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Introducing the Digital Humanities Café

The DH Café presents a series of short introductory workshops and informal discussion on topics relevant to the basic theories and methods behind digital research in the humanities. The courses cover a broad range of topics, from larger issues in digital research in the academy to specific tools and research techniques.
The DH Café is a partnership between the Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (DHIL) and SFU Library’s Research Commons. The DH Café is also affiliated with KEY, SFU’s Big Data Initiative.
Beginning March 1st and running until April 5th, the DH Café will meet Wednesday afternoons from 3pm – 4pm, alternating between SFU Burnaby and SFU Vancouver (see individual workshops to confirm location).  Workshops can be hosted at other locations by request.
Workshop schedule:
The workshops are free and open to to all, but registration is required.  Please register via the Research Commons Workshops page.
For further information or questions, contact the

Type in Multiple Dimensions: A Lecture and Films by Judith Poirier

Alcuin event with Judith PoirierThe Alcuin Society is pleased to present a free public lecture on March 16, 2017 with Judith Poirier. Judith will discuss the book as a space for design experimentation, and show her experimental films using type and historic printing elements.

Thursday, March 16, 2017
7:00 pm
SFU Harbour Centre
515 W. Hastings St.
Fletcher Challenge Room

Admission free and open to the public. No registration required.

Judith Poirier is a professor of typography & editorial design at École de design, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Montréal, Québec. She is also a filmmaker, and a multiple Alcuin award winner for her own books.

This is a unique opportunity to hear her in Vancouver, for anyone interested in type or book making. Judith is one of three judges for the Society’s 35th upcoming competition, the 2016 Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada.

See the Alcuin Society’s post, and more information about Judith here | Visit Judith’s website and her Vimeo page.

Room magazine launches Growing Room, a feminist literary festival

The Growing Room Festival is Room magazine’s inaugural literary festival, a celebration of diverse Canadian writers and artists.

Growing Room, which will take place March 8, 11-12, 2017 in Vancouver, will mark both International Women’s Day (March 8) and the publication of Making Room: Forty Years of Room Magazine, an anthology of writing by Canadian women and genderqueer writers from the magazine 1975-2016.

The festival will feature more than 40 writers and artists in more than 20 events. Among the line-up are acclaimed writers Amber Dawn, Evelyn Lau, Lorna Crozier, Audrey Thomas, Jen Sookfong Lee, Hiromi Goto, Betsy Warland, and Rachel Hartman, who’ll share the stage with a host of other established and up-and-coming names.

The festival will begin on Wednesday, March 8 with a night of celebration at The Fox Cabaret. All (ages 19+) are welcome to ring in Room’s 40th year and International Women’s Day with drinks, food entertainment, and activities to inspire and fuel your feminism.

Over the festival weekend (March 11 and 12), panels and readings will cover topics such as community building (“Writing in (the) Community”), feminist humour (“Funny Feminists”), writing about pregnancy (“Character Development”) and more. Low-cost writing workshops with veteran writers such as Ontario-based Marianne Apostolides or Kwantlen University’s Jen Currin will help aspiring writers gain valuable skills in small group settings.

To close out the festivities on Sunday, March 12, Vancouver poets Dina Del Bucchia and Daniel Zomparelli (who co-wrote last year’s Rom Com from Talonbooks) will host a live recording of their irreverent podcast, Can’t Lit, with special guests Juliane Okot Bitek and Leah Horlick.

Over the three days of the festival, Growing Room organizers expect an audience of 500+ to flock to Creekside Community Centre and the rooftop events space in their office in Mount Pleasant, where the majority of events will be held. Although the festival has branded itself as feminist, the organizers hope that anyone with a passion for literature will feel welcome to attend. Most panels and readings are recommended for adult audiences, but a workshop on March 12 with Fiona Tinwei Lam (presented in partnership with the Vancouver Public Library) is designed to be ‘intergenerational,’ and participants are encouraged to attend with a family member.

All events are free, with the exception of the workshops ($15-$30 to register) and the launch part on March 8 ($10 cover).

View the event schedule | Register For Events

8th annual Galiano Literary Festival

The 8th annual Galiano Literary Festival on Galiano Island, BC will take place February 17-19, 2017.

There is a brilliant line-up of more than 30 talented Canadian writers from BC, Alberta, and Quebec, including Carmen Aguirre, Gail Anderson-Dargatz, George Bowering, Grant Lawrence, Heather O’Neill, Bev Sellars, Yasuko Thanh, Audrey Thomas and many more.

Print Culture Speakers Series—Slow Print: William Morris and Socialist Print Culture

Dr. Elizabeth C. Miller will be presenting her talk “Slow Print: William Morris and Socialist Print Culture” in Special Collections and Rare Books on Friday, February 10, as part of the Print Culture Speakers Series. Dr. Miller’s talk will reference items from the Library’s Robert Coupe Collection of works by and about William Morris.

This talk situates William Morris within a flourishing, late-nineteenth-century radical print culture that Miller terms “slow print” due to its purposeful rejection of the strategies of mass print production. While Morris’s work as editor for the Socialist League’s newspaper Commonweal in the 1880s has sometimes been considered at odds with his founding of the Kelmscott Press in the 1890s, the two print adventures are united by a shared goal to reclaim the means of print production from a newly consolidated late-Victorian mass print industry.

Simon Fraser University’s outstanding Morris collection, inclusive of radical ephemera as well as Kelmscott volumes and other examples of fine printing, will be on display in conjunction with the talk so the audience can examine the works for themselves.

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Dr. Elizabeth Miller is professor of English at the University of California at Davis. She is the author of numerous articles and essays on Victorian print culture, radical politics in 19th century England, Oscar Wilde, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and more recently ecocriticism and Victorian studies. Dr. Miller’s first book, Framed: The New Woman Criminal in British Culture at the Fin de Siècle (University of Michigan, 2008) examined late Victorian crime narratives to understand the figure of the glamorous New Woman criminal.

In Slow Print: Literary Radicalism and Late Victorian Print Culture (Stanford, 2013), Miller explored Britain’s radical press from 1880-1910; Slow Print won the award for best book of the year from the North American Victorian Studies Association and was an honorable mention for the 2014 Modernist Studies Association best book prize. Her newest work is on ecology and capital in 19th century British literature and culture.

This talk will take place on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm at W.A.C. Bennett Library [SFU Burnaby], Special Collections and Rare Books, Room 7100.

Free event, no registration required.

Robert R. Reid Exhibition & Curators Talk at SFU Library

SFU Special Collections and Rare Books is pleased to announce the Robert R. Reid: “Allied Arts” Affirmative exhibition produced by the CAUSA Research Curators, and located on the 3rd floor and 7th floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library (SFU Burnaby) from January–March 2017.

A fifth generation Canadian (b.1927), Robert R. Reid, at age 14, taught himself to operate a ‘hand press’ –so as to channel his absorbing interest in the practicalities of letterpress printing. His subsequent association with architects, landscape designers, poets, graphic artists (and editors for magazines and journals) has become emblematic of a post-WWII ‘Allied Arts’ Movement in Canada. In 1962, he became the first ‘design practitioner’ to be awarded a Canada Council Visual Arts Award.

Join SFU Library on February 2, 2017, 12:30 to 2:30 pm for a curators talk and reception in Special Collections, Room 7100, W.A.C. Bennett Library.

The Robert R. Reid: “Allied Arts” Affirmative exhibition presents an assemblage of documents generated between 1949 and 2017. Components of the present exhibition will be intermittently replaced (and/or rearranged), in order to maximize the scope of an exploratory curatorial initiative.

Join poets Stephen Collis & Juliane Okot Bitek for a lunchtime reading

Join SFU Library for a lunchtime poetry reading in Special Collections on Thursday, January 26, 2017.
Room 7100, 7th floor of the W.A.C. Bennett Library, SFU Burnaby, BC.

Stephen Collis’s most recent, and seventh, book of poetry is Once in Blockadia (Talonbooks 2016). Currently he is visiting and writing about poet Phyllis Webb. He lives on Coast Salish Territories and teaches poetry at Simon Fraser University.

Juliane Okot Bitek was born in Kenya to Ugandan exiles and now lives in Vancouver. A teacher and UBC doctoral candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies, she is also an essayist and poet whose work has been anthologized and published widely in literary magazines, online and in print. Her powerful and critically praised book of poems responding to the Rwandan genocide, 100 Days, was recently published by University of Alberta Press.

Digital Student Showcase

The upcoming Digital Student Showcase features papers and demonstrations by more than twenty students from SFU and UVic on their work with Digital Humanities tools, theories and methods. A draft of the programme may be viewed here. The event is sponsored by the SFU-UVic Digital Pedagogy Network.

Where: Room 1410 of the Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre (500 Granville Street)

When: January 26, 2017 from 9:15AM to 3:15PM

You are invited to attend all or part of the day. Please RSVP to Deanna Fong: deannaf AT sfu DOT ca

Lunch Poems kicks off 2017 with Ottawa poets Stephen Brockwell & Rob McLennan

Lunch Poems at SFU is a free lunchtime reading series the third Wednesday of every month featuring well-known and up-and-coming poets.

Next Reading on January 18, 2017, 12–1pm in the Teck Gallery at SFU Vancouver’s Harbour Centre campus.

STEPHEN BROCKWELL is an Ottawa poet and end-times entrepreneur. His Fruitfly Geographic won the 2005 Archibald Lampman Award. With Stuart Ross, he co-edited the protest anthology Rogue Stimulus: a Stephen Harper Holiday Anthology for a Prorogued Parliament (Mansfield Press, 2011). His sixth book, All of Us Reticent, Here, Together, was published by Mansfield Press in 2016. Poems have recently appeared in The Puritan, Prism International, the Arc Poetry Magazine Art in the End Times issue, and Inwords. When not making notes in the oxygen-deprived atmosphere of a regional jet, he is trying to survive the cloud economy by keepings head up there.

ROB MCLENNAN is the author of more than thirty trade books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. The Ottawa writer’s most recent titles include The Uncertainty Principle: stories, (Chaudiere Books, 2014) and the poetry collection A perimeter (New Star Books, 2016). An editor and publisher, he runs above/ground press, Chaudiere Books (with Christine McNair), The Garneau Review, seventeen seconds: a journal of poetry and poetics, Touch the Donkey, and the Ottawa poetry pdf annual ottawater. In fall 2015, he was named “Interviews Editor” at Queen Mob’s Teahouse, and recently became a regular contributor to both the Drunken Boat and Ploughshares blogs. He spent the 2007-8 academic year in Edmonton as writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, and regularly posts reviews, essays, interviews and other notices at his website.

Janet Rogers: Poetry Reading at the Vancouver Art Gallery

On January 28, poet Janet Rogers will read from her new book Totem Poles and Railroads, which succinctly defines the 500-year-old relationship between Indigenous nations and the corporation of Canada. Placing poetry at the centre of our current post-residential school/present-day reconciliation reality, Rogers’ poems are expansive and intimate, challenging, thought-provoking and always personal.

This poetry reading will take place in the 4th floor exhibition surrounded by artworks in We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr, adding a new voice to conversation between Assu and Carr.

Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from the Six Nations band in southern Ontario. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia and has been living on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, British Columbia) since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music and script writing. Janet is a radio broadcaster, documentary producer and sound artist. From 2012 to 2015, Janet served as Poet Laureate of Victoria.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 3pm. Free for Members or with Gallery admission.