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Friday, February 8th Reading Group: Cancelled

Due to weather closures at the University of Guelph and the Guelph Public Library, the Friday, February 8th Thinking Spaces Reading Group has been cancelled.

Thinking Spaces with ICASP Postdoctoral Fellow, Mark Laver

Please join us for the next meeting of the Thinking Spaces Reading Group on February 8, 2013 from 3-5pm in the public library at 100 Norfolk Street. Our guest speaker will be Mark Laver, a postdoctoral fellow with ICASP at the University of Guelph. Laver's talk will discuss his work, "Freedom of Choice: Jazz, Neocolonialism, and the case of Jazz at Lincoln Centre Doha".

Media Coverage of Research Matters Event

Project Director Ajay Heble was warmly received by a full house of enthusiastic listeners at Kitchener's Tannery Event Centre. Heble, who presented a talk, "Improvisation will be at the core of sustainable communities and unprecedented change," was joined by Donna Kotsopolous (Wilfrid Laurier), Andrew Pelling (Ottawa), and Amir Khajepour (Waterloo).

ICASP Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2013-2014

ICASP has now announced its call for applications to the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice Postdoctoral Fellowship Program 2013-2014. Applications must be submitted by April 30th, 2013. All of the relevant information pertaining to the application process can be found in the attached poster (in PDF format) here.

Thinking Spaces with Shirantha Beddage

Please join us for the next meeting of the Thinking Spaces Reading Group on January 25, 2013 from 3-5pm in the public library at 100 Norfolk Street. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Shirantha Beddage, saxophonist and head of Theory and Harmony in the Music Department at Humber College. Dr. Beddage's talk is entitled, "Jazz Pedagogy: Classroom and community in the digital age."

Andrew Cyrille

Body and Soul: An Interview with Andrew Cyrille conducted by Rob Wallace

Improvisation and Community Workshop: January 16, 2013

The School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph is pleased to offer a special workshop on "Improvisation and Community" led by Joe Sorbara this Wednesday (January 16, 2013) from 8:30-10:00 in Lower Massey at the University of Guelph. The workshop is open to all University and Guelph community members and there is no admission charge.

Somewhere There Festival of Creative Music: Feb 22-24, 2013

The Somewhere There Festival of Creative Music will take place February 22-24, 2013 at the TRANZAC Main Hall (292 Brunswick Ave) in Toronto. At 1pm on Saturday, February 23rd, Nick Loess and Joe Sorbara will present the film premiere of Start Making Noises Now, an initiative of the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) Research Project.

Please check out the full calendar for more talks and performances! www.somewherethere.org/festival

Class Action: Human Rights, Critical Activism, and Community-Engaged Learning

On Thursday, January 24th, 2013 ICASP Project Director Ajay Heble will take part in the new McMaster University lecture series, the McMaster Seminar on Higher Education. Featuring lecturers who invoke timely questions of intellectual work and community engagement, in 2013 the McMaster Seminar on Higher Education will invite an international roster of noted speakers to address the university and the broader community about important social issues, including Ajay Heble (University of Guelph), Diana Brydon (University of Manitoba), and Angela Davis (UCLA, Santa Cruz).

Thinking Spaces: Guelph Reading Group presents Mark Miller

Please join us on Friday, January 11th from 3:00-5:00pm for the first 2013 meeting of the Thinking Spaces Reading Group at the Guelph public library (100 Norfolk Street). Our guest speaker will be esteemed Canadian jazz historian and former Globe & Mail columnist, Mark Miller.

We’ll all be more innovative if we participate in collaborative webs and share more openly. Creativity is always a collaboration and it’s always a form of improvisation, written large in the social world.

– Keith Sawyer