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Agnes artist-in-residence brings in the community

During her residency, Tau Lewis has spent time with pre-teen girls to help them explore their identity. 

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Tau Lewis, the Agnes' 2018 Stonecroft Foundation Artist-in-Residence, is working out of Ontario Hall this summer. (Photo by Garrett Elliott)

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre is welcoming a Jamaican-Canadian artist to campus this summer.

Tau Lewis is the Agnes’s 2018 Stonecroft Foundation Artist-in-Residence. During her thirteen-week stay, which started in June and ends in September, Ms. Lewis is teaming up with Kingston-based Roots and Wings, a grassroots community group that works towards making space for racialized girls in Kingston.

Through Roots and Wings activities, girls are encouraged to explore their diverse identities and are provided with learning opportunities about social justice issues in a fun, engaging, and age-appropriate way. They are encouraged to teach and share their unique skills with each other, as well as the larger community through action on social justice issues.

“Getting to be a part of the Roots and Wings program was a great privilege for me,” Ms. Lewis says. “I always feel blessed to encounter children's artworks and the process by which they create them, because you'll rarely encounter a more honest kind of storytelling. I feel honoured to work with such a talented and diverse group of young women, and happy that I'm able to contribute to something that was crucial to me as a kid, and I think in some ways helped me to arrive to where I am now.”

The link between Ms. Lewis and Roots and Wings has a Queen’s connection – Ms. Lewis visited Queen’s in 2017 and was introduced to Yasmine Djerbal, a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies. Ms. Djerbal, along with various other community members including Lulama Kotze and Michelle LaMarche, co-founded Roots and Wings, and this collaboration was formed from their discussions.

Ms. Djerbal says the collaboration was a wonderful experience for the girls.

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    A group of local pre-teen girls were invited to participate in a workshop with Tau Lewis, the 2018 Stonecroft Foundation Artist-in-Residence at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. (Photo by Tim Forbes)
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    The workshop was offered in partnership with Roots and Wings, a grassroots community group that works towards making space for racialized girls in Kingston. (Photo by Tim Forbes)
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    On the wall behind Ms. Lewis, a sign says, "Earth without art is just Eh". (Photo by Tim Forbes)

“They were able to see and meet an artist that looked like them, that they could look up to, and maybe even aspire to become one day,” she says. “Our goal is to have our girls grow strong roots into our community, and create lifelong connections to people and organizations from which they will learn about social justice, identity, and culture, and collaborating with Ms. Lewis really exemplified the work we want to do!”

The exhibition Tau Lewis: New Work will be on view at the Agnes from August 25 through to December 2. Several programs are scheduled for fall including an artist talk; two star-studded panel discussions on Art and Black Canada; and an open workshop where Ms. Lewis will introduce her practice, drawing connections between her material choices and the thematic concerns of her work.

The Stonecroft Artist-in Residence program is generously supported by the Stonecroft Foundation for the Arts, the Queen’s University Department of Gender Studies through Katherine McKittrick, the Queen’s Arts Fund–Visiting Artist in Residence, and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art) Program.

For more information on Ms. Lewis and her work, visit http://www.taulewis.com.

Indigenous scholars visit Queen’s for year-long fellowship

The Faculty of Arts and Science has announced the recipients of its pre-doctoral fellowships for Indigenous graduate students.

This brand new opportunity, announced in February, was designed to recognize outstanding scholarship among four Canadian Indigenous PhD candidates. The initiative will provide each fellow with an annual stipend of $34,000 and up to $3,000 for research and conference travel. In addition, each fellow will be appointed and compensated separately as a Term Adjunct to teach a half-course (three unit) university course.

Following a positive response and many worthwhile applications, the Faculty decided to expand the initiative to include a fifth scholar.

“The widespread enthusiasm for the Indigenous pre-doctoral fellowships, coupled with the intensity of the response and the high quality of the applicants, was such that we decided to award five fellowships,” says Lynda Jessup, Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) within the Faculty of Arts and Science.

During their year at Queen’s, these five scholars will each teach a course within the Faculty of Arts and Science, engage with local Indigenous peoples and communities, broaden their networks, and complete their doctoral work to receive their degree from their home institution.

The recipients are coming to Queen’s from different universities the west coast to Ottawa, and represent five distinct Indigenous cultures. Keri Cheechoo, from Long Lake #58 First Nation, says she is “incredibly honoured” to have been selected as one of the recipients.

“Wachiye (that means ‘hello’). The many positive Indigenous initiatives being undertaken at Queen’s have much to offer in terms of building community and promoting reconciliation efforts, and I am pleased to be a part of that revitalization and growth,” says Ms. Cheechoo. “I remain grateful that the “rafters have been extended”, to quote the Queen’s Truth and Reconciliation task force report, to welcome my Indigenous knowledge, my capabilities as a Cree scholar, and the ancestral teachings I bring with me. Meegwetch (thank you).”

The five scholars include:


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Scott Berthelette (Supplied Photo)

Scott Berthelette
Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Queen’s Department of History
PhD Candidate, University of Saskatchewan

Scott Berthelette’s doctoral research examines how French-Canadian voyageurs and coureurs de bois were instrumental intermediaries between the French State and Indigenous Peoples in the Hudson Bay Watershed.

Mr. Berthelette is Métis. 


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Keri Cheechoo (Supplied Photo)

Keri Cheechoo
Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Queen’s Department of English Language and Literature
PhD Candidate, University of Ottawa

Keri Cheechoo's research questions what Indigenous women's stories reveal about public and customary practices, as well as the policies and practices of forced sterilization, and she uses an arts-based methodology in the form of poetic inquiry, along with an Indigenous conversational methodology.

Ms. Cheechoo is Cree.


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Jennifer Meness (Supplied Photo)

Jennifer Meness
Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Queen's Cultural Studies Program
PhD candidate in the joint Communication and Culture program through York and Ryerson Universities.

Using Anishinaabe conceptual frameworks and methodologies, Jennifer Meness' research gathers stories of experiences with Gaa-dibenjikewaach and seeks to further understand these types of relationships through the social lens of powwow participation.

Ms. Meness is Algonquin.


[Evelyn Poitras]
Evelyn Poitras (Supplied Photo)

Evelyn Poitras
Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Queen’s Department of Gender Studies
PhD Candidate, Trent University

Evelyn Poitras's research is on Nikawiy (mother) to Nitanis (daughter) narratives on the Nehiyaw Iskwew role in governance, leadership, and Treaty enforcement with particular focus on Treaty Four and Treaty Six.

Ms. Poitras is Nehiyaw Iskwew (Cree and Saulteaux).


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Adrianne Xavier (Supplied Photo)

Adrianne Lickers Xavier
Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Global Development Studies
PhD Candidate, Royal Roads University

Adrianne Lickers Xavier's research is an autoethnographic account examining the implementation of a food security initiative, "Our Sustenance," at Six Nations.

Ms. Lickers Xavier is Onondaga.


For more information on this new program, visit the Faculty of Arts and Science’s website.

Consultation on the draft Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy

Queen’s researchers are invited to provide feedback on the draft Tri-Agency Research Data Management Policy released in June 2018 for consultation. Please send comments to open.scholarship.services@queensu.ca by July 20, 2018. Your feedback will be used to inform an institutional response. The Tri-Agency also welcomes comments directly from individuals.

The policy includes the following requirements for research data management (RDM):

  1. Institutional data management strategies;
  2. Researcher data management plans;
  3. Data deposit.

Queen’s has growing expertise and services to help researchers manage their research data and meet the draft requirements.

Institutional Strategy

In December 2017, Queen’s launched a project to establish a digital planning framework, as the first phase in developing a digital strategy for Queen’s driven by our core mission of learning and research. Under this umbrella, the Queen’s Digital Scholarly Record Working Group Report (April 2018) provided a foundation for an institutional strategy for the dissemination of research results including the management of research data. The following principles were proposed to guide the university’s institutional strategy: Value, Openness, Inclusivity, Collaborative platforms, and Engaged researchers (VOICE). Queen’s University Library has completed local RDM surveys. The surveys were a national collaborative project with the Portage RDM Survey Consortia to understand researchers’ practices and needs in order to develop services to support research data management. Local training is being developed to aid researchers in the management of their research data.

Data Management Plan and Data Deposit

Queen’s University Library provides a Research Data Management Service that includes expertise, knowledge and consultation on data management concepts and tools such as the Portage Network’s DMP Assistant. The library also provides consultation and assistance for depositing data into institutional and disciplinary data repositories.

Helping the incoming class prepare for student life

Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR) is an important part of the new student transition to Queen’s – and everyone has a role to play.

SOAR 2018 Schedule
Friday, July 6
Saturday, July 7

Friday, July 6
Saturday, July 7

Friday, July 6

Arts and Science
Thursday, July 12
Friday, July 13
Saturday, July 14
Sunday, July 15

Friday, July 13
Saturday, July 14

Two thousand incoming first-year students and family members will be visiting campus over the next week so they can hit the ground running come fall.

Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR) runs between Friday, July 6 and Sunday, July 15 and features a series of day-long events for students entering the faculties of Arts and Science, Commerce, Engineering, Nursing, or the Bader International Study Centre, along with QBridge students enrolled in the School of English.

This annual program is an opportunity for new students to learn more about academic expectations, learning strategies, resources, and common student transition issues.

“The goal of SOAR is to help students feel prepared before their first day of classes at Queen’s,” says Ann Tierney, Vice-Provost and Dean (Student Affairs). “We look forward to welcoming these new members of the Queen’s community to campus and helping them start their academic journeys in the best way possible.”

During a typical SOAR day, students and their families and supports will take in presentations, learn about all of the services and resources designed to support student success, meet professors and upper-year students in their faculties, tour a residence room, try the food on campus, and have their questions and concerns addressed.

The day includes opportunities to speak to academic advisors, accessibility advisors, and our campus dietitian and chef. Family members and supports also attend sessions specifically designed to answer their questions and learn what they can do to support their student’s transition to university life.

For students who are not able to attend SOAR, the Division of Student Affairs offers webinars throughout the summer that are then posted online so students can remotely access the information at their convenience. “Get Ready for Queen’s” events are also scheduled in Calgary and Vancouver in August for families who are not able to make it to SOAR. 

With many first-time visitors to Queen’s expected during SOAR, there may be a higher than usual number of people looking for directions. The Division of Student Affairs is asking all Queen’s community members to offer assistance where possible on July 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, and 15. Most of the SOAR programming will take place in the Bioscience Complex and Ban Righ Hall.

Additionally, staff and faculty should be advised that the Tindall Field above ground parking will be the main parking lot for our students and guests during SOAR, and should expect increased demand for this lot.

For more information on this year’s SOAR programming, or to register, visit the Student Experience Office website

An Astronaut’s Anthem

International Space Station commander sings O Canada with fellow Queen’s alum to celebrate Canada Day.

Astronaut Drew Feustel playing a guitar while floating through the International Space Station.
International Space Station Commander and Queen's alum Drew Feustel.

Queen’s University hopes to spread some true patriot love this Canada Day weekend with a special musical performance by notable graduates that will surely echo from coast to coast to coast – and from outer space!

In a new video, Queen’s graduate and NASA Commander Drew Feustel (PhD’95, DSc’16) leads a stirring rendition of O Canada from the International Space Station (ISS) as it orbits high above the Earth at over 27,000 kilometres per hour.

“As Commander of the International Space Station, with dual US/Canadian citizenship, I hope that Canada knows that as a nation, there continues to be a strong Canadian presence in human space exploration,” says Dr. Feustel, who sings the opening lines of the national anthem while strumming his guitar in zero gravity.

He is soon joined in song by a chorus of Queen’s graduates, including singer-songwriter Jim Cuddy (Artsci’83, LLD’15) of Blue Rodeo, musical siblings Jill Barber (Artsci’02) and Matthew Barber (Artsci’99), and singer/actress Elena Juatco (Artsci’07) – whose career began on Canadian Idol.

"When I was told about Drew Feustel and the idea for this video, I was so excited to be a part of it,” says Ms. Juatco. “It is no surprise that a Queen's graduate has accomplished something that is literally out of this world. There is also something timeless and hopeful about artists coming together to celebrate the beauty of our country and our planet, and it reminds me to never take any of it for granted.”

Interspersed between shots of the artists recording in studio, the video features views of Dr. Feustel’s work and life aboard the ISS, as well as spectacular footage of Canadian landmarks and landscapes. Together, they speak to both the vastness of Canada and to the wide impact made by Queen’s graduates.

“As a proud Canadian and Queen’s alumna, I was pleased to participate in this intergalactic anthem with some shining musical stars,” says Ms. Barber. “It’s not every day you get to collaborate with someone in outer space.”

Her sentiments were echoed by her brother, Matthew Barber.

“Music has taken me many places over the years but this is the closest I've come to a gig in outer space,” he says. “I loved my time at Queen's and am honoured to be a part of this video celebrating the accomplishments of our astronaut alumnus on Canada Day”

Current student Kento Stratford (Artsci’19) provides piano accompaniment for the video performance, which closes on a Canadian flag blowing in the wind, and a dramatic sunrise as seen from the ISS.

“Queen’s is very proud of the incredible professional feats being accomplished by our talented alumni,” says Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen’s University. “Canada Day provides a great moment to recognize their contributions to Canadian scientific, technological, engineering, arts, and cultural excellence. The heights of their accomplishments are evident around the world – and all the way up to the edge of space.”

Dr. Feustel is the first Canadian astronaut to command the International Space Station since Commander Chris Hadfield’s tenure in 2013. His mission is scheduled for completion in October 2018.

“Canada continues to be prominent in my life and the lives of my family and I am proud be Canadian and consider Canada as a place to call home,” Dr. Feustel says. “Happy Canada Day.”

Queen's Legal Aid Director appointed to Nunavut Court of Justice

Susan Charlesworth (Law'81) is heading back to Nunavut, and connecting with another Law alumnus.

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Susan Charlesworth in 2015 in Nunavut. "My job at Queen's Legal Aid has really prepared me for this role," she says. (Supplied Photo)
Two years after returning from Nunavut, Queen’s Legal Aid Director Susan Charlesworth (Law’81) is making a return as a federal justice.
Justice Charlesworth was appointed to the bench on June 21 alongside fellow Queen’s Law graduate Christian Lyons (Law’02). It’s a role that her time at Queen’s Legal Aid has made her distinctly well suited for thanks to Nunavut’s distinctive court structure. 
“Unlike most jurisdictions in Canada, in Nunavut there is only one level of court: the Nunavut Court of Justice,” she explains. “Judges do everything normally divided into two or more courts. In Nunavut, the one court – and its justices – do everything! I will be looking at cases ranging from theft with a guilty plea to murder requiring a jury trial, from family law and estates to constitutional issues.”
This breadth of scope and judgment is something that years of work supervising law students at Queen’s Legal Aid has prepared Charlesworth for. “I love criminal law, but my job here has really prepared me for this role,” she says. “As the Director of Queen’s Legal Aid, I work with law students on files ranging from landlord-tenant issues to small claims court, traffic matters – an entire gamut of issues that will have relevance. This ability to accumulate a wide variety of experience and expertise while working with students and the public in a pro bono context will definitely be a benefit.”
The call to the bench came not entirely unexpectedly – “I got a call earlier in June about CSIS security clearance, which gave me an inkling,” Charlesworth laughs – but was still in some ways abrupt. “I got the call at 3:30 on Thursday afternoon,” she says. “They told me I was a judge – the order had been signed that morning. That’s how it happens. They don’t ask ‘are you sure’?”
The announcement has left Charlesworth, "a bit nervous, a bit overwhelmed, but mostly happy and excited". This new position will mean stepping back from her role with Queen's Legal Aid, as an appointed judge cannot provide legal advice. 
Sill, she says she is looking forward to the next stage of a journey that began in 2013 with a first trip to the north – and now, almost five years later, returning to help shape its judicial future.
This article originally appeared on the Queen's Law website.

Domestic water shutdown planned for McLaughlin Hall - July 3

Domestic water service is scheduled to be shutdown at McLaughlin Hall on Tuesday, July 3 between 6:30 and 8:00 am.

Domestic water service is scheduled to be shutdown at McLaughlin Hall on Tuesday, July 3 between 6:30 and 8:00 am (approximate timing) to permit Emmons & Mitchell, working on behalf of Physical Plant Services, to tie-in a new water line.

During the shutdown period, water will not be available for domestic or lab uses throughout the building.

For more information, please contact Fixit at ext. 77301 or by email.

Ellis Hall to be closed during planned power outage - July 9

Ellis Hall will be temporarily closed during a planned power outage on Monday, July 9 between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm.

Ellis Hall will be temporarily closed during a planned power outage on Monday, July 9 between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm while G&W Canada, working on behalf of Physical Plant Services, replaces an SF6 gas pressure switch on the main incoming electrical switch.

The building’s fire alarm panel and some emergency/exit lighting will operate on emergency power. The remaining emergency and exit lights will operate on limited battery backup only (approximately 30 minutes).

Occupants should power down computers and sensitive lab equipment prior to 4:30 pm on Monday, July 9.

For more information, please contact Fixit by phone at ext. 77301 or by email.

Forum unites Pan-Asian diplomats

The Ambassadors’ Forum brings diplomats from across the Asia-Pacific region to gather and collaborate.

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Queen’s representatives and international ambassadors pose together in front of Summerhill, a yearly tradition after the Ambassadors’ Forum. (University Communications)

The Ambassadors’ Forum at Benidickson House brings diplomats from a dozen countries in the Asia-Pacific region to Queen’s to connect, share ideas, and learn.

“This forum is a model for how academics and diplomats can work together to further cultural diplomacy between regions,” said Principal Daniel Woolf during his welcome to the delegates to the forum. “We have international aspirations at Queen’s, and are particularly focused on very good relations with the Asia-Pacific region. We’re also very interested in inter-disciplinary experiential research and student mobility in that region.”

The annual event, which began in 2003, is a chance for Queen’s to bring together ambassadors and high commissioners from countries such as Australia, China, India, Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Thailand to share international education perspectives, announce partnerships that have been agreed on throughout the year, and discuss issues of relevance as a group.

This year, the forum featured a talk by Dr. James McKay, Assistant Professor of Political Science with the Royal Military College, on “Global Security in the Trump Era”.

In addition to the principal, Queen’s representatives at the forum included Cynthia Fekken, Associate Vice-Principal (Research) and Ryan Rodrigues, Associate Vice-Principal (Alumni Relations and Annual Giving).

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“I must thank Hok-Lin Leung for his significant help with fostering this international initiative. Dr. Leung recognized the merit and opportunity of linking this very important diplomatic community,” said Dr. Woolf during his welcome speech. Dr. Leung, Professor Emeritus and former director of the School of Urban and Regional Planning, acts as the organizer of the forum. (University Communications)


Updated: Campus Electricity Demand Reduction Notification - June 25-29, 2018

In order to reduce electricity costs and contribute to the sustainability of the province’s energy system, the university is once again participating in an electricity peak demand reduction program.

Due to high temperatures and humidity across the province, today (Friday, June 29) will be an electricity peak demand reduction day.

If a reduction is confirmed for July 2 while the university is closed in observance of Canada Day, buildings with conference or program bookings will be exempted from the reduction on this date. A separate notice will be issued on Tuesday morning to either confirm or cancel the reduction for July 3.

To learn more about the electricity peak demand reduction program, please visit the Queen’s Sustainability Office website. Those with questions may also contact Fixit at extension 77301 (internal), 613-533-6757 (external) or email.


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