DisOrientation Week - Cultures of Resistance - Schedule

MONDAY Sept 24th 6:30PM Talk- Spittin’ Mad: The Globalization of Hip Hop, Art, Culture and Politics

University Centre 282

(1) Hip Hop, Community, and Politics:

The relationship between Hip-Hop, community action, and politics is a volatile and symbiotic relationship. Hip-Hop has typically been critical of the powers that be, but also has been driven by a desire for those in power to improve the environment. Hip-Hop at its core is an outsiders attempt to get insiders to listen to their plight, concerns, and issues. The rise of the emcee is, in part, because those voices were ignored. To paraphrase J. Prince of Rap-A-Lot Records

: “First we knocked on the door then we beat on the door, and now we’re about to kick the door in.”

(2) A historical analysis of the development of hip hop in African-American communities in the United States, the subsequent war on hip hop, its appropriation and corporatization, and its drastic change in content in the context of national policy will be examined, as well as the school to prison pipeline, the prison industrial complex, police brutality, massive school failures, the criminalization of racialized groups etc.

(3) The role that Hip Hop continues to play globally as a tool for marginalized, racialized communities to protest oppressive conditions.

TUESDAY Sept 25th 7PM

Documentary -   Occupation 101: Voices of a Silenced Majority

Azrieli Pavilion  132

Occupation 101: Voice of the Silenced Majority is a 2006 documentary film on the effects of the Israeli occupation on the West Bank and Gaza Strip. This film will be facilitated by Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA).

WEDNESDAY Sept 26th 6:30PM

WORKSHOP—Indigenous Solidarity for Settlers

Tory Building 238

The goal of the workshop is to educate non-Indigenous peoples about the importance of Indigenous solidarity, to teach people and learn from them about what solidarity means and how to do it, and to work on our anti-colonial analysis. The workshop "Indigenous Solidarity for Settlers" consists of three parts:

1) Case study Using a popular education exercise that is based in the experiences of the

Lubicon Cree we explore what colonization is and, to some extent, how it feels.

2) What is solidarity?

We focus on what solidarity is and how to "do it".  The word solidarity is used a lot, especially in radical organizing, but it is not always easy to define or to do.  Put simply we believe that it is essential in solidarity work to "listen, take direction and stick around".

3) Looking at colonization from an anti-oppressive framework. This part of the workshop focuses on building a theoretical understanding of colonization and oppression. It is based on Andrea Smith's analysis of the role that Heteropatriarchy and White Supremacy play in colonization, and also examines how colonization has been, and continues to be, imposed through individual, institutional and cultural oppression.

THURSDAY Sept 27th 6:30PM


University Centre 282

This workshop discusses what it means to work within an anti-oppression framework and how to implement some of those principles into practice. Some of the main issues the workshop will tackle:

  • How to actively work to acknowledge and shift power and privilege towards inclusiveness, accessibility, equity and social justice.
  • How to acknowledge different forms of oppression and how to challenge/shift them.
  • How to ensure that anti-oppression is embedded in everything that we do by examining attitudes and actions through the lenses of social justice, equity, and accessibility.
  • How to be conscious and active in the process of learning and recognizing the importance of this process.
  • How to create a space where people are safe, but can also be challenged.

THURSDAY Sept 27th 11:00AM-4:00PM


Atrium, University Centre

Come out meet OPIRG’s working groups. This will be a venue where you can be introduced to the work that OPIRG does through its resources and working groups. It is also an opportunity to get involved in the many projects and resources that OPIRG has to offer.



Meeting at OPIRG-326 Unicentre (3rd Floor)

wild edibles tour to remember! This will be a walk in the Fletcher Wildlife Garden next to the Arboretum. In this tour, you will be introduced to ways of identifying different wild plants that surround this area. No plants will be harvested at this tour; it is solely educational, BUT, printed supplements and sample snakes and beverages of some of the plants will be provided!!

Come and learn how to identify wild edible plants BEFORE you eat it!

SATURDAY Sept 29th 2:30PM-530PM


OPIRG-326 Unicentre (3rd Floor)

This workshop discusses the use of media in creating a better world. - How can we engage with media in working towards a better world? How can we build 'our media' to be stronger and more effective in reaching others who are also looking for positive change? What does media activism look like? This will be a participatory workshop.

Posted on September 22, 2012 and filed under Events.