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

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 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.

“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, 100 McCaul St., Room 258 (George Reid Wing)
Poster for Sabbatical Talks: Dr. Lynne Milgram and Dr. Charles Reeve

Startup Open House

Startup Open House at Imagination Catalyst
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

Coinciding with this year’s Elevate Startup Open House event, come out to mix and mingle with startups from the Imagination Catalyst program - present and past - as well as network with our exceptional advisors, mentors and investors.

The event runs from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM in our new innovation campus at Daniels Waterfront: City of the Arts building at Queens Quay East and Lower Jarvis.


Venue & Address: 
Daniels Waterfront: City of The Arts 130 Queens Quay East Toronto, Ontario M5A 3Y5
416-977-6000 x4258
New Waterfront innovation campus

Sarah Tranum

Sarah Tranum is a social innovation designer and strategist. Sarah founded TrickleUp Design, a design firm pushing the boundaries of design and business to create transformative products and services that are socially, environmentally, culturally, and financially sustainable. Her creative work and research is focused on ethical product development as well as systems design and research for socially innovative solutions in emerging markets.

B. Lynne Milgram

Lynne Milgram’s research is rooted in gender studies and anthropology, but lends itself to interdisciplinary collaborations of all kinds. Analyzing the commoditization of indigenous craft production and trade in Ifugao province, northern Philippines, Milgram’s doctoral research analyzed the criteria women use to determine their differential engagement in cultivation and craft-making activities and whether to produce market-oriented or for-local-use textiles and baskets.