Global poverty is subject of Alterknowledge discussion

What: Do They Know it’s Christmas? The Question of Global Poverty
When: Friday, December 13, 7 p.m.
Where: Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna
Admission: Free

Every holiday season, the 1985 Band Aid fundraising song, Do They Know It’s Christmas?, returns to the airwaves, despite years of criticism of the initiative as a simplistic representation of the Ethiopian famine and insensitivity of the song’s lyrics.

A public discussion on the question of global poverty, part of UBC’s Alterknowledge discussion series, will be held Friday, December 13, at 7 p.m. at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art, 421 Cawston Ave., Kelowna. Admission is free and open to the public.

This Alterknowledge discussion will also screen the 2012 spoof fundraising song, Africa for Norway and other short videos on the representation of poverty and development aid.

UBC Associate Professor David Jefferess of the Department of Critical Studies will facilitate the public discussion, exploring the way global poverty and inequality are represented in humanitarian marketing and how to seek different answers to the problems of suffering, oppression and injustice.

The Alterknowledge discussions focus on critical engagement with the way colonialism continues to shape global relationships and identities.

Next in the series: What does it mean to be a Global Citizen, Friday, January 10, 2014.