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"When I’m worrying about something, my mother says to try not to force things, to let things happen. That is the best advice. You cannot force a garden to grow, only tend it, nurture it, and breathe."
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Dr. Pauline Sameshima, Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies, was the juror of the 26th annual juried art exhibition of the MacRostie Art Center, which exhibited two- and three-dimensional works by 35 artists from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin over the month of August.
Dr. Sameshima also exhibited her own artwork in a solo show in August. Her art included a collection of 11 ceramic bells. The series is called “Silent Belles,” inspired by the work done in a SSHRC grant spanning seven Canadian universities. The grant title is: “Reconceptualizing Teachers’ Roles for Canada’s Creative Economy.”
In an essay called "Teacher as Silenced Superhero," Dr. Sean Wiebe (2016, Primary Investigator of this grant) writes that teachers are given the token social status of superhero and that this obligates them to be expressions of our social ideals for education. The project has found that this obligation silences teachers. Idealism creates expectations for teachers to be perfect role models, and disallows risk-taking, creative experimentation, and authentic relation in their teaching.
“The knowledge economy has been replaced by the creative economy, bringing to the forefront worldwide studies that link weak creativity development at work and school to unhealthy economic and societal well-being,” she said. “Advances in Canada’s creativity will depend on broader audiences being able to participate in active learning and making at all levels. Creativity is not relegated to artists.”
The Canada Research Chairs program, which attracts world-class researchers to universities, has positioned Canada as an international leader and destination of choice in research and development.
In total, the Government of Canada will provide $158.7 million in support to 186 newly awarded and renewed Canada Research Chairs. The research has potential benefits for Canadians and their families, businesses, practitioners and policy-makers.
The Canada Research Chairs program invests approximately $265 million per year toward research in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.
Dr. John O’Meara, Dean of Lakehead’s Faculty of Education, said Dr. Sameshima will continue working with partners and faculty in Thunder Bay, other parts of Canada, and internationally to develop creative ways of exploring and expressing research.
“We are proud to have Dr. Sameshima renewed as a CRC and look forward to seeing her research reach broad audiences through the arts,” Dr. O’Meara said.
Dr. Sameshima curates Galleries@Lakeheadu and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies. Her latest award-winning book is a co-edited collection titled Poetic Inquiry: Enchantment of Place published by Vernon Press.
“During Pauline’s first term as a Canada Research Chair she has brought inspiring work in the creative arts and helped us appreciate innovative research through different lenses,” said Dr. Andrew P. Dean, Lakehead’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation. “I look forward to her research contributions in the second term.”
Dr. Sameshima's research projects include the implementation of creativity propulsion theories, community-engaged research, prenatal education access, dementia studies, and designing teaching and learning models.
A 3-minute research video she created with her team on prenatal education demonstrates how the arts can facilitate research dissemination to the broader public. More on Dr. Sameshima's research can be found at solspire.com.
Dr. Sameshima’s Chair, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, has been renewed for five years.
Lakehead University has approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies. Maclean’s 2018 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada's Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, as well as first in Total Research Dollars, second for Citations, and third for Scholarships and Bursaries. In 2017, Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the third consecutive year. Visit www.lakeheadu.ca.
Dr. Pauline Sameshima, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies, was awarded a SSHRC Connections Grant. The grant, matched with funding from the Office of Research Services, supported the first Social Innovation Forum: a full-day event that focused on community-based research addressing some of the most pressing social issues in our communities.
Co-Investigators on the grant were: Charles Levkoe, Christopher Mushquash, David Greenwood, Elaine Wiersma, Max Haiven and Collaborator: PhebeAnn Wolframe-Smith. Visioning and planning for the Social Innovation Forum was supported by Pauline Sameshima, Charles Levkoe, Elaine Wiersma, Anne Klymenko, Batia Stolar, PhebeAnn Wolframe-Smith and Rita Nicholas.
“The Forum, which was part of Lakehead University’s Research and Innovation Week 2018, was designed to showcase the impact that community-University partnerships can have on social justice and innovation,” Dr. Sameshima explains.
The Forum began with a luncheon, with keynote speaker Dr. Katherine Graham (Carleton Centre for Community Innovation) speaking on the topic of “Who’s in Charge Here? Community-Based Research and Social Innovation.”
In the afternoon, a research conversation took place between Lakehead researchers and community organizations, discussing topics of concern to Thunder Bay and the region. Recommendations from the community conversation will help inform the development of a community engaged research strategy for Lakehead University.
The evening research panel, entitled “City Limits: Addressing Social Injustice through Community-Based Research,” brought together diverse local, national, and international researchers who discussed barriers to inclusion in urban environments, and how community-based research can support potential solutions. Dr. Sameshima was the panel facilitator.
“The day’s events aimed to create dialogues on how Lakehead University’s research capacity can be utilized to inform and address challenges confronting community organizations and our city. Through the Forum, we honoured the opportunities to bring community and University together,” she says.
Cover of the Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies 15(2)
Miami. Autumn. 2017.
Walking the smooth sand of the beach and strolling the outdoor night life of Lincoln Road enthralls; even the clickety clack of the glossy hotel floors along the waterfront beguiles. From the air, I note that nothing is left of the territory but a thin strip of filtered white beach sand; the rest of the land is operationalized. The constructed Miami is the perfect eclipse of the land. The operation of humanity supplants the natural barrier islands. Post-truth politics, post-reality living and the hyperreal are declaimed through the social media microphone and even the sea has become colonized parcels of exchange-value.
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Yoga with Tao: October 15. 7:30pm Mink Mountain
Tuning the Body, Breath, and Mind
In this special workshop, you will connect and come to recognize your body through smooth and simple movements in typical and non-typical yoga Asanas. The class will integrate Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy to help release tension (and pains by those seeking release). You will gradually switch your focus from external chaos toward internal peace. The whole process is a full yogic kriya/cleansing path--healing and washing the inner body and mind, re-organizing the inner body and mind to create more space, and recharging vital energy. The hope is to eventually cease the active mind, return to the base of yoga, create balance and unity within, and to allow energy to flow naturally.
About the Instructor
Tao Yu is the founder of Yutao Yoga, a leading yoga studio in Kunming, Yunnan, China. Tao has been studying yoga for near 20 years, and has been teaching for 15 years. He graduated from Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana in Bangalore India. Tao has studied with the most well known Hatha yoga masters, B.K.S Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois, since 1999. Tao’s teaching is based on alignment and therapeutic approaches, yet adapts and adjusts to each individual. His method of teaching is "Treat others' bodies as mine; treat my own body as others’”. Beside teaching, Tao has also written articles for yoga magazines and translated and interpreted for yoga masters. He was invited to interpret for B. K. S Iyengar’s first ever conference teaching in China.
In designing the ARI logo, I had the humbling honour of working with a brilliant and generous team and I am grateful for the opportunity. Here I share a little of my thinking in the logo design process.
August 27 -28 | Celebrating Creative Wellness
Saturday, August 27, 9 a.m. – Sunday, August 28, 3 p.m. $200 members/ $250 non
Self-expression through the creative arts offers a healthy method of processing experience and renewing one’s emotional coffers. In August 2016, MacRostie Art Center will host an Art & Wellness Weekend in order to continue the conversation about ways to enrich our quality of life with creative practices. Sessions include: Therapeutic Yoga with Nicole Hoops, Art & Healing activity with Janet Miller, Expressive Painting workshop with Lea Friesen, Nature Art with Aaron Squadroni, En Plein Air Painting with Liz White, Somaesthetics yoga and creativity workshop with Pauline Sameshima, and Project Lulu exhibition with Arts Express healing activities through creative expression. Participants have the option to stay over-night for creative time and relaxation at the MAC, or arrange their own lodging and return Sunday morning for more creativity, wellness, and self-expression.
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PhD student Holly Tsun Haggarty has won a Graduate Student Award from the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (an association of Canadian Society for the Study of Education) for her Master’s thesis, entitled “Resisting Positivism: Unfolding The Epistemological Basis of Two Arts-Integrating Research Methodologies, Arts Based Research and A/r/tography.”
Holly’s thesis explores how an arts practice may be considered a research methodology and a way of knowing. Her research was supervised by Dr. Pauline Sameshima with committee member Dr. Don Kerr. Holly is continuing her research into the philosophical basis of arts-integrating methodologies in her current PhD studies.
One of the judges commented that Holly’s thesis inquiry "is excellently conceived and constructed - the level of scholarship and writing outstanding…[with] witty, reflexive poetry integrated throughout." Another noted that Holly “brings a balanced and powerful methodological synthesis to bear on this inquiry, which appropriately combines critical, creative and heuristic approaches.”
Congratulations, Holly, on this award!
Northern Ontario Medical Journal: “Project overcomes barriers to cancer screening” by Chisholm Pothier.
Victoria Bolduc stands by Dogbite, one of the watercolour paintings in her series in the Women and Meth art exhibit on display at the Baggage Building Arts Centre until Oct. 22.