[csaa-forum] Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies - Public Seminar on Friday, May 30

Samita Nandy info at cmc-centre.com
Fri May 23 01:38:24 CST 2014

The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) cordially invites media
researchers, creative practitioners, and social activists to the second
part of its public seminar series *Moving Forward*. The seminar offers an
opportunity to connect through a Roundtable discussion, film screening, and
exclusive performance on media, diversity issues, and silenced voices at
Toronto's industReal arts room (688 Richmond Street West) from 6 to 10 pm
on Friday, May 30.  The evening opens with a reception honouring
distinguishing participants Sylvia Fraser, Tushar Unadkat, Salvatore Greco,
Mary Fantaske, Michael Sizer, and Heryka Miranda.

An award-winning novelist, a memoirist, a travel writer and a journalist
from *The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star*, Sylvia Fraser has published a
dozen books under her own name. She is probably best known for her 1987
international bestseller, *My Father's House: a Memoir of Incest and of
Healing*, credited as being one of the first to break the taboo on
childhood sexual abuse. She has also written hundreds of magazine articles,
for which she has won numerous awards, including the 2008 Matt Cohen A
Writer's Life Award for her body of work. She has taught creative writing
at Banff Centre and various university workshops, and participated in
extensive media tours across Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

Ryerson University's Mary Fantaske reveals hidden truths in marginal
representations of bodies and abilities. She is an activist and graduate
student from the Department of Communication and Culture at Ryerson
University. Roundtable discussant Salvatore Greco has been an integral part
of the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) RTA School of Media at
Ryerson University. His critical observations and insightful views on Rob
Ford's celebrity status and alternative use of tabloid formats set new
grounds for social justice in media culture. Filmmaker and activist Michael
Sizer shows how the public can use citizen journalism and screens his
ground-breaking film *The Whole World is Watching* after the Roundtable
discussion. The Roundtable also includes internationally celebrated, awards
winning media personality, Tushar Unadkat, holds a Master of Design from
the University of Dundee, Scotland and Honors in Photography from
University of Wolverhampton, England.  CEO and Creative Director of MUKTA
Advertising, Unadkat is honoured with Canada's Trailblazer award at the
12th Annual ReelWorld Film Festival then in 2012.

The event closes with a live performance titled *Stepping Into Her Knowing* by
social change artist and holistic dance practitioner Heryka Miranda. Of
Guatemalan-Mayan/ US American heritage, Heryka Miranda, gives a voice to
the voiceless, subverts disabilities, and honours Indigenous communities
and land defenders through accompaniment, activism and sacred ceremonies
using the expressive dance arts. In 2013 she was the International Guest
Fellow with the award-winning *Dancing Earth* Indigenous Contemporary Dance
Company in Santa Fe, New Mexico and an ambassador of Limitless Productions
that was recently featured among academics, artists and activists at the
Feminist Art Conference (FAC). In August, Heryka begins her graduate
studies in Dance/Movement Therapy and Mental Health Counseling at Lesley
University in Cambridge, MA.

This series is hosted by Holly Larson and moderated by Samita Nandy.
Featured on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Rogers Television
among many more, Nandy holds a PhD on fame from the School of Media,
Culture and Creative Arts (MCCA) at Curtin University in Australia and is
the Director of The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS).

The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) is an international
non-profit organization with cross-disciplinary faculty members,
postdoctoral researchers, and creative practitioners specializing in media
literacy, critical studies of fame and celebrity activism. The centre
facilitates academic and media partnerships with the aim of strengthening
higher education and creative industries, and has been covered by Canada's CTV
National News <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1BR1H9yAU8#t=184> in 2014.

*Date**:* *Friday, May 30 (6 - 9 pm)*
* Location*: industREALarts room (688 Richmond Street West) in Toronto,
*Admission*: $10

For more information on the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies and
subscription, visit www.cmc-centre.com or contact Samita Nandy at
info at cmc-centre.com or 416-985-8887.
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