WiE43: Engineering in Edgewise

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This April, engineering grad students from Memorial took the challenge to become leaders and participated in the first ever Lead By Design Institute–an intensive program that split them into small teams and gave them five days to tackle one of the great engineering challenges of the 21st century.

At Words in Edgewise 43 they will reveal their results.

From how we meet our most basic needs, to the latest hi-tech gadgets, to how society deals with massive upheavals like climate change, engineering is everywhere. Everything is designed. But most of us might not think about design, and how it can be used to help solve wicked problems and make the world a better place. These engineers have.

Monday, April 28 at 8:00 pm
Eastern Edge Gallery, 72 Harbour Drive
Pay-What-You-Can

Drinks and Food by Fixed

Hosted by Morgan Murray

Presented in partnership with Meta Kettle and the Lead By Design Institute.

WiE42: Trans*, Drag, and Intersections of Gender Bending

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Though ostensibly under the same queer umbrella, the drag world and the trans* community have long been at odds, with drag often reinforcing stereotypical gay norms and delegitimizing the trans* experience of gender. With the developing agency of trans* narratives and the use of drag by different queer identities, is it possible for these two groups to come together in meaningful ways?

Words in Edgewise takes on a different flavour this month, combining presentations from members of the trans* and drag communities with a hands-on workshop aimed at building community understandings of the issues discussed.

Taylor Stocks/Doctor Androbox (President of St. John’s Pride and Drag Idol 2013 runner-up) will explore the creation of a trans* drag character and supporting community.

Brendan Cooke (President of MUN Debate) will focus on the narratives within RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Jude Culter (founder of the Trans* Support Group) will examine trans* intersectionality and gender expression.

Kailey Bryan will show us queer artists Joshua Vettivelu, Coral Short, Kris Grey, and Sarah Hill, and the critiques of desire and privilege in their practices.

Sara Pinsent will discuss questions of safety and inclusion.

Help us answer the our March question of drag and trans*: can’t we all just get along?

WiE41: MUN Family Feud

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How well does Mr. Doctor So-and-So know Mrs. Doctor So-and-So’s PhD Thesis? How well does Dr. Dad know Rocker Son’s second album?

It’s mother vs. daughter, father vs. son, husband vs. wife, in the first ever WiE MUN Family Feud. MUN relations face off in a battle of well-educated wits, Newlywed Game-style.

This special Words in Edgewise is part of Engage Memorial Week, celebrated each year around Valentine’s Day by Public Engagement at Memorial University, so come join us to see deep MUN connections go, and for a good laugh.

Our special guest contestants are:

Dr. Doug House (Sociology) and son Adrian House (The Connexions)
Dr. Jennifer Dyer (Humanities) and daughter Isobel Bradley
Drs. Noreen Golfman (Dean of Grad Studies) and husband Stephen Bornstein (NLCAHR)
Dr. Rob Greenwood (Harris Centre) and son

Show starts at 8pm at Eastern Edge Gallery (72 Harbour Drive).

Admission is Pay-What-You-Can.

Adult bevvies by donation.

Drinks and snacks by Fixed.

Hosted by Morgan Murray.

WiE39: Mindscapes – Art & the Mind

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Words in Edgewise 39 teams up with an art exhibit, an art gallery, and a gaggle of experts to explore the relationship between art and mental health.

MINDSCAPES is an annual art exhibition put on by the Canadian Mental Health Association of NL. For each of the past seven years it has showcased artwork that helps raise awareness of mental health issues in the province. This year’s exhibition will features a special Words in Edgewise exploring the relationship between art and mental health. Including special presentations by:

PAUL MARCH, the Regional Mental Health Coordinator for Eastern Health, will discuss “Mental Illness, Art and Spiritual Transcendence.”

A curator at The Rooms Provincial Gallery and art historian, MIREILLE EAGAN, will take us back through the history of “Art and Madness.” A talk about the intertwined history of madness and visual art, considering the more famous examples who had the “creative spirit.”

Artist and Program Coordinator for The Murphy Centre’s Community Youth Arts Program, CANDACE FULFORD, will introduce us to The Community Youth Arts Program and the work it does to help young people through some of the challenges in life through art.

And representatives from the local non-profit organization HEALING EXPRESSIONS will talk about the work they do to provide studio space, art supplies and peer mentoring to individuals struggling with a variety of mental illness or addiction challenges.


Words in Edgewise 39, hosted by Morgan Murray goes Thursday, October 3, 2013, 8 PM at Eastern Edge Gallery (72 Harbour Drive). Admission is pay-what-you-can. Coffee and baking provided by Fixed Coffee & Baking.


Big thanks to Philippa Jones for her help organizing this event!

WiE 37: Newfoundland in Venice, Madness, Prints, Pelley

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From ground breaking visual art to award winning writers not writing, Words in Edgewise 37 packs a midsummer blockbuster punch:

Newfoundland in Venice Terra Nova Art Foundation

The Terra Nova Art Foundation has a mandate to showcase the artwork of Newfoundland artists on the world stage. Their first project endeavored to mount an exhibition of the work of Newfoundland artists Peter Wilkins and Will Gill at the most celebrated international art exhibition in the world: The Venice Biennale. They were overjoyed to receive word in late February that their application to exhibit work was successful. Since then, there has been fundraising and a myriad of logistical details to tackle which culminated in opening of the exhibition “About Turn: Newfoundland in Venice” on the Grand Canal, May 29th 2013. It has been a wild five months. We will tell you all about it. Speakers: Artists Peter Wilkins, Will Gill and Curator Mireille Eagan

Lunacy, Fantasy, Freedom: A Resurrection by Iain McCurdy

“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.” – Steven Winterburn

In a land before time, one man chose to do the impossible. After ten years (wait, wasn’t it a land before time?) of arduous back-breaking thinking, from sitting with one fist under his chin, to sitting with the other fist under his chin, to many ceilings stared at, and innumerable beard-strokes later, the holy grail of unknowns on the horizon, this man stared madness dead in the eye, and then abandoned it to go do a creative writing M.A. But in a one time only extra-special extravaganza, Iain McCurdy will talk about some of the lunacy he uncovered while writing his Humanities Journal, some the unforgettable truths and things that can’t be unseen about the state of mental health care that he had buried safely in the deep recesses of his warped mind. From the definition of mental disorders, to the asylum, to the influence of pharmaceutical companies, to the legal implications of diagnosis, and ultimately about what it means to be free, Iain will attempt, in this daredevil stunt, to blow his own mind. Be careful you don’t agree with him on anything, they’ll call you crazy and lock you up for that.

Bring to Light by April White

April White is going to tell you about her art. This is a prequel to her upcoming exhibition at St. Michael’s Printshop, which opens on August 23rd, 7pm. She’ll fill you in on the rich history of the past however many years leading to the discovery that she likes to burn white circular lights out of dark rectangles with nitric acid and gum arabic solutions on lithographic limestone. April White holds a BFA, majoring in Visual Arts from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. White is primarily a printmaker, but also ventures into photography, sculpture, watercolour, film, performance, and installation. She enjoys researching and learning about memory, melancholy, mementos, cabinets of curiosities, democratic printmaking, minimalism, and feminism.

Music by Chad Pelley

Chad Pelley’s novels and short stories have been recognized by 10 awards. His debut novel was a Coles bestseller, and is being adapted for film. But he’d rather write songs than stories. He’s been writing songs since he was a kid, and his mother had to sign permission slips so he could play in bars underage. He has written more than 500 songs, but takes his fiction more seriously than the music, on account of his self-described not-sensational singing voice, and aversion to the touring life.


Hosted by Morgan Murray Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 8 PM, Eastern Edge Gallery, 72 Harbour Drive Admission by pay-what-you-can donation Drinks and snacks provided by Fixed Coffee & Baking