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#StayHome: Stay Engaged with Us!

March 23, 2020

By Rachel Wong

We currently find ourselves in a time of social distancing and staying at home. While a lot of our public events have been postponed or cancelled for now, we still want to find a way to engage the community and mobilize knowledge. Here are some suggestions of video and audio content that you can dive into from our own programming or that of our partners while you #stayhome and #stayengaged.


Decolonizing the City: The Future of Indigenous Planning in Vancouver

“Decolonizing the City: The Future of Indigenous Planning in Vancouver” was an event hosted by our office in partnership with the Planning Institute of BC-South Chapter and the Vancouver City Planning Commission on September 25, 2019. The aim of the event was to bring together planners and city builders to explore the work of Indigenous planners in Vancouver and look at the ways we can strengthen relations and create new practices and policies with Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and with urban Indigenous communities, from a City of Vancouver context. 

This panel, moderated by Decolonization Strategist, Urban Planner, and Researcher Ginger Gosnell-Myers, featured Cha’an Dtut (Rena Soutar), Reconciliation Planner, Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation;  Kamala Todd, Indigenous Arts and Culture Planner, City of Vancouver; Spencer Lindsay, Indigenous Social Planner, City of Vancouver; and Khelsilem (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw), Spokesperson and elected councillor, Squamish Nation Council, who served as rapporteur.

Amitav Ghosh on ‘The Great Derangement’

Acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh spoke as part of the 2019 Indian Summer Festival. His talk covers his latest book, The Great Derangement, and charts the complicity of fiction in shaping the priorities and consumer choices of the world we have created. Ghosh argues that future generations may well think so, given our imaginative failure in the face of global warming.

Take a listen to our podcast episode with Amitav Ghosh.

One Book One SFU 2020: Esi Edugyan and Omar El Akkad

Each year, SFU Library hosts their annual One Book One SFU event. The 2020 book selection was Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black. At this year’s event, SFU Library welcomed author Edugyan as well as author/journalist Omar El Akkad. Together, they talked about Washington Black, Edugyan’s research and writing process, and audience members were also treated to a reading from the book by Edugyan.

Overdose Crisis: A Community Response

In September 2016, a small group of community activists joined together to open what was at the time an unsanctioned pop-up overdose prevention site in the Downtown Eastside. Volunteers, equipped with overdose-reversing naloxone, continue to provide a safe injection site for their community. This short documentary explores the frontline relief efforts made by members of the Overdose Prevention Society and residents of the Downtown Eastside. This documentary was directed by Eric Sanderson, and produced by Sanderson and our office’s director, Am Johal.

Our office is committed to knowledge democracy and public engagement, and Below the Radar came out of that commitment. Take a listen as our host, Am Johal, dives into conversations with community organizers, academics, artists, and researchers in a wide variety of fields—all in an effort to amplify ideas that fly below the radar.

Temporarily Urbane is a podcast by our friends from SFU Urban Studies. This podcast features members of the SFU Urban Studies community as they pick up the mic to talk about how cities once were and cities of the future, the urban lives we live and dream about and the people, ideas and options the city has left behind, misplaced, misguided. Temporarily Urbane’s first season engages SFU Urban Studies alumni in conversations about how they are navigating the new landscape of urban work and research in Vancouver and farther afield.

Hosted by SFU Publishing Assistant Professor Hannah McGregor, Secret Feminist Agenda is a weekly podcast about the insidious, nefarious, insurgent, and mundane ways we enact our feminism in our daily lives. Aside from being a super cool podcast, McGregor is currently collaborating with Wilfred Laurier University Press to “devise a new editorial methodology evaluation, editorial and production revision, peer review, and design and dissemination of podcasts as a unique form of scholarly communication.” You can learn more here

As part of the New Books NetworkNew Books in French Studies is a podcast hosted by SFU History associate professor Roxanne Panchasi. The aim of New Books Network (NBN) is to raise “the level of public discourse by introducing scholars and other serious writers to a wide public via new media.” Panchasi interviews with authors on books within French Studies is an excellent foray into the world of NBN, which covers 80+ subjects, disciplines, and genres.

One of our community partners, Yarrow International Society for Justice, put together a collection of five radio documentaries highlighting the experiences of Chinese elders facing barriers to access in the BC healthcare system. What is particularly unique about these documentaries is the fact that they were created by teams of youth and senior collaborators. The goal of the overall Speak My Language campaign is to promote greater awareness of accessibility in healthcare, while teaching community members media production skills and building intergenerational connections.

More audio recordings of past events can be found on our Knowledge Mobilization A/V Gallery.

Stay tuned on our website for updates on our events, and be sure to follow us on Twitter @SFU_W and @BTR_pod for news and new podcast episodes!

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