Events and Conferences

Below is a listing of upcoming and past Global College events and other items of interest from our Institutes and community.

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The Importance of Food Security

Date: September 25, 2017

Time: 5:30-7:30 PM

Location: 2M70, University of Winnipeg

The world today is richer and healthier than ever. Since 1990, hunger and poverty have decreased while agricultural production has doubled. Major strides have been taken to support feeding 9 billion people. Is ending hunger now within our reach? What can we do to maintain our momentum in the fight against malnutrition?

Please join us for this important discussion.

When I Moved to Manitoba: the Strange, the Cold, and the Friendly

Red Threads of Peace Playback Theatre Troop

Date: September 28, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Eckhardt Gramatte Hall, the University of Winnipeg

A lively evening of sharing experiences of immigrating to Manitoba—the good, the challenging, and the heart-warming. Red Threads of Peace will bring stories and memories to life through playback theatre. Playback theatre uses interactive improv as a lens for seeing experiences more clearly and deeply.

This is the 15th event in the “Igbo Educational Lecture Series” (IELS), a collaboration between the Global College since its inception and the “Umunna (Igbo) Cultural Association of Manitoba Inc.” The Igbo people have their ancestral origins from the south-east and mid-west of Nigeria.
To learn more about the IELS, please click here.

Event details also available on Facebook.

Lifting the Veil of Secrecy: Organ Harvesting in China

Lifting the Veil of Secrecy: Organ Harvesting in China

Date: November 8, 2016
Time: Doors at 6:30, Panel starts at 7:00
Location: Eckhardt Gramatte Hall

Global College is hosting a panel discussion on forced organ harvesting of the Falun Gong people in China. The panelists for the evening are:

David Matas, international human rights lawyer based in Winnipeg, Order of Canada. Because of his work on the forced organ harvesting issue of China, Matas was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. Matas has received many human rights awards over the years. Recent notable awards include the Carthage International Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of Manitoba. He is co-author of Bloody Harvest, and co-editor of State Organs and one of the main authors of the most recent updated report on the forced organ harvesting in China.

Dr. Maria Cheung, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba. She is also Research Affiliate of the Centre for Human Rights Research at the U of M. In recent years, Dr. Cheung has been working on human rights research in the area of Falun Gong and forced organ harvesting issue in China. She has received the Merit Award on Research and Scholarly Work , University of Manitoba and CIDA Award for Canadians. Her most recent peer-reviewed publication is on mindfulness and human rights.

Ogai Sherzoi, Chair, Citizens Against Forced Organ Harvesting. Ogai is a Master of Social Work student, U of Manitoba.

South Sudanese Peace Table

South Sudan Women's Peace Table

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: South Sudanese Community Centre, 129 Dagmar Avenue.

Peace Table on Women Building Peace in South Sudan, hosted by Manitoba Women for Women of South Sudan, in cooperation with the Institute for International Women's Rights at The University of Winnipeg Global College, Institute for International Women's Rights - Manitoba, ‎and Rotary World Peace Partners.

For more information on this event, please check out the Facebook event.

CEDAW Canada Review October 2016

Calling feminists and women’s rights advocates in Canada!

Mark October 24-25, 2016 on your calendar!

Are you ready to hold the Canadian government accountable to international women’s human rights obligations?

Do you want to see how the Canadian government is representing their progress on and challenges to women’s human rights implementation in Canada at the United Nations?

On October 25th, the Government of Canada will be assessed on its women’s human rights record by the independent human rights experts of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Geneva.  This is a public and participatory process that will be live webcast.  Feminists and women’s advocates need to show the Government of Canada that we are watching, that we will hold them accountable for what they say, the commitments they make, and that we will follow up on the recommendations made by the CEDAW Committee to ensure decisive action is taken.

How can you get involved?

Watch the livestream to find out what your federal government is saying about women's human rights! Get together with friends, colleagues and advocates to watch together! Share quotes and your thoughts on social media to draw attention to the process!

WATCH: Tune in online:

October 24th, 3 pm Geneva time: hear Canadian NGOs make their statements to the CEDAW Committee

October 25th, starting at 10 am Geneva time:  watch the constructive dialogue between government representatives and the CEDAW Committee experts LIVE. The dialogue continues until 5 pm Geneva time, with a break for lunch.

MAKE NOISE: Draw attention so that the Canadian government knows women are watching and holding them to account, and so that the media covers the CEDAW review:

Use the hashtags:  #Rights4CdnWomen  #CEDAWCAN2016

  1.  NOW!  To share your opinions on important women’s human rights issues in Canada that should be discussed at the session
  2.  During the LIVE dialogue! To share what our government representatives say, and so they know we are watching in order to hold them account!
  3.  After the review! Usually 2-3 weeks later, when the Committee issues its formal recommendations to the Canadian government on their website.  These should be made visible and the government should know we are reading and following up on them!

Watch the FB page and search the hashtags to find out more information and ongoing updates!

Facebook page:

Basic Income in Canada and Australia: Building Political Support and Designing for the Real World

Date: Thursday, November 24. 2016
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Winnipeg Harvest, 1085 Winnipeg Ave

Evelyn Forget, Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
Sid Frankel, University of Manitoba and Campaign 2000
Damon Johnston, Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg
Jennifer Kaighin, Queensland University of Technology
Jennifer Mays, Queensland University of Technology

Email with “BI Symposium Nov. 24 Registration” in the subject line.

For more information, please visit:

Building Feminist Futures: A Conversation with Human Rights Defenders from Burma, Colombia, Iran and Syria

Building Feminist Futures

Date: Monday October 3
Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
Location: Eckhardt-Grammatte Hall

UWinnipeg is hosting a panel discussion on Building Feminist Futures, the realities for the women activists leading movements on the ground, on Monday October 3 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM in Eckhardt-Gramatte’s Hall.  Women human rights defenders from Burma, Colombia, Iran and Syria will share messages of activism and peace. UWinnipeg’s Dr. Sharanpal Ruprai (Women and Gender Studies) will facilitate discussions on what it means to be a feminist leader and activist. This event is free and open to the public.

During this dynamic discussion, four human rights defenders will share stories of their own struggles and triumphs. Their stories include striving to end forced marriage in Syria; banning legalized sex discrimination in Iran; ensuring that Thailand’s Burmese refugees can access the services to which they are entitled; and sharing stories from Colombia’s National Museum of Memory.

This event is supported by The MATCH Fund, the MATCH Manitoba Committee, Nobel Women’s Initiative, and the Institute for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg

Stop! 25 Years of Crimes Against Humanity in Eritrea

Stop! 25 Years of Crimes Against Humanity in Eritrea.

Date: September 25: 5:30 PM
Location: Eckhardt-Grammatte Hall
Event organizer: Eritrean-Canadian Human Rights Group of Manitoba in collaboration with Global College

Join us for guest speaker Dr. Andeberhan Wolde Giorgis, Senior Mediation Specialist/ Political Dialogue Facilitator at European Centre for Electoral Support. He has held extensive senior positions including Eritrea's Ambassador to the DRC, the EU, France, Luxembourg,  Belgium, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands and the UK and Permanent Representative to the UNESCO, IMO and Governor of Bank of Eritrea and other positions. He is the author of a 600 page book titled: "Eritrea at a Crossroads: A Narrative of Triumph, Betrayal and Hope". He resides in Belgium.

The event will commemorate the tens of thousands of Eritreans prisoners of conscience and those who were arrested on September 18, 2001 and never heard from again. It has been 15 years and they still remain incommunicado detention.

Peace Days Documentary Screening: Neuland

Peace Days 2016

September 14: Doors open at 6:30, screening starts at 7:00

Location: Eckhardt-Grammatte Hall

Peace Days will be hosting a screening of the documentary "Neuland" at Eckhardt-Grammatte Hall on September 14th. Neuland follows the life of refugees adjusting to their new life in Switzerland, and their teacher who endeavors to help them find employment. Following the screening, Matt Fast of NEEDS Centre will speak about the refugee mentorship program, which is in need of volunteers. For a full listing of Peace Days events, please click here.

Dialogue on Policing in Multicutural Communities

March 10, 2016 - 6:00pm-9:00pm

Room 2M70, Manitoba Hall

Dialogue on Policing

Participants include:

Abdikheir Ahmed, Immigration Partnership Winnipeg
Assistant Commissioner Kevin Brosseau, RCMP “D” Division Commander
Michael Champagne, Aboriginal Youth Opportunities
Chief Devon Clunis, Winnipeg Police Service
Bilquis Khan, Canadian Council of Muslim Women, RCMP employee
Suenita Maharaj-Sandhu, RCMP Commanding Officer’s Committee on Cultural Diversity
Florence Okwudili, African Communities of Manitoba Inc., Africa Pavilion
Robert-Falcon Ouellette, MP, Winnipeg Centre
Jon Reyes, Filipino community, and RCMP CO’s Committee on Cultural Diversity
Omar Siddiqui, Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute
Maggie Yeboah, President, Ghanaian Union

Middle East Week February 22-26, 2016

Middle East Week

2016 El Tassi Lecture, part of Middle East Week

The Arabs in Israel: The Inaudiable Cry for Full Citizenship

Sayed Kashua, Arab-Israeli journalist and author

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Eckhardt-Gramatte Hall

El Tassi lecture

Prominent Palestinian author and journalist Sayed Kashua is UWinnipeg's 2016 El Tassi Lecturer. Writing in Hebrew, and identifying as a Palestinian citizen of Israel, Kashua is known for his books and humorous columns in the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz.

In a humorous, tongue-in-cheek style, Kashua addresses the problems faced by Arabs in Israel, caught between two worlds. His novel Dancing Arabs has been made into a feature film, and premiered in 2014 at the Telluride Film Festival.