iEngage kicked off the pilot project in May, 2015.

Join us at our opening event this weekend (May 1-3): iEngage!

  • see creative projects to inspire your own explorations
  • hear about similar projects and approaches to research
  • talk about the environmental and social realties at play in Cape Breton
  • try your hands at some creative and scientific practices

To participate, send an email to with the subject line iEngage Registration. Tell us your name and which days you plan to attend (see schedule below), and we’ll get a snazzy iCreate Cape Breton bag ready for you! Registration and most events will take place in the Verschuren Centre on the CBU campus (that’s the building with the windmills out front!), and food is provided during the day (including gluten free and vegetarian options).

iEngage Schedule (exact times subject to change)

Friday, May 1

  • 6:00PM – launch of Jill Woelfer’s Music is My Life: An Art Exhibit by Homeless Young People.
    • At 6:30, Dr. Woelfer will talk about her engagement with homeless young people in Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC and the design and progress of Music is My Life to date.

Saturday, May 2

  • 9:00 – Keynote
    • Dr. William Garrett-Petts “Artistic Inquiry and Community-Engaged Research: Lessons Learned from Directing Two Community-University Research Alliances”
  • 10:00 – iHuman, the Edmonton-based organization that inspired iCreate
    • Catherine Broomfield “Leading Through Resilience”
    • Sandra Bromley “A Grassroots Beginning and The Power of Art”
  • 11:15 – iCreate Pilot Concepts: Integrative Science, Arts-based Research, and Slow Violence
    • Dr. Rod Beresford “Science Education and Research with Communities”
    • Dr. Diane Conrad “Uncensored: Participatory Arts-based Research with Youth
    • Dr. Adrian Ivakhiv “From Ecological Sacrifice Zones to a Global Movement of Movements”
  • 1:15 – Science of the Environment in Cape Breton
    • Dr. Martin Mkandawire “Slow Violence from Mine and Mining Processing in Sydney Coalfield: Legacy of Mining in Industrial Cape Breton”
    • Dr. Ken Oakes “Environmental Contamination as a Form of Slow Violence: Legacy of Coal Coking and Steel Production in Industrial Cape Breton”
    • Dr. Bruce Hatcher “Preventing Slow Violence in the Bras d’Or Biosphere”
  • 2:30 – Oral History: Between Fact and Story
    • Dr. Andrew Parnaby “Life Among the Ruins: An Historical Perspective in Industrial Cape Breton”
    • Dr. Ian Brodie “Did you hear the one about..? What a Folklorist Does”
  • 3:30 – Multi-Media and Art Workshop (create  art from provided materials illustrating your own developing ideas about slow violence and resilience in industrial Cape Breton)
    • Dr. Tanya Brann-Barrett “Exploring Youth Experiences and Perceptions of Community through Art-Making”
  • 7:00-11:00 – All ages costume dance ($5 cover) at St. Theresa’s Hall, St. Peters Rd
    • Sponsored by project supporters Artisync, along with the Local NPC

Sunday, May 3

  • 10:00 – Slow Healing for Slow Violence : Cultivating Compassion with Documentary Media
    • Finn Yarbrough
  • 10:45 Engaging Sound Workshop
    • Dr. Adrian Ivakhiv and Dr. Marcia Ostashewski
  • 12:45 Theatre Workshop
    • Todd Hiscock
  • 2:15 Science Workshop
    • Jessica MacSween
  • 3:15 Squad Meetings

Note that on Sunday, the documentary squads will split off for focused training at 11AM.

Watch this space for more information about iCreate events coming up throughout May and June, including:

  • Weekly cafe talks hosted around the CBRM featuring local and visiting experts
  • A closing symposium and presentation of youth-team creations (June 12)

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