York University launches new Black Studies programs and research


TORONTO, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 – New Black Studies programs and research that focus on culture, history, literature and music will be launched at York University, tomorrow, Oct. 18.

The launch will feature a variety of events over two days, including a workshop, panel discussions, music performance and a reception.

The events are sponsored by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, the Faculty of Education, the School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design, and the Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies.

WHAT: Launch: New Programs & Research in Black Studies at York

Day 1: The Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Room 112, Accolade East Building, York University Keele campus (building number 92 on the map)
Day 2: Room 305, Founders College, York University Keele campus (building number 50 on the map)



Day1 (Oct. 18, 6pm-9:30pm):

  • Reception
  • Professor Christina Sharpe, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University (keynote lecture)
  • York University Gospel Choir performance directed by Karen Burke
  • Spoken word by Kareem Bennett
  • Jazz solo performance by Kavya Rajith

 Day 2 (Oct. 19, 9am-4pm),

Struggles and Possibilities of Black Studies in Canada Workshop

  • “Making the Invisible, Visible,” panel on Black Women’s Experiences in the Academy, 9:30am
  • “Tensions and Conflicts”, panel on Research with and for Communities, 11:30am
  • “Navigating the Academy,” panel on Blacks in Academia, 2:30pm

Note: Black Studies programs and research representatives are available for media interviews upon request

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