Issuu on Google+

M A R C H 2 0 11 | VOLUME 10 | ISSUE SEVEN A Canadian first the UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE Bach able to excel both on and off the ice University’s personal touch wins Hansen over Alumna Strikes With A Gun stays true to her ideals Fine Arts stages Richard III The U of L Legend is published monthly during the academic year by the communications unit within University Advancement. Submissions, comments and story ideas are always welcome. The Legend reserves the right to refuse any submitted advertisement. The Legend can be found online at legend. Next content deadline is Apr. 1, 2011. A DV E R T I S I N G For ad rates or other information, contact: CREDITS Editor: Trevor Kenney Designer: Stephenie Karsten CO N T R I B U TO R S: Amanda Berg, Diane Britton, Bob Cooney, Jane Edmundson, Nicole Eva, Abby Groenenboom, Suzanne McIntosh, Kali McKay, Heather Nicholson, Stacy Seguin, Katherine Wasiak and Richard Westlund University of Lethbridge 4401 University Drive Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4 Members of the Mapping the Landscapes of Childhood Conference are excited about the opportunities this unique gathering of childhood researchers may create. BY TREVOR KENNEY I t’s funny what can be revealed when you begin to scratch the surface. Anthropology professor, Dr. Jan Newberry’s latest research focus is on childhood issues in the wake of a global revitalization of the study of the child and childhood. Her fieldwork in Indonesia looks at the implementation of childhood programming, focused on ages 0 to 8, that has been driven by the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and subsequent funding from the World Bank to drive childhood issues. Back at the University of Lethbridge she took a look around campus, out of curiosity, to see who else was working on issues related to childhood. Before she knew it, she’d uncovered a broad culture of childhood research that spanned disciplines and ignited an idea. Two years later, The Childhoods Conference: Mapping the Landscapes of Childhood, was born. “In many ways this conference has come about because I was interested in knowing who else is working on childhood in Canada, what are they looking at and what are the multiple perspectives,” says Newberry. “I started talking to others around campus and found, ultimately, all these people who are dealing with childhood in some way in their own work. We put a committee together and thought, why don’t we bring everybody to the University of Lethbridge?” While the genesis of the idea was simple, the end result is anything but, and the Childhoods Conference (May 5-7) promises to be a Canadian first. “I don’t think anybody’s done a conference like this before in Canada,” says Newberry. “There have G E T T H E FA C T S • Among the keynote speakers at the conference is Dr. Allison James, director of the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth, University of Sheffield. • Shortly after announcing their conference, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, also introduced a conference on childhood studies. “At first that was frustrating but then we looked at it as an affirmation that this is an important topic,” says Newberry. Rutgers houses the Centre for Children and Childhood Studies. • Alumnus Dez Kamara (BA ’10) will present his film, The Kids of St. Michael’s, at the conference. The film depicts the plight of child soldiers in Kamara’s native Sierra Leone. • The conference has had support from every faculty on campus as well as the Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy, the Women Scholars Speaker Series, the Discovery Lecture Series and the Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research. • For complete conference information, visit www.uleth. ca/conreg/childhoods certainly been conferences about childhood for people who do literature or for people who are interested from an education perspective and so on, but not one that takes this multidisciplinary approach.” In that respect, the U of L is the ideal venue for hosting this initiative, and it may not stop there. CONTINUED ON PG. 3 MAPPING THE LANDSCAPES OF CHILDHOOD Conference Committee • Dr. Louise Barrett, Psychology • Tanya Pace Crosschild, Executive Director, Opokaa’sin Early Intervention Society • Dr. Elizabeth Galway, English • Nicholas Hanson, Theatre and Drama • Michelle Hogue, First Nations Transition Program and Chemistry & Biochemistry • Jennifer Jenson, Grad Student, Anthropology • Pinar Kocak, Grad Student, Sociology • Elyane Lacaseé, Undergrad Student, Anthropology • Dr. Heidi MacDonald, History • Dr. Josephine Mills, Art Gallery and Art Department • Dr. Susan McDaniel, The Prentice Institute and Sociology • Dr. Jan Newberry, Anthropology • Dr. Janay Nugent, History • Laura Richardson, Undergrad Student, Anthropology • Dr. Amy von Heyking, Education

The Legend March 2011

Related publications