Capilano Universe Series: Yoriko Gillard

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Campus: Off Campus
Location: Burnaby Public Library: Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch
Contact: Dr. Leonard George
Phone: 604.986.1911 ext. 2495

Creative Practices as Healing Aids for Human Suffering

with Yoriko Gillard 

KIZUNA (Bond) is the Japanese word for appreciating the existence of others. How do we connect with each other creatively? How do we overcome deep grief? Since the Great East Japan Earthquake took many lives on March 11, 2011, I think, work, and cry from my liminal space. ‘Liminal’ comes from Latin limen, ‘threshold’: in between, transition, ambiguity. My research has shown that creative social acts like poetry, visual art, music and dialogue can help overcome some of this pain. 

Yoriko Gillard, a Japanese Instructor in the School of Humanities at Capilano University, is an artist, poet, language educator and educational researcher. She is a PhD student in Language and Literacy Education at UBC and investigating how creative communication helps people understand each other reciprocally during periods of hardship, cultural conflict, and language dissonance. Her current research initiatives include a HEARTH Project: hear/heart/art/earth and KIZUNA (Bond) activities.