MONDAY NIGHT SEMINAR We Interrupt This Program: Indigenous Media Tactics in Canada

MONDAY NIGHT SEMINAR We Interrupt This Program: Indigenous Media Tactics in Canada

The “Monday Night Seminar” carries on the tradition of Marshall McLuhan’s public seminars at the University of Toronto. All seminars take place from 6 – 8pm within the same intimate Coach House setting where McLuhan once held court. In this up-close and personal environment, a range of thinkers – academics, activists, scientists, artists, designers and planners – will explore digital culture from a feminist perspective.

The Monday Night Seminars are designed to challenge prevailing cultural notions about technology and provoke new insight on the possibilities for a more equitable technological future. Join us!

Monday Night Seminar April 9th: We Interrupt This Program: Indigenous Media Tactics in Canada

Join us as at the book launch and discussion for “We Interrupt This Program: Indigenous Media Tactics in Canada“, with authors John H.M. Kelly and Miranda Brady, along with special guest,  Terril Calder.

The book will be available for purchase at the event for $28.00, the link to the description is posted below.

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Dr. Miranda Brady, Associate Professor in Communication Studies at Carleton University and Co-director of the Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language, and Education (CIRCLE)

Miranda J. Brady is an associate professor in Communication Studies and a Co-director of the Centre for Indigenous Research, Culture, Language, and Education (CIRCLE). She holds a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in Mass Communication with a minor in Social Thought.

Dr. Brady’s work takes a critical/cultural approach and explores the construction of identity in the media and other highly mediated cultural institutions like museums. In particular, her focus is on race and ethnicity with an emphasis on Indigenous identity. Dr. Brady’s current research projects explore Indigenous activism and media in the 1970s and 1980s. She is also working with the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation’s Native North American Travelling College on projects related to mobilizing traditional knowledge for community well-being. Finally, Brady is active in CIRCLE’s many activities on campus, including an annual student conference on Indigenous and indigenist research (usually in March).

Dr. John M.H. Kelly, CIRCLE Co-Director, Adjunct Professor at Carleton University 

John M.H. Kelly, directed the Centre for Aboriginal Education, Research and Culture (CAERC) in 2002 after he accepted the position at Carleton. The next year, John and musicologist Elaine Keillor founded and co-directed CIRCLE, which combined CAERC’s research functions with the Centre for First Peoples’ Music and Research, the Canadian Musical Heritage Society and the Centre for Canadian Cultures and Heritages.

John is Haida from Skidegate Village in Haida Gwaii, a group of lush, rain-forested North Pacific islands about 80 km off the coast of British Columbia, a 1,750 kilometre road trip from Victoria. The journey is much shorter by the ocean-faring canoes of his rugged ancestors.

John has worked to support Indigenous languages, cultures and education in Canada and the United States since 1993. He earned his doctorate in education from Oregon State University in 2000. John’s work includes co-investigator, editor and a writer for four of CIRCLE’s research project Web publications funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage and other organizations. These are Native Drums (, Native Dance(, Path of the Elders ( and First Encounters ( He also co-authored with Elaine Keillor and Timothy Archambault, The Encyclopedia of Native American Music of North America (Santa Barbara, Calif,: Greenwoood Press, 2013). He is co-author with Miranda Brady of a book, Indigenous Interventions: Studies in History, Media, Image and Discourse.  The book is undergoing revisions under contract to UBC Press.

Among numerous committees, grant adjudication boards and other activities, John is one of 15 researchers the Department of Canadian Heritage designated as Canada’s leading authorities on language and cultural revitalization. In 2004, this Circle of Experts worked with a 10-member Task Force to design a national languages strategy to perpetuate aboriginal languages in Canada.

Terril Calder, Independent Film Director

Is a Métis artist, born in Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada currently residing in Toronto. She attended The University of Manitoba’s Fine Art Program as a Drawing major with a focus on Performance Art (with Sharen Alward) & Film Studies (with George Toles). While in Winnipeg she was a member of Video Pool and it was there she was awarded training in video production. Calder exhibited her Sculpture and Performance Art work with the notorious Student Bolshevik group until leaving for Toronto in 1992. In Toronto Calder joined the Shake Well Performance Art collective in various exhibitions that led her to a group that became the founding members of the 7a*11d International Performance Art festival in Toronto, Canada. There she curated Visual and Performance Art exhibitions under their umbrella organization. In 2000 Calder received training in 3-D Computer Animation. She has lectured and taught art through the years with various organizations that include the National Ballet School of Canada, Art in the Park program, The University of Manitoba, Indigenous Roots and in the ImagineNATIVE’s Cultural Exchange Program with South Africa. Her work has strongly influenced many Indigenous filmmakers and a new genera in film; Spotted Fawn aka Amanda Strong and Michelle Latimer were both mentored and/or assisted by Terril in their animated work. Compelled by the love of Hybrid Media and Fusion Art she currently experiments with the amalgamation in her Stop Frame Animated films that she writes, directs, crafts and animates. The films screen Nationally and Internationally and have received attention. Most notably an Honorable Mention at The Sundance Film Festival and at Berlinale a Canadian Genie Award Nomination as well as TIFF’s top ten list in 2011 for “Choke” a short she animated and co-created with Michelle Latimer. In 2016 she was awarded the Ontario Arts Council’s K.M Hunter award for her work in Media Arts.