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The opinions expressed in the presentations are that of the presenters and do not represent those of Niagara College staff. The Living Library series is an opportunity for open dialogue to occur in a respectful manner.

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Living Library Event #6 - Adam Shoalts

  Environmental / Sustainability event, a talk with Adam Shoalts

 (Moderator: Evan DiValentino, Associate Dean, Niagara College School of Environment & Horticulture)

 ncLibraries and Learning Commons were excited to announce that Adam Shoalts was our speaker for an environmental / sustainability-focused perspective for the 6th Living Library Zoom event on October 12, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 Adam Shoalts is a professional explorer and national best-selling author. In 2013, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society for “extraordinary contributions to geography” and in 2017 completed a nearly 4,000 km solo journey across Canada’s Arctic. A geographer and historian, he holds a Ph.D. from McMaster University, has participated in numerous archaeological digs, and undertakes solo expeditions in the most remote wilderness areas. He is the Westaway Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and in 2016 was named a national champion of the Trans-Canada Trail.

The highly anticipated, incredible story of Adam’s nearly 4,000 km solo journey across Canada’s Arctic.  A #1 bestseller on Amazon and voted a “best book of the year” by Indigo.

Adam's books are available at the library to borrow: A history of Canada in ten maps ||  Alone against the north  ||  The whisper on the night wind  ||  Beyond the trees .

Link to recording: Zoom recording

Niagara College insideNC Announcement

Additional Resources:  https://adamshoalts.com/  ||  https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/light-pollution  || Environmental Management and Assessment subject guide

Streaming video: https://adamshoalts.com/expeditions/

Living Library Event #5 - Jolie Phuong Hoang

  Asian Heritage Month -- A Conversation With Jolie Phuong Hoang

   (Moderator: Alexander McGlashan, Niagara College professor, School of Technology)

  Jolie Phuong Hoang is a math professor at Niagara College. She has written several books, available to borrow from the library: Anchorless & Three funerals for my father. She escaped Vietnam in 1983 with five siblings and settled in Canada in 1984. Writing is her concealed passion that has patiently waited for the right time to reveal itself. Her debut novel, Anchorless (2019), received First Prize, Literary Fiction North Street Book Prize; Honorable Mention San Francisco Book Festival; Runner-Up New England Book Festival; and, Bronze Medal Wishing Shelf Book Awards.

Her 2020 essay, June Sisters, made the short list of Surrey International Writers' Conference. Her most recent novel, Three Funerals for My Father, CBC Books recommended as 1 of 57 works of Canadian nonfiction to read for Fall 2021. Jolie lives with her daughters in Fonthill, Ontario.

This event was held on May 18, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Click HERE to access a recording of the presentation.

News Release: Niagara College Announcement

Jolie's website: https://www.joliehoang.com/

Additional resources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9Gi75r2-Ko // Anti-Asian Discrimination Subject Guide .

Living Library Event #4 - Tracey Deer, Director and Co-writer of Beans

  Living Library with Tracey Deer, Director and Co-writer of Beans

 A highlight of Indigenous Awareness Month 2021 was the Nov. 24 Living Library Zoom event from 2-4 p.m. with Tracey Deer, Director and Co-writer of the award-winning film Beans, which shines the spotlight on the turbulent Indigenous uprising that tore Quebec and Canada apart for 78 days during the Oka Crisis in 1990. Indigenous Education and the ncLibraries and Learning Commons were excited to announce that Karl Dockstader from the One Dish, One Mic radio program joined the event to lead the conversation about the film’s important messages on treaty rights and relationships.

Link to recording: Living Library- BEANS: A Conversation with Tracey Deer by Hosted by Karl Dockstader

Streaming video: BEANS by Tracey Deer Call Number: Criterion on Demand, Publication Date: 2020

Living Library Event #3 - Empress Claudia Silva

  Pride Niagara - Spilling the Tea: A Conversation With Empress Claudia Silva

  Niagara native, drag personality, pageant coordinator, event planner, entertainer, activist, and community influencer “The Empress” Claudia Silva is your friendly neighbourhood Empress with an inherited insight of shiny things. “The Empress” operates out of the Niagara Region, performing, and fundraising with LGBTQ+ organizations across Canada / United States over the past 20 years. A regular face and voice behind countless microphones of Niagara one-time gay nightlife and co-host of Niagara Region’s Original Drag brunch, the infamous “Drag it to Brunch” and Pride Niagara’s online series Spilling the Tea. “The Empress” describes herself as fun, single and recommends you do not touch her hair.

Pride Niagara is a celebration of Niagara’s sexual and gender diverse community and its supporters. With a board of directors made up of Niagara’s diverse community members and allies, we provide social activities and information for the LGBTQ+ Niagara Region. Celebrating our LGBTQ+ heritage and building traditions together.

This event was held on June 18, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Click HERE to access a video recording of the presentation.

Niagara Release: Niagara College Announcement

During the talk, "The Empress" made several references to local businesses and drag performers, listed below.

Local businesses: Positive Living Niagara || Mason Coates - Local LGBTQ+ Life Coach || Quest Community Health Centre || SPNN - Senior Pride Network of Niagara || The Vegan Hippie Chick || The International Court System || The Niagara Region LGBTQ+ Women's Group || Mahtay Café & Lounge || Klawe Kouture || Dine Niagara

Local Drag Performers: Liberty Stands || Izzy Straight Silva || Nathan Silva Drake || Macy Manolo || Katana || Raven S Klawe || Zara || Queen Mother Rhonda Richards || Shada Black

Living Library Event #2 - Sherri Darlene

Justice 4 Black Lives Niagara - A Conversation With Sherri Darlene

Sherri Darlene, Niagara region anti-racism activist and organizer, led a Justice 4 Black Lives protest with over 3,000 participants on June 6, 2020, in Niagara Falls, ON. Her Living Library discussion drew from her own experiences, as well as themes discussed in the books Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race & White FragilitySherri also led the College community through questions on systematic racism, anti-racism, and how to be an ally.

This event was held February 23, 2021, 1:30pm to 3:00pm.

Click HERE to access a video recording of the presentation. 

News Release: Niagara College Announcement

Living Library Event #1 - One Dish One Mic Podcast

One Dish One Mic FlyerWe Are All Treaty People: One Dish One Mic

One Dish One Mic podcasters, Sean VanderKlis and Karl Dockstader, won the Canadian Journalism Foundation-CBC Indigenous Fellowship Award in 2020. Their dynamic Living Library conversation touched on treaties, Indigenous land rights, and Canadian identify. 

This event was held in partnership with the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs and the Niagara College Indigenous Education department. December 1st, 2020, 2pm to 4pm.

Click HERE to access the video recording of the presentation. 

News Releases: Niagara College Announcement, Education News Canada

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