The StFXAUT invites sponsorship requests from organizations committed to education, labour, social justice, and community development.
The StFXAUT is very pleased to sponsor the following films in this year’s Film Festival:
“The 50 Year Argument” (2014) 118 minutes, directors: Martin Scorsese & David Tedeschi
From its emergence during the writer strikes and Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s the New York Review of Books defied the modern culture of news reporting and frequently made challenges to mainstream thought. Scorsese puts together a bracing film about how fifty years of radical ideas can open a dialogue towards social and political change.
Friday, October 23 at 3:30pm in the Town Library
“American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs” (2013) 83 minutes, director: Grace Lee
Grace Lee Boggs is a 99-year-old Chinese American writer, activist, and philosopher. Rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future. Grace’s lifetime of vital thinking and action traverses major U.S. social movements of the last century; from labour to civil rights, to Black Power, feminism, the Asian American and environmental justice movements and beyond. Angela Davis, Bill Moyers, Danny Glover and others help shape this story. “Revolution”, Boggs says, “is about the ability to transform oneself to transform the world”.
Best Feature, Toronto Asian Film Festival & Woodstock Festival; Audience Award, Wisconsin Film Festival
Friday, October 23 at 1:45pm at the Town Library
2014 Antigonish International Film Festival: October 17-18
Once again, the StFXAUT is a sponsor for this educational event. We have chosen to attach our name to two films: one highlights the subversive mechanisms by which the voices of the scientific community are being stifled in the climate change debate (Greedy Lying Bastards); the other features the ethnographic work of our own member, Dr. Jane McMillan, in the nearby Paqtnkek First Nation community (Seeking Netukulimk).
On behalf of the StFXAUT membership, President Brad Long presents a cheque to Jesús Tecú Osorio accompanied by his wife, Isabel Osorio Chen, and daughter, Isabel.
The Executive received and responded favourably to a request from the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS) to support the New Hope Foundation in Rabinal, Guatemala. This organization was established to support descendants of the 1982 government-led massacres in their pursuit of an independent, quality, and culturally relevant education that promotes indigenous knowledge, capacity building, and sustainability. The New Hope Foundation was created in 1997 by Jesús Tecú Osorio, himself a survivor of this violence and now a StFX Honourary Degree recipient. StFX has been the direct beneficiary of a 13 year (and counting) partnership between Breaking the Silence and our Immersion Service Learning Program, with over 100 students having participated in the Guatemalan immersion experience and witnessing first-hand the important work of the New Hope Foundation. Students have been awakened, career trajectories have been altered, and our campus has been enriched (e.g. Fair Trade coffee). As reported in The Casket, Mr. Osorio and his family recently paid a visit to Antigonish on a fundraising tour. In support of our shared goals of equality, justice, and higher education, and as an expression of solidarity beyond our narrow borders, the StFXAUT is pleased to have contributed $1,000 from our donations budget toward this worthy cause. Broader still, our hope is that this contribution represents the seeds of a “sustaining fund” to which members may wish to donate further. For more information on how to make a donation of your own, please contact Susan at the StFXAUT office.