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Marvin Westwood to deliver John McKendy Memorial Lecture

DATE:   25/10/18
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium

Marvin Westwood, professor in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia and developer of the UBC Veterans Transition Program, will deliver the John McKendy Memorial Lecture, Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 pm in the Kinsella Auditorium.

The lecture, titled “Enacted Narrative: A Group Based Trauma Repair Approach for Veterans Who Have Post Traumatic Stress Injury,” combines and builds on two group-based interventions: guided autobiography and therapeutic enactment. Westwood will discuss the two interventions individually and as a trans-theoretical model for change.
Narrative-based Therapeutic Enactment (TE) has been highly effective for traumatized individuals—both military and civilian. The presentation will include video clips illustrating how it is applied in work with Canadian Veterans who have Operational Stress Injuries (OSI).

Westwood established the UBC Veterans Transition Program to help promote recovery from war related stress injuries, and was recognized with the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals in 2005 and 2013.

Virtuoso Series: Captivating Eloquence

DATE:   25/10/18
TIME:   7:30 PM
LOCATION:   McCain Hall, room 101

The Saint John String Quartet opens the Virtuoso Series with a concert of eloquence that features two famous revolutionary composers: Beethoven and Shostakovich

Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 18 No. 2 in G Major 
Healey Willan: Poem (1930) 
Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 6 in g minor Op. 101 

Tickets are available at the door:
Adults $26
Students $10
Children under 12 and STU faculty, staff and students Free

Book Launch - "New Brunswick before the Equal Opportunity Program: History through a Social Work Lens" by Laurel Lewey

DATE:   26/10/18
TIME:   2:30 PM
LOCATION:   Rotunda, Brian Mulroney Hall 318

The Research Office and Department of Social Work invite you to the launch of Laurel Lewey's new book "New Brunswick before the Equal Opportunity Program: History through a Social Work Lens," October 26 at 2:30 pm in the Rotunda.

Prior to the implementation of the Equal Opportunity program in the 1960s, most New Brunswickers, many of them Francophone, lived with limited access to welfare, education, and health services. New Brunswick's social services framework was similar to that of nineteenth-century England, and many people experienced the patronizing attitudes inherent in these laws. "New Brunswick before the Equal Opportunity Program" examines the observations and experiences of New Brunswick's early social workers, who operated under this system, and illuminates how Premier Louis J. Robichaud's Equal Opportunity program transformed the province's social services.

Authors Laurel Lewey, Louis J. Richard, and Linda Turner describe more than a century of social work history, including the work of the earliest Acadian social workers. They also address the fact that the federal government did not take responsibility for social welfare of the Mi'kmaq and Maliseet people, planning for assimilation instead.

Public Talk: “Demagogues, Populists, and Rebooting Journalism Ethics” By Dr. Stephen Ward, Sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs

DATE:   22/11/18
TIME:   7:00 PM
LOCATION:   Kinsella Auditorium - McCain Hall

In this public talk, media ethicist Stephen Ward argues that extreme populism worldwide undermines democratic culture and requires a reboot of journalism values. In an age of intolerance and global disinformation, Ward recommends an engaged journalism for democracy which is neither neutral nor partisan. He proposes guidelines for covering extreme populists, as part of a “macro-resistance” by society to a toxic public sphere.

Stephen J. A. Ward, PhD, is author, keynote speaker, and media ethicist whose research is on the ethics of global, digital media. He is Distinguished Lecturer on Ethics for the University of British Columbia. A former war reporter, he is founding director of the Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin, co-founder of the UBC School of Journalism in Vancouver, and former director of the Turnbull Center at the University of Oregon. He is author of 10 books on media ethics, including the award-winning Radical Media Ethics and The Invention of Journalism Ethics.

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs ( provides an arena for critical thinking, public discussion and research into current ethical challenges in our society. The Centre focuses an ethical lens on everyday issues through public programming, supporting research, and in the provision of tools to facilitate ethical decision making at work. Co-founded by the Atlantic School of Theology and Saint Mary’s University in 2002, the Centre exists to ignite the examination of the ethical dimensions of everyday life to help us live and work together more effectively.

Public Lecture - Making Peace by Remaking Persons: Reconciliation and its Perils in Post-Genocide Rwanda by Dr. Laura Eramian, Dalhousie University February 11

DATE:   11/2/19
TIME:   12:00 PM

More than twenty years after the 1994 genocide, Rwandans are grappling with the question of what kinds of persons were capable of making or letting the genocide happen, and how they can know it won’t happen again.
Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in post-genocide Rwanda, this talk by Dr. Laura Eramian, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie, will explore how competing views of “good personhood” are at the core of everyday conundrums over what a good post-conflict society should look like. She will draw these issues out through attention to local peace-building organizations that aim to foster reconciliation by transforming the population into persons who are, in their words, “capable of peace.” In the lecture, she will contend that these reconciliation interventions ultimately falter on the contradictions of what it means to make peace by remaking persons and raise questions about the long-term effects of post-conflict recovery projects on people’s lives and social worlds.
Dr. Eramian holds a BA and MA from the University of Western Ontario and a PhD in Anthropology from York University. Her scholarly work focuses on personhood and relationships of patronage, kinship, friendship, and neighbourliness in situations of violent conflict. She investigates these issues through the everyday social lives of urban dwellers in small town Rwanda.