Tanya Tagaq to speak about arts at lecture series
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Nunavut throat singer Tanya Tagaq will deliver the Spring 2017 Axworthy lecture at the University of Winnipeg.
Tagaq will be the fourth speaker in The Axworthy Distinguished Lecture Series on Social Justice and the Public Good. Her lecture, which will be held at 7 p.m. in the Riddell Hall on March 17, will be free and is open to the public with rush seating.
Her lecture will focus on the importance of the arts for public life and the public good, including how Inuk and indigenous artists contribute uniquely to conversations about justice, such as on the process of reconciliation, a media release stated.
Tagaq, who was recently appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, is a performer, composer and experimental recording artist. She is known for themes of environmentalism, human rights and post-colonial issues.
She won the 2014 Polaris Music Prize for her album Animism, and has released the critically acclaimed followup Retribution.
The Axworthy lectures bring leading researchers, social commentators and political leaders to the U of W to deliver free lectures to the public.
Past keynote speakers have included philosopher and political activist Dr. Cornel West, renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
The Axworthy Lecture Series was established to honour Lloyd Axworthy, who served as the University of Winnipeg president from 2004-2014.