WORDS: London's Inagural Literary and Creative Arts Festival
In October, the Public Humanities at Western joined forced with a number of campus and community partners to introduce Words, London’s inaugural festival of creativity through the written and spoken word. The three-day festival featured emerging as well as established artists and creative thinkers from London, Canada, and beyond, showcasing new works and world-leading ideas to spark debate and ignite the imagination. Speakers and performers included Joe Sacco, Mark Kingwell, Vincent Lam, Guy Vanderhaeghe, Joan Barfoot and many more. View the WORDS website
"TIFF: From Local Festival to Global Brand"
Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival
March 28, 2014 at Museum London
Presented by Museum London, the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities, and the Public Humanities at Western.
Cameron Bailey is the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, and a member of the Advisory Board for the School of Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities at Western. Since 2008 he has been responsible for the overall vision and execution of the Festival's selection. Bailey began programming for Toronto in 1990 and worked both as a film programmer and film critic for 20 years before taking on his current role. Bailey wrote about cinema for Toronto's weekly NOW Magazine from 1988-2007, and was a long-time critic for CBC Radio and CTV's national morning television program, Canada AM.
From 1998-2002 Bailey also co-hosted the international film program across Canada on the Showcase Review. As a programmer and curator he has organized film series for the National Gallery of Canada, Cinematheque Ontario and Australia's Sydney International Film Festival. He has served on many film festival juries around the world, including most recently at the Beijing International Film Festival and South Korea's Busan Film Festival, as well as the Pan-African Film Festival in Burkina Faso, and other festivals from Antalya to Zanzibar.
Born in London, England, Bailey migrated first to Barbados then to Canada as a child. He studied English Literature at Western University and cinema at York University. He also holds an Honorary Degree from Humber College. In 2007, Bailey was a part of the delegation accompanying Canadian Governor-General Michaelle Jean on her State Visit to Brazil, where he led a discussion on transnational cinema. He has been a guest speaker at several Canadian universities, the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard University and the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2011, he gave the annual William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture at the Heritage Toronto Awards.
Bailey sits on the board of Tourism Toronto and is a former board member of the Ontario Film Development Corporation and the Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum. In 2010-2011, he was co-chair of the Arts & Culture Working Group of Toronto's CivicAction. He was also a member of the Creative Capital group that prepared a Mayor's Report on Toronto's cultural sector.
Trudeau Foundation Lecture:
"The individualization of war: protection, liability, and accountability"
March 25, 2014 at 5 pm in Conron Hall
Jennifer Walsh (Oxford) is the 2006 Trudeau Fellow. Presented by Western University, the Trudeau Foundation and the Public Humanities at Western.