Winter 2010 course

February 15, 2010

Free Queen’s is back! We will be running a course about 6-7 weeks long to commence on Tuesday March 2nd. All classes are open and do not require registration.

Stay tuned for the topic and other details!

Free Queen’s April 7: “Making Sense of Cinema: Looking beyond Plot and Character for Meaning in Film”

April 1, 2008

Please note that the final class of Making Meaning will take place on Monday April 7th at 6:30-8:30pm in Watson Hall Room 217.

Click here to find where that is, its building number 76.

Apologies for the confusion. We hope to see you there!

Winter 2008 Course

December 17, 2007

The Free Queen’s Winter 2008 course which will start on Monday January 14, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. in Dunning Room 12.

    Making Meaning: Conversations on Society and Culture

We are very excited about our Winter course which is completely organized by and run by Queen’s University Graduate students. You can access details about each week of the course here.

ACCESIBILITY – We are pleased to announce that we will have hearing aid devices available at the lectures for those who need them. If you have any other accessibility requirements please contact us at or 613.533.2924 and we will do our best to ensure those needs are met.


Registration will begin on Monday January 7, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. No early registrations will be accepted.

You can register:

by email to:

-or –

by telephone to: 613.533.2924

Registration for the course is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 80 people. Your name can be added to the waitlist if you like.

Kingston Views: The Penal Presence

November 4, 2007

The Agnes Etherington Art Centre is currently running an exhibition titled Kingston Views: The Penal Presence, which ties in nicely with the upcoming class led by David St Onge on the Penal System of Kingston on November 26th.

From the exhibition description:

Kingston is strongly linked to the history of incarceration. Kingston Penitentiary, opened in 1835, is the oldest prison still in use in Canada, and one of several area prisons. With its elegant Neoclassical façade detailing, it is also one of the city’s architectural landmarks. This exhibition explores the response by several artists to this legacy and to the evolving ideologies behind penal practices, beginning with an 18th century print from the Carceri (Prison) series by the Italian etcher and designer Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Closer to home, a series of sketches of Kingston Penitentiary published in 1875, and 20th century drawings and watercolours by Carl Schaefer and Caven Atkins, reveal a fascination for both the building and life inside and outside its forbidding walls. Both Schaefer and Atkins came to Kingston to teach art in the Queen’s University summer school. As visitors to the city, their work provides a unique perspective on the Penitentiary, a subject that seems to have been of little interest to local artists.

The exhibition runs until Feburary 17, 2008 and more information can be found on the Anges Etherington Art Centre web site.

New course

August 14, 2007

We’ve posted the schedule of our Fall 2007 course, coordinated by Queen’s Archives–
The Magical History Tour: A Social History of Kingston.
Click on Current Course (right) to view it.

Registration opens August 30 (and not a day before!).
You can register then either by calling 613-533-2924 or by

The Equity office at Queen’s has ably handled Free Queen’s course registration since our inception in 2000, and we thank them. Now the office of the Society of Graduate and Professional Students is taking over that job. We welcome the interest and support of Queen’s grad students in developing courses for the Greater Kingston Community.

Fall Course News

May 8, 2007

Next up…our fall 2007 course
A Social History of Kingston presented by Queen’s Archives.

Registration for this course will open August 30, 2007. A full description of the course and information on how to register will be available here in mid-August. If you would like to receive information about Free Queen’s course offerings by email, send an email to and ask to join our list.

City Hall

ANTI-RACISM CONFERENCE: Breaking the Mold: The Pedagogy of Anti-racism

March 15, 2007

When: March 21, 2007, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Where: Policy Studies Building, Room 202

The Committee Against Race and Ethnic Discrimination (CARED) presents the First Anti-racism conference. This conference will explore how issues of race inform the Canadian university experience of both faculty and students.
The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Carol Tator, professor at York University at 1 pm. There will also be a panel discussion, with noted speakers Dr. Cynthia Levine-Rasky, Dr. Barrington Walker, Georgina Riel and Jeff Welsh.
The cost of thjis conference is FREE and includes refreashments and lunch.
To Register or for more information, please contact:

Guy Things

March 12, 2007

The slides from Jason Laker’s presentation on March 4th are now available. You may also access his video, “Keep Your Distance: Images of Masculinity” online. Realplayer is required to view the video and can be accessed here. Follow the link mid-page to the free version of RealPlayer.

The slides can be viewed in Adobe Acrobat format here: Guy Things.

No Class March 12th

March 12, 2007

Unfortunately the speaker cannot make it in time for class today due to the train derailment in Kingston. All the buses that aren’t full won’t get her here until after 8:00 p.m. We will see about the possibility of rescheduling the class – so please check the website. Please pass on this information to anyone you know who attends Free Queen’s. Thank you.

Schedule Changes

February 21, 2007

Please note that the schedule has been updated. Caroline Baillie, who was supposed to present on February 5th, will now be presenting on March 26th and Margaret Little has been re-scheduled to present on Monday April 2nd.