Emergent Learning 2014

  • April 24 - 25, 2014
  • World Trade & Convention Centre
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia
Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler earned worldwide fame for his role on Happy Days, becoming one of the most recognized actors in the world. He has since gone on to establish himself as a successful writer, producer and director.

In 2003, he began writing a series of children’s novels with his partner, Lin Oliver, entitled, Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Under-Achiever. The books are inspired by Winkler’s struggle throughout his education due to his learning challenges and have appeared on several Best Seller lists including The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, among others. His latest books are called Ghost Buddy.

Today, Winkler travels as a writer, speaker, and philanthropist, educating people about learning disabilities and inspiring children, parents, and teachers all over the world.

Nazanin Afshin-Jam

Nazanin Afshin-Jam fled her home country of Iran after her non-political father was arrested, tortured, and nearly executed. She was only an infant at the time, but this experience propelled her to become an international human rights activist and the co-founder of Stop Child Executions organization. Not part of any political group or organization, Afshin-Jam feels the call to be “a voice for the voiceless” and helps groups and individuals working towards human rights, freedom, and gender equality. She has spoken at the United Nations, international parliaments, and countless universities and conferences.

Dr. Gail Dines

Dr. Gail Dines is a professor, writer, and widely recognized expert on pornography. The author of “Pornography: The Production and Consumption of Inequality,” she has written extensively on the hypersexualization of women and girls.

Using examples from magazines, television, movies, music videos, and advertisements, she shows how our culture has become desensitized to pervasive, highly sexualized media images and looks at how popular culture shapes the attitudes and choices of young men and women.

Her timely presentations teach audiences across North America media literacy skills and provide an antidote to the toxic media environment that we live in.

Please be advised that this presentation will contain images which some viewers may find unsettling.