Massy Reads: Arts-based approaches to well-being education

Two books from UBC authors: Rewriting Stories by Derek Gladwin, and Contact! Unload edited by George Belliveau and Graham W. Lea (U of Manitoba), being launched on Thu March 11, 4:30-5:30 pm PST at an online conversation hosted by UBC Public Humanities and Massy Arts Society, with co-sponsors Language & Literacy Education and the Centre for Mindful Engagement

Massy Reads: Arts-based approaches to well-being education

A Public Humanities Hub Conversation with Derek Gladwin, George Belliveau, and Graham W. Lea

A book launch series co-hosted by UBC-V Public Humanities and Massy Arts Society. This event is co-sponsored with UBC-V Language & Literacy Education and the UBC-O Centre for Mindful Engagement.

Books can be purchased through Massy Books. This event is free and open to the public.

Please join us for a book launch and conversation with UBC authors, moderated by Dr. Karen Ragoonaden (Professor of Teaching, Okanagan School of Education, and Director of the Centre for Mindful Engagement, UBCO), with remarks by Dr. Farah Shroff (Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Medicine), Dr. Marv Westwood (Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education), and Tim Laidler (BA ’09, MA ’14, veteran).

Book cover of Rewriting Our Stories: Education, empowerment, and well-being by Dr. Derek Gladwin. Series editor Dr. Marie Murray. Graphic outline of a book with pages open against a lavender background.Rewriting Our Stories: Education, Empowerment and Well-being
(Cork University Press)
Dr. Derek Gladwin, Assistant Professor, UBC Language and Literacy Education

This book harnesses the therapeutic power of storytelling to convert feelings of fear and powerlessness into affirmative life narratives. Storytelling shapes our societies, influencing personal, sociocultural, educational, and public discourses that impact how we live. Creating and communicating the language of stories — to ourselves and others — enhances our innate voices and can empower us to engage in greater empathy, compassion, and possibility.


Book cover of Contact! Unload: Military veterans, trauma, and research-based theatre, edited by George Belliveau & Graham W. Lea with Marv Westwood. Cloned black-and-white photos of men wearing black t-shirts and camouflage-patterned pants, in various poses: crouched and with arms extended as if holding firearms, holding one’s own downward-facing head, and standing side by side in a row.

Contact!Unload: Military Veterans, Trauma, and Research-Based Theatre
(UBC Press)
Edited by Dr. George Belliveau, Professor and Head, UBC Language and Literacy Education, and Dr. Graham W. Lea, Assistant Professor of drama education and language and literacy, Curriculum, Teaching & Learning, University of Manitoba

This book is a call to action to responsibly address the sometimes difficult transition many soldiers face when returning to civilian life. It explores the development, performance, and reception of Contact!Unload, a play that brings to life the personal stories of veterans returning home from deployment overseas.

Thursday, March 11, 2021
4:30 – 5:30 pm Pacific Time
Online via Zoom

Please note that this event will be recorded via Zoom and posted publicly. The recording may contain attendees’ names and images. We recognize that this may be undesirable for some participants. If you do not wish for your name or image to be used in the video, please leave your video turned off during the event. You may also change your name to something generic like “Participant” or “Anonymous” in the Zoom meeting room by selecting yourself from the participants list and editing your name. By registering for this event and clicking the Zoom link that will be emailed to you, you consent to being recorded and are aware of actions you can take to anonymize yourself during the event. If you do not want to participate in the live session, the recording will be posted at a later date to our YouTube channel.

This event is being broadcast from the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.