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Dr. Elfrieda Lepp-Kaethler -- Free Public Lecture

Saturday Feb 28 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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“Beauty as a Human Need: Visual Art as Learning Strategy, Therapy, and Worship”
Elfrieda Lepp-Kaethler, Ph.D.
, Assistant Professor of TESOL

Part of the Providence University College Public Lecture Series 2015, a community service for the general public. Admission is free – no registration is required.

Visual intelligence is one of eight intelligence types identified by Howard Gardener in his seminal work on multiple intelligences. As a result, educators have discovered a wide palette of teaching and learning strategies that include visual input. Visual art as an integrative catalyst for emotional well-being is a stream within clinical psychology, as illustrated by examples from my work with young offenders. Finally, visual art has historically been an important part of spiritual contemplation and prayer in a variety of faith traditions. What do these three somewhat disparate topics linked to aesthetics tell us about a human need for visual beauty?

Elfrieda Lepp-Kaethler (PhD, University of Nottingham, UK) integrates visual art into her English language teacher training courses. She is the Chair of the Visual Arts Creation Committee at Providence, and leads a church-based team of volunteers in creating visual art with young offenders at the Manitoba Youth Center, Winnipeg.

Jordan Power -- Book Launch

Saturday Feb 28 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Extra-Ordinary: Stories of Manitobans with Down Syndrome.

This book explores eight very different worlds. These stories are about the daily, ordinary, and sometimes extraordinary experiences of Manitobans with Down syndrome. They’re about getting fired and making friends. They’re about winning and losing and swimming and skiing. They’re about laughing and loving and looking forward to sex. Everyone has a story to tell. You just have to ask.

The author is donating all proceeds from the sale of this book to the Manitoba Down Syndrome Society.

Jordan Power is an advertising student in his final year of the Creative Communications program at Red River College. This spring, he’ll also receive a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Winnipeg. He’s written for the Winnipeg Free Press, the Uniter, and the Projector. He also writes a weekly blog about Winnipeg’s sandwiches. Follow him on Twitter @jordanpowpow.

Nightfall (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Feb 28 2015 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Live Music

Jazz

Joseph Ranseth -- Book Launch

Wednesday Mar 04 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Get in the Game: The World’s Leading Entrepreneurs & Professionals Reveal How YOU Can Get Off the Sideline and Start Improving Your Health, Wealth & Lifestyle.

Speaker, author and purpose-driven marketer, Joseph Ranseth has been using the Internet to create movements since 1999. He has been a featured expert on national and local television including Fox News, CBS, CTV, CBC, etc. He’s also been featured in industry publications such as Advertising Age and recognized several times by the Huffington Post for using social media to inspire the world.

Joseph is the founder of digital marketing agency Vine Multimedia and teaches PR & Marketing at the University of Winnipeg.

A popular speaker, Joseph has appeared on the TEDx stage and in numerous industry conferences, passionately sharing the principles of purpose-driven marketing and transformational leadership in the digital age. Drawing on the examples of those who have shaped history, Joseph equips individuals and businesses alike to create movements in their own area of influence.

An active volunteer, Joseph believes that the best way to change the world is by starting locally. He sits on boards and committees for several local charities, as well as the board of directors for the National Autism Association in the U.S. His favourite volunteer role, however, is that of Big Brother.

Trevin Thomas -- Book Launch

Wednesday Mar 04 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Launch of Puppy + Prey.

Inspired by anime and visual novels, Puppy + Prey follows Ken Inumura and his romantic relationship with a mod: a genetically modified canine woman bred for slavery. After finding the mod wounded, naked, and starving in an alley, Ken rescues and adopts her, and the two soon form a strong bond. However, they’ll need to fight and escape the monsters from her painful past if they ever hope to obtain true freedom.

Trevin Thomas is a Red River College student majoring in advertising. He’s also a gamer and otaku who sometimes writes novels. Puppy + Prey is his second self-published work. You can follow him on Twitter @TrevMDT and @PuppyAndPrey.

Songwriters' Open Mic

Wednesday Mar 04 2015 8:30 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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A Monthly Showcase Celebrating Singer Songwriters.

Prairie Ink Restaurant & Bakery continues their monthly evenings showcasing singer songwriters. We welcome local talent to the stage to share their original music and experience the spotlight in a friendly receptive environment. Hosted by Karen Nielsen, registration begins at 8:00 pm with 11 musicians selected by lottery. The first act opens at 8:30 pm and the evening will run until 11:00 pm. Each musician will have 10 minutes on stage.

Solo performances preferred although there is no objection to a backup musician or duo. Please do not bring the band. We are only interested in original acoustic music. We provide the sound system and mic. Bring your own guitar, keyboard, harmonica or hand drum. All ages and music welcome.

For more information call Karen at Prairie Ink Restaurant - 204-975-2659.

Claire Caldwell & Christine Fischer Guy

Thursday Mar 05 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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An evening of readings from Claire Caldwell, author of Invasive Species (Wolsak & Wynn), and Christine Fischer Guy, author of The Umbrella Mender (Wolsak & Wynn), featuring special guests Alison Calder and Ariel Gordon.

Invasive Species is the eagerly awaited debut collection from poet Claire Caldwell. In this book the calamities of climate change and the dangers of the natural world are juxtaposed against the intimacies of daily life. The poems are compassionate, witty and original, and in them bears, whales and people take unexpected forms. Named one of the top five poetry collections of 2014 by the National Post, this is poetry by an exciting new voice.

Claire Caldwell is a poet and editor living in Toronto. She was the 2013 winner of the Malahat Review’s Long Poem Prize, and her work has appeared in many magazines and journals, including Maisonneuve and Prism International. Claire holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph.

The Umbrella Mender is a moving debut novel from Christine Fischer Guy which Miriam Toews called “an absolutely compelling read from start to finish.” In 1950s Moose Factory, Nurse Hazel MacPherson is ready to pour everything into stopping tuberculosis from ravaging the local aboriginal peoples. But Hazel did not expect the realities of the northern hospital to be what they are and she was not prepared for Gideon Judge, the itinerant umbrella mender, who upends her certainties in tragic ways.

Christine Fischer Guy’s fiction has appeared in Descant and Prairie Fire, and was nominated for a Journey Prize. Excerpts from The Umbrella Mender appeared in Descant and Ars Medica. Christine reviews fiction for The Globe and Mail and teaches creative writing at the School for Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto.

Alison Calder is the author of the poetry collections Wolf Tree, which won two Manitoba Book Awards and was shortlisted for both the Gerald Lampert Award and the Pat Lowther Award, and 2014’s In the Tiger Park. She teaches Canadian literature and creative writing at the University of Manitoba.

Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg writer. Her second collection of poetry, Stowaways, was launched in spring 2014. When not being bookish, Ariel likes tromping through the woods and taking macro photographs of mushrooms.

Marina Adshade -- Special Presentation

Friday Mar 06 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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“From Hoe to Ho: Technology and the Female Sex Drive”, a special talk presented by the University of Manitoba Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics.

Marina Adshade is a professor of economics at the University of British Columbia and the author of The Love Market: What You Need to Know About How We Date, Mate and Marry (HarperCollins Canada). She is a regular contributor to Time, the Globe and Mail and Canadian Business Magazine and has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times (UK), the Daily Mail (UK) and Buzzfeed.

This is a free event - all are welcome.

Niall Bakkestad-Legare Duo

Friday Mar 06 2015 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Dr. Dennis Hiebert -- Free Public Lecture

Saturday Mar 07 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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“The Postmodern Turn Away From Religion Toward Spirituality”
Dennis Hiebert, Ph.D.
, Professor of Sociology

Part of the Providence University College Public Lecture Series 2015, a community service for the general public. Admission is free – no registration is required.

For much of the twentieth century, most social scientists assumed that modernization would lead inevitably to secularization. Hence the steep decline of traditional, institutional religion in the global north came as no surprise. But the human spirit evidently does not succumb completely to the cold rationality of a disenchanted world. So even while collective, organized religion has been losing its command of society, and more than a quarter of Canadians now identify as religious “nones,” people are seeking personal, spiritual meanings and experiences more than ever before, facilitated by the massive turn of Western postmodern culture toward subjectivity.

Dennis Hiebert (PhD, University of Manitoba) is the Providence Department Head of Arts and Sciences. He is also a past president of the Association of Christians Teaching Sociology, and the author of Sweet Surrender: How Cultural Mandates Shape Christian Marriage.

Chloé Plamondon & Brian Zimmerman (Live Musical Performance)

Saturday Mar 07 2015 8:00 pm - Grant Park in Prairie Ink Restaurant, Winnipeg

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Classical/Jazz

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The Friends of Ralph Connor House -- Book Launch

Sunday Mar 08 2015 2:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of The First Women of 54 West Gate: Helen Gordon and Her Six Daughters.

The year 2014 marked the 100th Anniversary of Ralph Connor House, a Winnipeg mansion built from the proceeds of Reverend Charles Gordon’s (a.k.a. Ralph Connor) famous novels. This is another look into ‘the Gordon world’ – historically part of the social gospel movement in Winnipeg. It follows the publication of 54 Westgate: Stories of Ralph Connor House a decade ago.

This book is an affectionate compilation covering almost 150 years to tell the stories of the Gordon women. They lived through good times and bad, two world wars, floods, depressions, births, deaths, from horse and buggy days to moon walks and electric cars.

These are their stories.

Those involved in the creation of this book are Jan Christie, Agnes Collins, Lorraine Cook, Diane DeGraves, Irene Legg, and Dianne Shefford.

Chantelle J.Z. Storm -- Book Launch

Monday Mar 09 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Launch of Asylum.

Kairyna is bitter towards life. Her parents died three years ago and now her Aunt is taking her away from everything she knows to live with the enigmatic Madame Sporra, as caretakers for her in her rundown old mansion. Books are her only escape from a banal reality.

One day, after discovering the mansion’s forgotten library, she stumbles upon a book that becomes a true escape. Only this book doesn’t just suck her in, it traps her in the world of fantasy. It isn’t as wonderful as she thought, and now she has to find The End in order to get back home. The book’s monsters aren’t the worst part though. Something evil lurks within, and it wants to devour her soul.

Chantelle’s love of writing began in the eighth grade, although admittedly she didn’t enjoy it at first. However, as time progressed, she learned how to breathe life into the worlds and characters she created.

“I’ve never actually written a book in the style that I used for this one. That was a challenge, but in the best way possible. I grew writing this book.”

She lives with her family in Steinbach, Manitoba.

Cella Lao Rousseau -- Book Launch

Tuesday Mar 10 2015 7:30 pm - Grant Park in the Travel Alcove, Winnipeg

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Launch of Damsel.

Drawing from actual true crime cases, horror culture, and the dark, beautiful crevasses of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Damsel tells 6 stories of women who are consumed by their own obsessive world of blood, violence, and temptation. Because at the end of the day, we often forget that women can be as scary as men.

Cella Lao Rousseau (@hellorousseau) is a local author and Creative Communication’s journalism student from Red River College. She has been reading and collecting true crime paraphernalia since she was in elementary school, but contrary to popular belief, she is not a serial killer. When she’s not writing creepy-crawly nightmare fuel, Cella is dabbling in photography, working professionally as a makeup artist, or singing classical music.

Jade Markus -- Book Launch

Wednesday Mar 11 2015 7:00 pm - Grant Park in the Atrium, Winnipeg

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Launch of Exposed: Selling Sexuality.

How much do you know about the lives of sexual workers?

Exposed: Selling Sexuality is a collection of stories about sexual work from women at the heart of it.

In this book escorts, nude models, and exotic dancers discuss how they became involved in their respective industries, clients, money, their jobs, and how they feel about it.

Jade Markus is a student in creative communications at Red River College. She’s passionate about social justice, tea, and girl power. She enjoys an open conversation about sex, or anything else for that matter. You can contact her at exposedwpg@gmail.com.

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