On the Edge is a speaker series featuring cutting edge research presented by scholars and researchers from Edmonton's academic community. The following are our upcoming presentations:
Parenting in the Digital Age: The Impact of Technology on Our Kids
Tuesday, June 18 at 7:00 p.m.
At this event, Dr. Jason Daniels will discuss how digital media is part of everyday life for kids these days. They use it at home and school, with many children preferring to spend their free time ‘plugged in’. But how much is too much when it comes to kids and technology? Learn more about the positive and negative impacts digital media can have on childhood development and practical solutions for managing how your kids use technology.
Not Your Grandparent's Weather!
Tuesday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Whitemud Crossing Branch
Deluges, ice rains, winter heat waves, mega droughts—if you think we’ve been cursed and clobbered a lot harder and a lot more often recently, you are not imagining it. It used to be that our weather was “normal” and dependable. Now, more and more Canadians are asking: What’s happening to our weather? If our weather is becoming weirder and wilder, are people responsible or is it nature doing this to us? Or both? What has become clear is that the Earth is warming and the number of weather-related disasters appears on the rise. We can no longer assume that yesterday’s weather will apply tomorrow.
Moving Pictures: The Visual Archive and Emerging Histories
Wednesday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Our bodies are in a constant state of flux. Skin cells get recycled every few weeks, blood cells every few months, liver cells every two years. Over the course of a decade or so, every atom is replaced, and our bodies are made entirely new. Despite this, most of us feel that we are essentially the same people we were as children. We remember being children. We remember extinguishing all five candles on our birthday cake. We remember running in fast circles on the front lawn midsummer and helping grandma in the kitchen before we were tall enough to reach the sink.
Our bodies change, but the pattern of information we carry in our heads—the stories we tell about ourselves—remain. In this way, we are what we remember. This could be why so many of us work to establish a personal archive of photographs, films and mementos to commemorate the small, joyful mementos in our lives and those of our loved ones. In this presentation, we’ll consider the various ways we record everyday life, and how these ideas can be challenged and reconstructed through an artistic practice.