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In an effort to cultivate the feminist (and feminist-curious) student community at Osgoode, and to use the comfy couches in the IFLS space, we will be starting a couple of exciting new initiatives for students this year:

Shut Up and Write! – 2nd  Wednesday of the month @ 12:30-2:30

Shut Up and Write! began as a writers’ meet-up group in San Francisco. The idea is to fight off the two great student foes—isolation and procrastination—by meeting up to focus on writing together. PhD student Terrine Friday got this started at Osgoode last year and we want to keep it alive! So get out of your carrel/library/head and come work through those writing blocks in a supportive environment!

Each Shut up and Write! session includes:

  • 10 minutes for introductions and chat
  • 2-3 rounds of writing Pomodoros (each Pomodoro includes 25 minutes of intensive writing plus a 5 minute break)
  • Time to discuss your work and get feedback from fellow students

We start on Sept 9, and there will be snacks!

pic of notebook and laptop


IFLS Socials – 4th Wednesday of the month @ 12:30-2

A chance to discuss feminist issues, develop new initiatives, get to know fellow students, and just hang out. Bring your lunch.

We will begin on October 7  with a special “Meet and Greet” event.(Not the 4th Wednesday of the month, I know. We had to reschedule…)   IFLS Director Prof Ruth Buchanan and Graduate Student Coordinator Dana Phillips (that’s me) will be there to welcome you to the IFLS space and community. Finger foods will be served.

Here is the fall schedule:

Sept 9, 12:30-2:30 — Shut up and Write!

Oct 7, 12:30-2 — IFLS Social: Meet and Greet

Oct 14, 12:30-2:30 — Shut up and Write!

Oct 28, 12:30-2 – IFLS Social – CANCELLED

Nov 11, 12:30-2:30 – Shut up and Write!

Nov 27, 12:30-2 – IFLS Social: lunch with Prof Susan Boyd

Shut Up and Write! and IFLS Socials will take place in the IFLS/Nathanson Centre Common Space in Rm 3067.  All JD and graduate students are welcome. 

pic of IFLS/Nathanson common space in Room 3067
IFLS/Nathanson common space in Room 3067

Students who would like to use this space for meetings etc. on other Wednesdays @12:30 (when there are no planned events) are welcome to do so provided that they give advance notice via email to Lielle Gonslaves.

We start on September 9 with our first Shut Up and Write! Hope to see you there!






Siren Call: New feminist student mag at Trinity College (Dublin)

Irish Content for St. Patrick’s Day!

Trinity is a school with a connection to Osgoode – we have an exchange program operating between the two schools. Jean Sutton, one of the co editors of this magazine, was over here last year. She’s been busy since. Have a look:

Trinity College School of Law (SCOIL AN DLÍ) looks slightly idyllic (I’m writing from Toronto in March, mind you). For instance, here is the Trinity College Library:
And as if that wasn’t enough, two former Presidents of Ireland Mary Robinson (former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights) and Mary McAleese were Faculty Members at TCD, and Ivana Bacik, current Reid Professor of Criminal Law, Criminology and Penology (once held by both the Mary’s mentioned above) is an elected Irish Senator, self described as “a radical new left-wing and feminist voice in the Seanad” (she’s on leave from the school at the moment, of course).
Please book my ticket when you have a moment.

Why Celebrate IWD? We have ideas.

I was speaking to a prominent feminist activist last week and I asked on behalf of some students whether she’d like to come and speak to a panel International Women’s Day – next Tuesday!
Her response?

There’s f[. ] all to celebrate

Well, yes. Good point, good reason. But.  Could we do something with that?  Strategically, critically?
In honour of International Women’s Day, students at Osgoode Hall (our International Legal Partnership in partnership with the Institute of Feminist Legal Studies (IFLS) and Women’s Caucus) are presenting a week of events on the theme: 

Ending Impunity for Sexual and Gender Based Violence: a Week of Advocacy and Awareness

I’ve mentioned some of the events already.  Got to http://bit.ly/endingsgbv to see the complete list.

Yesterday we invited members of the Osgoode community, staff, students and faculty, to think about and express their reasons for celebrating.

Check out what they “said” in the pics and slide show below.  Click on pics for full size version. Ditto slide show.

If you need to download your own photo to show your mom (or your kid) what you wrote, try this flickr link.