Prominent speaker James Fraser, executive director for Dignitas International, will be at Western this Monday to present the topic of AIDS and health care initiatives in Africa.
“This event is being sponsored by the International Society for Human Rights and Peace and lots of groups on campus [including] the Schulich School of Medicine,” said Fadi Hamadani, co-president for the International Society for Human Rights and Peace.
“[Fraser] used to work with Doctors Without Borders, and now he works with a similar organization to manage and promote health clinics dealing with AIDS,” Hamadani said, noting his focus is on the AIDS epidemic in Malawi.
He added this highly sought-after speaker will give aspiring medical students at Western an excellent chance to hear about his involvement with AIDS and his medical experiences in Canada and abroad. Dignitas International will also present a documentary.
James Fraser will be speaking in the 3M Centre,
Rm. 3250, on Monday, Mar. 7 at 7 p.m. All are
encouraged to attend.
Lawyer talks about law-talking guys
For the legal-minded, the legal eagle, or those experiencing legal troubles, a talk from an appellate court judge might be just what you need to hear.
Robert J. Sharpe, a justice with the Ontario Court of Appeal, will be coming to Western to deliver a lecture entitled “Brian Dickson: AJudge’s Journey,” explained Becky Bannerman, communications officer with Western’s faculty of law.
“He was a very important member of the judiciary,” she said of Dickson.
According to Bannerman, Sharpe graduated from Western in 1966 and went on to the University of Toronto for his law degree, where he eventually served as the school’s dean.
Sharpe’s talk about Dickson will be based upon his experience working for the Canadian Supreme Court judge as an executive legal officer, which formed the basis for a book about Dickson Sharpe wrote in 2003, Bannerman added. “Justice Sharpe is a pretty sharp cookie.”
The lecture will be held today in Rm. 36 of the
Law Building at 1 p.m..
Performers to breakdance, rhyme and get funky Those with a sense of cool and a heart of gold should check out the Urban Source showcase coming up this weekend.
Source president Dave Shellnutt said the showcase will feature a variety of acts, ranging from hiphop to the spoken word.
The profits from the night will be donated to Red Cross tsunami relief, Shellnutt added. Tickets are $7 in advance and $9 at the door.
“We’ll have a lot of stuff,” he said. “The UWO Breakers are coming in to do some dance routines. There’ll also be an MC battle with some big artists who’ve had videos on MuchMusic and local artists from London and Western.
“It’s going to be a killer night,” he stated. “This is our third annual showcase and there will be plenty of giveaways.”
Shellnutt said the showcase will kick off at The
Wave on Saturday, Mar. 5 at 8:45 p.m.. An afterparty
will begin immediately afterward.
Engineers don sumo suits
A group of Western engineers are inviting students out to flagellate themselves and others with a pool noodle in an effort to combat world poverty.
“We’re trying to do a stunt to draw people’s attention,” said Danyaal Raza, VP-communications for the Western chapter of Engineers Without Borders, the group organizing the event. “You can take out your frustrations against world poverty in a sumo suit and with a pool noodle.”
The event is part of National Engineering Week, which is being observed this week on campus. Thursday will be dedicated to EWB, a global organization that contributes to sustainable development projects around the world.
Raza said EWB Canada is promoting a global campaign entitled “Make Poverty History,” and the Western chapter is working to bring awareness about the campaign to campus.
“This is the first year Western has a chapter of EWB. We want people to know what we are about,” Raza said.
Students can begin flagellating and venting their
anger at 11 a.m. this Thursday in the lobby of the
Spencer Engineering Building.