“Co-Creating a New Future: Harnessing the Collective Imagination”
Dr. Shoshannah Bryn Jones Square,
Ph.D., Oxford, Activist, and Interdisciplinary Instructor
In his “Preface to Lyrical Ballads,” British Romantic poet William Wordsworth maintains that the purpose of poetry is to “produce excitement in co-existence.” This is what Dr. Shoshannah hopes to achieve through this workshop, in which participants will work together to envision a better future through collective thinking and imagining. As cognitive scientist Jim Davies writes in Imagination: The Science of Your Mind’s Greatest Power (2019), human beings have the unique ability to “imagine complex possible futures.” This gives us agency; we have a say in what kind of world we want to live in, and we have the power to create it if we work together. Dr. Shoshannah will discuss the climate crisis, COVID-19, system racism, police brutality, prison reform, restorative, social, and environmental justice, mental health, empathy and compassion, activism, the arts and sciences, and more from a diversity of perspectives.
“Finding Your Passion”
Academic Advisor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University,
Calvin “Kalvonix” Tiu is an artist who lives on his passion for music. By infusing his creativity into multiple areas of his life, he hopes to inspire others to do the same. His workshop will focus on the importance of discovering and developing your passion and inserting it into everyday life.
He will also delve deep into his own personal story and share his experience growing up with Cerebral Palsy. Ultimately, Calvin discovered his voice and strength through rap music.
Listening to artists like Eminem and Kid Cudi, he found a way to infuse his pain and personal experience into words, rhyme, and music. As Calvin’s workshop will show, with an outlet to cope, a foundation to explore and a platform to reflect, life and success naturally find their way.
Your passion does not have to be directly connected to your job it is about finding indirect ways to make those connections. Calvin will discuss creativity, passion, adversity, and other elements that are key to chasing your dreams.
“The Path from Academia to Activism: Moving the Health Humanities from Theory to Practice”
Dr. Carol‑Ann Farkas,
Professor of English, Director of Writing Programs,
School of Arts and Sciences, MCPHS University
In what ways are the health humanities political? Not nearly enough; in this workshop, Dr. Farkas invites participants to share strategies for changing that.
How do scholars become activists? In this workshop, she will briefly survey some contemporary examples of scholar-activists such as Angela Davis, Michelle Alexander, Bryan Stevenson, and Gail Bradbrook, who have taken their political commitment from the scholarly page, from the classroom, and put it into practice. What inspiration can we draw from these examples? What strategies can we employ to turn our theories and critique into action – with the risks to our privilege that such moves would entail?
Dr. Farkas encourage participation from health humanities scholars and students, as well as those in the arts and public health. This session is for those with a commitment to social justice broadly construed, though her particular concern is with the intersection of the health humanities and the climate emergency as health emergency. The goal for the workshop will be to invite discussion and brainstorming so that participants leave with concrete next steps to take in their own health humanities activism in the classroom and beyond it.
“Mental health, Music, and Meditation”
Lyric Hajer, a poet, dancer, activist, and life coach, is passionate about art and its power to set emotions in motion. As someone who’s struggled with mental health issues, they know how easy it is to slip into feeling numb or stagnant and how this can affect everything from creativity and activism to whether or not you brush your teeth.
This workshop will walk you through practices combining music with mindfulness as a tool for shifting emotions that feel stuck and for coping with living in today’s world. These practices will also provide an opportunity to play with movement while taking necessary space from hard topics. We’ll work our way from meditating to a melody to wiggling as much as our body wills.
Wear something comfortable and be somewhere with space to move.
DIGITAL SOLO ART SHOW
ART IN THE TIME OF CORONA
The United Nations celebrates and raises awareness for a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. A sustainable green recovery plan from the pandemic necessitates understanding the links between climate change, health, and inequality; and implementing ambitious climate change policies, which align with the Paris agreement. The digital art shows by Selva Ozelli, These art shows contain paintings that were acknowledged in numerous United Nations art competitions.
By Selva Ozelli
International Tax Expert and environmentalist,
“WORKSHOP ON SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS”
Prof. Michael Bull,
University of Sussex,
Dissemination of research findings is an essential part of the scientific research process. Hence, it is of utmost importance for a researcher who is writing a full paper with the aim of publishing in a reputable journal or in a reputable proceeding. Furthermore, getting a paper published in a reputable peer-reviewed journal or proceeding is an important milestone for researchers.
Through the publication workshop, Prof. Michael Bull will be covering the following three aspects of publication along with a Q & A session at the end.
- Submitting a journal article
- Submitting a book proposal
- Submitting a book chapter after a call for chapters
Duration: 1hr 15min