Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Anarchism Today presented by Randall Amster

Pleased to announce the keynote speaker for this year's Anarchist Bookfair.

The author of a new volume on anarchism explores its vivid history and its resurgent relevance for addressing today’s most pressing social and environmental issues. By looking at anarchism's relationship to the past, present, and future, a picture emerges that is at once critical and constructive, bringing together means and ends in the process. This analysis concludes with a reflective assessment of anarchism’s impact and the meaningful role it can help play in building a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.

Randall Amster, J.D., Ph.D., teaches Peace Studies and is Chair of the Master's Program in Humanities at Prescott College, and also serves as the Executive Director of the Peace & Justice Studies Association. His most recent books are the co-edited volumes Building Cultures of Peace: Transdisciplinary Voices of Hope and Action, Contemporary Anarchist Studies: An Introductory Anthology of Anarchy in the Academy, and the single-authored work Lost in Space: The Criminalization, Globalization, and Urban Ecology of Homelessness.

Dr. Amster writes a regular op-ed column for his local newspaper, edits a national peace and justice newsletter, and is the founding editor of the news and opinion website, New Clear Vision. He also serves on the editorial advisory boards for the Contemporary Justice Review, the Peace Studies Journal, and the Journal of Sustainability Education. Along with his partner and two young sons, he lives on a small ranch in the desert mountains where the deer and the antelope still actually play.

Saturday, May 5th
Bookfair Venue (505 10th St. East)
7:00-9:00 P.M.

Admission is free, donations gratefully accepted.

Cinema Politica & Saskatoon Anarchist Bookfair Present: DetermiNATION Songs

Join us for an evening of inspiring and challenging music and spoken word! This event is a joint presentation of Cinema Politica Saskatoon and the Saskatoon Anarchist Bookfair, and is part of National Youth Arts Week. First we will watch the film DetermiNATION Songs, and then be treated to spoken word by local poets, and a set by local rapper extraordinaire, Eekwol.

The Film: In DetermiNATION Songs, three Aboriginal artists use voice, rhythms, samples, and guitar riffs to reveal a vibrant Aboriginal music scene, while exposing the realities and struggles in their communities. Growing up, many young Aboriginal artists experienced a loss of traditional culture and language. Music became a vehicle to reclaim native language and aspects of traditional culture that have been slowly eroding over centuries of colonial policy.

In the process, their work becomes a powerful source of strength, cultural renewal and political awareness for members of their community, particularly the youth, be it on or off reserve, in the city or in isolated settlements. For the broader public, these artists move people to dance, cry, think and act, all the while becoming more aware of the concerns facing Aboriginal people today.

The Artists: Spoken word by Ahmad Majid, Tala Tootoosis, Anna Free, and Zoey "Pricelys" Roy; hip hop by Eekwol

Friday, May 4th
7:00 TO 9:30
253 3rd Ave South (SCYAP)

Admission is free, and donations are gladly accepted.