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The FLF is thrilled to announce that our first Feminist Fridays roundtable discussion of the 2010/2011 academic year will be led by Prof. Debra Parkes. The roundtable is titled Feminism and Law: Why and How? It will be held on Tuesday, September 28th from 12 -1 in room 309.

This promises to be a fascinating introductory roundtable, well suited for those who identify as feminists or have studied in the areas of feminism or gender before, as well as those who wish to learn a bit more about feminism. In particular, this roundtable will discuss the interaction between feminism and law – a great start for a group named Feminist Legal Forum!

If you’re looking to mull some questions over before the roundtable, Professor Parkes has provided us with a short book chapter that will be of some help.  “Feminist Legal Studies: a Primer” by Brettel Dawson offers some thought provoking content that will get you thinking about things to discuss or questions to bring up at the roundtable. Find it here: Feminist Legal Primer

The roundtable is a great opportunity to discuss and debate, as well as to interact with fellow students and Faculty members.

More on Prof. Debra Parkes, our discussion facilitator:

Professor Debra Parkes teaches and researches in a variety of areas related to constitutional and human rights law, criminal law, employment and labour law, and penal law and policy. Her scholarly work examines the various ways that rights claims are framed, adjudicated, and reviewed by administrative authorities and courts, as well as the public support (or, in some cases, lack of it) for those rights claims.

Professor Parkes is one of Canada’s leading experts on prisoners’ rights and she currently holds a multi-year grant from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to investigate prisoner complaint systems in Canada and internationally. She is also collaborating with the Council of Canadians with Disabilities on a Community-University Research Alliance grant from the SSHRC, examining legal mechanisms for the enforcement of the human rights of people with disabilities.

Professor Parkes is a member of the Manitoba Bar and a past member of the Ontario Bar. She currently serves as President of the Canadian Law & Society Association, a national association of scholars from many disciplines who are interested in the place of law in social, political, economic and cultural life. During her term as President of the Manitoba Elizabeth Fry Society, Professor Parkes led that organization’s advocacy for women’s equality rights through a Human Rights complaint and mediation. In recognition of her human rights work, Professor Parkes has received the University of Manitoba Outreach Award (2005) and the Manitoba Bar Association Equality Rights Award (2008). She was also nominated for a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 2008.

See you at the roundtable! Bring your lunch and your hunger for discussion!

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