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Past Events  


Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | 3:00-5:00pm | Rosaria Boardroom (Room 312)

Dr. Susie Brigham, AMI Chair, warmly welcomes you to join the AMI network (also referred to as general membership). Simply click on "Join our Network" (on the left) and provide your name and email address. All AMI network members were eligible to attend our Annual General Meeting.

Author Talk with Rita Deverell

Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 4:00-6:00pm | McCain 105-106

The AMI invited the Mount community and beyond to an Author Talk at MSVU with Rita Shelton Deverell, former Nancy's Chair in Women's Studies. Rita's book was 'hot off the press' May 23, and she came to MSVU to talk about it. In her new book, American Refugees: Turning to Canada for Freedom, Rita shows that from the Revolutionary War to the Underground Railroad through to McCarthyism and Vietnam, American have fled to Canada in times of crisis. When Donald Trump was elected President of the USA in 2016, the website for Citizenship and Immigration crashed overwhelmed by Americans interested in migrating to Canada.

Farewell Reception for El Jones

Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 2:00-4:00pm | McCain 105-106

Members of the Alexa McDonough Institute (AMI), staff, faculty, and community members thanked El for her many contributions to the Mount Community during her tenure as Nancy's Chair.

Wine & Cheese - Networking Event for Researchers

Thursday, November 29, 2018 | 2:30 - 4:00pm | McCain 201-B, Mount Saint Vincent University

Share research you are working on and find out what other researchers are doing in the area of women gender, and social justice. Featured research from Dr. KelleyAnne Malinen, and Dr. Jennifer Brady. AMI members were welcome to attend.

National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 12:00pm | McCain Atrium, Mount Saint Vincent University

You were invited to the commemorative service on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. To pay tribute to the victims of the Montreal Massacre, our purpose is to remember, reflect and recommit ourselves to change.

2018 Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 4:00pm, Evaristus 304C, Evaristus Hall, Mount Saint Vincent University

Dr. Amy Thurlow, interim AMI Chair, warmly welcomes you to join the AMI network (also referred to as general membership). Simply click on "Join our Network" (on the left) and provide your name and email address. All AMI network members were eligible to attend our Annual General Meeting.

2018 Girls Conference

Friday, March 2, 2018 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm | Rosaria Student Centre (Multi-Purpose Room)
Doors open at 8:00 am

This year's conference title is "Reach for the Stars."

For more information and to register please click here »

Celebration of The United Nations Day of the Girl Child

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | 1:00 - 3:30 pm | Rosaria Student Centre (Multi-Purpose Room)
Doors open at 12:30 pm | Light refreshments will be served

The Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender, and Social Justice and Mount Saint Vincent University invited you to a celebration of the United Nations International Day of the Girl Child. Inspirational girls from across Nova Scotia will share their stories. 

To register please visit

Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender & Social Justice - Annual General Meeting

Monday, June 26, 2017 | 4:30pm | Seton Faculty Lounge (Room 404-405)

Dr. Susie Brigham, AMI Chair, warmly welcomes you to join the AMI network (also referred to as general membership). Simply click on "Join our Network" (on the left) and provide your name and email address. All AMI network members were eligible to attend our Annual General Meeting.

2017 Girls Conference

Friday, March 3, 2017 | Rosaria Student Centre (Multipurpose Room)

For more information please visit the website at

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | 12:00 pm | McCain Centre Atrium 

The Invisible War

Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 4:30 - 7:00 pm | McCain 201B, Mount Saint Vincent University

The Centre for Social Innovation and Community Engagement in Military Affairs will host a film screening and discussion based on the film "The Invisible War" about military sexual violence.

Annual General Meeting of the AMI

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender, and Social Justice is holding its Annual General Meeting June 9th @ 4:30 – 7:00 pm in the Rosaria Boardroom, Rosaria, Mount Saint Vincent University. All Welcome. Refreshments will be served. Please come to hear what the AMI has been doing, mix and mingle with AMI members, and find out how you might get (more) involved with AMI’s activities. To become a member simply send an email to us at, or phone us at 902 457-6581. Like us on Face Book and/or go to our website

Nominations for the AMI Steering Committee

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender, and Social Justice is looking for nominations for the following openings on the Steering Committee: 1 full-time faculty member, 1 grad student, and 1 undergrad student. Please consider nominating yourself or someone you know who has an interest in AMI's 4 pillars: Education, Research, Partnerships, and Action. For more information or to submit your name or someone else's name for nomination please email the AMI Chair, Dr. Susan Brigham: Elections will take place at the AGM June 9 at 4:30 PM Rosaria Boardroom.

SLUT: The Play

March 19, 2016 | Mount Saint Vincent University - Rosaria Multi-Purpose Room

On Saturday, March 19, 2016, the AMI proudly sponsored SLUT: The Play, which aims to combat sexism and sexual violence against women.

To learn more about the play click here»

Girls Conference 2016

Soaring to New Heights: encouraging girls and young women to make a difference

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Mount Saint Vincent University and the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice (AMI) welcomed junior and senior high school girls from across the province, as well as delegates from local colleges, universities and community organizations to the Girls 2016 Conference, our fifth annual conference held in celebration of International Women's Week.

The Girls 2016 Conference offered delegates a full conference experience in one day again this year. Our conference fee was $25.00 per delegate. This fee included a buffet lunch and a morning food and beverage break. Methods of payment were cash, cheque or money order (on website or in advance).

To view details on this great event, please click here »

Special lecture by Stephanie Nolan

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Stephanie Nolan, renowned journalist and Brazil-based Latin America Bureau Chief for the Globe and Mail, delivered a public lecture titled, "The change we seek: Why some countries make real progress on inequality". Stephanie's lecture was based on her many years experience from reporting on dozens of countries around the world. For more information please click here »

A live recording of the event can be viewed here »

Panel Discussion on Feminist Inclusive Education

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

An evening of rich discussion on Feminist Inclusive Education with four dynamic speakers at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Dr. Randi Warne (Women's Studies)
Dr. Susie Brigham (Lifelong Learning)
Teaghan Larkin (Family Studies & Gerontology)
Paul Whyte (Inclusion & Social Responsibility)

Welcome to the new Alexa McDonough Institute Chair - Dr. Susie Brigham

September 30, 2015

Dr. Susan (Susie) M. Brigham is thrilled to return as the Chair of the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice (AMI). She served as Chair in 2012-2014. She looks forward to working with the steering committee and AMI members at large to continue the important work of advancing women, gender, and social justice. There are lots of exciting events and activities on the horizon!

Dr. Brigham is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Mount Saint Vincent University. She started her career teaching school children in Ireland, then in Kuwait. After returning to Canada she taught Kindergarten in the First Nations community in British Columbia ad then in rural Alberta before going on to complete her graduate studies at University of Alberta, where she taught English as a second language to immigrants. Since coming to the Mount in 2004, Susan has conducted research and presented her work in North America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, ad Europe. She is co-editor of the Africentricity in Action (2012, Halifax: Fernwood) and Building on Critical Traditions: Adult Education and Learning in Canada (2013, Toronto: Thompson).

Her research interests include women and migration, lifelong learning/adult education, and diversity issues.

To find out more about Dr. Brigham, please click here >>

Welcome the new Nancy's Chair in Women's Studies -  Catherine Martin

July 1, 2015

It is with great pleasure that the Mount community welcomes another outstanding woman to the role of Nancy's Chair in Women's Studies, Catherine Martin.

A member of the Millbrook First Nation in Truro, Nova Scotia, Catherine is an independent film producer, director, writer, facilitator, communications consultant, community activist, teacher, drummer, and the first woman Mi'kmaq filmmaker from the Atlantic region. Catherine has contributed to the development of many programs to advance the education of Mi'kmaq and Aboriginal women and youth including the certificate in community health at Dalhousie for women in Mi'kmaq, Maliseet, Innu, and Inuit communities, the Indigenous Black and Mi'kmaq Law Program also at Dalhousie and the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program at the Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University.

As an alumna of the Mount's Masters of Education program, Catherine has a longstanding connection with the Mount, currently serving on the Aboriginal Advisory Committee.
To find out more about Catherine Martin please click here »

(Re) Building Inclusive Societies: Critical Reflections on Disability and Global Development

June 22 - 24, 2015

For more information visit the conference website here »

Girls Conference 2015 - Let's Dream Together

March 6, 2015

Raising the voices and inspiring the dreams of girls and young women. 

Girls Conference 2014 - Finding Your Voice, Finding Your Way

March 4th & 5th, 2014

For more information, please click here »»

MacDonald Room Reading Series

November 5, 2013

Poetry reading: Kathy Cayley and Chantelle Rideout

For more information, view the poster (.pdf). 

MacDonald Room Reading Series

October 7, 2013

Biomedical geneticist and poet Jann Conn & award-winning B.C. poet Catherine Greenwood

For more information, contact Clare Goulet,  

Welcomed the new Nancy's Chair in Women Studies, Dr. Deborah Stienstra

September 27, 2013

Dr. Stienstra is a Professor at the University of Manitoba in the Disability Studies Program where she was the founder of the Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Disability Studies. She was the Royal Bank Research Chair in Disability Studies at University of Manitoba and the Margaret Laurence Chair in Women’s Studies at the University of Winnipeg. She holds visiting and adjunct professorships at the University of New Brunswick and Emory University.  
Dr. Stienstra is Co-Director of FemNorthNet, a community-university research alliance that has brought women from northern Canadian communities together with researchers and organizations from across Canada to look at sustainable economic development in Northern communities. 
Her many publications include books, articles and book chapters on women and disabilities, disability rights in Canada, and disabilities and palliative care. She has been a consultant on issues related to disability with organizations such as the World Bank, HRSDC, and Status of Women Canada. 

Dr. Stienstra has strong ties in the Maritimes through her connection with the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) and the Atlantic Centre of Excellence on Women’s Health.

Empowering Zimbabwean Women to be Advocates for Change to End Sexual Violence

September 19, 2013

Guest speaker Ms. Netty Musanhu.

This free public event was sponsored by the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice (AMI) and Oxfam Canada.

About Netty Musanhu: She is the Executive Director of Musasa Project, an organization which has been implementing Gender Based Violence (GBV) programs in Zimbabwe since 1988.  From 2003 to date, Netty has managed programs and projects both within local non-governmental organizations and international agencies. Netty Musanhu joined Musasa in 2009, where she has led a process of designing and executing change and leadership development projects and programs. Musasa is now a lead agency in GBV and gender equality programming.  Since 2001 Oxfam Canada has been supporting the Musasa Project’s public awareness work on gender violence issues; training and sensitization of service providers; community programmes; counselling, shelter, and legal services to women survivors; providing information on the link between gender violence and HIV/AIDS. Netty Musanhu holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree and a Master’s degree in Womens’ Law from the University of Zimbabwe. 

Girls Get Wise Science Camp 

August 12-16, 2013

The Women in Science and Engineering at the Mount hosted Girls Get Wise Science Camp for girls in grades 7 & 8 at the Mount. 

Celebrating a Culture of Compassion

March 24, 2013

The keynote speaker, Dena Merriam is the Founder and Convener of the Global Peace Initiative of Women. She has worked to engage women in peace-building activities in conflict and post-conflict regions around the world. 

Alexa McDonough, Patti Melanson and Sobaz Benjamin participated in a panel conversation on “Compassionate leadership in HRM”.

Girls Conference  2013 - An Equal Voice in Leadership

March 8, 2013:

 "Getting on the Ballot": A workshop in Halifax for women interested in politics

February 16: 2013

"Getting on the Ballot": A workshop in Halifax for women interested in politics, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., February 16, 2013, sponsored by Equal Voice in Seton 404/405 at Mount Saint Vincent University. Read the press release. 

Book launch: Pain, Porn & Complicity: Women Heros from Pygmalion to Twilight

February 13, 2013

Join us to celebrate the launch of Kathy Mac's new book Pain, Porn & Complicity: Women Heroes from Pygmalion to Twilight. Poet and scholar Kathy Mac (Kathleen McConnell) teaches English at St. Thomas University in Fredericton and is a Mount English and NSCAD alumna. All are welcome to attend the launch of her book in the MacDonald Room of the Mount Library (first floor). View the poster.

Girls run the world  

October 26, 2012

Girls run the world (an external event).

Language, Gender, and Science 

October 18, 2012

For more information, read the event poster.

Two readings by the speaker for this event:
1) What impact, if any, has feminism had on science?
2) Genes, Genomes and Genomics 

International day of the girl

October 11, 2012

Visit the website for more information about this important initiative.

Living as a Chameleon, A guide to understanding girl's anger for girl-serving professionals

October 4, 2012

For more information, read the event poster.

Women's health and quality of life

October 2, 2012

For more information, read the event poster.

The Atlantic Chapter of Canadian women for women in Afghanistan 

May 3, 2012


The Atlantic Chapter of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan and Mount Saint Vincent University brought journalist and human rights activist Sally Armstrong to Halifax. The evening event highlighted Sally’s experiences in Afghanistan from 1996 to present and her thoughts on the way forward for Afghanistan.

Sally Armstrong is an Amnesty International award winner, a member of the Order of Canada, journalist, teacher, author and human rights activist. Armstrong has covered stories in zones of conflict all over the world. From Bosnia and Somalia to Rwanda and Afghanistan, her eyewitness reports have earned her many awards. Armstrong is a powerful and engaging speaker whose far-ranging career has given her a foundation for her message, which is inspirational for people in every walk of life.

The Human Library Project

March 21, 2012

The Human Library Project.

Girl's Conference 2012 

March 8-9, 2012