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Black Poetry Recitation Contest

Black Poetry Recitation Contest

Black Poetry Recitation Contest - York U (PDF) The Black Poetry Recitation Contest is a poetry recitation contest for students in Grades 9 – 12 attending high schools in the Greater Toronto Area. Registration is free and open to all students. How does the Contest Work? Student contestants choose and learn to recite poems from […]

Author Saidiya Hartman presented a talk at York University on April 5 during a launch event for her new book Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval

Author Saidiya Hartman presented a talk at York University on April 5 during a launch event for her new book Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval

Author Saidiya Hartman presented a talk at York University on April 5 during a launch event for her new book Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval. The event was presented by the Department of Humanities, Social & Political Thought, the Department of Visual Art & Art History and the LA&PS Research Events Fund, […]

Focus groups on Black youth experience expose failures of multicultural policy

Focus groups on Black youth experience expose failures of multicultural policy

  Imagine having your university classmates assume that you sell illegal drugs in between classes, missing out on job opportunities solely due to your home address or having a beverage thrown at you from a moving car. These are the searing experiences of Black youth recounted in a research paper by Faculty of Liberal Arts […]

Students from Jane and Finch find a fresh perspective at York University

Students from Jane and Finch find a fresh perspective at York University

It would take more than a winter storm to keep a group of enthusiastic students from Westview Centennial Secondary School from attending class. The Grade 9 through 12 students travelled from Toronto’s Jane and Finch neighbourhood during the Feb. 27 snowstorm to audit a lecture in the humanities called “Cultures of Resistance in the Americas: […]

Black Activists: Quiet and Gentle Canadians?

Black Activists: Quiet and Gentle Canadians?

In 1971, the Yale professor Robin Winks wrote that Black Canadians wanted “nothing more than to be accepted as quiet Canadians.” In The Blacks in Canada, Winks claimed that Black Canadians were “unlikely to organize militant, noisy, pushy protests.” He considered Daniel Hill, the first full-time director of the Ontario Human Rights Commission in 1962, […]

York University music Professor Rob Bowman receives Grammy nomination for Best Historical Album

York University music Professor Rob Bowman receives Grammy nomination for Best Historical Album

York University’s famous “rock ‘n’ roll professor,” Rob Bowman, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Historical Album category as co-producer of the Numero Group’s 2017 two-disc compilation Jackie Shane: Any Other Way. Read full story on YFile Rob Bowman teaches FA/MUSI 3510 3.0 African-American Popular Music, one of the Certificate courses.  He […]

Black Canadian Studies Certificate Welcomes Visiting Scholar Daniel McNeil

Black Canadian Studies Certificate Welcomes Visiting Scholar Daniel McNeil

Dr. Daniel McNeil joins the Black Canadian Studies Certificate as a Visiting Scholar / Visiting Professor from September 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019. McNeil is an associate professor in Migration and Diaspora Studies at Carleton University. Before joining Carleton, he served as the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Professor of African and Black Diaspora Studies at […]

New certificate in Black Canadian Studies featured on CBC

New certificate in Black Canadian Studies featured on CBC

York University has launched its new certificate program in Black Canadian Studies. Spoken word artist, MC and playwright Wendy 'Motion' Brathwaite was interviewed by CBC's Here and Now host Gill Deacon. Motion talked about the new program, its genesis, and about her course -- Griots to Emcees -- being one of the required credits. "The lens of […]

New Course: Imagining Slavery and Freedom

New Course: Imagining Slavery and Freedom

AP/HUMA 4306 6.0 Course Director: Christina Sharpe This fourth-year seminar combines creative texts—novels, music, and the visual arts—alongside slave narratives, nonfiction and theoretical works in an examination of questions of Transatlantic slavery, the imagination, and the idea of freedom. In Toni Morrison’s landmark novel Beloved, the character Baby Suggs tells the formerly enslaved and putatively […]