Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Have you got your tickets yet?

(a film still from The Green Wave which will be playing at this year's International Human Rights Watch Film Festival in Toronto)

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, theye give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Their rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

Each year, Human Rights Watch host an International Human Rights Watch Film Festival which travels to all corners of the world, including Toronto. The festival highlights the work of the organization by bringing to the forefront issues of human rights abuses qround the world.

Film is a great medium in which these issues can be discussed provides a forum for which we can all become aware.

This year's festival will showcase an array of amazing films that cover issues from the Green Revolution in Iran (The Green Wave) to the case of Omar Khadr, a 25-year old Canadian citizen who has been in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp since he was only 14 (You Don't Like the Truth), as well as many, many others.

Student representatives from the Ryerson Human Rights Watch Film Festival Commitee will be selling discounted $5 tickets for students in the Credit Union Lounge so be sure to check out this year's festival schedule and pick up tickets at this fabulous discounted rate while you still can.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Arteries 2011 Presenters Selected

Sorry for my absense... the Student Life Team has been busy hosting a leadership conference for lower-level Faculty of Arts students and planning lots of other exciting opportunities for the rest of the semester. But I'm back and will do my best to start blogging regularly again.

After being carefully reviewed by a panel of 3 faculty members and 3 students, the papers for the 2011 Arteries Undergraduate Research Conference. You can read the paper abstracts as well as bios of the presenters on the Arteries website now. Check them out and start planning which ones you're going to watch on March 4th because remember, Arteries is a drop-in event so you can attend only those papers that match your schedule and interests.

Arteries 2011
When: Friday, March 4th from 10am-6:00pm, followed by a reception
Where: Oakham House, Thomas Lounge and Room A/B
Free admission.
Lunch is provided.
Open to everyone (so bring your non-Ryerson friends)
A schedule will be posted shortly.