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Images of Gandhi: Aug. 2

The Mahatma Gandhi Centre of Canada and The Pakistan-Canada Cultural Equation cordially invite you to a public lecture entitled

Gandhi and the politics of the image: Examining the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi in the light of various forms of visual representation

by Professor Vinay Lal (Department of History, University of California at Los Angeles)

Date: Sunday August 2, 2015

Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Location: The Rotunda, Manitoba Legislative Building
450 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB

There is no question that Mohandas Gandhi remains, more than six decades after his assassination, the most iconic figure of modern India.  Indeed, he is the only ‘secular’ figure around whom a distinct and complex iconography began to develop in his own lifetime.  Gandhi has been a blessing to cartoonists; and most major Indian artists over the course of the last half-century have engaged with him in their work.  In this talk, I shall examine the life and work of Gandhi in the light of various forms of visual representation, from cartoons and public statues to paintings and nationalist prints, and suggest what kind of insights we might be able to derive from a study of these images.  We can speak, for example, of ‘the martyred Gandhi’, ‘the walking Gandhi’, ‘the seated Gandhi’, the framed Gandhi’, and so on.  Taking our cues, for example, from ‘the sartorial Gandhi’, we may well ask what images of him in various states of dress and undress tell us about Gandhi’s ambition to reduce his life to zero. Locating Gandhi within multiple and varied histories, this talk will offer both some general cues on how to interpret images of Gandhi as well as more detailed readings of a few images.

For further information, please contact:

K. Dakshinamurti 204-837-3757 

H. Pandya 204-888-4231   

B. A. Khan 204-297-0780

D. Chekki 204-895-1477  

S. Kumar 204-229-8621  

K. Mahmood 204-995-1611                                           



CREATE H20 term position

The CREATE H2O program is seeking a temporary program co-ordinator from February 2 to June 5, 2015, to fill in during a parental leave. 

The position from February 2 to June 5, 2015 is full-time (35 hrs/week) and work duties will focus on co-ordinating student projects, communication with First Nations collaborators, co-organizing the CREATE H2O conference (to be held June 1, 2015), and administrative duties such as booking flights, hotel rooms, processing of receipts and other.

Salary ranges from $25.54 to $33.06 an hour (AA2), depending on qualifications and experience.

Individuals interested in the position should send their resume to Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate has been found. 

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Treaty 2 Commemoration: Aug. 21

Date: Friday August 21, 2015

Time: 10:00 am -  Noon

Location: University of Winnipeg Convocation Hall

On behalf of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba (TRCM), the University of Winnipeg (U of W) Students Association and the Office of Indigenous Affairs, you are invited to attend the Treaty No. 2 Commemoration Speakers Panel.

Treaty No. 2 was negotiated and entered into on August 21, 1871 at Manitoba House. A few of the Manitoba communities that share in obligations and benefits of Treaty No. 2 include: Brandon, Dauphin, Melita, Minnedosa, Roblin, and Virden, Pine Creek, Skownan, O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi, Pinaymootang, Little Saskatchewan, Lake St. Martin, Kinonjeoshtegon, Fisher River, Peguis, Tootinaowaziibeeng, Ebb and Flow, Lake Manitoba, Keeseekoowenin, Waywayseecappo, Gamblers, Rolling River, Sandy Bay, Birdtail Sioux, Sioux Valley, and Canupawakpa.

To celebrate Treaty No. 2, the TRCM along with the U of W will be hosting Professor emeritus Arthur Ray from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Ray specializes in the ethno historical geography of Native People of Canada and has authored many books, including Indians in the Fur Trade. He also co-authored Bounty and Benevolence: A History of the Saskatchewan Treaties with Mr. Jim Miller and Mr. Frank Tough.

Speaking alongside Mr. Ray will be Leah Gazan, Niigaan Sinclair, and Elder Harry Bone of Treaty No. 2.

Please RSVP by email to Ashley Richard 

Dr. Andrew Woolford

woolford andrewHow has the Canadian Museum for Human Rights evolved conceptually over time? And how does it compare to other museums dedicated to advancing social justice and human rights? 

In The Idea of a Human Rights Museum – the first independent book about the CMHR – Dr. Andrew Woolford and co-editors Prof. Karen Busby and Dr. Adam Muller present a collection of essays that address these questions and more.   

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