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Thinking Out Loud: from vice to digital life

by pmnationtalk on January 8, 201512294 Views

This month, Concordia is launching its popular annual lecture series with The Walrus and The Globe and Mail

January 7, 2015

Concordia and The Globe and Mail present the 2015 Conversations

February 5: Digital Life, Digital Identity — A Conversation About the Internet, Fiction and the Future

In his 1984 debut novel, Neuromancer, sci-fi writer William Gibson imagined a global communications network eerily similar to today’s internet. Thirty years later, he joins Fenwick McKelvey, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies who researches the internet, in a conversation about how technology shapes our lives and identities, and whether we can continue to predict a digital future.

February 16: Gender Performed — A Conversation about Sex, Gender, Theatre and Politics

Irish drag queen and gay rights activist Panti Bliss first made headlines in January 2014, when she called out several media stars for being homophobic. Shortly after, Emer O’Toole, assistant professor in the School of Canadian Irish Studies, invited Bliss to come and speak about her experiences and her activism at Concordia. During her second visit, Bliss will join O’Toole on stage to discuss how what we wear can reflect much more than personal style and fashion.

March 9: Storytelling Identity — A Conversation About Writing Who We Are

Joseph Boyden’s latest novel, The Orenda (2013), was short-listed for the Governor-General’s Award for non-fiction and won the 2014 edition of CBC’s Canada Reads. Kate Sterns, an associate professor in the Department of English and published novelist, will join Boyden for a discussion about the complex relationship between storytelling and who we are — where identity ends and the story begins.

March 30: Curating Life — A Conversation About What’s Private and What’s Public

CBC’s Wiretap is a radio show built around the strange and compelling universe created by its host, Jonathan Goldstein, who received his MA at Concordia in 1999. The Montreal-based broadcaster, who has also published three books, will join Concordia’s Erica Lehrer, Canada Research Chair in Post-Conflict Memory, Ethnography, and Museology, in a conversation about how we carve out what is private, personal and public in our stories.

All of the Concordia and The Globe and Mail Presents events are free of charge and open to the public. All those who wish to attend are asked to register beforehand on the Thinking Out Loud website.

Concordia presents The Walrus Talks

January 29: The Walrus Talks Vice

Jack Singer Concert Hall (EPCOR Centre), Calgary

Concordia researchers Jim Pfaus and Viviane Namaste will join Noel Biderman, Dave Bidini, Jonathan Goldstein, Ann Dowsett Johnston, Elizabeth Renzetti and Shelley Youngblut to present their thoughts and ideas about vice, virtue and the many ways we get our kicks.

April 29: The Walrus Talks Being Human

National Gallery, Ottawa

Concordia researchers Jennifer McGrath, Marc Lafrance and Zeynep Arsel will join Garth Johnson, Steve Mann, Mark Kingwell, Ian Brown and other speakers to be confirmed for an evening about cybernetics, health, wellness and all that makes us human.

May 6: The Walrus Talks Play

Isabel Bader Theatre, Toronto

Concordia researchers Lynn Hughes and Jason Lewis will join Richard Pound, Bruce Kidd, Mark Kingwell, Ken Dryden, Mary Spencer and other speakers to talk about gaming, sports and other forms of play.

Tickets for the Walrus Talks are $25 and can be purchased online at

Learn more about this year’s Thinking Out Loud events by visiting the website.


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