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Curated Conversations - Dialogues about Sebastião Salgado's GENESIS

Photograph by Sebastião SALGADO / Amazonas images

A Definition of Awe: Dialogues about Sebastião Salgado's GENESIS

Join the ROM Friends of Contemporary Culture and special guests for an after-hours tour and Curated Conversation over wine and hors d'oeuvres.

After a private tour of the exhibition in Roloff Beny Gallery with ROM Curator, Deepali Dewan, exchange perspectives with interesting strangers and special invited guests as we explore what it means to be in awe of the natural world.

Curated Conversations are built on the idea that meaningful dialogue is not only satisfying but has the potential to be life-changing. By bringing together groups of people with exceptionally varied backgrounds and interests to talk about contemporary topics, this program format facilitates a rich exchange of ideas between all participants that continues to resonate long after event ends.

Complimentary hors d'oeuvres | Cash Bar

6:15pm - Doors open
6:30pm - After-hours tour of Sebastião Salgado: Genesis
7:00pm - Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres
7:30pm - Curated conversation with special guests
8:30pm - Mingling and Close

The Genesis exhibition is comprised of 245 photographs arranged in the Roloff Beny Gallery on level 4 and the Special Exhibitions gallery on the third floor. Please note, this event includes a viewing of the Roloff Beny Gallery only.

Special Guests:

Stewart Chisholm - Program Director, Evergreen
Stewart is the Managing Director of Evergreen’s CityWorks program which promotes new models and collaborative approaches to how we plan, design and manage our cities to ensure they are resilient, sustainable and offer a high quality of life to their citizens. He leads a range of initiatives aimed at professional and community audiences that address urban mobility, green design, urban ecology and community mobilization.  Prior to joining Evergreen in 1999, he worked extensively in the planning and environmental fields in both the private and public sectors. Stewart is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners  and speaks regularly at conferences and workshops across the country.

Deepali Dewan - Curator, ROM
Deepali Dewan is a Curator, in the Department of World Cultures of the Royal Ontario Museum. She teaches in the Department of Art at the University of Toronto and is affiliated with the Centre for South Asian Studies. She is also part of the Toronto Photography Seminar, a group of scholars from Ontario institutions who read, produce, and edit collaborative research concerning the history and theory of photography.

Silvia Forni - Curator, ROM
Dr. Silvia Forni is Curator of Anthropology in the ROM's Department of World Cultures. She is the curator of the African collection and has worked on a number of exhibits focused on continental Africa and the the African diaspora. She is also Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto where she teaches Anthropology of Material Culture, Ethnography of Africa and Anthropology of Art.

David Goorevitch - Photographer, Awe and then Some
David is the blogger and photographer behind "Awe & then Some". His multi-plane images of urban life capture a world between dreams and reality, where symbolic characters dangle in limbo in the spaces we all inhabit. His work has been praised and inspired by such seminal artists as André Kertesz and Michael Snow.His nature photography, much of it re-imagined through camera movement, describes the world as a place of chaotic wonder.
He is a graduate of Ryerson’s prestigious Film & Photography program and a professor at the Toronto Film School.

Oliver Haddrath - Ornithology Technician, ROM
Oliver Haddrath’s career at the ROM began 18 years ago. He is responsible for the operations of one of the ROM's two molecular genetic research laboratories, where the latest DNA technologies are used to study the phylogenetic relationships among different species, to examine the genetics of rare and endangered animals, and to unravel the mysteries of the past using ancient DNA. His Ph.D. research has developed new molecular markers to look further back in time to the earliest evolutionary events surrounding the origin of birds.

Ashley Lebner - Assistant Professor of Religion and Culture, Wilfrid Laurier University
Dr. Ashley Lebner is an incoming Assistant Professor of Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge and has held Research Fellowships in Anthropology at the Universities of São Paulo and Toronto. With over fifteen years of wide-ranging research on Latin America, especially on Brazil and Mexico, she is now collaborating with faculty at the University of Toronto's Latin American Studies Centre to renew understandings of Christianity's role in Latin American cultures and histories. Her recent ethnographic research has focused on the interplays of Christianity and politics with the Landless Worker's Movement and former goldminers in Amazonia, subjects that have also inspired Sebastião Salgado's previous photographic work.

Brenda Lucas - Operations Manager at Southern Ontario Water Consortium
Brenda leads the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC).  The SOWC is creating a platform for research, testing and demonstration of water and wastewater technologies and services. Brenda recently served as Senior Policy Advisor to two Ontario Ministers of Environment with responsibility for water policy and renewable energy. In that capacity, she played a key role in the introduction and passage of the Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act. Before that she spent 8 years with the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation, creating and managing its Freshwater Program. Brenda is also a member of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW) Canada, a collaborative of Canadian water experts.  She received her M.Sc. in Biology from Queen’s University and B.Sc. from University of Guelph.

Duke Redbird - First Nations Poet Storyteller
A poet, scholar, storyteller, inspirational speaker and television personality, Duke is a member of the Saugeen First Nation. He is the author of a collection of poetry and has been published in numerous anthologies including textbooks in Canada and the United States. He was vice-president of the Native Council of Canada.
In every Nation, in every Clan,
The Elders to a person.
Whether woman or a man,
Shared a common truth,
One Truth to understand,
That the spirit of the people
Is equal
To the Power of The Land.

— Excerpt from “The Power of the Land” by Duke Redbird

Dr. Katherine Rouleau - Director Global Public Health Program
Dr. Katherine Rouleau is a family physician at St-Michael's Hospital in Toronto and Director of the Global Health Program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a world leader in promoting family medicine in a global context.  Her work has taken her all over the world with a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and Brazil where she has had an opportunity to work with some truly awesome health care providers.  

Dr. Stephen Scharper - Professor and Ecotheologian, University of Toronto
Dr. Stephen Scharper is a renowned author, professor and scholar of religion and the environment at the University of Toronto. He is the author of “For Earth’s Sake: Towards a Compassionate Ecology” and a columnist with the Toronto Star.
A much-sought-after lecturer, Dr. Scharper’s research and teaching is in the areas of Catholic social ethics, environmental ethics, religious ethics and ecology, and the ethics of violence and nonviolence.


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