On September 30, (#OrangeShirtDay) Dr. Jerome Cranston (#UREdu Dean and Professor) was keynote lecturer for the University of Manitoba’s Distinguished Lecturer Virtual Series. Cranston addressed how amid the current period of racial reckoning, those responsible for teacher preparation, preservice and in-service education, need to confront and (re)consider how higher education has reified systemic racism.
Arts Education students enjoyed the one-man performance by Beau Dixon, “Beneath Springhill: The Maurice Ruddick Story” (Created and Performed by Beau Dixon, Lyrics and Music by Rob Fortin and Susan Newman, Directed by Linda Kash).
“This forty-five minute musical chronicles the life of Maurice Ruddick, an African Canadian who survived the historic mining disaster in Springhill, Nova Scotia in 1958. Ruddick – an African Canadian – was awarded “Citizen of the Year” for saving the lives of his fellow workers. Created and performed by Beau Dixon, with lyrics and music by Rob Fortin and Susan Newman, this one man show will recall the events of seven miners trapped one mile beneath a small mining town, the effect it had on their rural Canadian community and the racial tension that surfaced as a result. Book this original one-act play for your school, and participate in an educational story filled with tragedy, drama and comical – yet conflicting moments of hope and bravery.” (https://www.firebrandtheatre.com/)