Evolving meaning of Blackness in Canada to be discussed at York U


TORONTO, February 15, 2017 – York University is hosting a Black History Month Symposium on February 17 and 18, to discuss the evolving meaning of Blackness in Canada at the juncture of its 150 years since Confederation, inviting leading academics, students, community organizers and activists.

Keynote by Professor Anthony Stewart from Buncknell University, USA, will open the symposium on February 17

Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora is the lead organizer of the symposium which will kick off with a special keynote by Professor Anthony Stewart from Buncknell University, USA, on the inaugural day. Several other keynotes and roundtable discussions on various topics are scheduled for the following day.

Program includes:

  • Keynote speakers
    - Professor Anthony Stewart, Bucknell University
    - Kiké Roach, civil rights lawyer
    - Judge Michael H. Tulloch, Ontario Court of Appeal
    - Professor Rinaldo Walcott, York University
    - Barrington Walker, historian
  • Panel discussions
    - Critical Histories of Blacks in Canada
    - The Education of Black Students and the Inequitable schooling system
    - Black community responses to the justice system
    - Re-imagining Canada's Future with Blacks

Who: York University Faculty of Education
What: Black History Month Symposium: The Evolving Meaning of Blackness in Canada
When: Friday, February 17- 5:30pm to 9pm and Saturday, February 18 – 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Founders Assembly Hall, Room 152, Founders College, York University Keele Campus, Toronto (building number 50 on the map)

To RSVP, or for more information, visit: http://edu.yorku.ca/black-history-symposium

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Media contact:
Gloria Suhasini, Media Relations, 416 736 2100 ext. 22094, suhasini@yorku.ca