Friday, May 22, 2009

HH Space Booking, UofT Garden Plots, Lit City

May 21st, 2009
Guests on the show:

1. Mahvish Ashraf, Conference & Meeting Services Coordinator at Hart House

At the top of the hour Alexis spoke with Mahvish Ashraf, Conference & Meeting Services Coordinator at Hart House, about some of the beautiful spaces at hart house which are both accessible to the public and available for event bookings.

2. Joel Loughead – Hart House Farm Committee

Hart House Farm committee member Joel Loughead spoke about the expanding garden plots at the farm and on campus. The plots are part of the University of Toronto Campus Agriculture Project, which aims to provide the University community with healthy food and activities, research opportunities, and establish the University as a model for urban sustainability.

3. Day Millman - Coordinator, Programme and Outreach at Hart House

Day spoke about the upcoming event Doors Open Toronto, a city wide event that Hart House is participating in on May 23rd & 24th. The theme for this year is "Lit City", as the weekend will include readings, tours and programming from authors that have used Toronto as a setting in their work.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tamil Protests, Emmanuel Jal, New U 2009, John Tayles

May 14th, 2009
Guests on the show:

1. Siva Vimal

Siva joined us by phone to talk about the Tamil demonstrations that have recently been taking place at Queen's Park and throughout Toronto. Siva outlined the dire situation of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka and spoke about his involvement in the demonstrations.

2. Emmanuel Jal

In keeping with the theme of civil war and its repercussions we aired an interview that Alexis Chapman conducted with Emmanuel Jal, a former sudanese war child. Emmanuel explained his intent to spread a message of peace through his hip hop lyrics, and also touched upon a book he recently released about his story.

3. Jonathan Asmis, Chair of the New U Conference 2009

Jonathan spoke about the upcoming New U Conference 2009 to be held at Victoria college on the St. George Campus. This is an exciting opportunity for UofT student leaders to come together, network and develop new skills.

4. John Tayles, Toronto Singer Songwriter

John Tayles is a musician who performed live Beyond the Classroom earlier in the year. We featured two songs off his debut album, Thoughts out Loud, which he was able to produce after winning and international songwriting competition on John's music was a perfect way to end the show and lead into the May long weekend.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Grad Escapes, Grad Professional Skills Program, South-South: Interruptions and Encounters, Status of Women Office

May 7th, 2009
Guests on the show:

1. Estelle Olivia, Grad Escapes

In 2003, the GSU and Student Life Programs created Grad Escapes, a program of social, cultural, and recreational events designed for busy graduate students. The program has since grown to be extremely successful, selling out the entire 2008 lineup of events. Estelle Olivia spoke about what programming current UofT Grad students can look forward to this summer and how important it is to take a break from the lab or library and explore Toronto's rich cultural scene.

2. Jeff Richardson, Grad Room Programming Coordinator

The Graduate Professional Skills program (GPS) is a new initiative from the School of Graduate Studies that consists of a variety of offerings providing doctoral stream students with a range of optional opportunities for skills development. Jeff Richardson, a former host of Beyond the Classroom who is now the Programming coordinator for Grad Room discussed how GPS can help Grads acquire skills beyond those conventionally learned within disciplinary programs.

3. Tejpal Ajji, Adjunct Curator of Outreach at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery

Tejpal is the co-curator, along with Jon Soske, of the current exhibit South-South: Interruptions & Encounters, which stages an unprecedented intervention by bringing together eight artists whose work is situated at an intersection of African and South Asian history, politics, or culture. Tejpal spoke about the nature of his role as a curator and the inspiration behind bringing South-South to the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery.

4. Cheryl Champagne, Assistant Status of Women Officer at the University of Toronto

Cheryl joined us in studio to talk about the methods and resources available to women at UofT to help prevent sexual assault. Assault Counsellors offer services to students who are in crisis as a result of verbal, physical, and/or sexual assault and other forms of abuse or violence. These services include crisis counselling; psychotherapy for individuals, partners, families and groups; education and training; consultation and referral.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Voice & Energy, HH Aquatics, The Venice Apprentice candidates

April 30th, 2009
Guests on the Show:

1. Jill Cressy, Assistant Program Manager Fitness, Dance, Martial Arts & Sport -Faculty of Physical Education & Health

Jill spoke about summer fitness and the work she does on energy and vocalization.

2. Alex Vickers, Hart House Pool Manager

Alex shared his knowledge of the activites of the Underwater Club. He spoke about the summer dive season and spring programme session, with an emphasis on aquatics.
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3. The Venice Apprentice Candidates:

Jennifer Davis, a second-year graduate student in the Architecture Program, with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture;

Cristina Fogale, an Italian Studies graduate student with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from the University of British Columbia;

Valentine Moreno, a first-year student in the Master of Museum Studies Programme, who has worked in the fields of photography and arts management;

Charlotte Rodon, a French exchange student in the Art and Art History Programme, who holds an undergraduate degree in graphic design from France; and

John Rubino, a second-year student in the Master of Museum Studies Programme, with a background in interior design and art direction for film. *Not able to make the show.

One of the five finalists will be selected to accompany Commissioner Barbara Fischer and Deputy Commissioner Natalie De Vito to the 53rd Venice Biennale. The Apprentice will travel courtesy of Aeroplan and the JMB Gallery, and will work closely with Gallery staff to assist with preparations for the Canada Pavilion during installation leading up to the Biennale’s prestigious Vernissage, the first week of June. The apprentices each spoke about their experience at the JMB Gallery thus far, and what being involved with the Venice Biennale has meant to them.