The Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG) hosted a one day event for students and community members to learn and participate in discussions on issues of public interest. The issues discussed this year included: provincial politics and student/voting apathy (this was a highlight because the provincial election was happening shortly after the event. Note that we brought in a professor to speak, and also an aboriginal politically active community member as well), Saskatchewan Tar Sands (educating people on the effects of oil and tar sands that are coming to saskatchewan), Aboriginal issues within post-secondary education (unfortunately our speaker was sick and unable to make it), Videos (we showed films about Nuclear power, mulitculturalism and discrimination), Queer theory (the executive director of GBLUR spoke about the "economics of hate and happiness" as it relates to gay and lesbian issues, university education and student apathy (we discussed what university is, used to be, should be...etc). We had different student groups tabling the event and providing information for students. The event was free and catering was purchased from the local organic food store Eat Healthy Foods.
The event was on September 22nd, 2008 and began at 10:00am and ran until 7:30pm. There were guest speakers every 1-2 hours, along with films and audio clips.
The education was provided in a lecture-style format for most of the presentations. This would qualify as a formal-school type of education. Some well documented research was thoroughly provided and explained through slide shows, lectures and discussions.
There are many research topics that can be explored as a result of this event. The effects of tar sands and how it will affect sasaktchewan people (aboroginal people/homes/economies...etc in particular). Queer theory is a growing and expanding field with many opportunities for research on queer quality of life in canada, on campus and in the prairies. Research on why students don't vote, volunteer or engage themselves actively in issues of public interest compared to past generations. What is the university experience like for ethnic, gender and other visible minorities?
To answer this question, you would have to discuss the particular works brought forth with the presentors. They were responsible for sharing their research, experiences and knowledge on particular issues.
Fully funded by: Regina Public Interest Research Group (RPIRG)
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The "Theme Areas" are not very inclusive. There should, at least, have an "other" option.