You’ve waited all semester and next Monday it starts at last: Queer Awareness Week goes down at both Burnaby and Surrey campuses! We’ve got discussions, lecture/dialogues, a workshop, oral history interviews, and three (count ‘em – three) different Social events!

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Out on Campus Queer Awareness Week

1. QAW Kickoff Discussion: Why Does Raising Awareness Matter to Us? – Mon Mar 24th, 12:30-2:00pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

2. Reading Rainbow: Dinner, Drama, and the Dewey-Decimal System – Mon Mar 24th, 5:30-7:30pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

3. Queer Graduate and Faculty Network Social – Tue Mar 25th, 7:00-10:00pm in the GSS Lounge (MBC 2212)

4. Queer/Trans People in Advertising – Wed Mar 26th, 1:30-3:30pm in MBC 2290

5. Positive Space Network Module 1:  Introduction – Thu March 27th, 1:30-4:30pm in the MBC

6. Oral Queer Histories on Campus – Fri Mar 28th, 12:00-3:00pm in MBC 2290 and 2292

7. Surrey Spring Social – Fri Mar 28th, 5:30-7:00pm, at SFU Surrey (Room 3340)

SFSS  Happenings

8. Build SFU Community Update – Thu Mar 20th, 10:30am

9. Women’s Centre Upcoming Events: Vagina Monologues, Access to Education in Prison System

SFU & Greater Community Events

10. Queer Prov: Queer Improv featuring The Bobbers – weekly Mondays, 7pm in downtown Vancouver

11. The Bridge Generation: A Queer Elders’ Chronicle from No Rights to Civil Rights – Fri Mar 21st, 6:30pm in East Vancouver

12. Madness Matters: Re-creating mental health through art and community – Sat Mar 22nd, 1-5pm at SFU Harbour Centre

13. Sister Spit 2014! (and volunteer opportunities) – Wed March 26th, 7pm

14. Queer Singapore lecture, "Creative City Singapore & the Illiberal Pragmatics of Sexuality" by Audrey Yue – Fri April 11th, 7pm at SFU Harbour Centre

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1. QAW Kickoff Discussion: Why Does Raising Awareness Matter to Us? – Mon Mar 24th, 12:30-2:00pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

Come start Queer Awareness Week with a discussion event with our community!  In this moderated discussion, participants will be invited to share their individual experiences relating to being LGBTQ+.  You can come and talk about your experiences, or just listen to others!  People of all genders and orientations are invited to participate!

 

 

2. Reading Rainbow: Dinner, Drama, and the Dewey-Decimal System – Mon Mar 24th, 5:30-7:30pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

You can be anything! … when you attend this very special OOC Social event. Join us in the OOC lounge (TC314N) for dinner and a Dramatic Reading of your favourite library text, or take a look in a Random Book and bring it to life!

 

 

3. Queer Graduate and Faculty Network Social – Tue Mar 25th, 7:00-10:00pm in the GSS Lounge (MBC 2212)

SFU Queer Graduate and Faculty Network invites you to our

QUEER AWARENESS WEEK SOCIAL EVENT

25th March 2014 7pm GSS Lounge

This is a great opportunity to network within, hear the different voices of and learn more about the queer community.

We have food, drinks and loads of smiles waiting for you and your friends.

Join the mailing list queer-grad-fac-staff@sfu.ca (instructions here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/blog/year/2013/12/LGBT-network.html) to keep informed of all our events.

 

 

4. Queer/Trans People in Advertising – Wed Mar 26th, 1:30-3:30pm in MBC 2290

What are the trends of queer and trans folks in advertising? What kinds of representations do queer and trans folks get in advertising? How do marketers sell to queer and trans consumers? What kind of effects does this have on queer and trans people? The Trans and Gender Diversity Project Advisory Committee presents a lecture and dialogue on queer and trans representation in advertising that seeks to explore answers to these questions and more.

 

 

5. Positive Space Network Module 1:  Introduction – Thu March 27th, 1:30-4:30pm in the MBC

The Positive Space Network aims to create an environment welcoming of sexual and gender diversity by providing educational workshops to staff/faculty/ and students of all backgrounds. For more info, click here.

Out on Campus is hosting an Intro Module workshop on March 27, 1:30-4:30PM. The workshop will have limited seating, and require RSVP (http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/149750184 ). It is open to staff, faculty, and students of SFU at no cost.

Additional workshops can be provided for your group at a small cost. We can work with your group to make these workshops fit the needs of the group as best as possible. Please contact Markus at positivespace@sfss.ca with questions.

 

 

6. Oral Queer Histories on Campus – Fri Mar 28th, 12:00-3:00pm in MBC 2290 and 2292

Ever wondered what SFU was like before us?

Join us for interviews with some OOCers from days past and possibly a couple who've been with us for a long time including days present. So far the SFU Queer History Project has focused on the preservation of documents, but this event shifts the focus to the preservation of spoken understandings not necessarily reflected in the documents that get left behind. Bring some of your own questions for submission or email them to queerhistory@sfss.ca

 

 

7. Surrey Spring Social – Fri Mar 28th, 5:30-7:00pm, at SFU Surrey (Room 3340)

Out on Campus invites you to a fun filled social event in honor of Queer Awareness Week. Join us on Friday March 28 from 5-7:30pm in room 3340 for an lgbtq movie screening, button making, and other fun activities. Free food will be provided. If you're looking to make new friends, and have a good time we would love to see you there. Everyone is welcome.

 

 

8. Build SFU Community Update – Thu Mar 20th, 10:30am

The architects are joining the Build SFU Student Advisory Committee to present three conceptual approaches of the student union building for feedback.

Date, time, location: Thursday, March 20th at 10:30 am at the Think Tank (MBC 2270)

Website: www.buildsfu.ca

 

9. Women’s Centre Upcoming Events: Vagina Monologues, Access to Education in Prison System

Vagina Monologues: Get your tickets to this SFU Student driven production in support of the North Shore Women's Centre!

ALL SHOWS: $10 for Students (with ID) and $15 for Regular Admission!

WED MAR. 26th: Orpheum Annex 823 Seymour Street at 7 pm!

Tickets for Vancouver show click HERE!

FRI MAR. 28th: Images Theatre, SFU (Burnaby) at 7 pm!

Tickets for the Burnaby show click HERE!

Venues are totally accessible! Limited childcare subsidies for SFU students via  SFU Women's Centre childcare fund.  Contact womenctr@sfss.ca

Access to Education in Prison System is a joint Women’s Centre-SFPIRG venture. 

March 25th: Surrey Campus: SFU Theatre.

Did you know that SFU and UBC used to fight to provide contracts for folks incarcerated getting an education. We'll have folks from the community to talk about the ability for folks to access Education, Research done by students with the Letters for the Inside project; Work being done to bring students into Correctional facilities to hear directly from inmates;  as well as hearing from folks who have been inside why Education is important. Contact womenctr@sfss.ca for more info.

International Student Forum: The Women's Centre is working with community providers to make a space for International Students across the Lower Mainland on the last Monday and Tuesday of April.  This will not be about any one university or institution. For more information, contact womenctr@sfss.ca

 

 

10. Queer Prov: Queer Improv featuring The Bobbers – weekly Mondays, 7pm in downtown Vancouver

The Bobbers have been back on Davie and rocking the village with our new format : Queer Prov.  If you have not been there already, please do come out and check out our new show and format every Monday night at 7pm.  No cover charge at Heaven's Door Bar & Restaurant (formally the J-Lounge) at 1216 Bute Street.  Every Monday Night 7pm to 845pm: we have a different host and they bring their unique flavour of Queer Prov, and it only gets bigger, better and bolder!

At this point we are reaching out to our community in and around the Greater Vancouver and Lower Mainland Area to come out and laugh with us. 

Please check out our Facebook Page for any changes / cast updates / news:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bobbers-Queer-Comedy-Improv/92172819596

 

 

11. The Bridge Generation: A Queer Elders’ Chronicle from No Rights to Civil Rights – Fri Mar 21st, 6:30pm in East Vancouver

BOOK LAUNCH & READING
March 21st, 2014
6:30 – 9:00 pm
Free admission and refreshments.
Britannia Services Centre
Canucks Family Education Centre
1655 William Street
Vancouver, BC

(Room located on the second floor above Eastside Family Place on Grandview Park)

604-718-5837. Wheelchair accessible.

Edited by host artists Claire Robson and Kelsey Blair, with introductions by Dr. Elise Chenier, Department of History at SFU. Published in collaboration with Simon Fraser University’s Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.

The Quirk-e collective announces the launch of its anthology of short prose and graphic memoirs chronicling the journey from no rights to civil rights in this, their sixth anthology. The members of Quirk-e describe themselves as a “discordant and unruly choir, insisting, despite the odds, on showing the height, depth and breadth of their experiences.” Once defined as sick outlaws, imprisoned in jails and mental institutions, strapped down and ‘cured’ with electric shocks, they’ve lived a Canadian journey from no rights, to civil rights, and now their stories need to be heard.

 

 

12. Madness Matters: Re-creating mental health through art and community – Sat Mar 22nd, 1-5pm at SFU Harbour Centre

ArtQuake is a local youth organization that is focused on cultivating social change through art.

"We are hosting a free community dialogue event called Madness Matters on March 22nd from 1pm-5pm at SFU Harbour Centre. Our dialogue will offer a selection of 5 workshops with the theme of mental health and art therapy. Please visit our Eventbrite page to learn more about these workshops and to register for the event. We would love to see SFU students and faculty at this important event."

Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/madness-matters-re-creating-mental-health-through-art-and-community-tickets-10747904271

 

 

13. Sister Spit 2014! (and volunteer opportunities) – Wed March 26th, 7pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/695275763837097/

BUY TICKETS HERE: http://sisterspit2014.eventbrite.ca/

SISTER SPIT is setting off on their 2014 spring fling, spreading queer and feminist literature and performance all across North America, and they're coming to Vancouver! This event is happening on the unceded and occupied Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people.

The tradition of taking a vanload of edgy, intellectual provocateurs on the road, begun with Michelle Tea in 1997, continues with a lineup featuring brand new voices, audience favorites and the latest publications from Sister Spit Books, an imprint of iconic City Lights Books.

The legendary, raucous, rowdy performance gang, Sister Spit, will hit your town with a pack of multimedia, queer-centric brilliance, a must-see multimedia explosion of taste-makers, novelists, luminaries, playwrights, performance artists, and performers.

ALSO: There are a few spaces for volunteers if some people are not able to afford a ticket but would still like to see some of the show. Email ehtung@sfu.ca if you're interested!

 

14. Queer Singapore lecture, "Creative City Singapore & the Illiberal Pragmatics of Sexuality" by Audrey Yue – Fri April 11th, 7pm at SFU Harbour Centre

"Making Space, Contesting the City" Speaker Series

Singapore is among the remaining few countries that retains its draconian anti-sodomy laws. However, Singapore is also celebrated globally as one of the new exciting cities of gay Asia.

Yue examines this paradoxical phenomenon, where homosexuality remains criminalized yet is at the same time promoted through a cultural liberalization.

Friday, April 11, 2013

515 W. Hastings, Harbour Centre Room 1420

7 pm 

Free & Open to the Public

Please register at: http://cgi.sfu.ca/~hccweb/cgi-bin/OnlineRegistration/site/event/detail.php?id=815

Biography:

Audrey Yue was born in Singapore and currently lives and works in Australia. She is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at The University of Melbourne. Her recent publications include Sinophone Cinemas (Palgrave 2014); Transnational Australian Cinemas: Ethics in the Asian Diasporas (Lexington 2013); Queer Singapore: Illiberal Citizenship and Mediated Cultures (Hong Kong University Press 2012) and Ann Hui’s Song of the Exile (Hong Kong University Press 2010). Her research covers the fields of transnational Chinese cinemas, cultural policy studies in Australia and Singapore, migrant media and mobilities, and diasporic sexualities. She is currently a Chief Investigator in two Australian Research Council funded projects on transnational large screens and multicultural arts governance, and completing a monograph on queer Asian migrations.

 

That's all for now, lovelies! See you around OOC!

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