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Posted by on Mar 23, 2013 in art, media, miscellaneous, scholarly, travel

St. Mary’s University, University of Colorado-Boulder, King’s College, MSVU

St. Mary’s University, University of Colorado-Boulder, King’s College, MSVU


In celebration of International Women’s Day, two weeks ago, I sat on a panel at St. Mary’s University with a few other interesting women to discuss women in media in Canada with students. The students were incredibly interested in the opportunities.


The event itself was organized by a few of the key leaders in the students’ Enactus organization, for the first Girl Revolution Day at SMU:

“Enactus: Entrepreneurs in action for us. This international organization brings together university students, academic professionals and industry leaders to create a better, and more sustainable world by running community empowerment projects.”

All told, an inspiration. 

Girl Revolution Day, March 2013, SMU

Students at SMU Enactus Girl Revolution Day.

More recently, I spent eight days in the Colorado sunshine, testing out how to teach a Korsakow workshop, and talking with colleagues about making dynamic documentary. I talk more about this in my field note 6

Not only did I get the chance at the Brakhage Center on March 11 to talk about how dynamic documentary was impacting my doctoral dissertation research, I worked on ideas with Mél Hogan (we have plans for Korsakow, No More Potlucks and other favourite projects), and I spent the week meeting students, artists and filmmakers. Top of mind: digital humanities, media arts, visual culture, websites, social media. The usual. Just before the week ended, Hexagram | CIAM told me I’m a lucky recipient of one of their first-ever Internationalization Grants. Yippee!

Hexagram | CIAM logo


After two quick visits to Denver (one for music, one for art), I raced back to Halifax in time for two all-day meetings for Arts Nova Scotia (one for the Equity Forum on March 19, and one for the Board meeting with our new Director on March 22).

Snow in the tree 1  Snow in the trees 2  Downtown Halifax - new snow in March

In between, some snow squeezed itself into Halifax, and so did the last class of readings I’d assigned for my Media, Culture & Society Master’s class. After this, it’s all presentations, all the time. Students have posted another batch of intriguing blog entries on the class wordpress site, and the discussion forums have been pretty busy. They are so smart.

And finally – just to round out maximum exposure to universities this week – and speaking of smart – Sylvia Hamilton invited me into her TV documentary class to guest speak at the University of King’s College on March 21. The subject? Non-linear documentary and crowdfunding – yes, my current research. Imagine that! So great to share it with another audience. And so many universities in the last few weeks – *none* of them my own:  Concordia U. Not to worry, though – I’ll be heading back that way soon enough. 

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