Upcoming Arts of Conscience Symposium features Dr. Susan O'Neill

March 22, 2012

The upcoming Arts of Conscience Symposium in Vancouver, BC includes Dr. Susan O'Neill, an Associate Professor from the Faculty of Education, in its lineup of speakers. This 6-day event (June 11-16th, 2012), hosted by the Vancouver International Song Institute in partnership with Instruments of Change and the VanCity Theatre, was designed for artists from all disciplines and for community members interested in the burgeoning field of Art for Social Change. The symposium comprises lectures, workshops, forum films, discussions, and group projects.

Dr. Susan O'Neill's research focuses on fostering young people's artistic and musical engagement in ways that explore and contribute to positive values, self-identiies, motivation, well-being, and cultural understandings.

In addition to teaching in the Faculty of Education, Dr. Susan O'Neill sits on the Board of Directors for the Vancouver International Song Institute and is the Director of Research for Youth, Music and Education (RYME). She is also Senior Editior of the Canadian Music Educators' Association (CMEA) Biennial Book, Research to Pratice, and Editor of the forthcoming volume Personhood and Music Learning.

As a flutist, Dr. O'Neill performs benefit recitals to raise awareness of social justice issues with her husband, pianist Yaroslav Senyshyn, also an education professor at SFU. They have given lecture-recitals on the topic of performance anxiety at venues across Canada, UK, and USA.

To find out more about the Arts of Conscience Symposium, including other featured speakers, please visit WWW.ARTSOFCONSCIENCE.CA or email