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Memorial Hall Auditorium

The Andrew Initiative presents
Colonel Chris Hadfield: The Sky is Not the Limit
April 21 2015, 7:00pm
Lady Beaverbrook Gymnasium

If you would like to see images from this event, visit this page.

UNB’s Andrews Initiative is pleased to announce that Colonel Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station (ISS) will deliver a free public lecture entitled The Sky is Not the Limit on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 7:00PM in the Lady Beaverbrook Gymnasium on UNB campus. As part of the 2015 Andrews Initiative theme Reimagining the Internet, Col. Hadfield will speak about the ways that social media and advances in technology can open up a new world of communication.

In conjunction with Col. Hadfield’s visit, the UNB Art Centre has invited over 2500 school children from across the province to participate in an art exhibition entitled Postcards from Mars. Students from K-12 are invited to imagine what life might look like on the planet Mars and design and compose a postcard to a friend or loved one back on Earth. Postcards from Mars will officially open on Saturday, April 25 at 1:00PM at the UNB Art Centre and will be on display from April 17-June 18. As part of his visit to UNB, on April 21 at 12:30PM, Col. Hadfield will speak to many of these students live on campus and via a simultaneous webcast.

Col. Hadfield has won many awards and titles in his career as a pilot, engineer, and astronaut, including the Order of Canada, the Meritorious Service Cross, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He has been commemorated on Canadian postage stamps, gold and silver coins from the Royal Canadian Mint, and appears on Canada’s newest five-dollar bill with fellow astronauts Steve MacLean and Dave Williams. Col. Hadfield has been called “the most famous astronaut since Neil Armstrong”, and his talk at UNB will bring the marvel of science and space travel to our community as he has done for thousands of others around the world.

Tickets to Col. Hadfield’s talk are free, and members of the public are invited to enter a lottery for a chance to receive tickets at Following the talk, Col. Hadfield will be available to sign copies of his books, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, published in 2013, and You are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes, a photography collection published in 2014. Both are published by Random House of Canada.

The Andrews Initiative was created by UNB president emeritus John McLaughlin, and launched in 2011. We offer quality learning opportunities in contemporary topics for the 21st century. For more information, visit:

For further information, please contact:
Sarah King, Program Assistant
UNB Andrews Initiative

(506) 458-7106


Heavy Metal Exhibition Opening & Metal Show
March 13 2015, 9pm.
Memorial Hall

Rock out with ArtZone as they unveil their recycled electronic creations at a special opening night of Heavy Metal, Friday, March 13 at 9 pm. For the past month, UNB’s student art collective Artzone has been collecting electronic waste and recycling it into art. It is estimated that 50 million metric tons of e-waste is dumped into landfills around the world. Many of the hazardous materials found in discarded electronic devices leach into the soil during rainfall and can have dangerous effects on our eco-system. Heavy Metal is part of an environmental awareness project in support of the UN initiative, World Water Day. 

ArtZone is a home base for students from UNB, STU and NBCCD interested in creativity and the visual arts. ArtZone fosters visual literacy through workshops as well as informal skill sharing. No experience required; students just need to bring their interest and their desire to learn.

Heavy Metal opens with a free live performance by 3 of Fredericton’s heaviest metal bands: Ho Chi Minh ShuffleMoment of Inertia and Wasteland ZombiesMoment of Inertia was just voted one of the best metal bands in the City of Fredericton by Grid City Magazine. Doors open at 9:00 pm for this all ages event.

There’s still time to bring your electronics to the UNB Art Centre.  E-waste collected for Heavy Metal will be recycled by local e-cycling company, Beaverdam Recyclers.

Sylvia D. Hamilton
February 5, 2015
Memorial Hall

In celebration of Black History Month, the UNB Art Centre is pleased to welcome Sylvia D. Hamilton to Memorial Hall for a poetry reading on Thursday, February 5 at 7:00 PM. She is an award-winning filmmaker and acclaimed poet. Dr. Hamilton’s films have been screened on CBC, TVO, the Knowledge Channel, and on university campuses across the country. She has been honoured with many awards for her work, including a Gemini award, the CBC Television Pioneer Award, and Nova Scotia’s Portia White Prize for Excellence. Her collection of poetry, And I Alone Escaped to Tell You, was published by Gaspereau Press in 2014.

Much of Dr. Hamilton’s work exposes the systemic racism that Black Canadians have experienced across the country. Her collection of poems, And I Alone Escaped to Tell You, deals with the settlement of African peoples in Nova Scotia, and discusses the complex layers of the lives of early Black Nova Scotians and the generations that followed.

In addition to the reading, a lunchtime film series will run from Monday, February 2 to Friday, February 6, screening Dr. Hamilton’s films as well as others related to the Black History of Canada. All films will be screened at Memorial Hall, starting at 12:00 PM.

On Monday, February 2, the UNB Art Centre will be screening Black Mother, Black Daughter (Dir: Sylvia Hamilton & Claire Prieto | National Film Board of Canada | Canada | 29 minutes). This film explores the lives of Black women in Nova Scotia, and the heritage they pass on to their daughters.

On Tuesday, February 3, the film will be Remember Africville (Dir: Shelagh Mackenzie | National Film Board of Canada | Canada | 35 minutes), a short film about Africville that was uprooted in the 1960s. Through archival photographs and films, Remember Africville tells the story of the relocation.

On Wednesday, February 4, join us for Journey to Justice (Dir: Roger McTair | National Film Board of Canada | Canada | 47 minutes), a documentary film profiling 6 Canadians who were instrumental in the legal battle for civil rights in Canada.

On Thursday, February 5, the film will be Sylvia Hamilton’s film Little Black Schoolhouse (Dir: Sylvia Hamilton | Maroon Films | Canada | 60 minutes), which exposes the segregation of schools in Nova Scotia and Ontario. The policies of segregation officially ended in the provinces in 1954 and 1964, respectively, but remained in operation as late as 1983, when the last segregated school closed in Nova Scotia. Dr. Hamilton will be present at the film, and participate in a question and answer session following the screening.

On Friday, February 6, the final film in the series, Speak it! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia (Dir: Sylvia Hamilton | National Film Board of Canada | Canada | 28 minutes), is also one of Sylvia Hamilton’s films. This piece looks at Black Nova Scotians at a predominately white high school in Halifax, the racism they experienced there, and the educational and cultural programs they develop to build self-esteem and cultural awareness.

The UNB Art Centre is located at Memorial Hall, 9 Bailey Drive, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. The galleries are open 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM weekdays and for special events. Admission is free to members of the public. Everyone welcome!

Christmas Choice Craft Sale
December 7 
Memorial Hall Auditorium

Join us, once again, for the much anticipated annual Christmas Choice Craft Sale at Memorial Hall Auditorium, Sunday, December 7th, 12 noon - 4pm.

There will be music, hot apple cider, goodies, and handmade treasures from local artisans. Weaving, pottery, photography, jewelry, clothing, felting, knitting, body products, are just a few of the items that you will find at this festive event. If you are looking for unique, unforgettable, one of a kind gifts for your friends and family this year, this is the place to find them!

Also stay tuned for the announcement of our ArtZone Super Stocking Stuffer Gift Basket Raffle winner at 4pm!

Circle of Understanding
A Celebration of Wolastoqey and Mi’kmaq Cultures
December 3, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Memorial Hall Auditorium and Galleries
In conjunction with the Mi’Kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre (formerly the Mi’kmaq-Maliseet Institute) at the University of New Brunswick, the UNB Art Centre presents a day-long celebration of Wolastoqey and Mi’kmaq cultures as part of the Circle of Understanding Program on December 3, 2014 at Memorial Hall on the UNB campus.

Initiated by recently appointed Director David Perley, the Circle of Understanding Program promotes the exchange of ideas and culture as part of the educational outreach of the Mi’Kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre.

Program of Events:

10:00 am – 12:00 pm: 

Opening Ceremony with Imelda Perley, Elder-in-Residence, UNB

Opening Remarks by Chief Candace Paul, St. Mary’s First Nation; Dave Perley, Director, Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre, UNB; Marie Maltais, Director UNB Art Centre, College of Extended Learning, UNB.

Short Play: Creation Story performed by students from the Oromocto First Nation

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm:

Storytelling Session
• Walking Tour of exhibitionThe Glooscap/Kluscap Series by Wolastoqi artist Arlene (Dozay) Christmas
• George Paul, Metepenagiag First Nation
• Walter Paul, St. Mary’s First Nation

Wolastoqey and Mi’kmaq Songs
• George Paul, Metepenagiag First Nation
• Maggie Paul, St. Mary’s First Nation
• Imelda Perley, Elder-in-Residence, UNB

Film Screening and Discussion: Tracing Blood
• Lisa Jodoin, Writer and Director, NB Filmmaker’s Co-operative
• Verle Harrop, Director, UAKN Atlantic Research Centre
• Britany Sparrow, Vice-President of NB Filmmaker’s Co-operative

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm:

Traditional Dances
• Ashley Julian, First Nation
• Abby Brooks, St. Mary’s First Nation
• Natasha Martin-Mitchell, Listuguj First Nation
• Brayden Mitchell, Listuguj First Nation
• Bryce Mitchell, Listuguj First Nation
• Jolyssa Kilbride, Bayside PEI

Drummers and Chanters
• Muskrat Singers, St. Mary’s First Nation

Closing Ceremony
• Imelda Perley, Elder–in-Residence, UNB

The Glooscap/Kluscap Series by Wolastoqi artist Arlene (Dozay) Christmas
will be view in the East Gallery until December 19. For one day only the New Brunswick Museum will display a sample of Wolastoqey and Mi’kmaq artifacts from their collection.

The Andrews Initiative Presents Nora Young: Seeing the Forest and the Trees
November 20, 2014