LIFE IN THE SOIL March 7-9th 2017

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Tuesday March 7

5:30 – 9pm   Keynote Event:

Intro and welcome – Collaborating with Life Team, Theresa Sims


Ruth Lapp, PhD Student, Queens University, Cultural Studies

Robert Lovelace, Continuing Adjunct Queens University, Global Development Studies, retired Chief of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation

Gardening as Insurrection

The garden is both spatially and temporally suited for considering the meaning of and engaging in insurrection.  In this presentation we will explore the phenomenon of the garden as history/story, sanctuary/dwelling: a site of provisioning and renewal.  We will consider how the meaning of ‘rising up’  – insurrection – occurs at multiple spatial and temporal levels of the garden – including with soil, the plants (weeds and domesticated) with the humans that tend it — within the historical and global context of colonization.  This presentation will seek to integrate the theoretical and practical aspects of what it means to ‘rise up’ in order to enact processes of re-indigenization and decolonization.

Followed by a discussion of soil samples from local vineyards (collected by Dr. Maria Cioppa, UofW, Environmental Sciences) while enjoying tastes of local wines facilitated by grower Scott Wilkins, and Adam Graham from Coopers Hawk Vinyard.

Location: Gallery, School of Creative Arts, Lebel building


Wednesday March 8:

10am – 12pm  Soil Microscopy workshop 

With Dr. Jennifer Willet

Location: Incubator Lab, Room 135 and 135 A, School of Creative Arts, Lebel building

12pm – 1pm  Reawakening – Performance, Kacie Auffret

Location: Gallery, School of Creative Arts, Lebel building

2 – 4pm   Panel 1

Dr. Jeffrey Howard – Associate Professor, Department of Geology, Wayne State University – Anthropogenic Soils in Urban Settings

Steve Green – Windsor Community Garden Network – Above, Below

Nicole Clouston – PhD student, York University Visual Art – The Enmeshed Self

Location: School of Creative Arts -Room 115


6 – 8pm   Earth MovesMovement Workshop

 With Anh Nguyen, Artistic Director/ Choreographer, and HNM Dance Centre

*Location: HNM DANCE CENTRE, 1641 Ouellette Ave (Ouellette and Tecumseh)


Thursday March 9th:

10 – 11:30am  Panel 2

Lisa Hirmer – Independent Artists,  Pile, Hole, Bog

Dr. Maria Cioppa, Associate Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences U Windsor – Soils of Essex County: geology, glaciers and wine!

Theresa Sims -Upper Mohawk, Turtle Clan; Cultural Resource Coordinator, Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre, Windsor

Location: School of Creative Arts -Room 115

1 – 4pm  Deep Earth Treatment Centre Workshop

With Alana Bartol and Amanda White, Details TBA

Closing remarks 

Location: Gallery, School of Creative Arts – Lebel building