Kitty Lundy Memorial Lecture

Evelyn Parry's Spin graphic/photo-illustration

Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | Doors at noon | Performance at 12:30pm sharp

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Location: Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan Theatre Accolade East Building, York University Keele Campus

The Kitty Lundy Memorial Lecture seeks out an individual whose scholarship and creativity address principles to which Kitty Lundy exhibited commitment: engaged learning, equity and social justice, interdisciplinary exchange, and the dissemination and exchange of ideas and knowledge with communities residing within and outside of York University. This year’s Kitty Lundy lecture will be something of a departure for us, but one which we feel directly addresses Professor Lundy’s commitments and interests. We have invited award-winning Canadian theatre artist and songwriter Evalyn Parry to present her theatrical, spoken-word and musical performance entitled SPIN to the York University community, and to speak to us after the performance about her process in the creation of SPIN.

In SPIN, Evalyn Parry examines and compares 19th century women’s emancipation to 21st century consumer culture and unpacks some of the complexities of what ‘liberation’ has meant and might one day mean. She was prompted to explore the history of the bicycle after encountering a quote from Susan B. Anthony who said in 1896 that “the bicycle has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” A life-long cyclist herself, Parry wondered what Anthony could have meant - was the bicycle really an instrument and agent of social change? The research that followed and the creative presentation of that work in theatrical and musical form is what we will have an opportunity to see and speak with Evalyn Parry about her 2017 Kitty Lundy Memorial Lecture.

2017 Lecturer: Evalyn Parry

Evalyn ParryEvalyn Parry is a multi-award-winning Canadian theatre artist, songwriter and spoken word poet. Her genre-blurring work is inspired by intersections of history, autobiography and contemporary social activism. Over the last decade she has created seven original performance works, released four CDs and has performed her unique combination of music and spoken word at festivals, theatres, schools and campuses internationally. Her work has been honoured with The Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, The Canadian KM Hunter Award for Theatre, and Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Production, among others. Education is also a vital part of Evalyn’s artistic practice and she is a skilled workshop leader who uses performance, creative writing, music and theatre to empower students of all ages. She is the Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto.

The Kitty Lundy Memorial Lecture

The annual Kitty Lundy Memorial Lecture honours the late Kitty Lundy, an admired educator of sociology who was associated with York's former Atkinson Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies from 1986 to 1989. Wide-ranging in her accomplishments and interests, Ms. Lundy felt particular concern for the fields of education, occupations and women's studies, and demonstrated a keen commitment to students pursuing their studies on a part-time basis. To honour her memory, the Lundy family established the Kitty Lundy Memorial Fund, which supports the annual lecture.

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