Upcoming Event, Monday Feb 20th: Beyond business as usual: Has Occupy changed us?

15 Feb

The University of the Streets cafe is holding a discussion on the impacts of Occupy, moderated by a sociology prof at McGill who specializes in globalization and labour politics, and an activist/PhD student at UDM interested in multidisciplinary arts with social critique.

University of the Streets is a great community organization, which uses community spaces and cafes to host public conversations. All events are free and open to everyone, democratizing critical discussions on topics that are important to the community.

Check out their website for the whole program of conversations this spring.


Beyond business as usual: Has Occupy changed us?

Français ci-dessous…

Monday, February 20

7pm – 9pm

Café l’Artère

7000, Parc (& Jean-Talon)

The wave of occupations that began on October 15 overtook more than a thousand cities, made an incredible media splash, and had everyone talking. But did the Occupy movement change anything and if so, what exactly? The protestors have been evicted but the rich and powerful remain. While many people are still mobilizing, their actions have faded from view. The movement’s forced retreat could easily prompt cynicism but there may be other ways to consider Occupy’s lasting effects. We know, for example, that many participants were deeply transformed by their experiences and that the Occupy movement brought North America into a global fold of social movements. So does creating or witnessing large-scale protests at home result in real difference? Beyond media reports and political banter, this conversation invites everyone, activists or not, to make sense of Occupy and its possible impacts.


Marcos Ancelovici teaches courses on globalization, social movements, and labor politics in the Department of Sociology at McGill University. His extensive studies have focused on labor responses to globalization, the global justice movement in France, and anti-sweatshop campaigns in Canada and France. Marcos began studying the Spanish “Indignados” in the summer of 2011 and has been doing research on Occupy Montreal since it began on October 15, 2011.

Throughout her activist and professional life, Carminda Mac Lorin has nurtured an interest in creative citizen engagement and democratic experimentation. She has launched many events, fusing multidisciplinary arts with social critique. In 2011, Carminda became involved in Occupy Montreal and spoke about her experience on the Quebec TV show Tout le Monde en Parle.  She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Human Science at the Université de Montréal.


Alex Megelas is an educator, life coach and community organizer. He is interested in dialogue as a necessary foundation to growth and critical citizenship. He is pursuing an MA in Educational Studies at Concordia University and is interested in technology as a form of social power and spectacle in activism. He is the Coordinator of the Personal and Cultural Enrichment Program in the School of Continuing Studies at McGill University. He loves board games, soccer, his cats and you.


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