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Join Jared Walker for his talk entitled “What Makes a Black Man President?” at
What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning: The 2012 White Ribbon Conference

Jared A. Walker is an unrepentant political junkie. He is a fierce believer that democratic government mirrors a community’s values, priorities and togetherness, and is at turns fearful and hopeful about what our politics says about us as a people.

For the duration of the 2008 presidential elections in the US, Jared served as the New York State Coordinator of ‘Students for Barack Obama‘ – the official student arm of the ‘Obama for America’ campaign. In 2009, he completed his BA in Political Science at Columbia University.

Shortly thereafter, Jared worked as a Program Coordinator at iMapAmerica , a national youth advocacy non-profit based in New York. There he drafted and spearheaded the OneVote program which promoted civic education and involvement in the large percentage of American high schools where it is not part of the curriculum. He also worked on iMapAmerica’s community mapping pilot project in New Orleans, which empowered local youth to be a part of the revitalization of their communities after Hurricane Katrina by creating an interactive online resource guide.

Partnering with members of NYRA (the National Youth Rights Association), Jared co-founded ‘ycivics’, a social-media based program designed to maintain youth political involvement in the wake of the 2008 election euphoria. Before returning from the other side of the 45th parallel he travelled to Stockholm in order to be the Keynote Speaker for the ‘Engagemang 2010’ Conference on Social Media, Youth & Political Engagement.

Since moving home to Toronto in 2010, Jared has worked as a consultant with a diverse group of non-profits ranging from small community theatres & arts collectives to national health foundations, pharmaceutical firms & small international development charities. In December, he traveled to Arusha, Tanzania along with Strategies for Life – an international aid charity.

Twitter: @JAWalker
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jaredawalker

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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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Join us and catch Rohan Sharma’s stirring talk at the What Makes A Man 2012 White Ribbon Conference!

Rohan Sharma  is a Entrepreneurship (’11) graduate from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.

As a student at Ryerson he helped create the Ryerson Entrepreneur Institute (REI) and was the President of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Ryerson University. During his term as President, he led the team to become the #1 SIFE team in Canada; earning Ryerson the title of the Most Enterprising Campus in Canada. During his tenure at SIFE he led 124 student volunteers from across the faculties at Ryerson and helped impact the lives of over 4,400 individuals including at-risk youth, first nations people, high school students and young entrepreneurs.

He currently works as a Manager at a wealth management firm and volunteers his time in leadership roles at the Toronto Vegetarian Association and ENT Ryerson – the Ryerson Entrepreneurship Alumni Network.

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Come out to What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning: The 2012 White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 11th . Join Rohan 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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Shihan returns to Ryerson University and Toronto, Canada!

So what will Shihan be doing at the 2nd annual What Makes A Man 2012 White Ribbon Conference?

Shihan will be hanging out with us all day joining in discussions and performing during the conference before delivering the electrifying & interactive keynote performance! To get a taste of what awaits, check out this video by Lovehard from the first time Shihan Van Clief joined Ryerson White Ribbon Campaign’s Jeff Perera at a UHHU event in Jan 2011.

ABOUT THE WHAT MAKES A MAN CONFERENCE

‘What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning: The 2012 White Ribbon Conference’  is a discussion-focused conference looking at the spectrum of identities, experiences and realities that determine ‘What Makes a Man’. It will be more of an ‘anti-conference’ as speakers are invited to complete the statement ‘what makes a man’ with a 5 minute casual talk (not an academic lecture) that sparks dialogue and conversation. Our facilitator then includes the audience in further dialogue for 15-20 minutes.  We have invited speakers who’s voice will provide great contributions to a casual discussion of how manhood, masculinity and gender are created and enforced in society.

ABOUT SHIHAN

Shihan grew up in New York’s Lower East Side and began his writing career in 1989, which he used to get a scholarship to Williston North Hampton School for Creative Writing. After signing with MGA Records in 1993, Shihan wrote for the video game NBA Jam Session series and the theme for Reebok’s “Blacktop” campaign. The first poet to be named iTunes “Download of the week,” Shihan was also a part of the writing and performing for MTV’s Rock the Vote campaign and Schoolhouse Rocks videos.  

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Come out to What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning: The 2012 White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 11th . Join Shihan and all our 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

REGISTRATION 10:30am
11am– 4pm
5:30pm Keynote event with SHIHAN

ADMISSION $10 (or pay what you can)
Lunch provided by Salad King.
ENG 103 in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre.
245 Church St. (South/East corner of Church St and Gould St.)
Ryerson University
 

*All proceeds go to the White Ribbon Campaign*
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Come join us to listen, reflect, respond and react with the incredible Kim Crosby
at the 2nd annual White Ribbon Conference

We are very excited to have Kim Crosby lead us through a Yoga break as well as guide us through a powerful & personal discussion at the 2nd annual What Makes A Man 2012 White Ribbon Conference. Not to be missed: the theme of ‘Higher Unlearning’ continues! Make sure you don’t miss this powerful speaker!

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My political obligations? I am a Black woman … in world that defines human as white and male for starters. Everything I do including survival is political.” ~Audre Lorde

 Kim Crosby is a daughter of the diaspora, Arawak, West African, Indian and Dutch, hailing from Trinidad and living currently in Toronto.

She completed her artist residency under D’bi Young at the AnitAfrika Theatre and also was a student of the Buddies In Bad Times Young Creator’s Unit, touring internationally with her one womyn play, “Hands In My Cunt” a biomythographical account of her resistance and experience of sexual violence.

In 2009 she was the Youthline Award Winner for “Outstanding Contribution To Community Empowerment”. In 2010 she was named one of YSEC’s 100 Young Changemakers while also being recognized in Canada’s Northern Lights Exhibition: Celebrating African Canadian Stories. In 2011, she was recognized as one of 12 of the City Of Toronto’s Cultural Champions among such brilliant activists as Lillian Allen.

She has spoken on panels and conferences nationally as well as facilitated radical community dialogues including Queer As Black Folk hosted by The Black Daddies Club and was the keynote speaker at the 2011 Unity Conference. Her writing and her voice has been featured in the Toronto Star, The Huffington Post, George Brown University textbooks as well as Autostraddle and her writing can be found at queergiftedblack.blogspot.com

 Supporting the creation of community arts and allocation of resources, she sits on the boards of Artreach, Mayworks, the Toronto Arts Council and most recently the Rhubarb selection committee. She also regularly curates and co-curates events and exhibits including the annual Gender Exhibition in Toronto.

 Kim is a core member of the nationally touring Lesbian Blues group, a collective of Black Queer Folks committed to decolonization through creative political performance as well as T-Dot Renaissance, a wave of cultural and artistic collaborations for this generation of emerging artists of colour.

 Kim is the co-founder and co-director of  The People Project. Awarded the City Of Toronto’s Vital Ideas award in 2010, TPP is a movement of queer and trans folks of color and our allies, committed to individual and community empowerment through alternative education, activism and collaboration.

Through her work at The People Project, she has consulted and supported organizations the world over including Brown Boi Project, The Harmony Movement, The Grassroots Youth Collaborative, Stolen From Africa as well as the Toronto District School Board and The City Of Toronto Cultural Arts Division. In this work she has developed and co-developed over 50 distinct resources and tools as well as delivered over 150 workshops around race, gender, power, privilege, consent, creation, food and entrepreneurship.

She is also a co-founder of the New York based ‘The Brown Grrlz Project’, a collective dedicated to the advancement of “femme of centre” cis womyn, two-spirit people, intersex people and trans womyn.

In over a decade of community organizing, she has worked across the intersections of oppression in food justice, HIV activism as well as race & gender justice. She is also a yoga teacher teaching through the Brown Girl’s Yoga collective.

 She is inspired, honoured and driven by the incredible work of community activists past and present including Punam Kholsla, Angela Davis, Audre Lorde, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Mia Mingus and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha.

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Come out to What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning: The 2012 White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 11th . Join Kim 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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Join us as Alan Sears presents McClungs Magazine with a special
‘White Ribbon Champion’ award for 20 years of working toward change!

We are excited to have Ryerson’s Alan Sears deliver a talk and present McClung’s Magazine with a special acknowledgement on reaching their 20th anniversary. McClung’s is a feminist magazine based out of Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada that publishes twice a year (in January and in April) and is largely student-produced. McClungs started as a photocopied magazine 19 years ago. Along the way the magazine has won a Canadian Association of Journalists award. “We reflect our readers–who are interested in eclectic, wild, weird and wonderful pop culture, politics, news and social issues from Toronto and around the world. We give our readers stories about people they can’t find anywhere else.”

We humbly say thank you to the McClungs Magazine family with a special ‘White Ribbon Champion’ award for working towards making Ryerson a more gender-equitable space to work, live and study.

Delivering a talk and presenting the award will be Ryerson University’s Alan Sears. Alan teaches Sociology at Ryerson University and is a long-time activist in queer and radical movements. He has written about queer movements, AIDS/HIV, the education system, work and radical renewal.

It is disproportionately young men who carry out this brutalization, so full liberation means challenging the particular kinds of masculinity that promote violence against both women and those perceived as “queers” says Alan in his article ’30 Years On: The Toronto Bathhouse Raids and Sexual and Gender Liberation’  in the New Socialist Webzine

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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 see Britta B perform at the 2nd annual White Ribbon Conference at Ryerson University!

Britta “Britta B.” Badour is a fearless young woman and poet now residing in Toronto, Canada. Writing poetry ever since she learned to spell her name, Britta believes that sharing her art is the best way to be honest and informative about the issues she is most passionate about. When she was younger, Britta found herself trapped without a voice to speak out against the troubles she was facing both at home and at school. She expresses herself through poetry, hoping to be the role model she never had growing up.

Britta has travelled across North America as a keynote motivational speaker, speaking to thousands of people about the power of how “using your voice can change the world.” In 2010, she spent the summer building a school in Kenya, Africa. Most recently, Britta featured at the Nuyorican Cafe, in New York City, as a showcase opener for HBO’s Def Poetry superstar Carlos Andrés Gómez. This May, she will be featured in her first headliner at Mike Geffner’s Inspired Word showcase, in Manhattan, New York.

She is a leader, youth activist, and a woman with words.

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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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Check back often as we slowly reveal the bios of  the speakers and performers
for the 2nd annual White Ribbon Conference!

‘WHAT MAKES A MAN’ Higher Unlearning:
The 2012 WHITE RIBBON CONFERENCE
Saturday February 11th
Looking into the roots of masculinity & gender
and the ways we are affected from all walks of life.

LINE UP FOR THE CONFERENCE
** indicated talk will be graphically recorded by Reilly Dow/PinkFish

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MORNING PORTION OF CONFERENCE (11am-12:30pm)

11:00 am –  Jessica Yee  opens the What Makes A Man conference

11:10 am  –  Welcome to What Makes A Man 2012! Jeff Perera and Miranda Hassell

11:20 am –  Importance of The 1st Follower: Be The First w/ Abby Davis & Laura Darcy

11:40 am –  What Makes A Man an Ally? –   SlutWalk Toronto **

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LUNCH BREAK catered by Salad King (12:20pm – 1:20pm) 

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AFTERNOON PORTION OF CONFERENCE (1:20-4:35pm)

1:20 pm –  A word on Chivalry with McClungs’s Samantha Anderson & Nick Spector

1:27 pm –  McClungs Magazine award presentation w/ Alan Sears

1:37 pm –  Are you a Man? – Derek Forgie and HSSE 

1:57 pm –  What impact have Women had in my life? – Rohan Sharma

2:12 pm – White Ribbon Champion for 2011-2012 – Ryerson Engineering Student Society

2:15pm –  What makes a Good Engineer? – Jolene Funk 

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2:30 pm –  BREAK FOR DISCUSSION

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AFTERNOON PORTION CONTINUES  (2:45-4:35pm)

2:45 pm –  What Makes a Black Man President? – Jared A Walker

3:02 pm – Yoga Break w/ Kim Crosby

3:12 pm –  Riding for a Dream: Taking the White Ribbon message to the road

3:17 pm –  Muslim leaders working to end domestic violence –  Afaun Mandol

3:35 pm –  Fatherhood

3:40 pm –  Shihan performs “Father’s Day

3:45 pm –  What makes a man a role model?

4:00 pm –  Spoken Word performance by Britta B 

4:05 pm –  What makes a Man disrespect a Woman? – Kim Crosby **

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DINNER BREAK (4:35 – 5:45pm)

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EVENING PORTION OF CONFERENCE featuring SHIHAN (5:45pm)

5:45 pm –  Spoken word by Bavleen Kaur Saini (The Kaurageous1) 

5:52 pm –  Welcome to the Keynote

5:54 pm –  What makes someone take the driver’s seat?

6:00 pm –  What makes a man make a life changing choice? – Sid Naidu 

6:25 pm –  Man Enough to Be Me

6:30pm –  Special interactive Keynote performance with SHIHAN **

Speakers are invited to complete the statement ‘what makes a man’ with a 5 minute casual talk that sparks conversation. Our facilitator then includes the audience in further dialogue for 15-20 minutes.  We have invited speakers who’s voice will provide great contributions to a casual discussion of how ideas of manhood, masculinity and gender are created and enforced in society & how they affect everyday scenarios.

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Come out to What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning: The 2012 White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 11th and join our speakers and guests for 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
4:35pm – Dinner Break
5:45pm – Interactive Keynote 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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photo from http://torontogp.blogspot.com

We are excited to have the Slutwalk TO team at WMAM 2012 ‘Higher Unlearning’!
Join us for a conversation with Heather Jarvis and the SlutWalk TO team at the 2nd annual White Ribbon Conference!

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.

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 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 see Bavleen perform at the 2nd annual White Ribbon Conference at Ryerson University!

Bavleen Kaur Saini, also known as TheKaurageous1 is currently in her second year at Ryerson University earning her Business Management Degree. She is also a spoken word artist and has been writing poetry for several years. She speaks about abuse, prostitution, women’s rights, and other controversial topics.

Through her writing she hopes to empower all people to love and respect each other, to empower women, as well as to motivate people to chase and live their dreams.

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Join us at  What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning: The 2012 White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 11th to hear Jolene and many other speakers speak 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 Jolene Funk at the 2nd annual White Ribbon Conference at Ryerson University!

Jolene Funk  is in her 3rd year of Biomedical engineering here at Ryerson. She is currently the Vice President External for the Ryerson Engineering Student Society and has been very involved with them over the past 2 years.  She is also part of the Women in Engineering Group which hosts events such as Go Eng girl for high school girls.  Being a female in engineering has also allowed her to become involved with other events around Ryerson such as the December 6th Memorial over the past few years.  She regularly meets with professionals and delegates from other schools to develop leadership communicate ideas and look at issues and initiatives towards increasing interest in the field and leadership roles for women in engineering.

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Join us at  What Makes A Man. Higher Unlearning: The 2012 White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 11th to hear Jolene and many other speakers speak 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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