Uplift: The Banff School of Fine Arts and the Public University

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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11:30 AM - 12:30 PM PST

PearlAnn Reichwein (Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation) tells the history of how the University of Alberta created the Banff School in 1933 to extend adult education as a means of equity and sustainability.

Over its first four decades, the Banff School produced and circulated ideals of culture and liberal democratic citizenship that were intrinsic to the development of modern Canada. From the depths of the Great Depression to postwar prosperity, Alberta’s public university was an enabler and innovator for a hopeful future. An engine of nation building and tourism development, public education and public parks stimulated culture and capital.

Now, a pandemic and climate crisis bring us full circle. We must reimagine and reinvent the arts and education as a way of seeing ourselves and our world anew.

PearlAnn Reichwein is a historian, heritage specialist, and a Professor at the University of Alberta. Her scholarship highlights Canada's social and environmental history, particularly in western Canada and mountain regions. Understanding the history of people, parks, and politics is the purpose of her research and teaching.

Her new monograph Uplift: Visual Culture and the Banff School of Fine Arts (University of British Columbia Press, 2020) was co-authored with Karen Wall (Athabasca). Her book Climber’s Paradise: Making Canada’s Mountain Parks, 1906-1974 (University of Alberta Press, 2014) was awarded the prestigious Canadian Historical Association Clio Prize.

Two of her books were finalists in the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. She also engages in community parks and heritage work, currently focused on national urban park initiatives in the Metropolitan Edmonton Region.

Sustainability Council Lecture Series

The Sustainability Council’s ongoing lecture series explores local and global perspectives on sustainability, equity and climate action. Hear researchers and practitioners from the University of Alberta and beyond in fields ranging from engineering to ecology, public health to poetry, native studies to nanotechnology.

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