Our inaugural Speakers Bureau event — Remembering Huronia: Survivors Share Histories of Institutionalization, will take place Thursday, February 11, at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Thanks to the financial support and promotional efforts of UOIT's Faculty of Social Science and Humanities Public Lecture Series, especially series committee member and Legal Studies Assistant Professor Thomas McMorrow.
Posters plaster our campus stairwells and cork boards, featuring Harold Dougall and Cindy Scott, Patricia Seth and Marie Slark. That same poster has been circulated among student groups known for their active social and political engagement, including the UOIT Social Science & Humanities Student Society and the Political Science Club of the University of Ontario and Durham College.
Some of this term's Legal Studies coursework has been tied to event attendance in an effort to encourage student involvement in campus community and socio-legal causes.
Meanwhile, Speakers Bureau preparations are underway. We have prepared a series of photographs previously taken during on-site tours of the HRC.
Photographs of long underground tunnels, of enumerated cemetery flagstones, of mission statements promising community integration and relationships of care and trust, of caged beds and strait jackets and medical supplies, of artistic pieces speakers have developed while reconciling themselves to such violent histories.
The speakers mean to share personal stories grounded in the photo reel, as though walking the audience through a virtual tour. They are also prepared to present on the work they have done since Huronia closed its doors to raise consciousness and to seek justice for those institutionalized.