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World Poetry Proudly Presents a Spring Festival, March 21.

World Poetry - Spring Festival

Under the direction of Una Bruhns and the able team of Jemma Downes, Jaz Gill, Selene Bertelsen  and Nasreen Pejvack, this wonderful celebration at the new Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC  anvilcentre.com/ in New Westminster, B.C. Canada will present and amazing variety of poetry, music and dance. Display tables and a free raffle will also be there with artists and authors displaying their talents. Create a fat free lollipop poem! World Poetry have a table with space for your books also. Sharon Rowe will also have a book table and bring her special paper flowers.
A free event for you!

Poster by  the talented Nasreen Pejvack.

World Poetry Presents Author Anita Dennis from the US!

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Una Bhruns, welcomed the author : Anita Dennis with her fascinating account of life in Africa. Also on the show, an e-poem by Betty Patton for St Patrick’s Day and a call in from Dr.Paul Rowe about an upcoming conference. To hear this wonderful show: CLICK HERE!


 Anita was a white college student in the 1960’s who fell in love with and married her professor, an African
American and the hereditary chief of a tribe in Liberia. 
For more than 10-years, Dennis and her husband traveled throughout Africa and experienced a side of life that most can only imagine.  Upon her husband’s passing, Dennis penned a memoir of their time together titled “Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African Chief”. She published due to her desire to share her own racial and cultural experiences and create a dialogue that furthers understanding between races and cultures. 

Anita Dennis received her BA in sociology, with a minor in anthropology from the
University of Michigan-Flint in 1973. She was not only accepted into her husband’s
Mende tribe in 1972, but she lived in his village for a year in 1983–84 as a lay
missionary. She is the co-author of Slaves to Racism: An Unbroken Chain from America to Liberia, 2009.

To buy the book, go to Amazon.com or Barnes and Noble. Also check out her site with videos on the book.Website: http://www.anitakdennis.com/

“Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African Chief”
By Anita Katherine Dennis
Price $22.95
SBN: 978-1-4908-5955-2 available at: Amazon, WestBow Press and Barnes and Noble online bookstores

Excerpt: Massambolahun, Upcountry Liberia, West Africa, summer, 1973
  It was 9 p.m. and pitch black.It was 9 p.m.  I was a 27-year-old, red-headed white
woman sitting in the chief’s chair at the front of an open meeting house.
My husband, Ben, was with grateful elders, so I was taking his place of
honor. In my lap was our 4-year-old son, Bengie, kept awake by the rapid fire
drumming and the roar of rain on the corrugated zinc roof. By the light
of kerosene lanterns, Gbandi dancers gyrated acrobatically up the center
aisle. Men and women on crowded wooden benches stared at me.

“I love your prose. It is only you that would narrate the intricacies of Gbandi
and Mende life and culture in such a fascinating manner. With your
commanding knowledge of your husband’s people, you weave together an
intriguing account of your lives together. Even readers who are not familiar
with Gbandi and Mende culture will have little problem in understanding
your story. I learned a lot about Dr. Dennis in your book about slavery and
racism, but I got a clearer knowledge of him from Beyond Myself.”

—Losay Lalugba, son of the late chief Lalugba of Vahun

“Our Whole Society: Bridging the Religious-Secular Divide” Conference, Vancouver, BC!

 Ariadne’s Notes, The World Poetry Café Radio Show was honoured to receive a call from Dr. Paul Rowe , the spokesperson for upcoming conference, March 22-24, “Our Whole Society: Bridging the Religious-Secular Divide”. To hear more at 9:45 pm, Tuesday, March 17th, please CLICK HERE

Our Whole Society: Bridging the Religious-Secular Divide”, a conference sponsored by The Laurier Institution and organized by a national inter-faith leadership committee which will take place March 22-24, 2015 at UBC Robson Square, an academic setting that provides a space for open inquiry in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together thinkers and practitioners to investigate the process of reconciling secularism, religion and the common good.

We invite you to join us and our distinguished speakers, moderators, and guests as we explore these and other timely questions at our second annual conference, following on “Bridging the Secular Divide: Religion and Canadian Public Discourse,” held at McGill University in 2013.
Please visit www.ourwholesociety.ca for further information and for a full lineup of speakers, or email our administrator, Helen Mo, at info@ourwholesociety.ca.

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Spokesperson Paul S. Rowe is an Associate Professor of Political and International Studies at Trinity Western University and senior research fellow with the Religion, Culture, and Conflict Research Group.  He completed his PhD in Political Science at McGill University in 2003.  His research interests surround the politics of religion in developing countries and at the global level.  He has also written extensively on the politics of Christian minority communities in Middle Eastern states.  Dr. Rowe is the author of Religion and Global Politics (Oxford University Press Canada, 2012), and co-editor of Christians and the Middle East Conflict (Routledge UK, 2014) and Politics and the Religious Imagination (Routledge UK, 2010).

It is often assumed that a secular society has no need for religion in its public affairs, and that faith ought to be left to the private lives of individuals. And yet, Canadian public discourse is increasingly preoccupied with the role of religion in society. Religious freedom, religious accommodation, the secular charter – these have been the subject of headlines for the past several years.

We need to consider how to create appropriate space for religion in public discourse, and how to do so in a society that is increasingly diverse. We need to build a society that includes everyone – a whole society.

What does it mean to build a “whole society”? What is the purpose of secularism, and what are its limits? How can we re-conceptualize the role of religion in Canadian public life? What is the role of religion and spirituality in cultural reconciliation?