Next New Discourses Debate November 19th

Posted on November 16, 2012 by




7:30 PM November 19th at the Gladstone Hotel.

Over the next 5 months The Department of Unusual Certainties is hosting the debate series New Discourses for a Tired Century at the Gladstone Hotel. Over the course of this series 16 illuminated voices, coming from a range of disciplines, and from across South Western Ontario, will explore the contemporary Canadian political landscape.

On Monday November 19th, starting at 7:30 PM, Felix Kamleson & Christine Gemmink (forming the ‘Pro’ bloc) meet Philipe Frowd & Rodrigo Marti (forming the ‘Con’ bloc) in bringing forth factual arguments in consideration of the statement:

“Be it resolved the democratic process in Canada is in crisis.”

Join Department of Unusual Certainties in enacting our democratic right to assemble, please leave your masks at home should the night’s events erupt*…

Debaters’ Bios:

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia 1987. Felix Kalmenson is a Toronto based artist who completed his Bachelor of Architecture and Urban Studies at the University of Toronto in 2011. Felix works in a variety of media including; installation, fi lm, photography, and collage, within public space, as well as, in the gallery setting. His work engages in conversation surrounding publicness, memory, myth and how these are mediated by complex social, economic, and urban landscapes.

Christine Gemmink is a recent graduate of Ivey at Western with a passion for politics, economics and food. She has recently returned from an exchange term at Erasmus University in the Netherlands and a backpacking trip around Europe and Asia. Professionally, she performs operational statistics for a bank, and is an editor of the Global Summitry Project at the Munk School. She has traveled to 27 countries and successfully navigated public transit in English-free regions of China. Throughout university, she participated in inter-varsity debate across Canada and Europe, where her shining moment was a debate about Truth and Reconciliation Commissions. She is used to standing while she speaks in order to facilitate jumping and shouting, so this is going to be interesting.

Philippe M. Frowd is a PhD candidate in International Relations at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Born in Montréal, he received his BA and MA from the University of Ottawa. His current research examines transnational border security practices in West Africa, with emphasis on migration

Rodrigo Martí is a Mexican-Canadian artist working between sculpture, performance and drawing. His practice looks at and involves itself in the cultural and aesthetic dimensions of political struggle. He is presently focused on the ‘barricade sculpture workshop’ a collaborative participatory sculpture which erects and demolishes walls of ‘stuff’ within public and private spaces as a an expression and embodiment of collective power. Rodrigo received his MFA in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA and is presently based in Toronto, Canada.

*New Bill Refines Laws on Masks in Unlawful Protest

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