Release Date: February 14, 2006
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Lecture series nourishes both mind and body
Education and food combine to nourish both mind and body with a unique lecture series. The University of Regina is partnering with the Regina and District Food Bank and the First Nations University of Canada to offer Nourishing Thoughts at the Food Bank, a lunchtime lecture series for the general public and participants in the food bank’s educational programs. Professors will give brief talks on topics of interest, such as hip hop culture, personal resilience and Cree narratives. The lectures are open to all and a free lunch will be served.

The series begins its new season on Thurs. Feb 16 at 12 p.m. at the Education Centre at the Regina and District Food Bank (425 Winnipeg Street). Angela Weenie of the First Nations University of Canada will present the first lecture, entitled “Sīpihkēyihtamowin: Resilience”. Her talk will explore the main characteristics that increase the likelihood of success for students, despite personal vulnerabilities and adversities. These include faith, compassion, stability, resourcefulness, self-efficacy and vision. Weenie will relate these characteristics to existing research and will also present her own model on resilient factors in educational success.

Other talks in the series include:
• Wed, Mar. 15 – Charity Marsh (U of R), “‘It’s tricky, tricky, tricky’: Identity and Performance in Hip Hop Culture”
• Tues., Apr. 25 – Neal McLeod (FNUC), “Cree Narratives”