Traveling Speakers Series 2016/2017

Traveling Speakers Series 2016/2017


Fort St. John

Robert Bittner, a PhD student in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies program at Simon Fraser University, will give two lectures on October 19, 2016 at 1:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. about identity, issues and topics affecting LGBTQ youth and adults. In the evening session, Bittner will talk about children and youth literature with LGBTQ themes that are good to have in libraries, as well as other non-classroom settings.

The Traveling Speaker Series with Robert Bittner takes place in the atrium at the Fort St. John campus of Northern Lights College. For more information email

Media Links:

LGBTQ issues on the agenda at Northern Lights College speaker series, Alaska Highway News

Speaker's Reflection:

I recently had the opportunity to take part in the Traveling Speakers Series, giving a number of lectures at Northern Lights College in Fort St. John. The first lecture was on the subject of gender, sexuality, and youth culture, and the audience consisted of students in the Women’s and Gender Studies course at the college, a number of individuals from the local Pride Society, and also a number of social workers and a few local teens. There was a lot of great discussion in which I was able to address some concerns from individuals in the community regarding the use of labels, the idea of coming out, and the impact of literature on the experience of identity development among youth. The second lecture was more focused on the evolution of LGBT identities within literature for teens and the possibilities for using literature within libraries and schools. A few teachers and librarians were in attendance among other members of the community. 

While I obviously hope that I was able to bring a new perspective to the ongoing conversations around women and gender in the community of Fort St. John, what was really incredible was the opportunity to engage with a whole new community and talk to individuals who are not at all familiar with my own areas of study. I arrived back home invigorated and hopeful, encouraged by the possibilities for my own work as well as the work of others I met with during my visit to Northern BC.

Rob Bittner


Bittner TS Photo October 20 2016
Traveling Speakers Bittner Poster 2016

North Shore Women's Centre AGM

Dr. Tiffany Muller Myrdahl, GSWS Senior Lecturer and Adjunct Faculty member gave a presentation at the North Shore Women's Centre Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.  The title of the talk was "The ONgoing Relevance and Resilence of Women's NG0s".

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