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Abdelwahed Mekki-Berrada’s Reflections on the Repercussions of Samuel Paty’s Murder

Photo: Georges Gobet AFP via Le Soleil

Project Someone collaborator and CSLP Member, Abdelwahed Mekki-Berrada, weighs in with an opinion piece in Quebec City’s Le Soleil newspaper in reaction to the complex questions arising from the recent killing of Samuel Paty, an educator in France, by radicalized youth.

To read the article (in French) please click here.

Vivek Venkatesh Discusses Democracy and Social Media with Dialogue Platform

Project Someone Director, Vivek Venkatesh, recently joined Dialogue Platform, a Brussels based network of Hizmet-affiliated dialogue organisations in Europe dedicated to peace and dialogue advocacy, to discuss democracy and social media.

To watch the talk, please click here.

Landscape of Hope Awarded Funding from Canadian Heritage

As part of the Canadian federal government’s Anti-Racism Action Program, Canadian Heritage has awarded Concordia university and Landscape of Hope funding for its project titled Magnifying Marginalised Indigenous and Racialised Youth Voices to Build Digital Resilience Against Racism.

Of over 1100 proposals received by Canadian Heritage, 85 organisations received this prestigious award.

The funds will allow Landscape of Hope to continue work with partners in Montréal and Chicoutimi QC.

To read the official announcement and for more information, please click here.

Landscape of Hope Round Table and Performance for Art and Pedagogy Study Day

To mark twenty years of dedication to creative pedagogy, Centre Turbine is holding a Study Day dedicated to Art and Current Pedagogies on November 9-10, 2020.

 

On November 10 at 2:00 PM, The Landscape of Hope collective’s Vivek Venkatesh and Martin Lalonde will take part in a round table discussion about pedagogy as artistic practice. A live multimedia performance titled Listen to Reason will follow at 4:10 PM. It will also include Landscape of Hope members Annabelle Brault, Sandra Chang-Kredl, Owen Chapman, Martin Lalonde, Kathryn Urbaniak, Vivek Venkatesh, Marilou Lyonnais-Archambault, Nik Forrest, Michel Poulin, Lou Raskin, and Éva Roy. Participants will also be invited to collaborate on this performance by sharing their visions through video and sound art.

 

Held in collaboration with the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the two-day live-streamed event promises to bring together people from various fields to explore the relationship between pedagogy and art.

 

To register and purchase tickets for this event, please click here.

Vivek Venkatesh Speaking at KU Leuven’s Live Webinar on Radicalism, Extremism, and Islamophobia

Project Someone Director, Vivek Venkatesh, will join other speakers for a live webinar on Radicalism, Extremism, and Islamophobia on November 4th and 5th, 3:00-4:15 CET

Organized by KU Leuven (Institute for Media Studies), the event will focus specifically on Islamist extremism-radicalism and Islamophobia and the media’s role and online interactions in radicalization, leading to violence.

  

The event will feature a Q&A session and be recorded for later viewing. For more information, please click here

  

Everyone is welcome to participate, but registration is required here.

Response from UNESCO-PREV co-Chairs and CSLP Members in La Presse

Photo: Orbon Alija, Getty Images (via La Presse)

 

In the La Presse article titled « Radicalisation et extrémismes violents: ce que dit et fait la science au Québec » [Radicalization and Violent Extremism: What Science Says and Does in Quebec], UNESCO Chair in the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism co-Chairs and Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP) members David Morin, Ghayda Hassan, and Vivek Venkatesh, along with co-signatories and UNESCO-PREV and CSLP members Marie-Ève Carignan, Cécile Rousseau, and Pablo Madriaza, respond to an article by Gérard Bouchard published in the same newspaper, offering an overview of the work and actions which are taking place in this field in Quebec.

 

To read the article (in French only), please click here.

Upcoming Landscape of Hope “Radiant Power” Online Events

The Landscape of Hope collective will be offering a two-part online panel and workshop titled Collective Reflection. Improvisation. Transformation. Social Pedagogy, as part of the online program, Radiant Power in conjunction with the Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery.

 

The panel takes place Tuesday, October 20, from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM via Zoom. 

The workshop is on October 27 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, also on Zoom.

 

Both events are free, but spaces are limited. Kindly to RSVP by email to robin.simpson@concordia.ca

For more information, please click here.

Project Someone Kicks Off CPN-PREV’s Virtual Event Series

The Canadian Practitioners Network for Prevention of Radicalization and Extremist Violence (CPN-PREV) has launched a private platform. It will kick off the first of a series of “Get to know…” virtual events with an introduction to Project Someone with co-founder and Director, Vivek Venkatesh. For the first half of the event, Vivek will discuss the many projects in which Project Someone is involved to reinforce dialogue and combat online hate. The second part will consist of a Q&A with participants.

 

 The event will take place on CPN-PREV’s private platform on October 6, 2020, from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM (Eastern Time).

 

To find out how to register for the event, please click here.

Landscape of Hope Performance and Panel for MTL Connect Digital Week

Landscape of Hope, a unique performative pedagogy that magnifies youth narratives as they pertain to building resilience against racism, discrimination, prejudice, and cyberbullying, will participate in <MTL> Connect on October 13, 2020, from 4:15-4:50 PM.

By hosting youth-led and designed workshops, the collective aims to empower youth with critical digital literacy skills and social media tools to create cutting-edge multimedia performances and installations that describe their experiences with hate.

This event will feature a performance and installation, followed by a panel discussion with Landscape of Hope‘s musicians, visual artists, and creative members, including Concordia University’s Vivek Venkatesh, Kathryn Urbaniak, Sandra Chang-Kredl, Owen Chapman, and Annabelle Brault.

For more information and to register, please click here.

Vivek Venkatesh Participating in the III World Congress of Transdisciplinarity

As part of the upcoming III World Congress of Transdisciplinarity taking place November 2-6, 2021, Mexico City. Project Someone Director, Vivek Venkatesh, will participate in a virtual symposium titled “Trans-violence: the transdisciplinary reasons to overcome violence” on January 29, 2021. There, he will present “Social Pedagogy to Build Resilience Against Hate Speech: Primary Prevention of Radicalisation to Violent Extremism.”

 

For more information on the virtual conference, please click here.