Kim SawchukConcordia University communications professor Kim Sawchuk will explore issues related to ageing in two events this week on the UWindsor campus.

Events to challenge ageism in new media era

Two interactive events this week on the UWindsor campus will shed light on elder abuse. Both are set for the Multimedia Studio in the Alan Wildeman Centre for Creative Arts, located at 360 Freedom Way.

On Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. there will be an escape room called Sandra’s Keys. The game's purpose is to show the effects of elder abuse that will have a follow-up talk by Kim Sawchuk on the challenges and strategies used to build this escape room.

Dr. Sawchuk, a professor in the Department of Communications Studies at Concordia University, is an expert on research-creation worldwide. Her research focuses on ageing in networked societies and challenges the lingering assumption of old age not having a place within the new media era.

On Thursday, Feb. 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. there will be a roundtable conversation with Sawchuk and members of the Propeller Project. This event is devoted to exploring the concepts and practices of research-creation relating to ageist conversation illustrated by the escape room.

Both events are presented by the Propeller Project with the support of the Interdisciplinary Ageing Research Group at the University of Windsor and the SWW Gerontology Club of St. Clair College.

For more info, visit the Propeller Project’s webpage.

—Dana Roe