END:CIV | ‘Sneak Preview’ Doc Film Screening | November 15, 2010
1:00pm @ UVic First Peoples House | FREE
On Monday, November 15th UVic will host a free “sneak preview” screening of END:CIV — a new documentary film by Franklin Lopez of Submedia.tv. The film “examines our culture’s addiction to systematic violence and environmental exploitation, and probes the resulting epidemic of poisoned landscapes and shell-shocked nations. Based in part on Endgame, the best-selling book by Derrick Jensen, END:CIV asks: “If your homeland was invaded by aliens who cut down the forests, poisoned the water and air, and contaminated the food supply, would you resist?”
END:CIV includes interviews with Paul Watson, Waziyatawin, Gord Hill, Michael Becker, Peter Gelderloos, Lierre Keith, James Howard Kunstler, Stephanie McMillan, Qwatsinas, Rod Coronado, John Zerzan and more.
More Indigenous-centred events are happening at the University of Victoria than ever before. Following Waziyatawin‘s talk November 2nd on Indigenous Peoples and Global Collapse, there will be two other notable events this month that will be well worth attending.
An Evening with Derrick Jensen | November 17, 2010
7:30pm @ UVic MacLaurin A144 | FREE
On Tuesday, November 17, 2010, the University of Victoria will host a free talk with acclaimed author and activist Derrick Jensen. The talk is being presented by UVic’s Indigenous Governance program and Social Justice Studies.
Jensen is the author of 15 books, including Endgame, What We Leave Behind, A Language Older Than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, and Listening to the Land. He was one of two finalists for the 2003 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, which cited The Culture of Make Believe as “a passionate and provocative meditation on the nexus of racism, genocide, environmental destruction and corporate malfeasance, where civilization meets its discontents.” He is a revolutionary activist who has been hailed as the “philosopher poet of the environmental movement”.
But what does he have to say about Indigenous issues and struggles? Is his writing and activism relevant to Indigenous Peoples? Should we be listening to him? Come see what all the hype is about. There will be a Q & A after the talk, so you’ll have the chance to weigh in.
Waziyatawin, an incredible Dakota scholar, activist and Indigenous Governance professor, will be speaking at the University of Victoria on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. The talk is being presented as part of the UVic Native Students Union Speaker Series and will be held from 11:30am – 1:30pm in the First Peoples House Ceremonial Hall at UVic. The presentation will be tailored for an Indigenous audience. The event is free and no registration is required.
Waziyatawin’s recent work builds on her own research and writing, as well as existing literature on peak oil and the impending collapse of Western Civilization, as framed by Derrick Jensen (Endgame) and the END:CIV project.
To my Indigenous brothers and sisters: if you haven’t yet had the chance to hear Waziyatawin speak, I urge you to come out and listen. She will rock your world, shatter your assumptions about peak oil, and compel you to take action to defend yourself, your people, and your homeland!
Indigenous Governance will also be hosting Endgame: An Evening with Derrick Jensen at UVic on November 17th.
Show and Prove: The Tensions, Contradictions, and Possibilities of Hip Hop Studies in Practice: a two-day event featuring panels, films and discussions featuring new work in the “burgeoning field of Hip Hop Studies”. The event is free and open to the public, and will contain many thought-provoking talks by scholars, authors and participants in hip hop music and the study of hip hop culture. The symposium was held September 18-19, 2010 @ NYU.
I was offline all summer and missed this completely, but I would love to hear more about it. If you attended or know more about it please drop me some comments or hit me w/ email.
Hip-Hop scholarship is advancing at a rapid rate — and I’m glad to see that there are now quality investigations into its possibilities and limitations as an area of academic interest. As an ambivalent academic and passionate rap addict, I’m immersed in the paradoxical pursuit of hip-hop praxis within the world of graduate studies and there are indeed many tensions as well as exciting areas of opportunity. So I hope there are more opportunities like Show & Prove to bring together scholars, artists, activists, and community members to dialogue and exchange ideas about where hip-hop is headed and how the work we do up in the Ivory Tower can remain relevant to the streets — wherever and however you live.
Christopher Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997) aka Biggie Smalls aka the Notorious B.I.G.
Rest in peace to one of hip-hop’s finest.