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STAY TUNED!! WE WILL SHARING THE TALKS FROM THE 2012 WHAT MAKES A MAN WHITE RIBBON CONFERENCE SOON!

Are you upset that you didn’t get to attend the conference this year? While you missed on the powerful conversations we had as a collective, you will soon be able to watch the talks delivered by our speakers and performers! Stay tuned for more details in the upcoming weeks as we prepare to share the work of our amazing friends with the rest of the world!

Click Here for an interactive list of the speakers and spoken word artists from What Makes A Man 2012

In the meantime, join us as we continue the discussions at Higher Unlearning, a new online blogspace features discussions of men and masculinity! Some of Jeff Perera’s older pieces are up including his latest ‘Chris Brown and The Sounds Of Young Men in Free Fall’ (This article is also up in the Good Men Project magazine)

DETAILS COMING SOON!!

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THIS IS IT!!! COME DOWN FOR THE START OR SWING BY ANYTIME FOR THE 2ND ANNUAL WHAT MAKES A MAN CONFERENCE! 

CLICK HERE FOR THE SPEAKERS LINE UP!

DIRECTIONS

The ‘What Makes a Man’ White Ribbon Conference will be held Saturday February 11th at:

ENG 103 in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre.
245 Church St. (South/East corner of Church St and Gould St.)
Ryerson University

www.ryerson.ca/maps Look up (ENG) ‘George Vari’

Come out to What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning: The 2012 White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 11th and join the many speakers at a discussion-focused conference looking at the spectrum of identities, experiences and realities that determine ‘What Makes a Man’.

What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning:
The 2012 White Ribbon Conference

Saturday February 11th

ENG 103 in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre.
245 Church St. (South/East corner of Church St and Gould St.)
Ryerson University
 

REGISTRATION 10:30am
11:00am – Morning Session begins
12:20pm – Lunch Break
1:20pm – Afternoon session begins
4:30pm – Dinner Break
5:45pm – Evening session with SHIHAN

ADMISSION $10 (or pay what you can)
Lunch provided by Salad King.
*All proceeds go to the White Ribbon Campaign*

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For a second year in a row, the KING returns to feed us at What Makes A Man 2012!

The classic taste of Salad King, that has been a tradition for the Ryerson community and City of Toronto returns  to provide lunch for the attendees of the ‘What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning: 2012 White Ribbon Conference! Last year’s conference was the first place to catch their classic food before they re-opened at their new location. Enjoy the incredible speakers and discussion, then partake in that classic Thai cuisine during the lunch break!

Conference admission $10 or pay what you can with lunch from Salad King included!

Come out to What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning: The 2012 White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 11th and join the many speakers at a discussion-focused conference looking at the spectrum of identities, experiences and realities that determine ‘What Makes a Man’.

What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning:
The 2012 White Ribbon Conference

Saturday February 11th

ENG 103 in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre.
245 Church St. (South/East corner of Church St and Gould St.)
Ryerson University
 

REGISTRATION 10:30am
11:00am – Morning Session begins
12:20pm – Lunch Break
1:20pm – Afternoon session begins
4:30pm – Dinner Break
5:45pm – Evening session with SHIHAN

ADMISSION $10 (or pay what you can)
Lunch provided by Salad King.
*All proceeds go to the White Ribbon Campaign*

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Pinkfish’s Reilly Dow at last years 2011 What Makes A Man conference. Join us as Reilly returns to record main talks at the 2nd annual White Ribbon Conference!

Reilly Dow is a Ryerson University Early Childhood Education Student, Graphic Recorder, Visual Artist, and Educator.

Our friend Reilly Dow returns to capture the discussions, flow of conversation and key moments during our morning & afternoon keynotes at the 2nd annual What Makes A Man White Ribbon conference! Reilly is a freelance graphic recorder based in Toronto, ON. She is available for graphic work in English, French and Spanish.

VISIT HER WEBSITE WWW.PINKFISH.CA

FOLLOW REILLY ON TWITTER

FOLLOW PINKFISH ON TWITTER

Some examples of Reilly’s work at What Makes a Man 2011 last year!

 

WHAT IS GRAPHIC RECORDING?

Good question! Graphic recording is a powerful tool for synthesizing conversations, dialogues, meetings and events. The recorder creates large-format visuals in real time, tapping into the collective intelligence and wisdom of a group and bringing it to life with graphics.

These “murals” act as a public memory, and help participants in any meeting or conversation share complex ideas easily. Everyone feels acknowledged and recognizes that they are actively participating and being heard. Graphic recording increases understanding, productivity and creativity, and facilitates systems thinking. It also engages both the right and left sides of the brain.

click to see Reilly’s recording of Jeff Perera’s TEDx Ryerson talk ‘Words Speak Louder Than Actions’

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Come out to What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning: The 2012 White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 11th and join Reilly as she records speakers at a discussion-focused conference looking at the spectrum of identities, experiences and realities that determine ‘What Makes a Man’.

What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning:
The 2012 White Ribbon Conference

Saturday February 11th

ENG 103 in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre.
245 Church St. (South/East corner of Church St and Gould St.)
Ryerson University
 

REGISTRATION 10:30am
11:00am – Morning Session begins
12:20pm – Lunch Break
1:20pm – Afternoon session begins
4:30pm – Dinner Break
5:45pm – Evening session with SHIHAN

ADMISSION $10 (or pay what you can)
Lunch provided by Salad King.
*All proceeds go to the White Ribbon Campaign*

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Join us for Samantha and Nick’s talk at the 2nd annual
What Makes A Man White Ribbon Conference this Saturday!

After you. No after you. Sound familar? If you have read the latest edition of McClungs Magazine, you have read the joint dual article Samantha and Nick wrote on Chivalry.  Join us at the What Makes A Man conference as they speak on the topic with the audience in a short talk before we have Ryerson Sociology professor Alan Sears present McClungs Magazine with a special award to acknowledge their 20th anniversary!

Click here to check the latest edition of McClungs Magazine out online

Samantha Anderson is an Aboriginal woman from the Selkirk First Nation in the Yukon and the current Co- Editor-in-Chief of the independent feminist magazine McClung’s. She believes that through conferences like What Makes A Man we can work toward inclusivity and respect for all people, regardless of gender. She lives in Toronto.

 

Nick Spector is in his final year of journalism at Ryerson. He specializes in multimedia production but is pursuing ambitions of becoming a documentary photographer/photojournalist. He is currently a member of McClungs Magazine’s art department. The former editor-in-chief of The Modern Gentleman joins us to discuss his views on chivalry.

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Come out to What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning: The 2012 White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 11th and join Heather and many other speakers at a discussion-focused conference looking at the spectrum of identities, experiences and realities that determine ‘What Makes a Man’.

What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning:
The 2012 White Ribbon Conference

Saturday February 11th

ENG 103 in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre.
245 Church St. (South/East corner of Church St and Gould St.)
Ryerson University
 

REGISTRATION 10:30am
11:00am – Morning Session begins
12:20pm – Lunch Break
1:20pm – Afternoon session begins
4:30pm – Dinner Break
5:45pm – Evening session with SHIHAN

ADMISSION $10 (or pay what you can)
Lunch provided by Salad King.
*All proceeds go to the White Ribbon Campaign*

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Come hear Abby Davis and Laura Darcy speak on the most important part of a movement:
The 1st Follower at WMAM 2012: “

Abby and Laura’s campaign ‘Be The First’  is powered by their joint presentation that creates awareness of the importance of following a movement. Their interactive talk will be just before our morning keynote with the ultimate example of the power of the follower in spreading a message across the world: Slutwalk Toronto.

Abby Davis and Laura Darcy are both currently students at Ryerson University. Abby is in her 4th year of Social Work and Laura is currently in her 3rd year of Photography. Abby and Laura have worked together for the past 2 years as student leaders living in residence on campus. Through their experiences as student leaders they have begun to view leadership differently as they have noticed a greater need for more people to learn how to follow. They look to highlight the positive aspects of being a follower instead of focusing on the negative connotations. Abby and Laura want to bring awareness to the significance and impact the supporting role can play in a movement.

Follow the The 1st Follower: ‘Be The First’ is on Twitter
@The1stFollower

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Come out to What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning: The 2012 White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 11th and join Abby & Laura as well as the many other speakers at a discussion-focused conference looking at the spectrum of identities, experiences and realities that determine ‘What Makes a Man’.

What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning:
The 2012 White Ribbon Conference

Saturday February 11th

ENG 103 in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre.
245 Church St. (South/East corner of Church St and Gould St.)
Ryerson University
 

REGISTRATION 10:30am
11:00am – Morning Session begins
12:20pm – Lunch Break
1:20pm – Afternoon session begins
4:30pm – Dinner Break
5:45pm – Evening session with SHIHAN

ADMISSION $10 (or pay what you can)
Lunch provided by Salad King.
*All proceeds go to the White Ribbon Campaign*

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Good things DO grow in Ontario! Join us as we welcome Slutwalk Toronto to the 2nd annual discussion-focused White Ribbon Conference!

“What began as a reaction to one comment, a reaction that we had originally imagined only to include a handful of our closest friends, exploded into a kind of movement that we never could have expected.” Slutwalk was born and started with Slutwalk Toronto. A movement born in Ontario, that is inspiring change worldwide is one of the things the White Ribbon Campaign and Slutwalk Toronto have in common, Another thing in common is a goal to shift the conversation: Victim Blaming is not the answer to create a world with violence against women and girls.

We are excited to have the Slutwalk TO team join us at the What Makes a Man ‘Higher Unlearning’ the 2012 White Ribbon Conference!

Get to know the SlutWalk TO team at make plans to join them for their interactive discussion keynote at the 2nd annual White Ribbon Conference!

photo from http://torontogp.blogspot.com

Heather Jarvis SlutWalk Co-Founder / Organizer

Heather Jarvis is a queer, sex- and body-positive feminist. With experience in women and gender studies, social work and community activism she was furious upon hearing a representative of the police slut-shame survivors and people at risk of sexual assault. Not entirely shocked by the incident, Jarvis believes we should be beyond the myths of people ‘asking’ or ‘deserving’ to be assaulted due to their behaviour or appearance. As a survivor and advocate for empowerment, Jarvis constantly aims to shed shame around sex and sexuality. She feels we deserve safe streets and a supportive justice system.  Described as an eternal optimist by some who know her, Heather Jarvis refuses to believe things cannot change. She is determined to continuously work on improving this world through increased respect, consent, understanding and acceptance.

 

Colleen Westendorf Communications Coordinator / Organizer

When Colleen Westendorf saw SlutWalk’s ‘Because We’ve Had Enough’ banner on their website- she was on board faster than you can say ‘Slut’. Colleen joined the SlutWalk Toronto team shortly after participating in the inaugural Toronto SlutWalk. Though she believes that he meant well, to her Michael Sanguinetti’s now-infamous comment was our rape-condoning culture in a single sound bite. Colleen is certain that so long as we live in a world where victims are exhaustively held to standard for their actions in relation to rape, an act that is by definition a complete override of their will and personal agency, she doesn’t live in a world where she or anyone else is safe from sexual violence.

Colleen works in Communications in the Not-for-Profit sector, and is by trade a writer. She also volunteers for a pro-choice, LGBTQ-positive sexual health clinic as a sex educator and is committed to sex-positivity and sexual and reproductive health rights as fundamental human rights. As a newcomer to activism and community organizing, she’s learning as she goes – and so grateful for everything she’s getting out of the process.

To borrow a phrase from Eve Ensler, a personal hero of hers, Colleen believes the mission of SlutWalk and anti-violence movements everywhere will continue to have relevance ‘Until the Violence Stops’- and until we truly reach a point of zero tolerance for sexual violence. She’s in a mad rush for us to get there.

You can follow her on twitter here.

Raisa Bhuiyan Outreach Coordinator

Raisa Bhuiyan is an enthusiast, particularly of gritty grassroots activism and events that bring people together to mobilize against painstakingly dangerous social norms. She’s also harbouring a pathological fear of biographies, especially the type that has to be typed out in a box.

But if you really wanna know, do know that she squirted out the 2% milk she was drinking right through her nose when she heard about the don’t-dress-like-a-slut-suggestion that a Toronto Police officer made on her campus.

At the moment, Raisa is ridiculously excited about how communities of people have become energized enough to open up a space for a much needed conversation on how the integration of different strategies and different hystories can help SlutWalk better engage with the new paradigms of feminist organizing.


Slutwalk Toronto asks you to join them in their mission to spread the word that those those who experience sexual assault are not the ones at fault, without exception.

Visit SlutWalk TO’s website

Like the Slutwalk TO Facebook page 

Follow Slutwalk TO on Twitter 

 

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Come out to What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning: The 2012 White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 11th and join Heather, Colleen, Raisa and the many other speakers at a discussion-focused conference looking at the spectrum of identities, experiences and realities that determine ‘What Makes a Man’.

What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning:
The 2012 White Ribbon Conference

Saturday February 11th

ENG 103 in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre.
245 Church St. (South/East corner of Church St and Gould St.)
Ryerson University
 

REGISTRATION 10:30am
11:00am – Morning Session begins
12:20pm – Lunch Break
1:20pm – Afternoon session begins
4:30pm – Dinner Break
5:45pm – Evening session with SHIHAN

ADMISSION $10 (or pay what you can)
Lunch provided by Salad King.
*All proceeds go to the White Ribbon Campaign*

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Come hear Derek share and discuss what it means to ‘Act like a Man’ at the 2nd annual White Ribbon conference!

Comedian & Activist Derek Forgie is the founder and Chair of the Heterosexuals for Same Sex Equality.  The HSSE’s mandate is to bring a message of acceptance and understanding to society, by correcting misinformation and cultural myths which negatively affect civil rights surrounding same-sex issues.   Students and teachers from across the province find the HSSE’s Equality Check – Better. Now.”  presentation to be accessible, uplifting and relevant to their schools commitment to safety, inclusion and character development.

 

Their most recent short film “Are You A Man?” targets homophobic straight men directly and is enjoying an impressive viral life on-line.  To watch it, (and learn more) visit: StraightNotNarrow.ca

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Come out to What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning: The 2012 White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 11th . Join Derek and many other speakers at a discussion-focused event looking at the spectrum of identities, experiences and realities that determine ‘What Makes a Man’.

What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning:
The 2012 White Ribbon Conference

Saturday February 11th

ENG 103 in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre.
245 Church St. (South/East corner of Church St and Gould St.)
Ryerson University
 

REGISTRATION 10:30am
11:00am – Morning Session begins
12:20pm – Lunch Break
1:20pm – Afternoon session begins
4:30pm – Dinner Break
5:45pm – Evening session with SHIHAN

ADMISSION $10 (or pay what you can)
Lunch provided by Salad King.
*All proceeds go to the White Ribbon Campaign*

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RYERSON ENGINEERS! Show your pride and join us as we say thank you to the RESS execs for being role models at the 2nd annual What Makes A Man conference!

The Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign wishes to acknowledge the Ryerson Engineering Student Society for their leadership and role modelling during the course of the 2011-2012 academic year at Ryerson U with a ‘White Ribbon Champion’ award.

The ‘White Ribbon Champion’ award is presented to a group that works to create and nurture a gender-equitable campus for the Ryerson community to work, live and study.  When someone vandalized a Women in Engineering poster in the George Vari building, RESS was quick to speak out via social media and condemn the act. RESS VP Communications Natasha Niznik said “Engineers are supposed to hold certain morals and a thirst for justice. It goes hand in hand with the responsibility we are given by society.”

Ryerson male engineering students rallied to show support of RESS VP External Jolene Funk, who spoke at the annual December 6th Memorial, with a surprise gift of flowers and a note.

The note reads: On this day in 1989, a terrible act took place  because of ignorance and intolerance. We can never understand the way you feel, but we can instead try to educate those around us and create tolerance, acceptance, and understanding within the engineering community. We can put a stop to negative attitudes and discrimination to ensure that nothing this horrible ever happens again. We will continue to promote the best our community can be through action, attitude and example so that everyone feels comfortable and welcome in engineering at Ryerson.

Sincerely,  The M.I.E. (Men in Engineering)”

Jolene Funk will be on hand to accept the award and deliver a short talk on what makes for a good engineer at our discussion-focused event. Check out the program for the conference for details and to see the other amazing speakers joining us! We look forward to seeing proud Ryerson Engineering students out to join us!

Join us as we award RESS and RESS VP Jolene Funk delivers a talk at the 2nd annual What Makes A Man White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 11th

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Come out to What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning: The 2012 White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 11th . Join Jolene, RESS and many other speakers at a discussion-focused event looking at the spectrum of identities, experiences and realities that determine ‘What Makes a Man’.

What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning:
The 2012 White Ribbon Conference

Saturday February 11th

ENG 103 in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre.
245 Church St. (South/East corner of Church St and Gould St.)
Ryerson University
 

REGISTRATION 10:30am
11:00am – Morning Session begins
12:20pm – Lunch Break
1:20pm – Afternoon session begins
4:30pm – Dinner Break
5:45pm – Evening session with SHIHAN

ADMISSION $10 (or pay what you can)
Lunch provided by Salad King.
*All proceeds go to the White Ribbon Campaign*

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In October 2011, Canadian Muslim Imams, groups and leaders took steps with a statement called the  “Call to Action to Eradicate Domestic Violence”. It ends by stating “As Muslims and as Canadians, we stand with all Canadians and pledge to combat domestic violence in all its manifestations, wherever and whenever they arise.”

Afaun Mandol, a spokesperson for Muslim Presence Toronto has been working to spread the conversation. In an article in Iqra.ca Mandol says “We are hoping to raise awareness about domestic violence in Canada with the White Ribbon Days…the White Ribbon Campaign is a means to start the conversation in our community to challenge everyone to speak out, and think about their own personal beliefs, language and actions”.

Join us to hear Afaun at the 2nd annual ‘What Makes A Man’ White Ribbon Conference.

Read an article written about this effort by Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign’s Jeff Perera 

 

Afaun Mandol is a community activist who is a Communications Director with the Muslim Presence Network, a collective of social activists who seek to promote universal values and active citizenship.

He is the Co-chairperson of the Muslim Presence’s White Ribbon Campaign and is now focused on ending all forms of domestic violence.

Afaun has led the network’s Charter for Compassion initiative in Toronto. The Charter for Compassion is a world-wide movement started by Karen Armstrong and supported by leading thinkers from many traditions; the Charter activates the Golden Rule around the world.

He is a promoter of the Arts and has spent 8 years volunteering with MuslimFest, the largest annual Islamic Arts and Entertainment festival in Canada. He has also organized the Rising Talent program at Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference.

Afaun currently works as an IT Manager and volunteers with charities in and around the city including Toronto Food Bank, Yonge Street Mission – Evergreen Centre, and Heart and Stroke’s Big Bike Ride.

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Come out to What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning: The 2012 White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 11th . Join Jared and many other speakers at a discussion-focused event looking at the spectrum of identities, experiences and realities that determine ‘What Makes a Man’.

What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning:
The 2012 White Ribbon Conference

Saturday February 11th

ENG 103 in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre.
245 Church St. (South/East corner of Church St and Gould St.)
Ryerson University
 

REGISTRATION 10:30am
11:00am – Morning Session begins
12:20pm – Lunch Break
1:20pm – Afternoon session begins
4:30pm – Dinner Break
5:45pm – Evening session with SHIHAN

ADMISSION $10 (or pay what you can)
Lunch provided by Salad King.
*All proceeds go to the White Ribbon Campaign*

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