Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies – Public Seminar – Friday, May 30, Toronto


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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 Round table 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.

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. Ryerson University’s Mary Fantaske reveals hidden truths in marginal representations of bodies and abilities. She is an activist and Masters student from the Department of Communication and Culture at Ryerson University. 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 Reel World 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 in 2014.

Date: Friday, May 30 (6 – 9 pm)
: industREALarts room (688 Richmond Street West) in Toronto, Canada
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@cmc-centre.com or 416-985-8887.

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