Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Nina Johnson

Nina Johnson

Nina Johnson

Name: Nina Johnson
Position: Lecturer
Phone: 250-828-5280
Email: Njohnson@tru.ca

Interests

Labyrinths, landscape architecture, social justice and human rights, yoga, and Irish dancing.

Creative Writing:
*Augustus Woo Gets Stuck with Glue (A Full Contact Story)
Co-authored children's story with George Johnson
*Bartleby Mudge and the Chocolate Fudge
Co-authored children's story with George Johnson
*Marisa in the Mountains
Co-authored children's story with George Johnson
*Unfit to Lift: A Farce
Co-authored one-act play with George Johnson

Research Interests

Labyrinths: Interdiscipliary benefits of labyrinths including stress reduction and creativity development.
o Intercultural History and Development of the Labyrinth
o Labyrinths in Literature and Legend
o Walking as Pilgrimage
o Narratives of Architecture and Sacred Geometry
o Mindful Pathways and Ways of Knowing
o Journeys of Health and Wellness
o Circling Creativity
o Cultures of Silence
o Labyrinths and Film
o Education as Transformation

Developing a Labyrinth Garden Proposal for the TRU campus.

Education

B.A. (English)U.C.C.
M.A. (English) McGill University

Thesis Title: "The Hug and Hum of the Sympathetic Poet: The Language of Body and Soul in Walt Whitman's Song of Myself"
A study of how Whitman cultivates an expansive and sympathetic persona and expresses an egalitarian philosophy which crosses boundaries of gender, class, race, and time.

Publications

Conference Papers:
Hawaii International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, HI, January 11, 2011
Presented a 90-minute lecture and workshop titled "Walking to Wisdom: The Labyrinth as an Educational Tool."

TRU Teaching Practices Colloquium: Igniting the Passion to Learn, TRU, February 21, 2011
Presented a 50-minute interactive lecture and workshop titled "The Labyrinth A Low-Tech Path to Student Engagement."

University Prep English Teachers- Provincial Articulation Meeting, TRU, March 4, 2011
Presented "The Labyrinth: Teaching as Transformation in the U Prep Classroom."

Book Reviews:
Johnson, Nina. Rev. of The Bare Plums of Winter Rain by Patrick Lane. Victoria Times Colonist Jan. 2001.
. "Award-winning SF Writer is Spellbinding Reader and Speaker." Rev. of Calculating God by Robert J. Sawyer. Victoria Times Colonist 30 July 2000.
. Rev. of Breaking the Surface: an anthology featuring Marilyn Bowering, Lorna Crozier, Susan Musgrave, Linda Rogers, and Patricia Young. Victoria Times Colonist 5 Nov. 2000.

Arts Advocacy:
Nina Johnson. "Kamloops Creativity." Kamloops Parks and Recreation Brochure April 1999.
. "Star Chart for the Arts." Kamloops Daily News April 1999.
. "A Word from the Plinth." Grasslands March 1999.
. "Art. Who Needs It?" Mosaic Arts Magazine March 1999.
. "All About Eve: about women and for women" Art Exhibition, Kamloops 1999. Initiated and hosted a non-juried art show as the Arts Council Coordinator.

Employment History

Thompson Rivers University 1997-present

Courses Taught

English 1100 Composition
English 1110 Introduction to Prose Fiction (past themes: mystery/detective fiction, science fiction, Canadian humour)
English 1120 Introduction to Poetry
English 2060 Creative Writing: Fiction
English 2080 Creative Writing: Poetry
English 2270 Canadian Literature 1950s to present

Professional Affiliations

Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, San Francisco, USA
Training Certification from the international body that regulates professional standards for labyrinth facilitation and research.

Member of The Labyrinth Society
An international organization whose mission is to support all those who create, maintain and use labyrinths, and to serve the global community by providing education, networking and opportunities to experience transformation.
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