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David Henry

Brain Injury & Mental Health Advocate

In his presentation, David Henry will take us through the twists and turns of his life. He has had multiple life-changing experiences, and the fact that he has survived is only the beginning. With his sometimes-silly sense of humour he will help us understand how he has gone from being a vegetable to continuing to provide for his family. It is a compelling story of a man who has battled back from head injuries and mental health issues. He will provide tips and steps on how to cope and survive mental health issues and bring awareness to others on what people with head injuries and mental health issues must go through every day.

Michael Dudley

Community Outreach Librarian, University of Winnipeg

“Michael Dudley’s talk, “Liberating Shakespeare” recounts his personal journey of discovery regarding the mysterious poet-playwright’s problematic biography, and its marginalization in the academy. It offers a narrative of his research into the colonial, nationalist origins of the mythic biography of “the Bard,” and the ways in which the academy and academic libraries reproduce dominant narratives about him, before mapping the lived experience of those who have transcended this myth to embrace a new paradigm of Shakespearean authorship.” With master’s degrees in Library and Information Studies as well as City Planning, Michael Dudley has worked at the University of Winnipeg since 2000, both at the Institute of Urban Studies and, since 2012, as the Librarian for Indigenous studies, history, political science and theatre and film. His published research addresses forms of subjugated knowledge and discourses in the academy and in academic libraries, including those concerning Indigenous genocides in the Americas, and the controversy over the authorship of the Shakespeare canon. Since 2006 he has been a regular book reviewer for the Winnipeg Free Press.

Candi Bezte

Professor – Biology & Human Concerns

Candi received her 4 year B.Sc. in Biology and 3 year B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Winnipeg and her M.Sc. in Zoology, specializing in Aquatic Toxicology, from the University of Manitoba. She worked a decade in Aquatic Environmental Consulting, ran a home-based business for 15 years, has accumulated a reasonable amount and variety of volunteer hours and loves speaking on all issues pertaining to the environment to anyone who will listen! She is currently living out that passion by teaching Biology and Human Concerns and Human-Environmental Interactions at University of Winnipeg, right back where she started. Her talk will be on our need to change the way we look at things so we can achieve the kind of future we want. Or, perhaps to fit the theme better, maybe a title could be - Can we find freedom in a different lens? .

Kevin Lamoureux

Associate Vice-President, Indigenous Affairs

Kevin Lamoureux is a faculty member at the University of Winnipeg and a well-known public speaker. He has served as Associate Vice President for the University of Winnipeg, Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and as Scholar in Residence for several school divisions. Lamoureux is an award-winning scholar with an impressive publication and research grant record, and has consulted for governments, organizations and institutions across Canada. His most recent book contribution, for Ensouling Our Schools with Dr. Jennifer Katz, is being used by educators across Canada working to create inclusive spaces for all students. He has been seen on TV, in documentaries, in print, and in the media. More than anything, Lamoureux is committed to reconciliation and contributing to an even better Canada for all children to grow up in. .

Melanie Martin

Director, Magnetic Resonance Microscopy Centre Professor: Physics

The human brain is one of science's mysteries. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows us to create images of the brain with amazing contrast. This ubiquitous diagnostic tool, used at hospitals and clinics across Canada, allows us to see anatomical details of brain structures or tumors and to identify swelling and shrinkage. Melanie Martin applies the principles of fundamental physics to enhance MRI capabilities. Dr. Martin is developing new methods to see small tissue structures, those that are finer than one human hair or the silk in a spider's web and distinguish them accurately with MRI. The research is enhancing our ability to diagnose conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, and other central nervous system disorders as early as possible. .