The 2019 Stapleford Lecture


Disability, Art and Activism
Presented by Dr. Nancy Hansen (Professor of Disability Studies | University of Manitoba)

Wednesday 20 March 2019, 7:00 pm
Reseach and Innovation Centre, RI 119
The University of Regina

View this lecture on YouTube.

Disability is largely absent or invisible from the cultural artistic landscape. When disability is present, disabled people often find themselves caught amongst narratives focusing on the ‘therapeutic’ benefits of artistic engagement and/or the ‘inspirational’ nature of their artistry – neither of which may be appropriate. Yet this type of discourse is endemic of the corrective condescension prominent in the traditional, medicalized, and ableist doctrine dominating our social-cultural understandings of disability. Yet these are interesting and exciting times for disabled people, as scholars, allies and constituents alike find themselves in the midst of an ongoing cultural recovery project – discovering, uncovering creating and reshaping the artistic landscape in a very different way.

All are welcome and parking is free. Refreshments will be served. For more information please call 306-585-4226.

About Nancy Hansen

Nancy Hansen, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Director of the Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Disability Studies at the University of Manitoba. Nancy obtained a PhD (Human Geography) from the University of Glasgow. Her research interests in disability studies are varied including; disability in spaces of culture education, literacy social policy, employment healthcare access and experiences of disabled and LGBTQ communities in post-conflict areas. Nancy is a former member of the Member CAUT Working Group Academics with Disabilities and Equity Committee, former President of the Canadian Disability Studies Association. Nancy received an Einstein research fellowship examining Disability Studies and the Legacy of Nazi Eugenics. Nancy received the ICUF Sprott Asset Management Scholarship examining disability history. She has recently received a Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship. She is co-editor of the Routledge History of Disability Untold Stories: A Canadian Disability History Reader. In addition, Nancy has written numerous book chapters and contributed to various international academic journals.

About the Stapleford Lecture

Each winter, the Faculty of Arts is pleased to present the annual Stapleford Lecture, a free lecture funded through the generosity of the Ernest William Stapleford and Maude Bunting Stapleford Lecture Fund. This endowed trust was provided to the University of Regina by Dr Elsie Stapleford, as a memorial to her parents. The endowment allows the Faculty of Arts to bring a distinguished guest lecturer to the University to speak in the area of human justice, the status of women, the education and care of children, the rights of disadvantaged groups, and/or the history and art of Saskatchewan.

Rev. Ernest Stapleford (1874-1959) was the president of Regina College from 1915-1934. He guided the college through the crisis of World War I and the economic depression of the 1930s. He was one of the formative presidents of this institution. His wife, Mrs. Maude Stapleford (1884-1962) was very active and engaged in the community, and took a particular interest in the arts, and in the advancement of women's and children's rights. Daughter Dr Elsie Stapleford helped create and implement the Ontario Day Nurseries Actof 1946, which provided provincial government funding for day care centres, and implemented licensing and inspection measures. As Director of the Day Nurseries Branch, Dr. Stapleford made the Ontario program a model, and helped to transform the way child care is thought of and delivered in this country. Elsie Stapleford passed away in 2004.

Past Stapleford Lectures

Past Stapleford Lecturers have included Zarqa Nawaz, creator of the hit CBC show Little Mosque on the Prairie; Nettie Weibe, noted thinker and social activist; and playwright/author Maria Campbell.

2018: Are Prisons Canada's New Residential Schools?
by Nancy Macdonald, National Reporter, The Globe and Mail
View lecture on YouTube

2017: The Gender of Homesteading: Women and the Contest for Land on the Canadian Prairies

by Dr. Sarah Carter, Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of History and Classics and the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta

2016: Ronald Bloore & The Art of Provocation
by Timothy Long, head curator, Mackenzie Art Gallery
View the 2016 Stapleford Lecture on YouTube.

2015: The Fierce Urgency of Now: Global Education as a Gateway to Creating Critically Informed, Motivated and Globally Competent Citizens
by Dr. Michael O'Sullivan, grandson of Rev. Stapleford and Associate Professor at Brock University
View the 2015 Stapleford lecture on Youtube.  See the 2015 Stapleford poster (230 KB) pdf

2014: Senate Reform: is it necessary and can it be done?
by Dr. Gordon Barnhart, historian and former Lt. Gov. of Saskatchewan
View 2014 poster (230 KB) PDF

Listen to this year's lecture.

2013: Librarians Unplugged: How and why librarians are speaking out about crucial social issues
by Toni Samek, School of Library and Information studies, University of Alberta.
View 2013 Stapleford Lecture  poster (566 KB) PDF
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2012: One Law for All: Understanding Canada's indigenous constitution
by Dr. John Borrows, Professor and Robina Chair in Law and Society, University of Minnesota Law School
View 2012 lecture poster (984 KB) PDF

2011: Islam, Gender and the Future of Multicultural Citizenship
by Mohammad Fadel, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto
View 2011 lecture poster (605 KB) jpg
Download transcript of ' Islam, Gender and the Future of Multicultural Citizenship' (93.18 KB) PDF

2010: Quality Care for Patients, Above All
by Anne Doig, President of the Canadian Medical Association
View 2010 lecture poster (332 KB) JPG

2009: Implementing Self Determination: A leader's vision
by Perry Bellegarde, former Grand Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations
View 2009 lecture poster (501 KB) GIF

2008: Citizenship, Governance and Duty
by Lynda Haverstock, former Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan
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