Pipeline politics and the performing arts

For the first episode of 2017, we had the chance to visit the office of Dr. Kathryn Harrison, political science professor and Acting Dean of Arts, to ask her about her views on pipelines.

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We spoke with Dr. Harrison on the same day the BC government approved the environmental assessment for the TransMountain pipeline expansion. She shared her perspective on the decision, saying that Canada should be investing money and energy in figuring out ways to transition our economy away from reliance on fossil fuels.

According to Dr. Harrison, technological innovation alone isn’t enough to address the challenges of climate change. It’s only once we adopt policies that take into account the social and environmental costs of fossil fuel production, she says, that we’ll find our way forward.

Dr. Harrison has been involved in organizing a new graduate level course called “Leading the Way Toward a Low-Carbon Future” this term. There are some interesting public lectures associated with that course and you can find out more about them right here on the course website.

And you can hear our interview with Dr. Harrison here.

We also had the chance to go backstage at the Frederic Wood Theatre for a rehearsal of the Theatre and Film department’s production of Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information

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The play’s director, MFA Theatre Directing Candidate Lauren Taylor, says that, with its 60 scenes, 120 characters and very few stage directions, directing the play was a daunting task. She describes the play as “Twitter theatre” — offering fleeting glimpses of intimate moments with high emotional stakes. Taylor says the play is an all-encompassing experience that’s experienced differently by every audience member.

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We caught a bit of the day’s rehearsal and even got a tour of the props table, browsing a variety of intriguing objects — from a Justin Bieber magazine to a typewriter to a stethoscope and a jar of peanut butter.

Love and Information runs from January 19th to February 4th at the Frederic Wood Theatre.

Our interview with Lauren Taylor starts at 17:05 mark of Arts on Air. Check it out right here.

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