Sept. 7, 2012: OPIRG’s Alternative Welcome Week with Mohammed Almoayad and OPIRG board member Nadheera Panamaldeniya

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The usual welcome week fare has come and gone for the most part, and while it is important to have fun and be made welcome here, it’s also necessary to realize that university life, as full as it is with classes and assignments, is also a place of critical investigation in all aspects of human affairs. With governments and global corporations demanding workers, students, and progressive elements of civil society in general be hustled out of the decision making process, it’s critical that university students be exposed to issues that are perhaps not quite on their radars yet.

That’s why OPIRG Windsor organizes an Alternative Welcome Week. This year it kicked off today (Monday, Sept. 10) at 11AM  with a Campus Solidarity Walk at OPIRG House, 372 California Ave., which is right next to the Campus Community Garden. Here on this campus OPIRG Windsor’s mandate is to “promote education, research and action on environmental and social justice issues” so to create a more just and equitable campus, city, and world.  With me in the studio was Mohammed Almoayad, founder of the Palestinian Solidarity Group on campus and he is the Arts and Social Science councilor on the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance, and OPIRG board member Nad Panamaldeniya. We spoke about the Alternative Welcome week and other issues on campus. Especially relevant are some changes to times of  events and some documentary films:

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Here, Nad briefly describes the Swap Meet happening Thursday, Sept. 13 from 9 to 4:00: 

Change ups to the film screenings:

The 7PM screening on Tuesday, Sept. 11 will be “Dive”

The 7PM screening on Thursday Sept. 13 will be “Tales from the G20”


Windsor Food Not Bombs Potluck and Kick Off Meeting

Join us for our first ever meeting! We are launching the Food Not Bombs Windsor chapter on Tuesday 6:00pm, September 11th 2012. Join us for great food, new friends and help us organize for social justice in Windsor/Essex.

Tuesday 6:00pm, September 11th 2012
Windsor Workers Action Centre
 328 Pelissier

* Introduction
* Strategies for Donations
* Building Donation drop-boxes
* Vegetarian Potluck

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We are asking all those who support U.S. Iraq War resister Kimberly Rivera and her family to send a letter to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney asking that she be allowed to stay in Canada.

SEND AN EMAILHERE. Or you can write a letter and mail it to:
325 East Block, House of Commons, Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

And, if you haven’t already done so, phone the Jason Kenney and let him know that you want Kimberly Rivera to stay.

Office of the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration: 613.954.1064 (9-5 EST)

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The Humanities Research Group will present thought-provoking discussion during Humanities Week, September 10 to 14 on the University of Windsor campus.

 Physics professor Gordon Drake, principal of Canterbury College, will analyze current thinking on the topic of free will in his free public lecture “Free Won’t,” at 4 p.m. Monday, September 10, in Alumni Hall’s McPherson Lounge. Dr. Drake will examine some of the underlying assumptions that may not necessarily be correct within the context of science, religion, and artificial intelligence.

 Dr Drake will join Leo Groarke, Martin Morf and Stanley Cunningham for a roundtable discussion on free will Thursday, September 13, at 7 p.m. in the Freed Orman Centre, Assumption University.

 The School of Dramatic Art will co-sponsor a presentation by Samantha Holdsworth, entitled “Artistic Practice and Social Change.” Exploring the role of arts practice and its potential to generate positive social change in communities, Holdsworth will explain how she has come to define herself as a “creative entrepreneur” and how this approach has developed her understanding of participatory arts practice and encouraged her to challenge traditional systems of working. Her talk is set for 10 a.m. Friday, September 14, in the Studio Theatre, Jackman Dramatic Art Centre.

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Sept 14 – Erb Speaker Series: Bill McKibben to present “350: The Most Important Number in the World”

 4:30-5:30 pm, Rackham Auditorium, followed by a book signing

 William “Bill” McKibben is America’s preeminent environmentalist, author, and journalist. In 2010, the Boston Globe referred to McKibben as “probably the nation’s leading environmentalist” and Time magazine described him as “the world’s best green journalist.”

 This presentation is free, open to the public and co-sponsored by the following U-M partners: Graham Institute, Interdisciplinary Committee on Organizational Studies (ICOS), School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), Department of Organizational Studies and the Barger Leadership Institute.


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