These events are free and open to the public; you are welcome to bring your lunch. Some events may be webcast and/or recorded, with permission of the speaker.
Location: UNBC Terrace Campus (4837 Keith Avenue), Room 103/104
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Streamed live (if permitted by the presenter) via the UNBC NW Livestream Page on the dates listed below.
What do we know about and what don’t we know about the unique qualities of our species, based on our evolutionary genetics compared to other primates and mammals? Modern genomics does not seem to explain our unique brain power including language, reasoning and abstract thought when examining the DNA differences between our closest relatives and us. Why do they not talk, write books, build planes, play music, ski, grow pot and brew beer – to name a few human pastimes?
- February 20: Ann Travers - “The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) Are Creating a Gender Revolution”
A groundbreaking look of the lives of transgender children and families, with book signing and discussion invited after the presentation.
Some “boys” will only wear dresses; some “girls” refuse to wear dresses at all. In both cases, as Ann Travers shows in this fascinating account of transgender kids, these are often more than just wardrobe choices. From very early ages these children find themselves to be different from the sex category that was assigned to them at birth. How they make their voices heard—to their parents and friends, in schools, in public spaces, and through the courts—is the focus of this talk and the book on which it is based.
Based on over five years of research in Canada and the U.S., and interviews with trans kids and their parents, The Trans Generation offers a rare look into what it is like to grow up as a transgender child. Illuminating the day-to-day realities of trans kids who regularly experience crisis as a result of the many ways traditional sex categories regulate their lives, Travers offers an essential and important new understanding of childhood.
- February 27: Colleen Austin - "‘Na Aksa Gyilak’yoo School – “Forest Kindergarten and Beyond!”
- March 8: Mique'l Dangeli - The Jay Treaty [Title to be Announced] (Special Date!)
- March 13: Leticia Kistamas - “Plastic Pollution and Solutions”
- March 20: Richard Schuster - Conservation Biology [Title To Be Announced]
- April 3: Cedar Welsh - Watershed Dynames [Title To Be Announced]
- April 4: 2:00pm - 3:00pm - ENVS 414 - Environmental/Professional Ethics Debate (Special Date & Time!)
Students of ENVS 414 will engage in an Oxford-style debate on a To Be Announced proposition concerning environmental or professional ethics; audience participation is invited!
- April 17: Maureen Atkinson & Ed Harrison - "A History of Georgetown Mill"