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On the second Friday of the month, at cSpace, 1721 – 29 Ave SW, Room 310, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Guest speakers will enlighten, inspire and entertain us on selected topics in the arts and humanities.  There will always be time for questions and discussion after the presentation.

Free for members, $5 charge at door for non-members. Guests are welcome. No registration required. Free parking available on the north side of the building and plenty of on-street parking.

Suggestions for speakers are welcome.  Please contact: Carol Gerein; Pat Hogan or Marje Wing 

Coming Presentations 

Friday, April 12

'Clem Martini on Writing Historical Fiction: Consulting the Ouiji Board and the Act of Raising the Dead.'

History fails time and again. Records disappear, ancient libraries burn, artifacts degrade and crumble. As a result, the vital questions we pose in our attempts to surmount the barriers raised by the passage of centuries go unanswered. Yet, what archaeology cannot do on its own may yet be achieved through research-based creativity. Historical fiction is an exercise that is part leg work, part desk work, part séance.

In this presentation Professor Clem Martini will discuss the conjuring required to summon the ancient comedian, Plautus, to the page for his historical novel, The Comedian.  The writings of Titus Maccius Plautus are the earliest Latin Literary works to have survived in their entirety, so he is a historically significant figure, and his plays continue to influence how comedy is expressed today. 

Bio: Clem Martini is an award-winning playwright, novelist, and screenwriter with over thirty plays, and twelve books of fiction and nonfiction to his credit, including the W.O. Mitchell Award-winning Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness, the recently launched The Unravelling, and The Comedian. His texts on playwriting, The Blunt PlaywrightThe Greek Playwright, and The Ancient Comedians are employed widely at universities and colleges across the continent. He currently teaches in the School of Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Calgary.

 When: Friday April 12
 Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
 Where: cSpace Room 310
1721 - 29th Ave. SW

Friday, May 10

Metis Pioneers: Marie Rose Delorme Smith and Isabella Clark Hardisty Lougheed

The author discusses the lives of these two Metis women who were born during the fur trade and who settled in southern Alberta as the fur trade transitioned to a sedentary agricultural and industrial economy.

As Metis matriarchs, Isabella assumed the title Lady Isabella when she established her grand home in Calgary, Beaulieu (Lougheed) House, while Marie Rose assumed the title of Queen of the Jughandle Ranch in Pincher Creek. The lives of these two Metis women provide rare insight into the contributions that Metis women made to the building of the Prairie West.

Doris Jeanne MacKinnon, PhD.

CDP-AH20190510MacKinnon.jpgDoris Jeanne MacKinnon was born on a farm in northeastern Alberta and attended school in the historic town of St-Paul-des-Métis. She has a PhD in Indigenous and post-Confederation Canadian History. An independent researcher and post-secondary educator, she lives in Red Deer, Alberta. 

Photo courtesy of D. MacKinnon
See author's website http://www.dorisjeannemackinnon.ca for reviews of her work and interviews in which she discussed the importance of the life stories of these two women.

 When: Friday, May 10
 Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
 Where: cSpace Room 310
  1721 - 29 Ave. SW

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