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Provost’s Speaker Series on Systemic Racism: The Potential for Black Studies Programs in Canada
October 23, 2020 at 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Festival of Ideas Okanagan is proud to present “Building Black Studies in Canada: Moving Beyond Anti-Racism Courses,” Oct 23, 2020.
This talk considers the possibilities for the creation of Black Studies programs in Canada that reflect Canada’s unique position as a site of global Black diasporas, as well as historic Black communities going back 300 years. Challenging a growing trend in anti-racism courses and training, this talk will both draw on and critically expand existing practices and perspectives from the United States and UK.
By locating Black Studies within an interdisciplinary set of knowledges that center Black histories, philosophical thought, theoretical ideas, and expressive cultures, the lecture argues that Black life is a valuable area of study in and of itself.
The webinar will be presented by Dr. Andrea A. Davis, associate professor of Black Cultures of the Americas in the Department of Humanities at York University, and Handel Kashope Wright, professor and director of the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education, University of British Columbia.
The Q-and-A session will be moderated by Bryce Traister, dean, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and Dean pro tem of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Professor of English. Opening and closing remarks will be provided by Ananya Mukherjee Reed, provost and vice-president academic UBC Okanagan and professor in the Department of Economics, Philosophy and Political Science.