International Educators Training Program, Summer Institute : The Five Ceremonies of Ambivalence
Writer and educator Stan Chung explored the intersections of identity and culture with IETP workshop participants. Using an indigenous framework, the session considered a critical question: how do we find new connection and consciousness in a time of increasing cultural polarity? How do we create new ceremonies that resist the dominance of globalized mass culture?
Participants examined improvisation and attempted to articulate those ceremonies that bridge cultures, deepen empathy, and transform both personal and institutional identity.
Chung is Vice President Academic and Research at Red River College, Winnipeg.
Culture and Sport in the Development Agenda
Drawing on selected videos and his recent book, Macho, varon, masculino. Estudios de Masculinidades en Cuba (Macho, Male, Masculine. Studies of Masculinity in Cuba), Dr. Julio Cesar Gonzalez Pages will lead a discussion and debate that considers the links between culture and sport and expressions of violence. Given the importance of culture and sport to both women and men, Dr. Pages argues that these issues must be a focus of the global development agenda. The consumption of culture and sport is full of sexist and male chauvinist stereotypes that help to incite violence. How can this be prevented? How can we intervene?
Dr. Pages is a historian and a researcher on gender and masculinities.
Islam, Women's Income and Dowry in Bangladesh
Since independence, growing economic hardship, increasing opportunities for female employment and education, and changing societal attitudes towards female employment and education in combination have facilitated the entry of women into the paid labour force in Bangladesh. Bangladeshi women, both urban and rural, are no longer hesitant to join the paid labor force whenever opportunities arise. Despite the anti-dowry legislation, the dowry system has continued and shifted as a result of women's increasing paid labour force activity. When women started participating in paid employment, men adopted various strategies to accumulate wealth from their wives. Their attitude is: 'We do not want dowry. We want working women.' Women's income is considered as 'sufficient compensation for waiving dowry demands.' Dower and maintenance, to be provided at the husband's expense with food, clothing, accommodation and other necessaries of life, is the lawful right of the wife in Bangladesh. I argue that the practice of appropriation of wives' income or controlling wives' income by their husbands or in-laws should be considered as a form of dowry and hence a criminal offence because of the presence of Islamic dower and maintenance laws in Bangladesh. To prevent appropriation of wives' income, Bangladeshi law should recognize it as a new form of dowry and criminalize it.
What is Public (and Why it Matters for Public Services)
Those who oppose privatization are often confronted with the objection that they present no alternative. And yet there are countless cases of successful public services around the world. This talk explores theoretical concepts of what does (and does not) constitute a 'public' service, what makes them 'successful', and why critical research on this topic matters for scholars, practitioners and activists. The presentation draws on extensive empirical research in Asia, Africa and Latin America, examining public service initiatives in the water, health and electricity sectors in over 40 countries.
Controversy over the Death Penalty: A Place-based Issue in the U.S. Dr. Audrey Kobayashi. Feb 26 2013.
Dr. Kobayashi is a Professor and Queen's Research Chair in the Department of Geography
Rights in the History of Wrongs: Indigenous Policy in Canada. Bob Watts. 01 February 2013
Some of Bob’s current work includes working on the Siting Process with the Nuclear Waste Management Organization and as an Adjunct Professor and Fellow in the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University. Bob also works on a human rights matters and assisting corporations to development partnerships with Aboriginal communities. Bob is a frequent speaker regarding Aboriginal issues and in particular the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
He is a former CEO of the Assembly of First Nations and before that the Interim Executive Director of the Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which will examine and make recommendations regarding the Indian Residential School era and its legacy. Bob lead the process, with support from across Canada and internationally, to establish the Commission. Bob served as the Chief of Staff to the AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine, and was a member of the team which negotiated the historic Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.
A former Assistant Deputy Minister for the Government of Canada, Bob is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Fellow at the Harvard Law School. Bob has been involved in many major Indigenous issues in Canada over the past twenty years. Bob has taught, debated and lectured at a number of universities in Canada and the United States and at the Canada School of Public Service. Bob is from Mohawk and Ojibway ancestry and is a member of the Six Nations Reserve.