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Each year, the Night of Ideas is an invitation to celebrate the sharing of knowledge and ideas between countries and cultures around the world, embracing all disciplines, in the arts as well as in the sciences. It is an opportunity to reflect on the major issues of our time. The 2023 edition of the Night of Ideas will be held on February 1 on the theme "More ?" in partnership between the French General Consulate of Toronto, OCAD-U, and the Alliance Française. "More?" : at a time of global warming, the theme allows us to explore the question of the place taken by the dynamics of accumulation in our modernity and consumer society, considered as much from the ecological point of view as from the social, psychological or ethical. It is therefore "the more through the less" that we would like to explore during this Night of Ideas, by inviting artists, philosophers, researchers, creators or companies to reflect together on ways of doing things that privilege the diverse, the humble, the human and the earth.

Chaque année, la Nuit des idées est une invitation à célébrer le partage des savoirs et des idées entre les pays et les cultures du monde entier, en embrassant toutes les disciplines, dans les arts comme dans les sciences. Elle est une occasion de réfléchir sur les grands enjeux de notre temps. L’édition de la Nuit des idées 2023 se tiendra le 1er février sur le thème « Plus ? » en partenariat entre le Consulat général de France à Toronto, OCAD-U, et le réseau des Alliances françaises. «Plus ? » : interrogation d’abord liée à la planète, à l’heure du réchauffement climatique, la thématique permet notamment d’explorer la question de la place prise par les dynamiques d’accumulation comme ressorts essentiels de notre modernité et de la société de consommation, envisagée tant du point de vue écologique que social, psychologique ou éthique. C’est donc « le plus par le moins » que nous voudrions explorer lors de cette Nuit des idées, en invitant artistes, philosophes, chercheurs, créateurs ou entreprises, à réfléchir ensemble aux façons de faire qui privilégient le divers, l’humble, l’humain et la terre.

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Be a part of the Night of Ideas, a salon-style sharing of ideas surrounding the theme "More?"/"Plus?". Features screenings, live music and presentations from OCAD U faculty and other leaders from Toronto and France. This event is one of many events occurring around the world and is promoted by the French foreign service.

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Sustainable Futures Faculty Fellowship Program (SF3) – Call for Applications

 We are in a critical decade to play material and cultural roles in the collective tackling of the climate crisis. Let’s foster sustainability in teaching and learning at OCAD U where each student graduates with wholistic knowledge of sustainability and an ability to apply this knowledge in their practice, employment, and scholarship.

Fellowship Summary
The Sustainable Futures Faculty Fellowship (SF3) program aims to deepen student inquiry and learning into sustainability by supporting faculty to pursue, document, and share their research findings on innovative pedagogical approaches towards sustainability at the undergraduate level.

 Up to three fellowships will be awarded for the pilot program in the 2023-24 Academic Year. Fellowships will be reviewed by a jury of faculty, academic staff, and student members and awarded on a competitive basis.

 Working as part of a collaborative and multi-disciplinary research team, Fellows will receive a course release (0.5 credit) and access to research assistance to:

  • Develop pedagogical approaches to sustainability;
  • Conduct course-based research, reflection, and analysis on their chosen approach to incorporating sustainability into their course; and
  • Participate in knowledge sharing activities (e.g., community of practice, mentorship, faculty professional learning events) with the research team, other Fellowship program participants, and with the broader university community to support the development of sustainability across our teaching and learning context.

Fellows will conduct course-based research in an undergraduate course that they will teach in Fall 2023. Proposals for courses taught in Winter 2024 will also be considered, though Fall 2023 courses may be prioritized to enable a cohort of Fellows.

Application details and submission guidelines can be found on the Sustainable Futures Faculty Fellowship page.

Eligibility
Course-release time is available to Tenured/Tenure-Track, Teaching Intensive, Continuing, and Contractually Limited Term Appointment faculty.

Dates and Deadlines
The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, January 20, 2023, 11:59 PM EST.

An information session for prospective applicants will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 10:00 AM EST via Teams. Questions can be emailed ahead of time to Victoria Ho, Advisor, Strategic Sustainability, at vho@ocadu.ca.

The 2023-24 Sustainable Futures Faculty Fellowship (SF3) is presented by:

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI)
The Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre (FCDC)

With support from the OCAD U Sustainability Committee.

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Apply for a 2023-24 Sustainable Futures Faculty Fellowship!

Deadline for applications is Friday January 20, 2023, 11:59 PM EST.
Info session is Wednesday January 11, 2023, 10:00 AM EST.
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Workshop host Ani Saha with long auburn hair and wearing a pink crop top smiles. Event details in black text against blue backdrop and surrounded by blobs featuring block print patterns.Block Printing Workshop with Anischita Saha  
Where: 100 McCaul St, Floor 2, Great Hall

When: Monday, November 28, 2022
Time: 3pm-4pm

What to bring: A piece of cloth or paper (size A3).

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Block printing is one of the most environmentally-friendly methods of pattern-making when the right colours and supplies are employed, making it a fantastic choice for slow fashion. Through its use of natural dyes and low consumption of resources, is a very important reason to support this traditional art form.  

Rubber, linoleum, and wood are the most often used materials to make blocks. The blocks are then dipped in paint and pressed on fabric or paper. We can also achieve various patterns using things we have readily available at home. We can carve pattern on vegetables like potatoes, carrots, beet roots etc. using strings, bottle caps, leaves etc. also create interesting results. 

Let Ani know you’re attending and RSVP at the link!

For more info, email ODESI student monitor Anischita Saha at anischita.saha@ocadu.ca

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Let's practice the basics of block printing together!

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Did you know that OCAD U is growing a Pollinator Garden?
Come out to our first garden social event to say hello, learn about pollinators, and try out planting if you’d like. Bring a friend! All are welcome to join.
Refreshments and gloves will be available.

When: Friday June 3, 12pm-3pm
Where: The Pollinator Garden is in Butterfield Park, directly behind Above Ground


This project is supported by:
OCAD U’s Campus Operations, The Learning Zone, and the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives.
Thank you to the City of Toronto and Live Green Toronto for awarding OCAD U a PollinateTO Grant.

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Tips for integrating sustainability into your art practice and everyday life

Today, members of the OCAD University community are invited to drop into a Clothing Swap at the Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI), in their new location in Room 316 at 100 McCaul St. 

In celebration of Earth Day, arrive with your clean, washed and unwanted clothing from 1 to 4 p.m. and leave with some new (to you!) duds.  

For Charlotte Durnford-Dionne, the event’s organizer and the Student Representative on OCAD U’s Sustainability Committee, clothing swaps can gear the conversation towards the environmental impact of fast fashion (the rapid production of cheap clothing to respond to consumer trends, manufactured under poor labour conditions, resulting in millions of tonnes of textile waste each year across the globe).  

The swap is taking place in conjunction with Fashion Revolution Week, which commemorates the 2013 Dhaka garment factory collapse (also known as the Rana Plaza Collapse) in Bangladesh's capital city. An eight-storey building within the Plaza, which houses several clothing factories, crumbled, after an evacuation order was ignored the previous day. The tragedy resulted in the death of 230 people, who were producing clothing for western retailers and global fashion brands, including Joe Fresh. 

“When we’re talking about sustainability, we recognize that human and environmental exploitation go hand-in-hand,” notes Victoria Ho, ODESI’s Sustainability Coordinator. Fashion Revolution Week reimagines a fashion system that is just and equitable for people and the planet. 

The Clothing Swap is organized under the purview of OCAD U's Sustainability Committee, which creates opportunities for students, faculty and staff to initiate changes at the institutional level, while unifying efforts to amplify calls for systemic climate efforts across departments at the University.  

“Climate action at OCAD U can be about rethinking what we teach, what materials we use in student projects, where we source our drinking water, how we build our campus, what we grow at Butterfield Park and how we, as an art and design University, we take up our role in society to imagine and promote more sustainable futures,” explains Ho. 

Thinking about the enormity of climate change can be overwhelming, whether it is on the individual, institutional or global level. To anchor their work, the Sustainability Committee developed the first-ever OCAD U Sustainability Policy in 2018. The group is currently co-chaired by Faculty of Design assistant professor Michael Lee Poy and Faculty of Art professor b.h. Yael. 

When asked how she navigates questions surrounding the future of the planet, Durnford-Dionne replied, “I definitely shy away from putting the onus of climate change on individuals. Everyone knows best for themselves how they could be more sustainable."

“Personally, I’ve been trying to be more intentional about my media diet. I recently conducted a mini social media audit on my Instagram and noticed how many brands I followed. I decided to unfollow many of them and followed sustainability advocates instead,” she continued.  
 

Get Involved! 

If you’re looking to diversify your own media roster you can check out Durnford-Dionne's weekly series on OCAD U LiVE, Second Life Studio, where she fixes, repairs and reuses materials already in her home to promote sustainable creative processes by upcycling materials for projects. In her latest episode you will learn how to repair your knitted clothing using a darning technique. 

Students can also join OCAD Reuse, a group established by staff and students that’s co-organized by fourth-year Environmental Design student, Nour Abdulhussain. The club’s mandate is to reduce waste on campus by integrating circular design processes by reusing materials and raising awareness and accessibility to the tools needed to do so. Students are invited to message the group on Instagram to get involved. Check out their social media to see projects by OCAD U students that focus on the environment and use sustainable techniques. 

There are also many opportunities to take part in climate action and institutional change through ODESI. Students can get involved in sustainability curriculum strategy, materials reuse efforts, community awareness-raising and paid opportunities by contacting Victoria Ho. 

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Do you have any clothes you’re not wearing anymore? Those items that have been stuck in the back of your wardrobe for ages and never make the cut? Perfect clothing pieces to swap!

Join us for light refreshments as we celebrate the end of term with style.  

April 22, 1 to 4 pm
Room 316, Level 3, 100 McCaul Street

> Underwear and swimwear are not accepted
> Clothes must be clean and washed
> Torn or worn-out clothing will not be accepted
> No minimum amount of clothing, max 6 items   

This event will take place during Fashion Revolution Week:
Fashion Revolution Week is an annual campaign bringing together the world’s largest fashion activism movement for seven days of action. This year, from April 18 to 24, we will collectively reimagine a just and equitable fashion system for people and the planet.

For any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact Charlotte at charlottedurnford@ocadu.ca

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Exhibition: Pollinator
Opening reception: Thursday March 24, 2022 | 1:30pm-4:00pm | Artist’s remarks at 2pm

Exhibition runs March 24-April 21, 2022
Location: Room 316 (ODESI office) 100 McCaul St, OCAD University

Visual and Critical Studies Chair Ryan Whyte’s submission from the 2021 Pollinator Photo Competition was chosen for the inaugural exhibit and in a recent interview, Dr. Whyte discusses how his photographs of over 85 insect species, taken in his urban balcony garden, are also connected to his research on 18th century art, and representations of food, nature and beauty in art.
Check out the interview: SITE-SPECIFIC — In conversation with Ryan Whyte

The exhibition, entitled “Pollinator,” opens on March 24 and runs until April 21, 2022, in the ODESI office (recently moved to room 316, 100 McCaul).

This event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI). For more information contact Victoria Ho, Sustainability Coordinator, at vho@ocadu.ca.