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CALL Cafés are monthly get-togethers where members can socialize, learn about and sign up for interest groups, propose new interest groups, and have a short, stimulating program ( a speaker, or some other sort of participatory event). Free for members. Guests are welcome; donation appreciated. No registration.

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  • Monday, May 11th, Rosedale Community Centre,
    901 – 11th Ave. N.W., 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Women Who Crossed the Line: Fighting for Homes in the Prairie Wests

Women, like men, sought to find new opportunities in the West: the opportunity to vote, to own land, and to protect their property. This talk will examine their options as homesteaders in the Canadian and U.S. Wests, their efforts to win political rights and to use them. Such efforts required crossing the boundary between private domesticity and public activism, and sometimes crossing national and international boundaries as well.

Betsy Jameson has held the Imperial Oil-Lincoln McKay Chair in American Studies at the University of Calgary since 1999. Prof. Jameson has written five well-received books, including The Women’s West (1987) and Writing the Range: Race, Class and Culture in the Women’s West” (1997), both with Susan Armitage, eds, and One Step Over the Line: Toward a History of Women in the North American Wests, with Sheila McManus, eds. (2008). She is currently the President of the Western History Association.

  • Monday, June 8, Rosedale Community Centre,
    901 – 11th Ave. N.W., 1:00-3:00 p.m.

The Wall Disease

For his latest book, Walls: Travels along the Barricades, (2013), author Marcello Di Cintio, traveled to communities living alongside border walls, fences and other physical barriers. Di Cintio’s talk will reveal the trauma—both physical and psychological—that these structures impose on those who live in their shadows.

Marcello Di Cintio is an author and journalist whose latest book Walls: Travels along the Barricades (2013) won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize. He lives in Calgary, where he was born and raised, with his wife and young son.

  • Monday, July 13, Rosedale Community Centre,
    901 – 11th Ave. N.W., 1:00-3:00 p.m.

The Art and Science of Singing

What is responsible for such a range of speaking and singing voices, and how does this play out across different languages? How can operatic singers project their voices so well, even at lower registers and diminished volume?  What does the latest science tell us?

Come join international operatic baritone, Don Bell, as he enthusiastically investigates these and other vocal mysteries.  After his operatic career, Don spent over 30 years as a professor at the U of Calgary, specializing in vocal research.