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Canadian Writer Francesca Ekwuyasi reads from 'Butter Honey Big Bread' in Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series

Canadian Writer Francesca Ekwuyasi reads from 'Butter Honey Big Bread' in Canadian Writers in Person Lecture Series

During 2021 and 2022, readings are available online and can be accessed according to the schedule. Zoom links will be made available a week before the reading Readings are free and open to members of the public and to members of the York community. Our lineups consist of a unique selection of emerging and established […]

Poem by Louise B. Halfe-Sky Dancer to honour the 215 children in Kamloops and all those destroyed by the residential school system

Poem by Louise B. Halfe-Sky Dancer to honour the 215 children in Kamloops and all those destroyed by the residential school system

Angels: 215 >, 1820 – 1979 “The Past is Always Our Present” A cradle board hangs from a treeA beaded moss bag is folded in a small chestA child’s moccasin is tuckedInto a skunk Pipe bagChildren’s shoes in a ghost dance.A mother clutches thesePalms held against her faceA river runs between her fingers. A small […]

Black Canadian Studies student earns top honours at 2021 HERA conference

Black Canadian Studies student earns top honours at 2021 HERA conference

York University Black Canadian Studies (BCS) certificate program student Michelle Molubi has been recognized at the annual Humanities Education and Research Association (HERA) conference with the top undergraduate research paper honour. For Molubi, a humanities student in her final year, the $1,000 prize from HERA represents the culmination of hard work and meaningful research within the Black […]

Professor Andrea Davis awarded prestigious 3-M National Teaching Fellowship

Professor Andrea Davis awarded prestigious 3-M National Teaching Fellowship

Andrea Davis, Associate Professor of Humanities in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) and special advisor on LA&PS’ Anti-Black Racism Strategy, is one of the 10 recipients of a 2021 3M National Teaching Fellowship. The fellowships were created in 1986 by the Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education to recognize “educators […]

Black and Indigenous Communities Living in Solidarity: Recognizing Intersectionality on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Black and Indigenous Communities Living in Solidarity: Recognizing Intersectionality on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

National Indigenous Peoples' Day: In solidarity with ...   Panel shared with Bonita Lawrence, Andrea Davis and Ruth Koleszar-Green, and was organized by the Office of the Vice President, Equity, People & Culture on June 21, 2020

“Five charts show what systemic racism looks like in Canada:” Professor Andrea Davis featured in CTV News story

“Five charts show what systemic racism looks like in Canada:” Professor Andrea Davis featured in CTV News story

TORONTO -- George Floyd’s killing at the hands of police in Minneapolis and the ensuing wave of global protests have prompted many Canadians to take a deeper look at systemic racism, and national data reveals the stark racial divide in this country. The most recent census data from 2016 shows that Black Canadians face far […]

“Urban Gentrification: White Futures, Black Dystopias”: Humanities professor Andrea Davis is one of four speakers at the York Circle Lecture & Lunch Series on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

“Urban Gentrification: White Futures, Black Dystopias”: Humanities professor Andrea Davis is one of four speakers at the York Circle Lecture & Lunch Series on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

This talk offers a discussion of the competing goals of urban gentrification through a reading of the documentary film Unarmed Verses (2016). The film follows the life of 12-year-old Francine Valentine for several months in 2016 as her family prepares for forced relocation from their North York, Toronto community of Villaways, targeted for demolition by a city […]

Word, Sound, Power: Black Artistic Expression

Word, Sound, Power: Black Artistic Expression

The event, “Word, Sound, Power,” on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, featured performances by student artists, many of whom are in the Black Canadian Studies Certificate.  The evening included musical performances by an R&B Ensemble under the direction of Mike Cado, an all-female jazz ensemble under the direction of Kevin Turcotte, and the York Gospel Choir […]

Fragments of Memory Exhibition: Artistic Representations of Diaspora Lives

Fragments of Memory Exhibition: Artistic Representations of Diaspora Lives

Fragments of Memory, an exciting and challenging new exhibit of storytelling and recovered memory of the African diasporas, will officially launch on Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. in 305 Founders College, Keele Campus. In the exhibit, Brazilian artist Pablo Parra represents the biographies and testimonies of five individuals of the African diaspora […]