Many of the classic books of Canadian literature thrived because of women editors, publishers and agents. Some are profiled here: Anna Porter in the 1970s, Bella Pomer in 2015 and Claire Pratt in 1950. Diane Pullan; Facebook; special collections

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The impact of women trailblazers in Canadian publishing

Queer men are using comics as a medium of self-expression to challenge, destabilize or embrace ideas about body image. Here, an excerpt from ‘Garden’ by Derrick Chow. ('Garden' by Derrick Chow)

Pow! Comics are a way to improve queer men’s body image

Queer men's comics are contributing to changing cultural narratives about what queer men’s bodies should be, and health researchers are taking note.
Enjoy an eclectic playlist of significant Canadian songs chosen by professors and students from Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture. Vonecia Carswell/Unsplash

Songs for your summer playlist

When you listen to music, be sure to turn your ear to its social messages. Canadian songs have a lot of important things to say.
Students who were highly engaged in instrumental music were, on average, over one year ahead in their math, English and science skills. (Shutterstock)

Music achievement predicts higher grades

Researchers who looked at over 110,000 students found that learning an instrument in elementary school, and continuing music study into high school, significantly improves school achievement.
Leggings on women challenge all kinds of conventions about how they take up space with their strong and active bodies. Shutterstock

Ban leggings on campus? Ludicrous

A feminist philosopher and fitness writer challenges a mother who recently asked Notre Dame University to ban leggings on campus. Leggings allow women to move like superheroes, she says.
Warner Sallman painted Jesus in oil after people raved about his black and white sketch. It has been reproduced millions of times. Warner Sallman/collage by The Conversation

The man who painted Jesus

April 30 is the birthday of one of the most famous artists you never heard of: Warner Sallman painted the famous "Head of Christ," circulated in the millions on postcards, portraits and nightlights.
In the live-action ‘Aladdin,’ Mena Massoud stars Aladdin, while Will Smith plays the Genie. Daniel Smith/Walt Disney Pictures

The new ‘Aladdin’ & Hollywood stereotypes

While the 2019 'Aladdin' is a big improvement from the 1992 version, it still recycles some old tropes.
Staffers at The Village Voice were able to see the riots unfold from the news room. Osugi/

How New York media covered Stonewall riots

With major dailies giving a megaphone to the police, the coverage of Stonewall is a reminder of what's lost when alternative media outlets wither away.
Street art can complement formal classroom learning. Here, ‘No more pipelines’ mural by the artist Swarm in Montréal. (Anna Augosto Rodrigues)

Street art: Personal creations get political

Street art promotes public dialogue on social justice issues and can lead to opportunities for learning outside of formal schooling.
Two icons of the postwar sexual revolution have recently died. Left, Doris Day in 1955 London and right, Peggy Lipton in a promo photo from The Mod Squad, which first aired in 1968. Left: (AP/Bob Dear) / Right: The Mod Squad

Remembering Doris Day and Peggy Lipton

Doris Day and Peggy Lipton, two very different icons of the postwar sexual revolution have recently died. What are their lasting legacies of white femininity?
Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, and Jonathan Groff in Frozen II (2019). Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures

‘Frozen’ sequel won’t have same feminist impact

Frozen smashed Disney stereotypes on its release in 2013. But six years later, its sequel will arrive in a very different cultural moment.
A scene from the movie ‘Masala’ (1991) about a young man who grapples with the loss of his family on Air India Flight 182. Masala/Divani Films

Air India anniversary: Who remembers the children?

In the absence of broad Canadian validation of the bombing of Air India flight 182 as being worthy of public mourning, creative artists have tried to illuminate the ongoing grief of families.

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