Our University of the Streets Café public conversations are much like any you’d have with friends or family around a dinner table, except with more people, more points of view, and slightly more structure. Conversations are hosted by a volunteer moderator who is there to welcome everyone and keep things on track. To get things started, there’s a guest, or sometimes two, who get the ball rolling by sharing their ideas, experiences and questions. After that, it’s all up to the participants.
If the nation is an epic then the city is a novel. If that is the case, then whose stories are told in the novel of our life? This end-of-season storytelling café considers cities as complex overlay of intertwining narratives. This evening celebrates the stories of our active investment in the urban landscape – stories of epic and humble proportion, celebrations of our loves, failures, our shames, tribulations and transformations. In our stories, how do contribute to the evolving narrative of the City Night?
Noga Emanuel is a translator, writer, discussion leader, and designer of courses in literature and philosophy for Thomas More Institute for Adult Education, and McGill Community for Lifelong Learning (MCLL). She holds degrees in the humanities from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel and Concordia University in Montreal.
Tolulope Ilesanmi is drawn to what he calls “the other side of cleaning”. Tolulope chose to become a Cleaner straight from business school at McGill after years in banking in Nigeria. Through his company Zenith Cleaning, Tolulope seeks to redefine cleaning and present it as a deep practice, metaphor and framework for individual, organizational and societal transformation. Tolulope speaks regularly at conferences and universities within and outside Canada
Miriam Fahmy is passionate about public affairs, particularly issues of social justice and democracy, which she delves into in her writing and lecturing. She worked for 10 years at the Institut du Nouveau Monde, has edited over 20 books and hosted dozens of public debates, deliberations and conversations. She writes a weekly column for the Métro newspaper.
Accessibility info: Café l’Artère is on the ground floor and can be accessed by a ramp. There are two gender-neutral washrooms equipped with grab bars.