Keyano Arts and Humanities Conference aims at Changing Minds

University Studies at Keyano College invites you to their second annual Arts and Humanities Conference on Saturday, March 8. The theme this year is Changing Minds. Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Mayor Melissa Blake will be featured in the Changing Women session, along with Judge Stephanie Cleary from the Provincial Court of Alberta, among others. The session will take place at 9:45 a.m. in the Doug Schmit Lecture Theatre on the second floor of the Clearwater Campus.

“This will be a roundtable session where panelists will talk about empowering women, the changing roles of women, and the obstacles they overcame to get where they are today,” explains Dr. Ryan Cox, one of the coordinators for the conference, and English Instructor at Keyano.

The free, day-long event starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. However, the community is invited to drop in as well for sessions of their choice. Dr. Allan Rowe from Alberta Culture Ministry’s Historic Places Registry and former Keyano History Instructor will be this year’s keynote speaker. At 4 p.m. in the Doug Schmit Lecture Theatre, he will be discussing the role of humanities in the world we live in and the world we want to live in.

Session line-up for the conference is a veritable feast of interesting topics for the community. A staff and students panel will headline Keyano Reads – modelled after CBC Canada Reads. A Keyano Book of the Year will be chosen following the presentations. Sociology students and faculty will present on their social inequality research, while a session on “being your own historian” will give students a chance to present on family members whose stories should be shared with the community, just to name a few.

“We are glad to collaborate with community groups such as NorthWord. They will be launching their tenth issue during the afternoon experiential sessions. In the afternoon we will also be featuring a session on Gaming in the Humanities—highlighting both the theoretical and narrative potential of gaming while attempting to play a drop in game of dungeons and dragons. We have attempted to cast as wide a net as possible,” Dr. Cox said.

Everyone is encouraged to register at the KeyanoArts Facebook page and to keep checking for session details. Free lunch included.

For more information, please contact:
Kiran Malik-Khan
Communications Specialist
Marketing & Communications
Keyano College

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