Posted on March 18, 2013 by Naomi Finseth

Friday, March 22, will feature one of the final, celebratory, events of the Augustana Annual Theme year. There is something for everyone on Friday: Resilience in the Classroom with radical teacher Norman Cornett, Resilience and Idle No More with young Aboriginal professor/lawyer/activist Janice Makokis, a Lunch & Learn with published Metis poet and alumna Naomi McIlwraith, and, to cap it off, a Celebration of Artistic Resilience, featuring Milton Schlosser’s performance of the hauntingly beautiful composition, Crowfoot, by Metis composer and alumnus Nicholas Howells.

Friday, March 22, 9:00-10:00 a.m., The Dr. Roger Epp Conference Room (2-004)
Resilience in the Classroom

Professor and aboriginal activist Janice Makokis, Ronning Centre Distinguished Visiting Fellow Norman Cornett, and Augustana Professor Jerome Melançon will engage the many questions of resilience in the classroom. In particular, they will address how instructors can both nurture and stifle the spiritual, psychological, and intellectual resilience of their students and themselves.

Friday, March 22, 10:30-11:30 a.m., The Dr. Roger Epp Conference Room (2-004)
Resilience and Idle No More

Blue Quills Professor Janice Makokis, one of the young leaders of the Idle No More movement, will address issues surrounding this new and influential cause: its foundations, its people, and its objectives.

Friday, March 22, 12:00-1:15 p.m., The Dr. Roger Epp Conference Room (2-004)
Lunch & Learn with Métis Poet and Alumna Naomi McIlwraith

In this event, co-sponsored by Augustana’s Alumni & Special Events Office and Aboriginal Students Office, Métis poet and Augustana English grad Naomi McIlwraith will discuss her roots and the inspiration behind kiyâm, a collection of her poems published by Athabasca University Press in 2012. Augustana students may attend free with their OneCard. Community members and Augustana staff may attend for the price of $5 (to cover the cost of the lunch).

Reserve your seat by email at or call 780-679-1626.

Friday, March 22, 2:15-4:15 p.m., Augustana Chapel
A Celebration of Artistic Resilience

This wrap-up event of the Resilience Symposium will feature Nicholas Howells’ Crowfoot, an innovative and engaging piano composition inspired by his Métis roots and performed by Augustana’s own Milton Schlosser, and Naomi McIlwraith reading from kiyâm, her recently published book of poetry. These performances will be followed by questions from the audience and the final component of the dialogic exploration of their work: a dialogic interview of the artists involved by Dr. Norman Cornett.

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