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Crossing Boundaries is back in a new and exciting way!


Crossing Boundaries Graduate Symposium
Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Room W857, Centre for the Arts


Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Crossing Boundaries Graduate Symposium in the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences at the University of Lethbridge! Featuring a full day of presentations and a keynote lecture by ULethbridge alumna, Ashley Henrickson, the symposium showcased the innovative research and creative work being produced by MA, MFA, MMus, and PhD students at our university. A community-building event, Crossing Boundaries fosters collegial conversations across multiple disciplines and areas of inquiry.


2024 Keynote Speaker
Ashley Henrickson (BA/BEd '16, MA '18)
Director of Outreach & Partnerships, Know History

Ashley is the Director of Outreach and Partnerships at Know History, North America’s largest historical research firm. In this role, she works with museums, Indigenous Nations, and various organizations across Canada to research, document, and share history. Prior to joining Know History, Ashley worked at the Galt Museums and Archives in Lethbridge Alberta as the Museum Educator. Ashley completed a B.A./B.Ed. from the University of Lethbridge in 2016 and a M.A. in History in 2018, under the supervision of Dr. Kristine Alexander, receiving the School of Graduate Studies Silver Medal of Merit.

Symposium Schedule | April 9

Don't forget to check-in at the registration table before heading to W857. Table is located on the 8th level landing.

Session Chair: Christine Clark, New Media

  • Frank Onuh, “Disability rhetoric in official policy documents of universities in Nigeria and Canada”

  • Serena Visser, “Shifting perspectives: Recognizing cisnormativity and transantagonism in mental health research ethics”

  • Lidija Sijacic, “FeelGrove: From designing for emotional self-awareness to designing against the neoliberal paradigm"

Networking and light refreshments in Room W850.

Session Chair: Anne Dymond, Art History/Museum Studies

  • Ryley Gelinas, “The American Hotel in Ft Macleod – contact zone between Blackfoot and settlers”

  • Stephanie Laine Hamilton, “Sick's Breweries Ltd: Public Histories and Transnational Business Strategies”

ULethbridge President & Vice-Chancellor Dr. Digvir Jayas joins us at noon for a short welcome message.

Light lunch is provided. 

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION | Crossing Boundaries, In and Outside Academia
Ashley Henrickson (BA/BEd '16, MA '18), Director of Outreach & Partnerships, Know History

Transitioning from academia to the broader professional world can be daunting, but it can also be exciting and fulfilling. There are many ways to prepare to cross this boundary during graduate studies. Join Ashley as she shares her personal journey, shedding light on the invaluable opportunities and experiences at the University of Lethbridge that facilitated her entry into public history.

Session Chair: Stephanie Kerr, Political Science

  • Derek Novosad, “Troubles in Paradox: How Joe Sacco Deploys Comics Reporting to Doubt the Gaze in Paying the Land”

  • Francis Ayotte, “Legitimacy vs. Democratic Legitimacy: A False Dichotomy? Considering the Messiness of Legitimacy Mechanisms in Democratic Regimes”

  • Lucy Du, “Conceptualizing a space for a euphonic pair through the lens of abstraction”

Session Chair: Mack Penner, History

  • LaRae Smith, “‘Toil’: A historic boardgame”

  • Matthew Braisher, “Creating a Research-Based Board Game About the First World War”

  • Hanna Fantin, “Girls Making Media on the Rocking P Ranch”

Networking and light refreshments in Room W850.

Session Chair: Bryn Hughes, Music

  • Elizabeth Holthe, “Triumphing over Silence: Empowering Women through a Study of Music and Religious History”

  • Angela Brooks, “Indigenous Music Instruction with Youth in Central Alberta”

  • Andi Roberts, “Creating More Diversity in Canadian Theatre: From the Actor’s Perspective”

  • Yu-Chia Pai, “The Clash”