact:

Jennifer Grant, General Manager
506 634 8379/symphony@nbnet.nb.ca

Cinema Politica Fredericton: This Changes Everything

DATE:   1/12/17
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Conserver House, 180 Saint John St.

Based on Naomi Klein’s bestselling book on “Capitalism vs. The Climate”.
 
https://www.cinemapolitica.org/film/changes-everything
 
Donations are encouraged to support filmmaking for social justice. The Conserver House venue has an accessible entry but the washrooms are located up the stairs.

International Exchange Information Session

DATE:   12/1/18
TIME:   2:30 PM
LOCATION:   George Martin Hall, Room 301

Thinking about going on Exchange?
An exchange experience is an invaluable one.  If you are looking for an opportunity to experience a different language, culture and educational system while earning academic credit, then an academic exchange may be for you.  Taking a semester or a year to study abroad is an excellent way to enhance your St. Thomas University degree, and allows you to challenge yourself in ways you never imagined. 
 
Visit http://w3.stu.ca/stu/academics/travelstudy to learn more!
 
Deadline for Exchange Applications: Thursday, February 15, 2018 - drop off to GMH 303. Contact cmonteith@stu.ca for more information.

Theatre St. Thomas Presents "What's Next?"

DATE:   31/1/18
TIME:   7:30 PM
LOCATION:   Black Box Theatre

To celebrate 25 years in the Black Box, TST asked What’s Next? And STU students and alumni answered in a big way.

TST will produce the world-premieres of the three winners of our playwriting festival with TST President Robbie Lynn as Festival Producer. Featuring the writing of STU students, the direction of SiPP alumni, and the acting of TSTers, What’s Next? will showcase the multiple talents of our theatre community.

The Black Box Theatre. January 31-February 3, 2018 at 7:30pm (+2:00pm Sat.). $10 regular / $5 students and seniors.
 
And Above All
by Thomas MacDougall.
Directed by Samuel Crowell.
It is 8:38am in a small Nevada town and all seems peaceful, but the shadow of communism is lurking in America. Nuclear war threatens! But remain calm. Richie’s Convenience serves as a designated safe zone.
 
I Love this City
by Louis Anthony Bryan. Directed by Esther Soucoup.
When a young online celebrity goes missing, private investigator Ambrose Holiday seeks a partnership with Sonny Elmore at the Bright Young Things café. The first chapter in a serial detective story, I Love This City shows the origins of a beautiful friendship.

Thieves of Paradise
by Michael Pallotto.
Directed by Laura Beth-Bird.
Based on a true story, Thieves of Paradise animates the historical theft of St. Nicolas’ relics from a Turkish church in 1087. But when things turn violent and a powerful storm threatens their journey home, the faith of the thieves is tested.



Theatre St. Thomas (TST) is St. Thomas University’s flagship extra-curricular theatre company. Producing theatre for over 60 years (and more than 45 years as “TST”), we have been at home in the Black Box Theatre since 1993. Working under the professional direction of faculty and staff at St. Thomas, students act and work backstage alongside fellow students, St. Thomas alumni, and members of the Fredericton theatre community to learn and develop their stage skills in a fun and enriching experiential, cross-disciplinary environment.