Welcome to Alt Frosh 2016!

It is finally here! After two months of planning, more than 10 campus clubs and groups (and a few community organization too) are proud to release the 2016 Alt Frosh Calendar!

This year’s events range from celebrating the work done, planning for the work that still needs to be addressed, and welcoming new folks to the work still unfolding.

The events are:

Feminist CookoutCome join organizers, activists, academics, feminists, and folks from all corners of the campus for a cookout in Breakwater Park – right on the lake just across from the Queen’s Residences!

Celebrate all the great work feminist organizations and organizers have brought to Queen’s and the Kingston communities while mourning the closing days of summer. Get a chance to meet some of the amazing feminist organizations on campus, mingle with soon to be new friends and enjoy some delicious foods. The food is free, and we strive to meet as many dietary restrictions as possible – there will be halal, vegetarian, vegan, meaty, and gluten free options available!

Time: 530-730pm
Location: Breakwater Park, right across from Queen’s residences.

What is Anarchism What is Anarchism? It may not be what you think it is! In this interactive workshop, members of AKA Autonomous Social Centre will discuss some key principles of anarchism. Together, we will explore how anarchism can apply in the here and now and what it has to do with some of our core values like freedom, justice and consent. All Welcome! No prior experience with Anarchism necessary! Bring your curiosity and questions! Refreshments provided. Childcare available upon request. Contact germinations(at)riseup.net for questions, childcare, accessibility or other info.

Time: Tuesday September 13, 6:30pm
Location: Autonomous Social Centre, 75 Queen St, Unit 1 (up the ramp)

Choosing Inclusive Language: Building Relationships Across Difference –What’s in a word?  A label?  A name?  Words carry a history and power with them. Who uses what words and why can often go uninvestigated and create spaces where certain identities and voices are marginalized. The everyday choices we make around language can shape our resistance to injustice and build communities in which everyone is able to participate fully, equitably and with dignity.  Join OPIRG and the Queen’s Human Rights Office for a participatory workshop on language and power.

Time: Tuesday, September 13, 11am-1pm
Location: Mac-Corry B503

Blanket Exercise – This experiential workshop hosted by the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre will have you “walking” in the shoes of Indigenous peoples prior to European contact. You will learn about the history of Indigenous peoples from their perspective and how contact impacted the lives of Indigenous peoples living in Canada. This workshop will bring an awareness to present day issues and how history has had an impact on those. An experience you will not regret or forget!!

Time: Wednesday September 14, 12-2pm
Location:  The Red Room, Kingston Hall

Screening Under the Stars: Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things –Screening Under the Stars is free film screening jointly hosted by Reelout Arts Project and OPIRG. This year we will be screening ‘Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things’ a brand new documentary, directed by Queen’s alum Michael Yerxa, film just released.

Film description: As a small group in Nunavut prepare for a seminal LGBT Pride celebration in the Arctic, the film explores how colonization and religion have shamed and erased traditional Inuit beliefs about sexuality and family structure and how, 60 years later, a new generation of Inuit are actively ‘unshaming’ their past.

For folks who have never been to the Screening Room before, or would like to walk over as a group from Queen’s campus; we will be meeting at the Grey House (51 Bader Lane) at 8:30pm to head over jointly – the walk will be less than 20 minutes.

Time: Wednesday September 14, 9:15pm
Location: the Screening Room, 120 Princess Street

Take Back the Mic: featuring Niambi Leigh! Take Back the Mic is an open-performance space where we seek to give time and attention back to folks who have historically been kept away from the stage – queers, performers of colour, indigenous folks, people with disabilities, and so many others.

This event is being hosted by OPIRG and the AMS Social Issues Commission, and will feature Niambi Leigh: Born in Jamaica, Niambi Leigh is a Peterborough based poet whose work explores the intersectionality between race, gender and mental illnesses. Their work is lyrical, deeply felt and rooted in storytelling. Niambi is a poet who reminds you that even the act of breathing is an expression of strength. They are the current individual Peterborough slam champion, and went on to represent Peterborough at the Verses Festival of Words in Vancouver in 2016. They are a three-time member of the Peterborough Poetry Slam Team, and traveled with the team to perform at the Canadian Festival of Spoken word in Victoria in 2014 and in Saskatoon in 2015 and Winnipeg in 2016, where they distinguished themselves as a poet on the rise.  

There will be coffee, tea, snacks and delicious food provided by the Tea Room!

Time: Thursday September 15 6:30-8:45pm
Location: the Tea Room, 45 Union Street in Beamish-Munro Hall

Friday Reading Group – RacismJoin in a passionate and engaging discussion with folks from across campus as we come together to read and share our thoughts in three different articles exploring and unpacking Islamophobia and racism. Coffee, tea and some snacks will be provided!

Time: Friday September 16 11-1pm
Location: Grey House Living Room

Soul Shakedown – Celebrate the return to Queen’s and dance the night away with some awesome music and beats from DJs EfE eMe (Latino), Tomatillo (Middle East Pop-Dance, Balkan Ska-Punk) and Inflated Powers (hip-hop, disco, electro, funk, dancehall, and oddities).

Soul Shakedown is a semi-regular show of sounds from across the world that helps raise funds for local causes – and this show’s cause is to help OPIRG Kingston raise some funds to pay some artists for our Out of the Archive and Onto the Streets Series!

Doors and music at 9pm. Admission is $8, $10 after 10:30pm

Time: Saturday September 17 from 9pm-2am
Location: the Grad Club, 168 Barrie Street

Really Really Free Market – A Really Really Free Market is a place where all things are free! Bring stuff to give away (not necessary), take stuff you need.

The “free market” benefits big corporations. The “really, really free market” benefits the rest of us. All are welcome, please invite your friends! Note: we encourage you to take home your items that are not taken if possible. For more information email rrfmkingston@riseup.net.

Time: Sunday September 18 from 12-3pm.

Location: Doug Fluhrer Park, at the north end of Wellington Street, rain location will be 75 Wellington Street

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