Dancers and Nurses – When Their Worlds Intersect | Coralee McLaren & Vicki St.Denys | 6:00 PM
“Do you see what I see?” celebrates transformative thinking at all levels of education. In this presentation, two groups of Ryerson undergrad students (nurses and dancers) will be exposed to different ways of knowing. The focus will be on how we learn, perceive, and unite across disciplinary boundaries. We’ll start with a dance demonstration set to live music, followed by a discussion between the two very different groups. This non-traditional “coming together” of minds and bodies aims to engage students and our audience through an exceptional movement experience, and to promote interdisciplinary education and new ways of thinking.
How Fake News Spreads Through Online Social Networks | Anatoliy Gruzd | 6:00 PM
Dive into the fascinating world of network science which represents people and information by the connections and interactions they share. I’ll demonstrate that network science is powerful and network visualization is beautiful, using a series of recent cases to show how information and misinformation (aka “fake news”) spread through online social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. Find out how connecting two dots by a line over and over becomes a striking and effective way to study the world we live in.
Your Cheating Heart: Why Taxpayers Lie | Jonathan Farrar | 7:00 PM
Have you ever wondered why taxpayers (not you of course) might be motivated to cheat, snitch or admit to a “mistake” when they’re caught out? After a few years preparing tax returns – yawn – I changed careers so I could explore the intriguing world of taxpayer psychology. Now I conduct experiments to understand the thought processes behind tax-related decisions. I’m stoked about sharing highlights of my research with you which reveal surprising insights about the bad decisions some taxpayers make.
Accessible Futures through Art |Eliza Chandler | 7:00 PM
Animated by the artworks of contemporary disability artists, my talk will explore the relationship between disability arts and disability rights and justice. I will demonstrate the transformative power of art created by disabled people to change how we are represented and understood, as well as the ways that we all create, exhibit, and experience art and culture. Recognizing disabled people as vital contributors will not only lead us to a more equitable and inclusive society, it will raise the standards of artistic excellence.
Lost Then Found: Dementia Patients and Drones | Alexander Ferworn | 8:00 PM
Alzheimer’s is a frustrating disease. I’ve had friends who couldn’t remember their names, much less where they lived. Six in ten people with dementia will wander and become lost. Emergency first responders are often called in for search-and-rescue missions. If not found within 24 hours, half of the wanderers will be seriously injured or die. Now we can use algorithms and the common behaviours of these lost people, and program drones to help us find them more quickly.
The Wall After the Fall: Where is the Berlin Wall Today? | Blake Fitzpatrick & Vid Ingelevics | 8:00 PM
The Berlin Wall has now existed outside of Germany as a monument for as long as it stood in Berlin as a barrier. It has become a “mobile ruin.” We are interested in how the meaning of this historical object shifts through time and place, using photography and video to explore the Wall in different cities, including Berlin, Montreal, N.Y., L.A. and Las Vegas. Given contemporary pressures to build new walls along borders, particularly between the U.S. and Mexico, we ask if we’ve forgotten the lessons of the Cold War?
EngAGE: Find Your Fountain of Youth | Alexandra J. Fiocco | 9:00 PM
Ageing is inevitable, and these days we are living longer than ever before. With years added to our lives, we need to learn how to add life to our years. Complicating this task is our culture which equates ageing with decline rather than viewing it as an opportunity for continued growth. I’ll interact with the audience to explore factors that contribute to healthy ageing, and show how actively engaging our minds and bodies every day can make our longer lives much more vital.
Welcome to My Territory, Please Leave: Politics of a Land Acknowledgement | Hayden King | 9:00 PM
“Toronto is on the territory of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee…” The land acknowledgement, recited on university campuses, provincial legislatures, even NHL games, has become commonplace in much of the country. But with its growth there are lingering questions: why do we do this, am I doing this right, is this reconcili-ACTION, or just a hollow gesture? I'll consider the history of the acknowledgement, its evolution, when people get it right, but also really, really wrong.
What Do Viruses Have To Do With Gun Violence? | Annette Bailey & Renee Bailey | 10:00 PM
“In the news today, another fatal shooting.” These words signal lost legacy, interrupted dreams, grieving families, and divided communities. Gun violence works like a virus. It spreads, multiplies, and quickly snuffs out the lives of our youth. Are we addressing gun violence in the right way? And what can science teach us about how communities can defend youth against gun violence? As a mother-daughter team, we will use research evidence and the analogy of viruses to create new ways of thinking about gun violence prevention.
Undressing Gender | Art Blake | 10:00 PM
As a transperson who has lived as a woman, a man, a lesbian, and a gay man, I've struggled with finding clothes that match who I am or how I want you to see me. Trans models and TV characters are trendy now, but "cross dressing" and being trans have gotten people arrested, attacked, even killed. Why? How are dressed bodies so central to our social and legal systems? Who are my trans-dressing ancestors and how did they navigate the pleasures and dangers of dressing? Through photos and writings they left behind, we'll answer these questions by inhabiting their histories, bodies and clothing.