Day: February 15, 2015

CFP – Canadian Society for Education through Art (CSEA) Graduate Student Symposium, Due Mar 6, 2015.

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Dear Graduate Students:
The Canadian Society for Education through Art is pleased to announce that we are once again holding a special Graduate Student Symposium within the main CSEA/SCÉA National Symposium in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Ontario College of Art and Design to be held in Toronto, on May 1st – 2nd, 2015. Graduate student presenters are invited to present their research, either Masters or Doctorate at this symposium. Your presentation may address your research at any stage and need not be completed. The Symposium presents a unique opportunity for graduate students to present their work in a variety of stages of completion and to receive feedback from other graduate students and faculty from across Canada.
Presenters will have the opportunity to have their work published in a special issue of Canadian Art Teacher journal, which will feature the research of graduate students working within the disciplines of visual arts. The Canadian Art Teacher is published twice a year. The goal of the journal is to help art educators: exchange fresh, exciting teaching ideas; engage with cutting edge research in art education; and explore issues effecting our students and fellow educators.
This call invites you to submit a proposal for a 10-minute session for the CSEA Graduate Student Symposium. Please complete the form on the following page and submit it, via email to Alison Shields at with the subject line “Graduate Student Symposium”.  The following information is required on the form:
1. A 250-word abstract submitted in a Word format only summarizing the proposed session. This may include research that you have completed, are currently working on, or work that you plan to pursue.
2. Your contact information including name, program, university affiliation, address, phone number, and email address. Please include your research advisor’s name and affiliation.
Submission deadline for the Graduate Student Symposium is March 6th, 2015.  
Please feel free to contact Alison Shields ( or Tyler Hyde ( if you have any questions.

Please include:
University Affiliation/Program:
Phone Number:
Research Supervisor:
Title of Presentation:
250 Word Summary of Presentation:

Our mailing address is:

Canadian Society for Education through Art

National Office: PO Box 1700, STN CSC

University of Victoria, Faculty of Education, Department of C & I

Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2


Indigenous Education Across Teacher Education: Preparing Teacher Candidates for the Classroom, 4:30pm-6:30pm, Mar 3, 2015

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The Indigenous Education Symposium, , will be held Tuesday March 03rd, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the First Nations House of Learning at UBC. Please remember to RSVP.

Indig Ed Teacher Ed Symposium March 3

Why Gupta’s Casual Racism Should Worry You

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Why Gupta’s Casual Racism Should Worry You



GOMA, Democratic Republic of the Congo — In this bustling lakeside town I spent a wonderful Christmas evening baking pizza in an outdoor oven, sipping a cold bottle of the local Primus brew. Earlier in the day, I was at a lakeside café reading a good book, watching families dressed in their Sunday best, as they strolled toward the adjoining restaurant for their holiday meal. Little children in their miniature suits and gowns paused to take photos with the Santa Claus cut-out propped next to the entrance.

This American Jew had a lovely Congolese Christmas–a perk I was able to enjoy as a UBC student studying abroad in South Africa, where my holiday trip began. And yet I felt guilty.

I felt guilty because I neglected to heed the call of my university’s new president, Arvind Gupta, and ask the locals celebrating here on December 25 whether they knew it was Christmas.

Perhaps the several thousand cases of Ebola, currently solely concentrated in the adjacent West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, had gotten these folks so mixed up that they weren’t actually sure what all those small, colorful orbs were doing decorating their restaurant. And why, they might have wondered, were faux fir trees scattered around the lakeside?

If that sounds a bit absurd, that’s because it is. Even in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country routinely ranked as one of the poorest countries in the world, the Christian population sure as heck knew it was a day of celebration.

Maybe if I could have reassured President Gupta that the Congolese, residents of what the West has variously termed the “Heart of Darkness”, the “Bleeding Heart of Africa,” and otherwise written off as one more “War-Torn Region in Africa,” were happily celebrating Christmas despite a public health crisis ongoing thousands of miles away – for perspective, the epicentre of the outbreak, Sierra Leone, is closer to Berlin than Cape Town – he would not have felt the need to “challenge” UBC’s 300,000 students and alumni to join a campaign led by an aging British musician to generate pity for supposedly sickly Africa and donate around $20 to an opaque foundation seeking to “fight ebola.”

“Tonight, we’re reaching out and touching you,” Gupta crooned in the grainy webcam video, posted on UBC’s official Facebook page, singing lyrics from “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” before the clip fades to black.

Creepy. But not nearly as creepy as what a closer examination of Gupta’s participation in the Band Aid 30 challenge, as well as what an assortment of his public statements tell us about the type of university he intends to run. Read More…

I Am Still Here: Reflections on #AmINext by Francine Burning

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I Am Still Here: Reflections on #AmINext

A while back there was a social media campaign called “Am I Next?” which aimed to raise  awareness about the numerous murdered and missing Native women in Canada. In solidarity with the campaign, many people changed their Facebook profile picture to a silhouette of a Native woman with a feather in her hair with the words, “am I next?” included in the image. I did not change my profile picture because it was too close to home for me.

I belong to the Kanien’kehá:ka, People of the Flint (Mohawk) Nation of the Six Nations of the Grand River Indian Reservation, Southern Ontario – Turtle Clan. I have lived in Vancouver for just over two decades, moving here just after I turned 20 years old. When I first arrived in this city, I was very young and naive. I was very trusting – too trusting. Because of the nature of my innocence, I had a steep learning curve of the cruel ways of the world outside where I grew up. I had no idea how much danger I was in all the time, how risky it was to go to bars alone and be so accepting of new people. I just loved meeting all types of people. Above all, I believe I was seeking to share a sense of acceptance and understanding. Read More…

US Senate Confirms First-Ever Native American Woman As Federal Judge

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The Senate confirmed Diane Humetewa to the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, making her the first-ever Native American woman to serve on the federal bench.

WASHINGTON — The Senate quietly made history on Wednesday night when it confirmed Diane Humetewa as a federal judge — the first Native American woman to ever hold such a post.

Humetewa was confirmed 96-0 to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. She is a former U.S. attorney in Arizona and a member of the Hopi tribe. She is now the first active member of a Native American tribe to serve on the federal bench and only the third Native American in history to do so. Read More…