Launch of Citizen Youth: Culture, Activism, and Agency in a Neoliberal Era, Q&A with the Author Jacqueline Kennelly

2016 18 Apr
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Launch of Citizen Youth: Culture, Activism, and Agency in a Neoliberal Era, Q&A with the Author Jacqueline Kennelly

Please join us on Monday, April 18th from 7:00 to 9:00 to launch the paperback version of Citizen Youth: Culture, Activism, and Agency in a Neoliberal Era by Jacqueline Kennelly. With special guests Joel Westheimer, Rana Hamadeh, and Tiffany Rose, we will discuss issues pertaining to youth activism, citizenship education, and the state of democracy under neoliberalism today. This event is a fundraiser for Next Up Ottawa, a progressive youth leadership program (

7 PM
Monday, April 18 2016
Octopus Books Centretown (@25One Community)
251 Bank St. 2nd floor

Fee: by donation

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Next Up Ottawa

About our guests

Rana Nazzal Hamadeh is a Palestinian-Canadian student, activist, and artist. She is immersed in community organizing, both locally in Ottawa, and in her second home, the occupied Palestinian West Bank. Rana is the coordinator of Next Up Ottawa and sits on the Board of OPIRG-Carleton.
Joel Westheimer is University Research Chair in Democracy and Education at the University of Ottawa. He is also the education columnist for CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning and Ontario Today shows. He began his career teaching in the New York City Public School system before obtaining a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Westheimer lectures widely and has delivered more than 200 keynote speeches at conferences, public events, and universities including Harvard University, Stanford University, Yale University, Columbia University, New York University, University of Toronto, McGill University, University of Amsterdam, Instituto Federal Electoral de México, and Mandel Institute (Israel). He frequently addresses radio and television audiences nationally and internationally on shows such as Good Morning America, More to Life, The Agenda, NBC TV News, NPR, CBC, and C-Span. In 2015, he was designated a laureate of Kappa Delta Pi, the international education honor society established in 1911 to foster excellence in education. Westheimer is also recipient of the Canadian Education Association’s Whitworth Award and Knight Fellow for Civic Engagement in Higher Education.

Tiffany Rose was born in London, ON, She moved to Ottawa in 2014 for a fresh start. Tiffany is passionate about making a difference in issues regarding homelessness, addiction, mental health,, women's abuse, and child abuse (specifically, Shaken Baby Syndrome). Currently, her work consists of being a community-based researcher, and she is a founding member of a grassroots organization ONPAHR Ottawa Network of Peers Acting for Harm Reduction and an active member of Next Up Ottawa. Her ideal job would be working with youth and women in the community on harm reduction and drug use. Her work and passion is motivated by personal lived experiences.

About the Author

Dr. Jacqueline Kennelly is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Her work encompasses youth cultural studies, critical educational studies, urban sociology, social movements, feminist theory, phenomenology, and theories of the state, citizenship, democracy, and neoliberalism. She has done research with young activists across Canada, low-income youth in Toronto and Vancouver, homeless youth in Vancouver and London (UK), and she is currently working on a new project with homeless youth in Ottawa. 
Jackie is the author of Citizen Youth: Culture, Activism, and Agency in a Neoliberal Era (2011) and the co-author (with J. Dillabough) of Lost Youth in the Global City: Class, Culture, and the Urban Imaginary (2010). She recently co-edited (with S. Poyntz) Phenomenology of Youth Cultures and Globalization: Lifeworlds and Surplus Meaning in Changing Times (2015). Her most recent book is forthcoming in June, 2016, and is entitled Olympic Exclusions: Youth, Poverty, and Social Legacies. Her work has also appeared in multiple international academic journals, including Sociology, British Journal of Criminology, Feminist Theory, Ethnography, Visual Studies, Gender and Education and British Journal of Sociology of Education. She serves on the Advisory Committee of Next Up Ottawa, and is the co-Chair of the Research and Evaluation Working Group of the Alliance to End Homelessness. 

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