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From Pop Culture to High Culture

by Chris Berger A cottage industry of sorts has been made out of deploring the effects of large-scale entertainment on the modern psyche and its tastes and judgment, on its alleged tendency to drain artistic and philosophic depth. This has in turn been sparring with a counter-industry that attacks such considerations and objections as reactionary, antiquarian, and nostalgic, not to mention cranky and stuffy. I … Continue reading From Pop Culture to High Culture

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The Changing Image of the “Self” in the Digital Era (Interview with Marilène Oliver & Daniel Laforest)

by Zosia Czarnecka On February 25th, TEDxUAlberta hosted its second annual conference. We had the opportunity to interview two of the conference’s speakers, Marilène Oliver and Daniel Laforest, about the crossroads of their work. In particular, we were interested in delineating how they each defined the difference between the “self” and the physical body, their thoughts on the implications of the digital era on our … Continue reading The Changing Image of the “Self” in the Digital Era (Interview with Marilène Oliver & Daniel Laforest)

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The Outliner: A Beginner’s Guide to Abstraction (Review)

by Monika Viktorova Mascall Dance’s The Outliner, a performance comprising eight movements, transports us on an immersive, ethereal and, at times, incongruous journey. The dancers, sets, music and costume-prop hybrids combine to tell stories of metamorphosis, of change, of temporality, and of legacy. The first disclaimer for this review is that dance is evocative in a way that is incompletely captured by language. The second … Continue reading The Outliner: A Beginner’s Guide to Abstraction (Review)

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Rethinking our Perceptions and Embracing Change

by Maja Staka Saturday afternoon, Kathryn Lennon, a planner with the City of Edmonton’s CITYlab team, walked onstage to face a crowd of faces shrouded in darkness. Her smile was warm, and her voice unwavering. Pointing towards the PowerPoint behind her, she seemed eager to continue. “So whenever I visit a new city, I end up in Chinatown because I find that there’s a sense … Continue reading Rethinking our Perceptions and Embracing Change

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Proud of Edmonton’s Social Initiatives

by Sareeta Lopez Back in September, the #MakeItAwkward campaign was born. If you don’t know what that is, here’s a description of what happened from the website: Jesse Lipscombe was the victim of a verbal racial attack in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, while he was shooting a PSA for the city downtown. The attack was caught on camera and the video quickly went viral.  Jesse was hurt … Continue reading Proud of Edmonton’s Social Initiatives

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Struggling for Recognition

by Neil Van Horne Finding meaningful work in Canada is especially challenging for refugees As of 2013, more than four in five Canadians believed multiculturalism was a collectively shared value, according to Statistics Canada. It is seen as part of the fabric of our Canadian identity. But it is all too familiar to meet an immigrant who is working well below what their capabilities are … Continue reading Struggling for Recognition

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Cycle this Halcyon Daze

by Nicholas Siennicki Content Warning: Graphic Depictions of Mental Disorder The boy tapped a forefinger against the side of an empty coffee mug, and each stroke spelled out his countenance more obviously than words ever could. She was acutely aware that they had been sitting in silence for what was now fast becoming an uncomfortably long time. Her brain tried to rifle through a rolodex … Continue reading Cycle this Halcyon Daze

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Political Redux: February 14, 2017

by Chris Berger As of this Valentine’s Day, electorates continue their affairs with populism and ethno-nationalism.  Europe in particular has always had its flirtations with fringe elements in mainstream politics, whereas in North America, institutions like First-Past-The-Post have tended, as a general rule, to keep eccentrics both malicious and benign either out of the political spotlight altogether, or reined in by more moderate forces in … Continue reading Political Redux: February 14, 2017