Sabbatical Talks: Dr. Lynne Milgram and Dr. Charles Reeve

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 3:00pm

Please join the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies for two sabbatical talks:

“Social Entrepreneurship, Specialty Coffee Production, and Transnational Trade in the Northern Philippines”
Dr. Lynne Milgram

3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M
While the fair-trade-certified coffee movement created advantageous terms for producers, its perceived inadequate concern for higher quality and its uneven producer-vendor relations have given rise to social entrepreneurial initiatives marketing more directly-traded, specialty coffee. The latter’s practice champions business transparency, high quality, and sustainability. As these enterprises expand, however, questions arise regarding the extent to which operations can scale up from their start-up premises and still maintain quality standards and a social justice mandate to engage socioeconomic infrastructure change for producers?
Engaging these issues, this paper analyzes new northern Philippine Arabica coffee enterprises that employ “fairly traded” practices. I argue that while social entrepreneurs have established more equitable terms for their local and transnational trade, people’s subsistence needs can challenge enterprise sustainability. By shortening commodity chains, paying higher prices, and providing cultivation training, Philippine social entrepreneurs have enabled farmers’ engagement in alternatives to conventional mainstream and fair trade markets. Yet, Philippine farmers’ lack of income diversity, weak government support, and competition among traders for limited supplies, can frustrate entrepreneurs’ efforts. Given coffee culture’s growing third wave, I explore whether Philippine entrepreneurs’ timely initiatives might still resolve these push-pull tensions to yield an industry for, and more responsive to, stakeholders needs.
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“Artists, autobiography, auto fiction”
Dr. Charles Reeve

4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
An “embarrassment,” Paul de Man said. “Disreputable” and “self-indulgent.” He was speaking about autobiographies, and no doubt his assertions would intensify if he focused specifically on artists’ autobiographies, given how that sub-genre doubles down on unreconstructed Romanticism. Omissions, misrememberings and outright lies notwithstanding, though, artists’ autobiographies have been popular ever since the Vita of Renaissance sculptor Bevenuto Cellini was unearthed and published in 1728. If anything, as Julie Rak shows, autobiography enjoys more popularity now than ever before—and artists’ accounts contribute robustly to that popularity. Why? What launched that interest in the first place and what sustains it now?

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 205 Richmond St. W., Room 115
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/2666469680079382/
Email: 
folas@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
Poster for Sabbatical Talks: Dr. Lynne Migram and Dr. Charles Reeve

Tea & Coffee Workshop

coffee tea wksp
Friday, July 26, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Join Nicole Hull and the Peer Wellness Educators at Health & Wellness for an illuminating workshop on coffee and tea. Free. Open to all OCADU Community Members.

Learn more about how to brew coffee and tea, how to enjoy it on a budget, and the effects of caffeine. RSVP encouraged to give HWC an estimate of coffee, tea, and snacks for participants. 

Venue & Address: 
Health & Wellness Centre, 230 Richmond Street W., 8th Floor
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/2371160949798537/
Email: 
amclaren@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free

Coffee Exchange signs on to operate in 100 McCaul St. café space

OCAD U is pleased to announce that Coffee Exchange, a local coffee shop with its main location in the Village by the Grange, has signed on to operate in the café space.