January 18-19, 2017
The upcoming 150th anniversary of confederation in July 2017 provides an opportunity to investigate our assumptions about citizenship and what it means to “belong” in Canada. We will consider questions such as:
- What kind of “welcome” do immigrants, refugees, migrants, displaced persons, and others experience when coming to Canada?
- Should newcomers do more to “fit in” Canadian society?
- Who decides what constitutes “Canadian” values?
- How do we understand citizenship and belonging in a pluralistic society?
- How does our role as citizens of the state relate to our role as citizens in the kingdom of God?
- What virtues might be required when we come into contact with people from whose views of life are very different from our own?
As we listen to the stories of others and deepen our understanding of these issues, we will strive to cultivate a “generous citizenship,” which encourages us to move from a stance of hostility and fear to one of hospitality and embrace.
William Cavanaugh, Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of the Center for World Catholicism at DePaul University
Ron Kuipers, Director of the Centre for Philosophy, Religion, and Social Ethics at the Institute for Christian Studies
Jennifer McIntyre, Director of Romero House in Toronto
Maran Nagarasa, noted journalist and reporter, who will share his story as one of the Tamil asylum seekers who came to Canada by boat in 2009.
Anatolia Speaks - Theatre Production
On Wednesday evening at 7 pm, we will host a performance of the hit Fringe play “Anatolia Speaks,” written and directed by Kenneth Brown and starring Candice Fiorentino. The play is about a new Canadian woman who struggles to come to terms with her dark past in Bosnia. The performance will be followed by a conversation with the writer/director and actor. Tickets are free for students but you must have a ticket for admissions. Tickets are $10 for members of the public if purchased in advance ($15 at the door). They will be available through The King’s University bookstore.
The Interdisciplinary Studies Conference is a two-day course each semester. I.S. is a practical way for students to begin to see where different academic disciplines intersect. Dynamic speakers have challenged the King's community to think critically about issues such as the Alberta oil sands, homelessness, and local and sustainable food production. Students attend workshops and breakout sessions then write a reflective essay on their experience.
Each I.S. Conference carries 0.5 credit weight, and students complete 3 credits in their degree.
Who Should Attend?
- Students wanting to graduate from King's. In order to graduate you need 3 credits of I.S.
- Everyone who wants to be illuminated, exhilarated, and inspired. The conference is open to the public.
If you are a full-time student (not in the B.Ed. after-degree program) taking three or more courses, you must attend and should already be registered for the I.S. conference.
What Do I Need to Do?
Registration you should be automatically registered for the course – this applies to all full-time students who have not yet earned 3.0 credits in INST. BUT, you must also enroll for the conference by visiting the registration table which will be set up by the cafeteria the Tuesday before the conference from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Invite your friends or coworkers to join us at the conference.
- Attend the two-day conference.
- King's students need to complete the assignment that will be distributed at the conference.