Vulnerability & The Public Space

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The Manitoba Museum, Auditorium

190 Rupert Avenue

Winnipeg, MB R3B 0N2

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This panel will assess the area in which creative thinkers engage in public discourse and if being vulnerable is a price worth paying

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Join us for a live podcast recording and on-stage panel discussion.

What does it take to achieve repair/reconciliation in our communities? Studies clearly show that all of us suffer from confirmation bias and we all live in echo chambers, finding comfort and reinforcement in those with whom we already agree, and twitter blocking everyone else. Yet, we share public spaces such as libraries and schools with people who think differently than we do. When conflicts arise, ‘freedom of speech’ is thrown around, as if that one term had a blanket meaning for all. As if the phrase itself was source-code for its defense.

If empathy is needed to do the hard work of reconciliation, then vulnerability is the currency. Yet, at what cost to whom? What are the possibilities and pitfalls of public dialogue? Do we live in an epoch of time that is more polarized than ever before, as it seems from watching the media or reading social media comments, or is this epoch of time just the one we know?

DD asks writers and thinkers to join us for an in-depth conversation about rights, responsibilities, vulnerability and the public space.

Speakers include Lara Rae, Emily Muller (Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties) and Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair (University of Manitoba).

Lara Rae is an award winning comedian and television writer. She was one of the co-creators of the international hit series Little Mosque on the Prairie. She was one of the co-founders of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and served as the Artistic Director for 17 years. Her current passion is PANTRY an organization she founded to deal with food insecurity in her West Broadway neighborhood. Her play Dragonfy (Theatre Projects Manitoba) dealing with her gender journey was nominated for a Winnipeg Theatre Award for best new work and will be published by Scrirocco Drama next year.

Emily Muller is a member of the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties

Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC, and APTN, and his written work can be found in the pages of The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama, newspapers like The Guardian, and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes. Niigaan is the co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (Highwater Press, 2011) and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press, 2013), and is the Editorial Director of The Debwe Series with Portage and Main Press.

Niigaan obtained his BA in Education at the University of Winnipeg, before completing an MA in Native – and African-American literatures at the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in First Nations and American Literatures from the University of British Columbia.

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The Manitoba Museum, Auditorium

190 Rupert Avenue

Winnipeg, MB R3B 0N2

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