What’s Feminism Got To Do With It?

2 Apr


What: A conversation and panel with Jaclyn Friedman : co-editor of “Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape” & Executive Director of WAM! (Women, Action and the Media)



Stay Tune for More.

This event was made possible also by Queen’s Department of Gender Studies & OPIRG Kingston!

When: Tuesday April 8th 7:30pm

Where: BioScience Aud. Queen’s University



Faculty members at Queen’s University are working together to CONDEMN**** a recent assault of a student.

1 Apr

Note: anti-rape culture error in text. 


30 Mar

Extending heartfelt gratitude to the many Queen’s faculty members who signaled their support of feminist enquiry, association, and activism in the past few days. There are wonderful people working on this campus. (List Below)

This is a working document, contact Levana if you are a Queen’s faculty member looking to add your name to this rockstar list at levanacentre@gmail.com

“We, the undersigned faculty at Queen’s University, believe in and strongly support feminist enquiry, association, and activism in all societies where people’s status is demeaned on the basis of gender. Feminism has a long and complex history. It, like other political philosophies, has many variants, traditions and streams. Feminists rarely speak with one voice, and they are certainly not only female. But what we have in common is a commitment to equality of all kinds and an abhorrence of violence, both individual and systemic. We see the marginalization of women as complex and intertwined with racialization, colonization, class inequalities, sexual orientation, and global location. Feminists agree that education is key to changing cultures of physical, emotional, and sexual violence and to maintaining hard won rights that must actively be protected. We are outraged at the recent attack on a female Queen’s student, as we are at all acts of violence. We write to show our support for feminist students and feminist work at Queen’s and for everyone who speaks out against violence, discrimination, and injustice. We are proud to have the chance to work with students who are committed to social justice and equality.

Annette Burfoot, Department of Sociology
Petra Fachinger, Department of English
Mary Louise Adams, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Asha Varadharajan, Department of English
Samantha King, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Karen Dubinsky, Department of Global Development Studies
Eleanor MacDonald, Department of Political Studies
Susan Lord, Department of Film and Media Studies
Ellen Goldberg, School of Religion
Katherine McKittrick, Department of Gender Studies
David McDonald, Department of Global Development Studies
Frank Burke, Department of Film and Media Studies
Dia Da Costa, Department of Global Development Studies
Stevenson Fergus, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Kip Pegley, School of Music
Beverley Mullings, Department of Gender Studies
Kim Renders, Department of Drama
Ishita Pande, Department of History
Genevieve Dumas, Dept. of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
Kathleen Lahey, School of Law
Elaine Power, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Natalie Rewa, Department of Drama
Paritosh Kumar, Department of Global Development Studies
Dorit Naaman, Department of Film and Media Studies
Gabrielle McIntire, Department of English
Audrey Kobayashi, Department of Geography
Scott Morgensen, Department of Gender Studies
Brigitte E. Bachmann, Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Lynne Hanson, Faculty of Law
James Miller, School of Religion
Jan Mennell, Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Sylvat Aziz, Department of Art
Joyce Davidson, Department of Geography
Lynda Jessup, Department of Art
Jeffrey Brison, Department of History
Roberta Hamilton, Department of Sociology
Geoffrey Smith, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies
Jane Tolmie, Department of Gender Studies
Richard Day, Department of Global Development Studies
Gary Kibbins, Department of Film and Media Studies
Marcus Taylor, Department of Global Development Studies
John Freeman, Faculty of Education
Marc Epprecht, Department of Global Development Studies
Elizabeth MacEachren, Faculty of Education
Mark Hostetler, Department of Global Development Studies
Monika Holzschuh Sator, Dept. of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Robert Lovelace, Department of Global Development Studies
Arial Salzmann, Department of History
Mark Jones, Department of English
Patricia Rae, Department of English
Clive Robertson, Department of Art

Laura Cameron, Department of Geography

Alex Da Costa, Department of Global Development Studies/CulturalStudies Program

Sam McKegney, Department of English

Roberta Lamb, School of Music
Christine Overall, Department of Philosophy
Allison Morehead, Department of Art
Matt Rogalsky, School of Music
Margaret Little, Department of Gender Studies
Janice Helland, Art History
Cathy Christie, Faculty of Education
Jane Errington, Department of History
Caroline-Isabelle Caron, Department of History
Melissa Lafrenière, Department of Geography
Cynthia Levine-Rasky, Department of Sociology
Elizabeth Hanson, Department of English
Leela Viswanathan, School of Urban and Regional Planning
Emily Hill, Department of History
Karen Frederickson, School of Music
Jacqueline Davies, Department of Philosophy
Shehla Burney, Faculty of Education
Beverley Baines, Faculty of Law
Susanne Soederberg, Department of Global Development
Studies/Department of Political Studies
Sharry Aiken, Faculty of Law
Allison Goebel, School of Environmental Studies
Laura Murray, Department of English
Leda Raptis, Faculty of Health Sciences
Patricia Peppin, Faculty of Law
Adèle Mercier, Department of Philosophy
Harry McCaughey, Emeritus Professor, Department of Geography

Theodore Gabriel, Bader International Study Centre
Diana Gilchrist, Bader International Study Centre
Rachael Johnstone, Bader International Study Centre
Peter Lowe, Bader International Study Centre
Shannon Smith, Bader International Study Centre

Shara Rambarran, Bader International Study Centre

Frances Leeming, Department of Film and Media Studies

Bita Amani, Faculty of Law

Scott-Morgan Straker, Department of English

Glenn Willmott, Department of English

Robert May, Department of English

Christopher Fanning, Department of English

Carolyn Smart, Department of English

Sally Brooke Cameron, Department of English

Elizabeth Greene, Department of English

Sarah Johnson, Department of English

George Clark, Professor of English Emeritus

Mary Wilson Carpenter, as Professor of English Emerita

Maggie Berg, Department of English

Elizabeth Greene, Department of English

Steven Maynard, Department of History

Melissa Houghtaling, Department of Gender Studies

Meredith Chivers, Department of Psychology


Want to participate, share, and work towards what this letter speaks to? Get involved.// Email us or stop by.


happening next week//// — POCTALK KINGSTON Discussion on Race and Relationships

30 Mar


WHAT: Join us for the third event of the POCTALK series, this time featuring a discussion group on race, relationships, power, and getting through it all.

POCTALK was born in the conversations, solidarity, struggle, and fed up feels of a few local people of colour. POCTALK aims to give a space to self-identified people of colour and/or Indigenous people to share their poetry, stories, jokes, songs, histories, resistance, and lives. While everyone is invited to the discussion, we would ask that everyone respect this space as PoC and/or Indigenous-centric. POCTALK seeks to create community for us, challenge the communities that are unsafe for us, and foster room for our narratives to be brought together.

This is an accountable space- no misogynist/queerphobic/racist/oppressive content tolerated at this event.

WHERE/WHEN:  AKA Autonomous Social Centre, the red and black house on Queen St at Wellington St

Saturday, April 5at 2:00pm


19 Mar


This show is tonight!!! 

Kahswentha Indigenous Knowledge Initiative Presents 
in celebration on Aboriginal Week 
Wednesday March 19th 
at Queen’s ARC gym 
doors 6pm || show 7pm 
18.00 tickets go ON SALE 
Tuesday Feb 4th 
at Tricolour Outlet, Brian’s Record Option, 
The Grad ClubFour Directions Aboriginal Student Centre
and online http://www.ticketfly/ 


Native Producer and DJ crew A Tribe Called Red

Bursting forth from Canada’s capital, native Producer and DJ crew A Tribe Called Red is making an impact on the global electronic scene with a truly unique sound.
Bursting forth from Canada’s capital, native Producer/DJ crew A Tribe Called Red is producing a truly unique sound that’s impacting the global electronic scene and urban club culture. Since 2010 the group – made up of two-time Canadian DMC Champion DJ Shub, DJ NDN and DJ Bear Witness – has been mixing traditional pow wow vocals and drumming with cutting-edge electronic music. Their self-titled album, released in March 2012, was long-listed for Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize and included in the Washington Post’s top 10 albums of the year.
In a sense, ATCR’s music is the soundtrack to a contemporary evolution of the pow wow: their Electric Pow Wow events in Ottawa showcase native talent and Aboriginal culture, alongside an open, wild party. Within a couple of years they’ve become the face of an urban Native youth renaissance, championing their heritage and speaking out on aboriginal issues, while being on top of popular music, fashion and art. DJ Bear Witness doubles as the crew’s visual artist and creates stunning, political and sometimes humorous videos that incorporate film and pop culture references to native people and reclaim the aboriginal image. On May 7th, A Tribe Called Red released their second full-length album, Nation II Nation in Canada and in the USA on Tribal Spirit Music. The album was nominated on the shortlist of the Polaris Music Prize as one of the 10 best Canadian album of the year and 4 APCMAs (Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award) for best group, best producer, best album and best cover art. ATCR have also collaborated and produced one of the last known Das Racist song called Indians From All Directions as well as the song A Tribe Called Red on Angel Haze’s album Dirty Gold.



19 Mar

WHAT: Spoken Word: Featuring Andrea Gibson and Guests
WHEN: Friday, March 21st, 2014
7-8:30pm, $13 per person
WHERE: The St. Lawrence Ballroom (350 person capacity), 
Residence Inn by Marriott at Kingston Water’s Edge, 
7 Earl St, Kingston, ON 
*Venue is accessible; parking available on-site


Attendance bursaries available through Levana Gender Advocacy Centre: levanacentre@gmail.com

TICKETS AVAILABLE at THE GRAD CLUB (Barrie/Union St.) and ONLINE: http://andreagibsonkingston.eventbrite.ca/

If you would like to buy a combined ticket ($20) for one-person admission to the performance and one-person admission to the HARS “Rouge” Dance, you will save $3 for the Rouge: The Country Edition (HARS fundraiser) ticket (otherwise, $10 each). Limited number available. 

More information on “Rouge: The Country Edition (fundraiser for HIV/AIDS Regional Services Kingston)” event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/566795653399764/ 


Three spoken word artists from the LGBTTIQQ2S* communities will be selected to perform before Andrea Gibson. The deadline for spoken word submissions, by video or audio recording of an original piece, will be Wednesday March 5th by 4pm. Send all submissions to queensprideproject@gmail.com. 

The event will be emceed by Raissa Simone – a talented spoken word performer, affiliated with Slam Kingston and POC Talk.

The host groups (still growing) include: 
Queen’s Pride, Levana Gender Advocacy Centre, Positive Space, Slam Kingston, Ontario Public Interest Research Group Kingston (OPIRG Kingston), POC Talk, Education on Queer Issues Project (EQuIP), Sexual Health Resource Centre (SHRC), Queen’s Poetry Slam (QPS), Education on Gender Issues (EGI), Kingston Pride, HIV/AIDS Regional Services
Kingston (HARS), Mental Health Awareness Committee (MHAC), Queen’s Creative Writing Club and Collective Reflections.

Event Sponsors: Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water’s Edge and Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel

We thank all groups for their generous contribution/collaboration to help make this event a possibility.



19 Mar



Co-sponsored by Queen’s Pride Project, OPIRG Kingston, the ASUS Equity Commission and the AMS Social Issues Commission. 


Please join us for a discussion about the complex ways in which gender and gender oppression intersect with mental health and emotional well-being. We welcome audience feedback, and will provide ample time for questions and dialogue.

This venue is accessible.
Childcare available upon request- email levanacentre@gmail.com
Trigger Support Available

Issues our panelists will be raising: 
- How experiences of stigma intersect with experiences of social marginalization based on systemic forms of oppression such as sexism, homophobia, transphobia, racism and ableism.
- The role of gendered socialization and social expectations on mental health. Why, for example, are there substantial differences between men/women/gender queer/LGBTQ+ persons in the rate of occurrence of certain mental health issues?
- The placement of race in discussions of gender-role performance and mental health.
- The need for a theoretical shift away from gender binaries in the distribution of mental health and medical services.

This event comes with a few necessary trigger warnings: misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, racism, abelism, eating disorders and suicide. 

WHERE/WHEN: Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202 6pm- 9pm ish


Featured Panelists:

David Lewis-Peart
Program Coordinator with Community MicroSkills Development Centre

David is currently employed as a Program Coordinator with a large not-for profit organization in Toronto’s Westend, leading a team working directly in-school with inner-city high school youth at risk of non-completion. A graduate of York University and George Brown College, David has worked as a trained Human Services Counsellor, Consultant and Community-based researcher working with racialised, sexual minority and youth populations for nearly a decade. Outside of this, David, an ordained New Thought Minister, co-pastors a quarterly interfaith gathering in Toronto, presenting and facilitating groups throughout the city on the intersections of race, sex, sexuality, and faith(s). His graduate research on sexual minority Black young men has been used in the development of Picasso’s Black Canvas, a verbatim theater piece crafted by the award winning collective, Project: Humanity.

Tess Vo
Supervisor of reachOUT Program
Griffin Centre

Tess Vo is the Supervisor of Griffin Centre’s reachOUT Program. reachOUT is a creative, inclusive & accessible program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth and adults in the Greater Toronto Area. Activities include drop-in groups, community outreach, art & skills exchange, counselling, training and consultation. During her 15 year career, she has worked in various LGBTQ and community health centres in Toronto and New York City and has co-authored a number of articles focusing on sexuality, HIV, settlement and mental health, incorporating community-based approaches to research. In addition, Tess is also the producer, director and co-writer of Our Compass, a short documentary that was collaboratively made with a group of 8 LGBTQ youth labeled with intellectual disabilities. Our Compass highlighted how the experiences of these youth troubled the prevalent and historical paternalistic and institutional treatment of young people as service users. 

Dr. Joey Bonifacio
Lead Physician at the Trans Youth Clinic
Hospital for Sick Children

Joey is a staff pediatrician and adolescent medicine specialist in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children and lecturer at the University of Toronto. He also works as an adolescent medicine specialist at St. Michael’s Hospital, Covenant House, a Catholic shelter for homeless youth, and Evergreen, a street clinic for at-risk youth through the Yonge Street Mission. His interests include homeless & street-involved youth, immigrant teens, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adolescents. He is currently the lead physician of the new *Trans Youth Clinic at the Hospital for Sick Children which provides timely medical management to youth with gender dysphoria.

Lorraine Chick
Nurse Practitioner at the Department of Family Medicine
Queen’s University

Lorraine Chick is a Nurse Practitioner working in primary care at Queen’s Family Health Team here in Kingston. She graduated as an RN in 1987 and since then has completed a B.Sc. in Biology from Concordia University, a Master’s of Nursing Science from the University of Ottawa and most recently her NP certification in 2008 from Queen’s University. Personal experience as a lesbian both in the role of health care provider and as a receiver of health care services has informed her practice and generated a keen interest in the questions surrounding gender and the associated impact on mental health. Lorraine is a wife and the mother of an exceptional 8-year-old boy. 

Dr. Mike Condra
Director at Health, Counselling and Disability Services (HCDS)
Queen’s University

Dr. Condra is a registered psychologist and the Director of Health, Counseling and Disability Services (HCDS) at Queen’s University. He has many roles including personal counselling for students, teaching in the Psychology and Psychiatry departments and generally overseeing the operations of all three departments in HCDS.


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