Events

Events


Events are invaluable to moving global health forward. They are opportunities to exchange insight, test out new ideas, and make connections.

All Dahdaleh Institute events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.


Calendar

Feb
21
Thu
2019
Darwin's Nightmare | Film Viewing
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Darwin's Nightmare | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

107min | Dir. Hubert Sauper | 2004

What do an invasive fish species and the arms trade have to do with each other? The answer creeps up on you in this documentary about Lake Victoria in the Great Lakes Region.

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The DIGHR is getting an education on the art of moving images. Join us as we watch documentaries, thrillers and experimental films on global health themes. Feel free to bring your lunch and your inner film critic.

Mar
7
Thu
2019
Episode III. Enjoy Poverty | Film Viewing
Mar 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Episode III. Enjoy Poverty | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

90min | Dir. Renzo Martens | 2009

Artist Renzo Martens tells the Congolese their poverty is their greatest asset in this satirical documentary.

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This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Mar
14
Thu
2019
Implementation of Artificial Intelligence in Health Care | Discussion
Mar 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Implementation of Artificial Intelligence in Health Care | Discussion @ DIGHR Boardroom, Dahdaleh Building

Prof. Catherine Régis leads this casual talk hosted by the Global Strategy Lab to broadly discuss implementation of artificial intelligence in health care. Her talk will be followed by a Q&A.

Catherine Régis is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and holds the Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Culture in Health Law and Policy. She is also a researcher at the Centre de recherche en droit public (CRDP). Before joining Université de Montréal, she was a professor at the Université de Sherbrooke’s Faculty of Law, where she directed its graduate program in health law and policies (2008-2012). She holds a Master’s degree in Health Law from Université de Sherbrooke, a Certificate in Clinical Ethics from University of Geneva and a Doctor of Law Degree (S.J.D) from University of Toronto. Her doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Colleen M. Flood, focused on optimizing modes of conflict resolution so as to address health care access problems in Canada. Professor Régis has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1999 and is an accredited mediator.

The recipient of numerous prizes, scholarships and grants from, most notably, the Canada Research Chair program, Canadian health research institutes and the Fonds de recherche Société et culture du gouvernement du Québec, she is frequently called upon to act as a consultant or educator for the health industry. Catherine Régis collaborates with several interdisciplinary and international research teams, notably in the areas of medicine, management and psychology. In addition, she has served on a variety of committees in the health and social services sector, including the consultation forum for the Quebec Commissaire à la santé et au bien-être du Québec (until 2011) and the Quebec Government’s Ethical Committee on Public Health (until 2007). She has also been a visiting professor at Université de Paris V (Paris-Descartes) and at Université de Montpellier I.

Mar
19
Tue
2019
Miners Shot Down | Film Viewing
Mar 19 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Miners Shot Down | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

86min | Dir. Rehad Desai | 2014

Award-winning, thoroughly- researched documentary about the Marikana massacre in South Africa, during which security forces killed striking miners. We’ll watch it the week of the Sharpeville massacre anniversary, to which the Marikana massacre has been compared.

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This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Apr
3
Wed
2019
A.I. and Health Equity: Opportunities and challenges for ethics and policy | External event
Apr 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
A.I. and Health Equity: Opportunities and challenges for ethics and policy | External event @ Urban Space Gallery

Artificial intelligence (A.I.) brings fundamental change in our lives, affecting everything from business to government; working life to personal time. As increasingly sophisticated AI systems are created and used more widely, the effects on our health are unclear.

Effects on labour markets and employment are popular areas of public concern and debate, but the potential societal effects of A.I. extend more broadly. Questions have been raised about fundamental and complex topics such as algorithmic bias, transparency, governance, and inclusion.

This panel will examine diverse topics including ethics, policymaking and the health of our cities.

Our speakers will provide an overview of key A.I. concepts, their cross-cutting policy implications, and consider what health equity considerations we must undertake when thinking about the use of AI in the GTA.

Speakers:
Jennifer Gibson, Director, University of Toronto’s Joint Centre for Bioethics
Vass Bednar, Head of Public Policy, Delphia

Moderated by Kwame McKenzie, CEO, Wellesley Institute

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Doors will open at 6 p.m. Event will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

If cost is a barrier, you require information in an alternative format, or have concerns related to the accessibility of this event, please contact contact@wellesleyinstitute.com.

NOTE: This is not a DIGHR event

Apr
4
Thu
2019
Anote's Ark | Film Viewing
Apr 4 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Anote's Ark | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

77min | Dir. Matthieu Rytz | 2018

The urgency of climate change, at its current pace, is made clear in this documentary as the island nation of Kiribati disappears beneath rising sea levels.

This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

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Apr
12
Fri
2019
The Shape of Water: Women in the Developing World Offer Solutions | Film Viewing
Apr 12 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Shape of Water: Women in the Developing World Offer Solutions | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

70min | Dir. Kum-Kum Bhavnani | 2006

This documentary tells the stories of women in Brazil, Senegal, Israel/Palestine and India working towards justice.

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This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

Apr
18
Thu
2019
The Bleeding Edge | Film Viewing
Apr 18 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The Bleeding Edge | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

99min | Dir. Kirby Dick | 2018

If you can’t get enough of Big Pharma, this Netflix documentary will take you into the similarly terrifying world of the medical device industry.

This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

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Apr
25
Thu
2019
Moolaade | Film Viewing
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Moolaade | Film Viewing @ Boardroom, DIGHR Offices

124min | Dir. Ousmane Sembene | 2004

A nuanced look at female circumcision/female genital mutilation set in Burkina Faso from master filmmaker Ousmane Sembene. Conflict arises when a woman shelters a group of girls who do not want to undergo female circumcision/FGM.

This event is part of Projections: the good, the bad and the weird of global health films. To receive a reminder of this event, click here.

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May
15
Wed
2019
Documentary Film as an Instrument of Social Change
May 15 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Documentary Film as an Instrument of Social Change @ Dahdaleh Institute Boardroom

Mark Terry, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Documentary Film & Global Health, will lead a seminar to introduce his research projects and speak to the role of documentary film in creating social change.

Mark has been producing film and television for the past 25 years. Working closely with the world’s scientific community in Antarctica and the Arctic earned him the recognition of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. His two films – The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning and The Polar Explorer – were made in partnership with UNEP and both premiered at the Climate Change Conferences in Copenhagen and Cancun. Together, both films have won 19 international film awards for excellence.

Read more about his projects, Documentary Film World, The Changing Face of Iceland, Youth Climate Report, and Ecological Footprint Health Indicators, which he works on with Planetary Health Research Fellow Byomkesh Talukder.

Oct
16
Wed
2019
Mark Terry Delivers Keynote at Literary and Cultural Discourses on Mobility
Oct 16 – Oct 18 all-day
Mark Terry Delivers Keynote at Literary and Cultural Discourses on Mobility @ University of Göttingen, Germany

The workshop "Literary and Cultural Discourses on Mobility" explores mobilities in any cultural, historical, and (trans-)medial scene and configuration, and follows the dynamics of ideas, texts, images, affects, styles, things and objects, and people on the move over real and imaginary spaces and boundaries. It is especially concerned with representations and discourses of mobility across different periods, cultures, genres, and media and the techniques that render the aesthetic object mobile in all kinds of translations, adaptations, and networks of transfer and transformation. Finally, mobility has itself proven to be a ‘travelling concept’ (Bal 2002) that mobilises inter- and transdisciplinary research and suggests new routes across disciplinary terrains.

Dahdaleh Institute Postdoc Mark Terry will deliver the Keynote Address, entitled Audience Mobilization: New Approaches to Documentary Film Engagement.

Dec
2
Mon
2019
Mark Terry Speaks at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25)
Dec 2 – Dec 7 all-day
Mark Terry Speaks at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) @ Madrid, Spain

The UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 (2 – 13 December 2019) will take place under the Presidency of the Government of Chile and will be held with logistical support from the Government of Spain. SBSTA 51/ SBI 51 will take place 2-9 December 2019. The pre-sessional period is from 25 November - 1 December 2019. The President-Designate for the conference is Ms. Carolina Schmidt Zaldivar, Minister of Environment of Chile.

The conference is designed to take the next crucial steps in the UN climate change process. Following agreement on the implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement at COP 24 in Poland last year, a key objective is to complete several matters with respect to the full operationalization of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Dahdaleh Institute Postdoc Mark Terry will be speaking on youth engagement through film at the Youth Climate Action Day on December 5, conducting a press conference on December 3, and presenting the winning videos for this year's Global Youth Video Competition.

Mar
13
Fri
2020
Book Launch | The Geo-Doc: Geomedia, Documentary Film, and Social Change
Mar 13 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Book Launch | The Geo-Doc: Geomedia, Documentary Film, and Social Change @ Arts & Letters Club

Join the Dahdaleh Institute and Postdoc Mark Terry to celebrate the release of his new book, The Geo-Doc: Geomedia, Documentary Film, and Social Change.

Based on his PhD thesis, the book introduces the Geo-Doc as a new form of documentary film designed to maximize the influential power of the documentary film as an agent of social change.


Author

Mark Terry is the Postdoctoral Fellow, Documentary Film & Global Health at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, cross-appointed at the Faculties of Health and Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto. He has worked throughout the global Arctic serving as the Scientist-in-Residence on Adventure Canada’s circumnavigation of Iceland (2018), making the first documented film of a crossing of the Northwest Passage, The Polar Explorer (2011), and teaching at Arctic universities in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. He has also worked in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey and the National Antarctic Scientific Center of Ukraine documenting this research in the film The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning (2009).

As a member of The Explorers Club, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the Canadian Council for Geographic Education, the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Mark teaches and speaks regularly about the environmental issues affecting the fragile eco-systems of the polar regions and, by extension, the world.


Synopsis

This book introduces a new form of documentary film: the Geo-Doc, designed to maximize the influential power of the documentary film as an agent of social change. By combining the proven methods and approaches as evidenced through historical, theoretical, digital, and ecocritical investigations with the unique affordances of Geographic Information System technology, a dynamic new documentary form emerges, one tested in the field with the United Nations. This book begins with an overview of the history of the documentary film with attention given to how it evolved as an instrument of social change. It examines theories surrounding mobilizing the documentary film as a communication tool between filmmakers and policymakers. Ecocinema and its semiotic storytelling techniques are also explored for their unique approaches in audience engagement. The proven methods identified throughout the book are combined with the spatial and temporal affordances provided by GIS technology to create the Geo-Doc, a new tool for the activist documentarian.


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