Ideas to Ivory Tower (I2I)
May 6, 2010 – The second discussion in the Ideas to Ivory Tower (I2I) series was led by speakers Patricia Roe, Leader for Communications and Public Relations at Sherbrooke Community Centre, and Anne Simpson the 2009-10 Writer-in-Residence at the Saskatoon Public Library.
Sherbrooke Community Centre is not only a home for elders, but a thriving community which is enriched by community partnerships. Increasingly, opportunities have arisen for meaningful exchanges between Sherbrooke and the University of Saskatchewan. In 2010, as her assignment in English 496.3 (Career Internship), an undergraduate student assisted Anne Simpson in the Writing Program at Sherbrooke. In February 2010, students in Interdisciplinary Studies 298.3 (Dynamics of Community Involvement) participated in an Open Mike session of readings by residents of Sherbrooke.
The discussion opened up possibilities for connections between Sherbrooke’s Arts Program, undergraduate courses such as Career Internship and Dynamics of Community Involvement, and the ICCC’s new MFA in Writing. Also considered in the light of Sherbrooke’s experience were prospects for the employment of artists and for developing technologies of communication.
The Sherbrooke Community Centre is embarked towards becoming a centre for creativity - a place of learning and a lab where students from elementary, high school and university can develop new projects and programs to help create full and abundant lives for institutionalized and community-based elders, and individuals with disabilities. The May 6th discussion helped set the collaborative wheels in motion.