Enhancing the Lives of Boys Through the Arts
4 – 6 May 2017
Selwyn House School
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Alain Savoie is associate professor at the Faculty of Education, Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada. A graduate of McGill University, he has spent many years teaching visual arts education to future primary school teachers. His research and publications focus primarily on boys and art learning, the arts and child development, and the value of art learning for children in school. Publishing his work internationally, Savoie regularly keynotes conferences to promote the value of art education in school.
Ada L. Sinacore
Ada L. Sinacore, Ph.D. is Chair of the Gender, Sexuality, Feminist, and Social Justice Studies Program, Director of the Social Justice and Diversity Research Lab, and Associate Professor in the Counselling Psychology Program at McGill University. With more than 20 years of experience working in the U.S., Canada, and around the globe, Sinacore is internationally recognized for her expertise and extensive presentations and publications addressing social justice concerns at the individual, institutional, and policy level. She actively engages in research on the topics of gender equity education, feminist and social justice pedagogy, migration and immigration, workplace harassment, bullying, and gender-based violence. Additionally, Sinacore co-edited a book on teaching social justice from a multicultural and feminist perspective. Sinacore has garnered numerous honors and awards, including the Oliva Espin Award for Social Justice Concerns in Feminist Psychology: Immigration and Gender, from the Association for Women in Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and earned the Distinguished Member Award from the Section on Counselling Psychology of the Canadian Psychological Association. Additionally, Psychology's Feminist Voices honored her as a Notable Feminist Scholar in Psychology. Most recently, the Department of International Cooperation and Science Education, Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan invited Sinacore to continue her work on gender equity education and anti-bullying initiatives in collaboration with several Taiwanese universities.
Jonathan Emile is a Jamaican-Canadian rapper, poet, composer, and cancer survivor. In 2011, he gained attention with the release of his debut EP The Lover/Fighter Document, which earned a spot on the first ballot of the 2011 Grammy Nominations for Rap Album of the Year. His music rejects the current commercial conventions of rap while embracing musicality and humanism. Emile has collaborated with international hip-hop artists Kendrick Lamar, Buckshot, and Murs for his debut LP released on 9 October 2015. Additionally, he has shared the stage with rappers Coolio in San Francisco, Nelly in Las Vegas, and Naughty by Nature and Slick Rick in New York.
At the age of 18, Emile was diagnosed with cancer, and for the following two years he underwent intense chemotherapy and radiation to fight the disease. During this period he used music as his personal therapy as he fought the disease. Truth defines his music as Emile shares his experiences of battling cancer, addresses current affairs, and explores humanity. Through hip-hop, R&B, neo-soul, and reggae, Emile offers an honest and unique perspective of reality without sacrificing the hype noise that the new generation craves.