I had the pleasure of attending the first City Symposium at the London Public Library Central branch last night. While I was late showing up, and missed the first talk about Grit Uplifted, I had a great time last night! Kudos to James Shelley for putting the event on, to the speakers for sharing their passion, and the attendees and volunteers who made the event possible.
Kelly Bradley delivered the opening talk about her Grit Uplifted project. I first heard about Grit Uplifted from Dr. Abe Oudshoorn, noted Londoner and advocate for the homeless, who posted an edition on his facebook a few months ago. The publication features a number of pieces, writing and photos, from those who have experienced homelessness, are homeless, or at risk. http://grituplifted.com/.
The second speaker was glass artist Daniel Castillo. Daniel emmigrated from Columbia and on top of the language barrier, he also had to develop his reputation over again as a full time “150% artist”. At first, I wasn’t clear about how extensive his experience was working with stained glass and fused glass. Then Daniel started his slide show. I would never have known London, Ontario was home to one of the world’s best glass artists and I highly recommend you check out the link below to see his beautiful work. More about Daniel Castillo: http://www.danielcastilloglass.com/
Finally, Dr Jason Gilliland took the stage to share with us his research into how Urban Planning can contribute to healthy development of children. His presentation starts with the dramatic map showing obesity levels in children have risen to greater than 20% since 1984 and that an easy way to combat this costly trend is to plan cities around walkability. His combined experience in geography, urban planning, and architecture give him a unique perspective on the real life challenges faced by the City of London and he and his team forcus their research on real world solutions. More about Jason Gilliland: http://geography.uwo.ca/faculty/gilliland/index.htm
Organizer James Shelley said that because the word Symposium comes from the Greek root of “Drinking together”, the evening wouldn’t be complete without conversation over a beverage. The party at the Fox and Fiddle concluded around 10:30pm. More about James Shelley: http://www.jamesshelley.net/home/
The next event will feature @comadork Adrian Owen speaking about conciousness and the mind.
When: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Where: Wolf Performance Hall
More details: http://citysymposium.com/