The Canada Seminar examines Canadian social, economic, cultural, and political issues in their domestic and international dimensions. Presentations are made by public figures, scholars, artists, and experts in various fields to provide Harvard faculty and students, and the broader community, a look at Canadian scholarly and public life. It seeks to enhance the understanding of one of the United States' closest allies and largest trading partners, and to provide a forum for the lively exchange of ideas on a wide range of issues. Because Canada and the United States must respond to similar economic and social challenges with distinctly different frameworks and historical legacies, the study of Canadian issues offers rich opportunities for scholars engaged in comparative studies. The seminar has presented numerous distinguished speakers including Canadian Supreme Court Justice Madame Rosalie Abella; political philosophers, Charles Taylor and Will Kymlicka; Matthew Teitelbaum, director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario; and interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, the Honorable Bob Rae.

Alison Mountz
, professor of geography and Canada Research Chair in Global Migration at Wilfrid Laurier University, joins us as the 2015-2016 William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies and Chair of the Canada Program Seminar. Professor Mountz is appointed through Harvard's Department of Government and will teach two courses: Border Politics: Migration, Detention, and (Il)legality (fall, 2015), and Political Geographies of Violence (spring, 2016).

All Seminars are held on Mondays, from 4-6 P.M. 
In the Bowie Vernon Room (Room K262) (unless otherwise noted)
The Canada Seminars are free, open to the public, and off the record



Centre for Refugee Studies, York University
Dispelling Terror in the Tamil Diaspora: the Case of Toronto

Research funded by Public Safety Canada assumes that some diasporas based in Canada 'import conflict' from their countries of origin. We take issue with the concept of 'imported conflict' in relation to diasporas, as it produces immigrant members as potential threats to Canada's security. Our research with members of the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora in Toronto traces the impact of acute violence in Sri Lanka during 2009, in particular the killing of civilians and other war crimes committed by Sri Lankan government troops and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE, or Tamil Tigers) that left tens of thousands of Tamil civilians dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. How, if at all, were these acts of violence translated into the diaspora based in Toronto?

Jennifer Hyndman is a professor in social science and geography at York University in Toronto, where she is also director of the Centre for Refugee Studies. Her research focuses on the geopolitics of forced migration, the biopolitics of refugee camps, and resettlement policy and outcomes in North America. Hyndman is co-author with Wenona Giles of Living on the Edge: Refugees in Extended Exile (forthcoming, Routledge). In addition to over 40 articles, she has also written Dual Disasters: Humanitarian Aid after the 2004 Tsunami (2011), Managing Displacement: Refugees and the Politics of Humanitarianism (University of Minnesota Press, 2000), and co-edited, Sites of Violence: Gender and Conflict Zones (University of California Press, 2004).


3:30-5 p.m.
Belfer Case Study Room (SO20)
CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street

Alison Mountz, Harvard University
Peter K. Bol, Harvard University
Tim Cresswell, Northeastern University
Mona Domash, Dartmouth University
Richard Wright, Dartmouth University

Have you ever wondered why there is geospatial analysis at Harvard and yet you can’t seem to find many geography classes on campus? Have you wondered why Americans don’t study much geography? This panel will explore why geography matters, to scholarship and intellectual debates, in politics, policy-making, culture, history, humanities, and higher education. Come to learn the history of what happened to geography at Harvard, current initiatives on campus and in the discipline more broadly. Panelists will discuss why and how geography matters, now more than ever.

University of Toronto
Unsettling and Resettling Canada

Canada, like the United States, is a settler society that defines itself as a country of immigration. This is not merely an empirical claim -- which would apply to innumerable states in the world today -- but also a claim that is imbued with a normative hue: Canada asserts its identity as a nation constituted through immigration, which it pursue assiduously through state policy and celebrates in the national narrative. Yet in the last decade, Canadian immigration policy began to drift away from the policies that typified settler societies over the last 150 years, and toward policy tools and discourses more typical of 'old world' European states. (This, of course, was happening even as European states were openly looking to Canada as a model). This is what I call the 'unsettling' of Canada. In recent months, the Canadian government and private citizens have mobilized to resettle tens of thousands of Syrian refugees. While the numbers are tiny as a proportion of refugees hosted by front line states, or even relative to those arriving on their own in Germany, Sweden and other EU states, they exceed the resettlement commitments made by the US, UK and France. I will argue that, apart from the practical impact of Canadian refugee resettlement, the mobilization of public and private resources for refugee resettlement signifies a moment of reclamation of a particular narrative of Canada. Engagement in refugee sponsorship can thus be understood as an act of citizenship by existing Canadians as much as a process that will produce new Canadians. This is what I call the 'resettling' of Canada.

Audrey Macklin (BSc. (Alberta), LLB (Toronto), LLM (Yale) is Professor of Law and Chair in Internationl Human Rights at the University of Toronto. She teaches, researches and writes in the area of migration and citizenship law, gender, multiculturalism, business and human rights, and administrative law. She is co-author of the Governance Gap: Extractive Industries, Human Rights, and the Home State Advantage (London: Routledge: 2014) and the Canadian text, Immigration and Refugee Law: Cases, Materials and Commentary, 2nd Edition (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2015). She has published articles in many peer reviewed journals, including the International Journal of Refugee Law, the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Human Rights Quarterly, Theoretical Inquiries in Law, Columbia Journal of Law and Human Rights, European Journal of Law and Migration, Law and Social Politics, and International Migration Review. She has also contributed to several edited book collections. Prof. Macklin is a frequent commentator in Canadian and international media, and regularly contributes op-ends to a variety of publications. From 1994-96, Professor Macklin was a Member of the Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board, where she adjudicated refugee claims. She was also involved in the case of Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen detained by the United States at Guantànamo Bay for ten years. In that capacity, she was an observer for Human Rights Watch at the Military Commission proceedings in Guantànamo Bay, and represented Human Rights Watch as amicus before the Supreme Court of Canada in two Khadr appeals. Professor Macklin has also acted as pro bono counsel or academic legal advisor to counsel in several public interest cases, including challenges to withdrawal of health care for refugees, citizenship revocation, and the ban on niqabs at citizenship ceremonies.

Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
A New Canadian Foreign Policy?

Carleton University
Aeroplanes and Deportation in Britain and Canada

There can be no expulsion without the trains, planes, buses and ships that states use to transport deportees across borders and territories. There can be no deportation without an assortment of guards, pilots, doctors, human rights observers and other experts charged with overseeing these involuntary journeys. Yet curiously the actual mechanisms of forcibly moving the deportee have been largely overlooked in studies of contemporary deportation. In this presentation I call for studies of migration, borders and deportation to bring the authorities, practices and infrastructures of transportation more fully into the research frame. I focus on one particular modality of deportation: removing people by aircraft. Drawing on examples from the Canadian and the UK experiences I map some key features of air deportation today. I argue that this mapping does more than merely fill in a missing piece of the puzzle. It also offers theoretical insight concerning two aspects of the politics of expulsion: the place of corporeality in the power relations of forced movement, and the complex play of visibility and invisibility that characterizes migration control as well as its contestation.

William Walters is a professor of political sociology at Carleton University, Canada, where he is cross-appointed in the Departments of Political Science and Sociology & Anthropology. His areas of interest are contemporary political and spatial theory, especially the political thought of Michel Foucault; studies of citizenship and non-citizenship; borders, migration and security research; and the politics of publics and secrecy. He is co-editor of the book series Mobility & Politics (Palgrave Macmillan). His most recent book is Governmentality: Critical Encounters (Routledge 2012), the Japanese translation of which is forthcoming in 2016.



Please RSVP to to attend the Canada Talks Over Lunch

'Inequality is the Root of Social Evil,' or Maybe Not: Two Stories about Inequality and Public Policy
University of Ottawa and Harvard University

Canada-New England Relations
Canadian Consulate, Boston

Soho and the Canadian Avant-Garde:
Cultural Diplomacy as a Means to Bridge the 49th Parallel

Harvard University

Small Differences that Matter: Growing Labour Relations, U. S. and Canada
Harvard University

Remaking the Rust Belt: The Postindustrial Transformation of North America
Harvard University and Wayne State University, Michigan

Disaster Citizenship:  Survivors, Solidarity, and Power in the Progressive Era
SUNY Empire State College, Brooklyn

Live From Canada! The Emergence of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Harvard University


FAll 2015

Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Global China, Wealth Migration, and Local Housing Markets: the Case of Vancouver

David Ley is Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia and  a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His research covers urbanization in Canada, and Canadian links with East Asia. His most recent book is Millionaire Migrants: Trans-Pacific Life Lines (Blackwell-Wiley 2011). His current research ‘Housing bubbles,’ examines the causes, consequences and policy responses to volatile and high-priced housing markets in five gateway cities.

While conventional analyses regard residential property markets to be largely a product of local conditions, there is evidence of the internationalisation of real estate in gateway cities, with Vancouver a prominent example. This paper places such capital (and related migration) flows within a broader political economy, highlighting the active role of Canadian governments in soliciting trade, investment and migration from Asia Pacific. Tools employed by the state to benefit from trans-Pacific economic vibrancy included the Business Immigration Program (BIP), intended to transplant East Asian economic vitality to Canada through the recruitment of successful entrepreneurs and investors. Such wealth migration from Greater China created a finely tuned trans-Pacific residential property market. It has contributed to the rapid escalation of residential property prices in Vancouver, the most popular Canadian destination of business migrants, particularly the wealthiest, with accompanying stresses of local unaffordability and high levels of mortgage indebtedness. Finally, we will consider the impasse that has occurred in public policy with governments and their allies in the property sector in denial that the deregulated space of flows, accompanying the globalisation they have so actively promoted, could be a primary cause in the creation of a property asset bubble.


U.S.-Canada Relations

Brian Lee Crowley has headed up the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) in Ottawa since its inception in March of 2010, coming to the role after a long and distinguished record in the think tank world. He was the founder of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) in Halifax. He is a former Salvatori Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, and is a senior fellow at the Galen Institute in Washington. In addition, he advises several think tanks in Canada, France, and Nigeria. Crowley is a frequent commentator on political and economic issues in print and broadcast media. His articles appear in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and numerous regional and local newspapers.

Cosponsored by the Canadian Consulate General, Boston

This seminar is chaired by Tracy Neumann, a 2015-16 William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellow at the WCFIA Canada Program.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 6:30-10:30 P.M.

Cosponsored by the Harvard Graduate School Canadian Club and the
Harvard College Candian Club

Program in Canadian Studies and Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto
Beyond the Border: Security Interoperability at the Canada-U.S. Border

Emily Gilbert is an Associate Professor, cross-appointed between the Canadian Studies Program at University College, and the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. Her research addresses the changing politics of the Canada-US border, from proposals for currency union, to migration policy, to security initiatives. In particular, she is interested in the ways that border risks--economic and social--are being used to discipline behaviour and promote new forms of citizenship practice. She is the co-editor of War, Citizenship, Territory (with Deborah Cowen) and Nation-States and Money: The Past, Present and Future of National Currencies (with Eric Helleiner). 

Dean, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
The New Politics of Immigration and the End of Settler Societies

Catherine Dauvergne took up the deanship at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at UBC on July 1, 2015.  Dauvergne is a UBC Law alumna and completed her PhD in Law at the Australian National University.  Dauvergne is a member of the Law Society of BC, she has been working in the area of refugee, immigration, and citizenship law for twenty years.  In 2012, Dauvergne was named a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation in recognition of her contributions to public discourse in Canada.  Dauvergne has published extensively including six books and more than 60 articles. Her next book entitled The New Politics of Immigration and the End of Settler Societies will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.  

University of Ottawa
Politics of Airport Security: The Tale of the MM Scanner

Airport security is a complex assemblage of policies, people, objects and motives in a tangle of authorities, technologies, and strategy. The rise (and fall) of the mm wave scanner provides insight into this complex space. The 2009 “Underwear Bomb” plot  seemed to indicate another weakness in the global airport security system that demanded an immediate and if possible technological fix.  The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority had been testing mm wave scanners in a small regional airport that might solve the problem: the mm wave scanner. This presentation plots the controversy of the mm wave scanner to understand how technologies and their issues can radically affect security. 

University of British Columbia
Filipino Migrant Labour in Canada, Testimonial Theatre and Transnational Conversations

Geraldine Pratt is Professor of Geography and Canada Research Chair, Transnationalism and Precarious Labour, at the University of British Columbia. She has collaborated extensively with the Philippine Women Centre of BC and more recently Migrante International, researching various aspects of Canada’s temporary foreign domestic worker program, including the marginalization of Filipino youths in Canada. She is the author of Working Feminism and Families Apart: Migrant Mothers and the Conflicts of Labor and Love, co-author of Gender, Work and Space and Film and Urban Space: Critical Possibilities, and co-editor of The Global and the Intimate: Feminism in Our Time. She co-authored with Caleb Johnston Nanay: a testimonial play, which has been performed in Vancouver, Whitehorse, Berlin, Edinburgh and Manila.

In 2009 I put my research on Canada’s Live-in Caregiver Program into motion by working interview transcripts with domestic workers, their children and employers, nanny agents and government officials into monologues and a testimonial play. The play is a form of public scholarship that brings diverse audiences close to the issues as they are lived by particular individuals, and creates the opportunity for public conversations about Canada’s temporary labour migration programmes. Different issues have emerged as the play has travelled from Vancouver to Berlin to Edinburgh to Manila and then Whitehorse, and each production has become an opportunity for site-specific research. As a kind of ethnography of our script, I reflect on our reframing of Canada’s temporary labour migration programs as the play has moved from Vancouver to Manila to Whitehorse. 


Marcel Fournier, the 2014-2015 William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies, organized the 2014-2015 Canada Seminar listed below.

Spring 2015 Canada Program Seminars


Québec Cultural Policy:  Why Government is Investing in Arts and Culture
Ms. Hélène David 
Québec’s Minister of Culture and Communications 
Québec’s Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language
3  p.m.
Reading Room, Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street
Reception to follow

Hélène David holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the Université de Montréal. She has taught at the university, served as assistant director of the psychology department, vice-president for academic affairs, acting provost, and vice-president for international relations, the Francophonie and institutional partnerships. She is also a recognized author and speaker, having received a number of prestigious awards for her contributions to Montréal’s cultural and scientific life. From 2008 to 2010, she served as assistant deputy minister responsible for higher education in the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport. Ms. David was elected for the first time in the 2014 general election as Member of the National Assembly for Outremont. She is currently the Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister Responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language. In 1961 the Québec government created the Department of Cultural Affairs—today’s Ministry of Culture and Communications. Over the past 50 years, the Ministry has developed a large array of policies, institutions, and financial assistance programs. These have ranged from ensuring the promotion of cultural development across all regions of Québec, heritage preservation, and support for museums, to the creation of laws protecting the status of artists and the creation of writers’ residencies in school systems. In 1992 this work was further developed through the creation of Québec’s cultural policy, which led to a number of new measures, among them the creation of the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec (Québec Arts Council, CALQ) and the Société de développement des industries culturelles (Corporation for the development of Cultural Industries, SODEC).CALQ’s board of directors consists of artists and arts professionals who seek to foster artistic excellence by providing grants to artists and non-profit arts organizations throughout Québec. SODEC acts as a bank for cultural industries, providing term loans, credit lines, and loan guarantees for these enterprises. Its mandate also extends to the administration of tax measures, government assistance programs, investments, and subsidy programs for cultural enterprises. As Minister responsible for the Protection and Promotion of the French Language, Minister David supports the use of French in all spheres of Québec society, so that the official language of the province is used and respected in business, labor, education and research, as well as in cultural industries and international institutions. In her speech, Minister David will highlight the measures that have made Montreal and Quebec City cultural capitals of North America and how culture and language are key components of Quebec’s identity and economy


Moving Stills and Constructed Images
Adad Hannah, Artist
4-6 p.m.
Room SO20, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street

Adad Hannah was born in New York in 1971, spent his childhood in Israel and England, and moved to Vancouver in the early 1980's. He lives and works between Montreal and Vancouver. Hannah is interested in the way the photographic moment is performed for a camera and his works often take the form of video-recorded tableaux vivants. Through his videos and photographs he explores the nexus of photography, video, sculpture, and performance and how the human body occupies this space. Hannah has produced commissioned projects for museums around the world and been exhibited and collected widely. He has been awarded numerous grants and prizes including the Canada Council for the Arts' Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for mid-career artists. His work can be found in the permanent collections of many institutions including the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Samsung LEEUM Museum, Seoul, San Antonio Museum of Art, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and many others.

Adad Hannah is represented by Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain ( and Equinox Gallery (


Re-Imagining Canada's Future - Citizenship and the Arts

Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts
4-6 p.m.
Bowie Vernon Room (Room K262), CGIS KNAFEL, 1737 Cambridge Street

Simon Brault began his five-year term as Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts on June 26, 2014. He comes to the position with a full understanding of his role, having served as Vice-Chair of the Council’s Board of Directors from 2004 to 2014. Mr. Brault has been active in the cultural sector for over 30 years and has been a driving force behind a number of major projects. Notably, as Administrative Director and Director General of the National Theatre School of Canada, he coordinated the ambitious project of restoring Montréal’s historic Monument-National. He has held key positions in national organizations and has participated actively in initiatives such as the Forum d’action des milieux culturels de la Métropole, the steering committee of the Chantier de l’économie sociale, the Montréal Summit, the Rendez-vous novembre 2007 Montréal Métropole culturelle and Agenda 21C de la culture au Québec. An initiator of Journées de la culture, he was also a founding member and Chair of Culture Montréal from 2002 to 2014. A much sought-after speaker, Mr. Brault has given many speeches at national and international venues addressing the economic and social contributions of the arts and culture. His first non-fiction book, Le facteur C : l’avenir passe par la culture (La Presse / Éditions Voix parallèles, 2009), explained the dramatic rise of cultural concerns in the public agenda. This lively, highly-acclaimed work was published in English as No Culture, No Future (Cormorant Books, 2010). Simon Brault has received numerous distinctions for his commitment to the social recognition of the arts and culture. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Officier de l’Ordre national du Québec, a Fellow of the CGA Order and the CPA Order, and is a recipient of the 2009 Keith Kelly Award for Cultural Leadership.  Watch the video Simon Brault on the arts 


MONDAY, MARCH 9, at 4:30 p.m.

Crossing Indigenous Boundaries
Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street

Bain Attwood, Professor, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University
Nicholas Bradley, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Victoria
Philip Deloria, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor, Department of American Cultures, University of Michigan
Moderated by Maggie McKinley, Climenko Fellow, Harvard Law School

Join us for a panel discussion on the intersection of Indigenous cultures, comparative studies, colonialism, literature and history moderated by Maggie McKinley, Climenko Fellow, Harvard Law School. Harvard Visiting Faculty Bain Attwood (Monash University, Australia), Nicholas Bradley (University of Victoria, Canada), and Philip Deloria (University of Michigan, United States) will provide perspectives on global issues in the study of Indigeneity, a vibrant and growing discipline that is used to study Indigenous communities around the globe. Each scholar will share perspectives on a seminal text used in their work and provide insight into how it engages with Indigenous Studies, both locally and globally.

Don McKay: Poetry Reading
Fong Auditorium (Room 110), Boylston Hall
April 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Sometimes a voice — have you heard this? —
wants not to be voice any longer, wants something
whispering between the words…

Don McKay is one of Canada’s most celebrated and beloved poets. He was named to the Order of Canada in 2008. Two of his books—Night Field (1991) and Another Gravity (2000)—won the Governor General’s Award, and another, Strike/Slip (2006), won the Griffin Poetry Prize. His essays on poetry, collected in Vis à Vis (2001), Deactivated West 100 (2005), and The Shell of the Tortoise (2011), have been widely influential. He has served as an editor at Brick Books, one of Canada’s leading literary presses, and at The Fiddlehead, one of the country’s most prominent literary journals; he is also known as a gifted teacher. Angular Unconformity: Collected Poems 1970–2014 was published last year by Icehouse Poetry/Goose Lane Editions. McKay lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Presented by the Canada Program, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; and the Department of English, Harvard University.
Contact: Nicholas Bradley (

Mary Dalton: Poetry Reading
April 21, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Fong Auditorium (Room 110), Boylston Hall

Mary Dalton is a brilliant, distinctive, award-winning Canadian poet. Her books include The Time of Icicles (1989), Allowing the Light (1993), Merrybegot (2003), Red Ledger (2006), and Hooking: A Book of Centos (2013). Of the poems in Merrybegot, her fellow-poet Patrick Lane wrote that “They’re a mix of curse and blessing, the poems feathered as clean as newborn swallows as they dip and weave in the winsome cadences and idioms of Newfoundland. They are like something overheard in the street or at a table in a bar just after it opens, short as a joke and deep as a charm.” And of Hooking, the critic Fraser Sutherland wrote that “Dalton is at the stage of her career when we no longer judge her work in terms of skill, which can be taken for granted, but within broader internal categories like voice, tone, vision, and theme or, externally, its public reception, how a book fits within a body of work, the poet’s reputation.” Dalton teaches at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
Conference Room, 61 Kirkland Street, Cambridge

Jesse Colin Jackson is a Canadian artist based in Southern California. His practice focuses on object- and image-making as alternative modes of architectural production, appropriating and manipulating the images, forms, and conceptual apparatus found in the human landscape. Jackson has received project funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Centre for Innovation in Information Visualization and Data Driven Design, the Digital Media Research and Innovation Institute, and the Ontario Arts Council. He is a 2014 Hellman Fellow at the University of California, and was a 2008 Howarth-Wright Fellow at the University of Toronto. Jackson is an assistant professor in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine; he taught previously at the University of Toronto and OCAD University. Jesse Colin Jackson is represented by Pari Nadimi Gallery in Toronto. His most recent solo show received a full-page review in The Globe and Mail.

Jesse Colin Jackson has been generating representations of Toronto’s tower neighborhoods since 2006. Jackson’s images evoke the designed and lived intensities of Toronto’s tower apartments, and their ubiquity and significance to the city. Frequently employed by policy makers and design professionals, Jackson’s images are integral to ongoing efforts to revitalize these buildings. Close examination of his work, however, reveals ambivalence towards this progressive project in the face of the complexities these structures embody: arrival destinations for incoming immigrant populations, essential housing for one quarter of the city’s population, the decaying location of much of Toronto’s urban poverty, products of modern ideologies gone awry, and locations of past glory, current dynamism, and future potential. In this talk, Jackson will invite us to consider these conflicted sites and how their evolving presence in Toronto’s collective consciousness has been impacted by his image-making practice.


How a (Failed) Artist Can Become a (Decent) Museum Director
John Zeppetelli, Director, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
4-6 p.m.
Room S250, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street

John Zeppetelli recently joined the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal as its first non-francophone Director. He is also the museum’s Chief Curator where he oversees a wide-ranging program of exhibitions, public programs and acquisitions. At the centre of his first collections show at the Musée titled nouveautés et autres obsessions, currently on view, is his first major acquisition, a work by Thomas Demand called Vault (2012). Before joining the MACM he was curator for almost seven years at DHC/ART Foundation in Montréal where he organized exhibitions with some of the world’s leading artists including Marc Quinn, Haroun Farocki, Stan Douglas, Christian Marclay, Sophie Calle, Michal Rovner, Jenny Holzer, Ceal Floyer, John Currin, Thomas Demand and Cory Arcangel among others. An award-winning group show exploring loss and mortality across personal, social and political realms called Chronicles of a Disappearance, brought together works by Omer Fast, Teresa Margolles, Philippe Parreno, Taryn Simon and José Toirac. Before returning to his native Montreal, John worked at the ICA in London and in a commercial gallery in New York while he attended the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program. He has lectured in Video Art at NSCAD University and at Concordia University where he also ran the MFA Visiting Artist Program. John has curated media arts festivals in both Canada and Europe. He is also an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been screened internationally in festivals and galleries.

Fall 2014 Canada Program Seminars


"Good Buildings Can Help Win the War" - Architecture 1939-1945
Jean-Louis Cohen, Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture,
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
4-6 p.m.
Porte Room (S250), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street

Trained as an architect and an historian, Jean-Louis Cohen holds the Sheldon H. Solow Chair for the History of Architecture at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. Since 2014 he has been a guest professor at the Collège de France. His research has focused on the French, German, and Soviet architectural avant-garde's, on colonial situations and on Paris planning history. His thirty books include: Architecture in Uniform (2011), The Future of Architecture. Since 1889 (2012), and Le Corbusier: an Atlas of Modern Landscapes (2013). He has curated numerous exhibitions, including the centennial show "L'aventure Le Corbusier," at the Center Georges Pompidou (1987); "Scenes of the World to Come," at the Canadian Center for Architecture (1995); "Interférences / Interferenzen - Architecture, Allemagne, France," at the Musées de Strasbourg (2013); "Le Corbusier: an Atlas of Modern Landscapes," at the Museum of Modern Art (2007). "Architettura in uniform," opens at MAXXI on December 19.


Expertise and Innovation in Art-Making: Trans-Disciplinary Exchanges between Artists and Scientists in 20th Century North America
Jan Marontate, Associate Professor, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University
Francesca Bewer, Research Curator for Conservation and Technical Studies Programs, Harvard Art Museums
4-6 p.m.
Bowie Vernon Room (K262), WCFIA, CGIS Knafel, 1737 Cambridge Street


"Sanitizing Montreal: Cleaning up the 'City of Sin' in the 1960s"
Will Straw, Professor and Chair, Department of Art History and Communications Studies, McGill University
4-6 p.m.
Bowie Vernon Room (K262), WCFIA, CGIS Knafel, 1737 Cambridge Street

Will Straw is Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, and Professor within the Department of Art History and Communications Studies. He is the editor of Formes Urbaines (2014), Circulation and the City (2010) and numerous other volumes on cinema, urban culture, and popular music. He is a recipient of McGill's David Thompson Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Supervision.


"Are the Negotiations for a Global Climate Change Agreement Stalled? If So, What Can Be Done?"
The Hon. Stéphane Dion, Member of Parliament, Canada 
4-6 p.m.
Belfer Case Study Room (SO20), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street

The Honourable Stéphane Dion has been a Member of Canada's Parliament, representing the Montreal riding of Saint-Laurent - Cartierville since 1996. During that period, he held various Cabinet portfolios. From 2004 to 2005, he was Minister of the Environment and as such, was instrumental in securing one of the greenest budgets in the history of Canada. In 2005, as Chair of the eleventh United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP-11), held in Montreal, he contributed to the rescue of the Kyoto Protocol. In 21006, he was elected as Leader as the Liberal Party of Canada and thus became Leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons. In the 2008 election, he proposed a visionary plan to green Canada's economy and strengthen the fight against climate change: the Green Shift. Before entering politics, the Honourable Stéphane Dion taught political science at Université de Moncton and Université de Montreal. As an academic and politician, he has authored numerous publications on a wide array of Canadian and international issues, including the complexities of climate change negotiations, global environmental policies, and universal carbon pricing. Born in Quebec City, he studied at Université Laval before obtaining a doctorate in sociology from the Institut d'études politiques in Paris, France. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the Carlos III University of Madrid.


In 2013–2014, George Elliott Clarke, professor of English at the University of Toronto, organized the Canada Seminar listed below. 

Spring 2014 Seminar Schedule

February 10
George Boyd
A Discussion: Africville, Nova Scotia
This seminar will be held in the Belfer Case Study Room, SO20, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street

Canadian playwright and journalist, George Elroy Boyd, is the creator of several highly acclaimed stage plays and an award-winning broadcast journalist. In 1988, the production of his play, Shine Boy, at Neptune Theatre, made him the first African-Canadian playwright to have a production played on Canada's premier stage. Since then, Mr. Boyd has written extensively for stage, radio, and television. He has been the recipient of several awards and citations, both in his native Canada and abroad. In 1997, he was chosen to represent Canada at Asia's largest international theatre festival, The Rafi Peer Workshop Theatre Festival, in Lahore, Pakistan. In Canada, his 1989 drama, Consecrated Ground, garnered him a nomination for a Governor's General Literary Award, one of the country's most prestigious literary citations. His journalism career has also yielded recognition. In 1990, he was appointed co-host of the CBC's morning TV news show, Newsworld Morning. Again, he was a first - the first African Canadian to host a national television program in Canada.

Africville, Nova Scotia, before it was razed in 1965, is believed to have been the oldest indigenous black community in Canada. Mr. Boyd will be discussing its genesis, and the circumstances under which it was razed, and will read from his drama, Consecrated Ground, which is based on that episode.

February 24
Zetta Elliott
The (Revolving) Door of No Return: Memory, Migration, and Magical Thinking
This seminar will be held in the Bowie Vernon Room, K262, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street

Born in Canada, Zetta Elliott moved to Brooklyn in 1994 to pursue her PhD in American Studies at NYU. Her poetry has been published in several anthologies, and her plays have been staged in New York, Chicago, and Cleveland. Her essays have appeared in Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal, and Hunger Mountain. Her first book, Bird, wond the Honor Award in Lee & Low Books' New Voices Contest; it was named Best of 2008 by Kirkus Reviews, a 2009 ALA Notable Children's Book, and Bird won the Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers. Elliott's first young adult novel, A Wish After Midnight, has been called "gripping," "a revelation . . . vivid, violent and impressive history." Her latest novel, Ship of Souls, was included in Booklist's Top Ten Sci-fi/Fantasy Titles for Youth and was a finalist for the 2013 Phillis Wheatley Book Award. Zetta Elliott is Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at Borough of Manhattan Community College and currently lives in Brooklyn.

March 3
James Walker Twenty Feet from Stardom: Observing the 1960s Black Revolution in Canada
Isaac Saney Striving for Freedom: The Black Nova Scotian Struggle and Ideas of Self-Determination - A Contribution to Pan-Africanism

This seminar will be held in the Bowie Vernon Room, K262, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street

Isaac Saney teaches history at Dalhousie University and Saint Mary's University, both in Halifax, Canada. His teaching encompasses courses on Africa, the Caribbean, Cuba, and Black Canadian history. He is the author of the widely acclaimed book "Cuba: A Revolution in Motion." He is currently working on two book projects, "From Soweto to Cuito Cuanavale: Cuba, the War in Angola & the End of Apartheid" and "Race & Revolution: Lessons From Cuba." He is a longtime community activist and participant in the anti-war movement and the anti-racist struggle, and is the co-chair and National Spokesperson for the Canadian Network on Cuba. Saney's roots lie both in Nova Scotia and the Caribbean, which perhaps accounts for his internationalist perspective.

James Walker is professor of history at the University of Waterloo, where he specializes in the history of human rights and race relations, and African-Canadian history. In 2003-2004, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has written four books and co-edited another, and he has published numerous articles and book chapters on African-Canadian history and campaigns for human rights reform. In the 1960s he served as a CUSO (like the Peace Corps) volunteer with a Gandhian association in India, engaging in community development projects. As a student in Toronto he participated in the local support group for the US civil rights movement ("Friends of SNCC"). Later as a graduate student in Halifax he was a co-founder and teacher with B.A. Rocky Jones, the Transition Year Program for African-Canadian and First Nations students at Dalhousie University. Returning to Ontario, he was a found and long-term board member of the Global Community Centre of Kitchener-Waterloo, and has served on the boards of several NGOs, including CUSO and the Shastri-Indo Canadian Institute and the Advisory Committee for the Chair in Black Canadian Studies at Dalhousie. He and Rocky Jones, along with George Elliott Clarke, commenced collaboration on a book about the Black Movement in Canada and Rocky's prominent place in it. Despite Rocky's sudden death in July 2013, the book project will continue.

March 10
Suzette Mayr, author and professor
Memento Mori: Writing against the Dead Queer Stereotype in Monoceros, a Novel about Suicide
This seminar will be held in the Belfer Case Study Room, SO20, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street

Suzette Mayr is the author of four novels, including her most recent book Monoceros, which won the ReLit and W. O. Mitchell Awards, and was nominated for the 2011 Giller Prize, the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction, and the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction. Her novel The Widows was a finalist Commonwealth Prize for Best Book in the Canada-Caribbean region. Her work has been or will be translated into German, Italian, and French. She is a former president of the Writers' Guild of Alberta, and she teaches creative writing at the University of Calgary.

Wednesday, March 12 FROM 5-6:30 P.M.
Gary Geddes, poet
THE WRITER AS WITNESS: Poetry On and Off the Firing Line
This seminar will be held in the Reading Room, Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street

W. H. Auden is often quoted in his poem on the deat of W. B. Yeats, whose speaker says: "Poetry makes nothing happen." This was not Auden's own view on the subject, and probably not that of Yeats, either. Auden's view of art is best expressed in his essays in The Dyer's Hand, where he says: "The mere making of a work of art is a political act" because it reminds the managers that we are not automatons, but living beings. Poetry, whatever its essential subject, is subversive; at its best, poetry flies below the radar, nests in the ear, stirs up the neurons.

Gary Geddes is one of Canada's best-known and most celebrated writers. He has written and edited more that forty-five books of poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, criticism, translation and anthologies and won a dozen national and international literary awards, including the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Americas Region), the National Magazine Gold Award, B. C.'s Lt.-Governor's Award for Literary Excellence and the Gabriela Mistral Prize from the government of Chile, awarded simultaneously to Octavio Paz, Vaclav Havel, Ernesto Cardenal, Rafael Alberti and Mario Benedetti. His latest works are the non-fiction book Drink the Bitter Root: A Writer's Search for Justice and Healing in Africa and a selection of poems called What Does A House Want?

March 31
Wayde Compton, Poet and Author
From Urban Renewal to Negro Removal to Vancouverism: Hogan's Alley and the Legacy of the Black Community of Vancouver's East End
This seminar will be held in the Bowie Vernon Room, K262, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street

Wayde Compton
is the author of two books of poetry, 49th Parallel Psalm (1999) and Performance Bond (2004), the former of which was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Prize. He also edited the anthology Bluesprint: Black British Columbian Literature and Orature (2001). In 2010, his book, After Canaan: Essays on Race, Writing, and Region, was nominated for a City of Vancouver Book Award. In 2002, he co-founded the Hogan's Alley Memorial Project, an organization dedicated to researching and publicizing Vancouver's black history. He is the director of the Writer's Studio and the Southbank Writer's Program at Simon Fraser University Continuing Studies.

April 14
Sylvia Hamilton, Filmmaker and Writer, and
Jackie Barkley, Social Worker and Community Organizer 

Feminism in Black and White: A Canadian Conversation
This seminar will be held in the Bowie Vernon Room, K262, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street

Jacqueline (Jackie) Barkley, MSW, RSW, has over 35 years as a social worker, with counselling experience on the IWK Child Abuse Team, Choices Adolescent Treatment program, the Short Stay mental health service at the Nova Scotia Hospital, in private practice, outpatient mental health, and on the IWK Crisis Team. She also worked for periods in child welfare, with the Geriatric Assessment Unit and Corrections Canada.

Jackie began her career as a community organizer in the old North End of Halifax, and assisted in the development of anti-poverty programs, welfare rights and tenants organizations. She also spent four years working at New Options School, an alternative school for youth in the Uniacke Square community. 

Jackie’s interest in issues of cultural competence and anti-racism work began during years of community activism, her participation as a singer and manager of the women’s a capella group Four the Moment, and in her Master’s program completion of a thesis on racial issues in the delivery of mental health services. Over the course of her professional career, she continued to volunteer in a range of capacities, including with Friends of Dalhousie Legal Aid, Community Justice Society, North End Day Care, Model School Committee, Social Policy Review Committee, and the Housing for People Coalition. Jackie was a 17year member of the Metro Coalition for a Non-Racist Society. The Coalition worked in advocacy and solidarity with the African Nova Scotian, Aboriginal and new Canadian communities – including conducting presentations on racism and white privilege, and province-wide distribution of their book Racism: Whose Problem? 

For over 15 years, Jackie has written, lectured extensively and conducted training workshops, on contemporary child and parent relations. Her publications include chapters in Power and Resistance: Critical Thinking About Canadian Social Issues, Daily Meaning: Counternarratives of Teachers’ Work, and a commentary in the November 2009 issue of the “Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.”

Sylvia Hamilton is an award-winning Nova Scotian filmmaker and writer who is known for her documentary films as well as her publications, public presentations and extensive volunteer work with artistic, social and cultural organizations on the local and national levels. Her films include Black Mother Black Daughter, Portia White: This on Me, and The Little Black School House. Her poetry collection, And I Alone Escaped to Tell You is forthcoming from Gaspereau Press. She has a BA, an MA and has been awarded three honourary degrees in recognition of her work. She held a Distinguished Chair in Women's Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax and has taught and given lectures at universities in Canada, at Middlebury College in Vermont, and at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. She currently teaches in the School of Journalism at the University of King's College in Halifax, NS.

April 16 FROM 12-2 p.m.
Ethan Cox, Journalist and Political Analyst
From the Maple Spring to the Charter of Values: Quebec Politics in An Age of Cynicism and Hope
This seminar will be held in the Bowie Vernon Room, K262, CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street
Chaired by Professor Jacob Remes, the 2013-2014 William Lyon Mackenzie King Research Fellow
A light lunch will be available - Please RSVP to Prof. Remes ( to register for this event

Ethan Cox
is a journalist and political analyst from Montreal. In 2012, his coverage of the Quebec student strike brought the Printemps Erable ("Maple Spring") to audiences around the world, and he became one of the movement's major English-language interpreters. He is the co-founder of a soon-to-launch bilingual, progressive news outlet in Canada and is a senior partner at CauseComms, a communications consultancy for social justice organizations.  

April 21
Canadian Poetry Quartet - FROM 6-8 p.m.
This seminar will be held in Room 4, Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy Street
Jan Zwicky
Roo Borson
Clifton Joseph
George Elliott Clarke

Jan Zwicky has published nine collections of poetry, including Songs for Relinquishing the Earth, which won Canada's Governor General's Award, Robinson's Crossing, which won the Dorothy Livesay Prize, and most recently Forge, which was short-listed for the Griffin Prize. Her books of philosophy include Wisdom & Metaphor and Lyric Philosophy, recently reissued by Brush Education, and Alkibiades' Love, which will be published by McGill-Queens in 2014. A native of Alberta, she now lives on the West Coast of Canada.

Roo Borson is a poet and essayist. Her poetry has been awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Governor General's Award, and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Her most recent books are Short Journey Upriver toward Oishida and Rain; road; an Open Boat, both published in Canada by Random House under the McClelland and Stewart imprint. She has also published collaborative poetry as a member of the group Pain Not Bread, whose Introduction to the Introduction to Wang Wei came out in 2000, and, more recently, with collaborator Kim Maltman, under the pen name Baziju. She was born and grew up in Berkley, California and now lives in Toronto. 

Dubzz/poet/at/large Clifton Joseph is an award-winning poet and journalist who has written for television, radio, newspapers, and magazines, including The Toronto Star and Globe and Mail newspapers, Toronto Life and Canadian Geographic magazines, TvOntario, CTV and most recently as a national reporter with CBC Television, the Canadian national broadcaster, in Toronto. A founding member of the dub poetry movement in Canada, Joseph has released a book of poems, Metropolitan Blues; an album of poetry and music, Oral Trans/Missions; the videos Pimps and (Survival) in the City; as well as numerous poetry singles, including A Chant for Monk, That Night in Tunisia, and Shots on Eglinton. He has performed widely across Canada, the US, the UK, and the Caribbean, and his poems have been included in a number of written and audio anthologies, including Poetry Nation and Word Up, Virgin Records compilation of North American performance poets, and in 2012's In the Black: New African Canadian Literature, by Althea Prince, the Antigua-born Canadian editor and author. Among Joseph's awards are two Gemini Awards for Best Writing in an Information Program or Series; a Time-Warner "Freddies" Award for excellence in health reporting; a Silver Fleece Award from the Chicago International Film Festival; and the Best Dub Poet Award and the Peter Tosh Memorial Award from the Canadian Reggae Music Awards. Joseph was born in New Winthorpes Village, Antigua and Barbuda, and now lives in Toronto, Canada, where he recently was the Managing/Editor-in-Chief at the JamaicanXpress newspaper.

George Elliott Clarke has issued thirteen poetry texts, four verse-plays, three opera libretti, a novel, two scholarly essay collections, and two edited anthologies. His plays and operas have all been staged, and his two screenplays have been televised. He has three titles in translation: one in Chinese; one in Romanian; and one in Italian. He lives in Toronto, but still owns property in his homeland, Nova Scotia.  Acclaimed for his poetry, opera libretti, and novel, Clarke has also won laurels for his pioneering work as a scholar of African-Canadian literature. His honours include The Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry (1991), The Portia White Prize for Artistic Excellence (1998), a Bellagio Center (Italy) Fellowship (1998), The Governor-General's Literary Award for Poetry (2001), The National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry (2001), The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Achievement Award (2004), The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship Prize (2005), The Fronteiras Poesis Premiul (Romania, 2005), The Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction (2006), The Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (2009), Appointment to the Order of Nova Scotia (2006), and Appointment to the Order of Canada (2008). Clarke has also received eight honorary doctorates. He is currently the 27th William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University, in the Department of English. His newest book is Traverse, and autobiographical poem.

Fall 2013 Seminar Schedule

September 16
Nalo Hopkinson
But What Should I Call You Then, if Not African-American?

Nalo Hopkinson, born in Jamaica, has lived in Jamaica, Trinidad and Guyana and for the past 30 years in Canada. She is the author of four novels and a short story collection (Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber, The Salt Roads, The New Moon's Arms, Skin Folk). She is the editor of fiction anthologies Whispers From the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction, and Mojo: Conjure Stories. She is the co-editor of fiction anthologies So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction (with Uppinder Mehan) and Tesseracts Nine (with Geoff Ryman). Hopkinson's work has received Honourable Mention in Cuba's "Casa de las Americas" literary prize. She is a recipient of the Warner Aspect First Novel Award, the Ontario Arts Council Foundation Award for emerging writers, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the Locus Award for Best New Writer, the World Fantasy Award, the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, the Aurora Award, and the Gaylactic Spectrum Award. Her novel, The New Moon's Arms, is a February 2007 release from Warner/Hachette Books.

September 30
Djanet Sears
Race(ing) Othello; Writing Back - Talking Back: The Re-visioning of Drama's Most (In)famous Black Character in Harlem Duet
This seminar will be held in the Thompson Room, Barker Center 

Celebrated Canadian playwright Djanet Sears is an acclaimed theatre director and an adjunct professor in drama at the University of Toronto. Her plays have been widely produced, published and translated. Selected productions include: The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (Mirvish Productions, Nightwood Theatre, Obsidian Theatre); Harlem Duet (Black Theatre Workshop, The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, St. Louis Black Repertory Company, Nightwood Theatre, CanStage), and Afika Solo (Black Theatre Workshop, Factory Theatre, Theatre Fountainhead). She is the editor of two anthologies: Testifyin': Contemporary African Canadian Drama, Vols. I & II. She has been a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University, a Creative Fellow at the Royal Shakespeare Company and Warwick University, Playwright-in-Residence at Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, and International Artist-in-Residence at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre in New York City. Her honours include the Governor General's Literary Award, the Canadian Screenwriting Award, the Gold Prize at the International Radio Festival Of New York, a Chalmers Fellowship, a Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award, the Toronto Arts Foundation Award, the African Canadian Achievement Award, the Harry Jerome Award and the Floyd S. Chalmers Canadian Play Award.

October 7
Amatoritsero Ede

Experience, Inexperience and (Un)Canadian Poetics

Dr. Ede is a Nigerian-Canadian poet, book editor, writer of creative nonfiction and scholar of postcolonial and world literatures. He is the publisher and managing editor of the Maple Tree Literary Supplement.

October 21
Joël Des Rosiers
From Diaspora to Metaspora: Journey to the Intimate Homelands

Joël Des Rosiers is an acclaimed Haitian-born francophone writer whose work has been nominated for the Governor General's Award and whose life reads like a novel - he is a psychiatrist and an award winning poet and a political activist on the international stage. His poetry collection Vetiver (translation 2005), which won the 1999 Grand Prix du Livre in Montreal and the 2000 Grand Prix du Festival International de la Poesie de Trois Rivieres, is now published for the first time in English. The collection has won the 2006 Governor General's Award for translation. Des Rosiers is a direct descendant of Nicolas Malet, the revolutionary colonist and signatory of the Act of Independence, was born in Cayes, Haiti in 1951. He moved to Canada during his adolescence when his family was granted exile. Des Rosiers later moved to Strasbourg for his studies and joined the situationist movement in the early 1970s. Throughout these years, he provided clandestine accommodation for dozens of refugees and sans-papiers in Alsace. 

October 28
Lillian Allen
Reloading the Can(n)on - the Poetics of Dub
This seminar will be held in the Thompson Room, Barker Center

Lillian Allen is a Creative Writing Professor at the Ontario College of Art & Design University in Toronto Canada. Allen emerged from the grassroots in the seventies to become a leading influential figure on the Canadian cultural landscape. She is an award winning and internationally renowned poet. As one of its lead originators and innovators, she has specialized in the writing and performing of dub poetry, a new genre of English Literature which is a highly politicized form of poetry preferring a black aesthetic and specific cultural codification. Dub poetry is a poetic form, which stylizes vernacular language, the emotive quality and inherent musicality of words and is sometimes set to music. It is considered a literary godmother of rap, hip-hop and spoken word poetry. Allen is responsible for opening up the form to insist and engrave feminist content and sensibilities. Professor Allen has published several books and recordings, and has worked in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, writing for children, experimental writing forms, and has written several plays. Her work also appears in a variety of media. She has spent almost four decades writing, publishing, and performing her work in Canada, The US, Europe, and England and elsewhere.A selection of her published works in book and CD forms include; Psychic Unrest, 2000, Women Do This Every Day, 1993; Nothing But A Hero, 1992; Why Me, 1991; If You See Truth, 1987. Her recordings (CDs) include; ANXIETY 2012, Freedom & Dance, 1999; Conditions Critical, 1988; Revolutionary Tea Party, 1986. “Revolutionary Tea Party” and “Conditions Critical” both won Canadian Juno awards in 1986 and 1988 respectively.

NOVEMBER 4th, SPECIAL MIDDAY SEMINAR - From 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., in Room K450, CGIS KNAFEL BUILDING, 4th floor
Errol Mendes
Combating the Tragic Flaw in Global Governance, Human Rights and International Law: Canada and the Canadian Champions

Professor Errol P. Mendes is a lawyer, author, professor, and has been an advisor to corporations, governments, civil society groups and the United Nations, where he assisted in the development of the UN Global Compact. He has acted as a human rights Tribunal and Boards of Inquiry adjudicator in Canada, as an international arbitrator on several occasions, served in the highest levels of the Canadian federal public service in the Privy Council Office of the Government of Canada, and most recently served as a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court. He was recently appointed as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School for the fall of 2013. His areas of expertise include private and public sector governance and social responsibility, international law, constitutional law, and human rights law and policy. He is presently a full professor of law at the University of Ottawa. His most recent book is titled "The Court of Last Resort: Peace and Justice at the International Criminal Court." Born in Kenya, East Africa, Professor Mendes obtained his Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Exeter, England, where he ranked first in his graduating class. He obtained his Master of Laws degree from the University of Illinois. He became a barrister and solicitor in Ontario, Canada, in 1986.

November 18
Andre Alexis
Readings from Beauty and Sadness and A

Andre Alexis (born 1957 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) is a Canadian writer who grew up in Ottawa and currently lives in Toronto, Ontario. His debut novel, Childhood (1997), won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and was a co-winner of the Trillium Award. His collection, Beauty and Sadness, was nominated for a Bocas Prize for best work by a Caribbean writer. He has written for the theatre and for children. In addition to his writing, he is a member of the editorial board of This Magazine.

November 19 - From 5 - 6 p.m., in Room SO30, CGIS SOUTH BUILDING, Concourse Level
Dalton McGuinty
The Defining Characteristics of Leadership

Dalton McGuinty, a Canadian lawyer and politician, served as premier of Ontario, Canada from 2003 to 2013. During that time he led his party, the Ontario Liberal Party, to three election victories. Mr. McGuinty's government established education, health care, the environment and the economy as its priorities, achieving real gains in each area: student test scores are up 16 percent; health care wait times have gone from Canada's longest to the shortest; Ontario is closing its coal plants in the single largest greenhouse gas reduction initiative in North America; and, to make Ontario more competitive, the McGuinty government cut the marginal effective tax rate on new business investment in half and adopted a value added tax. Mr. McGuinty earned a bachelor of science degree from McMaster University and a law degree (LLB) from the University of Ottawa.

November 25
Lawrence Hill
Blood: The Stuff of Life

Lawrence Hill is now the author of nine books of fiction and non-fiction. In 2005, he won his first honour for his work, a National Magazine Award for the article “Is Africa’s Pain Black America’s Burden?” published in The Walrus. But it was his third novel, The Book of Negroes (HarperCollins Canada, 2007) — published in some countries as Someone Knows My Name and in French as Aminata — that brought his writing to broad public attention. The novel won several awards, including The Rogers/Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, both CBC Radio’s Canada Reads and Radio Canada’s Le Combat des livres, and The Commonwealth Prize for Best Book, which came with a private audience with Queen Elizabeth II. The Book of Negroes is currently being made into a television mini series. This fall, Hill will give the Massey Lectures in five Canadian cities. Blood: The Stuff of Life is a personal consideration of the physical, social, cultural and psychological aspects of blood, how it defines, unites and divides us. The lectures will be broadcast on CBC Radio in November and the book will be published by House of Anansi Press.

December 2
George Elliott Clarke, William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies
This seminar will be held in the Thompson Room, Barker Center
Why Not an "African-Canadian" Epic? Lessons from Pound, Pratt, and Walcott

George Elliott Clarke (1960-) hails from Windsor, Nova Scotia, and is the inaugural E. J. Pratt (Poet) Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto and, currently, the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Chair in Canadian Studies, in the Department of English at Harvard University. Clarke's honours include the Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry (1991), the Portia White Prize for Artistic Excellence (1998), a Bellagio Center (Italy) Fellowship (1998), The Governor-General's Literary Award for Poetry (2001), the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Achievement Award (2004), The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellowship Prize (2005-2008), The Premiul Poesis (Romania) (2005), the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction (2006), and The Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (2009). He was appointed Poet Laureate of Toronto, Canada, 2012-15, and also holds eight honorary doctorates. His major titles include Wylah Falls (1990), Beatrice Chancy (1999), Execution Poems (2000), George and Rue (2005), Blues and Bliss: The Poetry of George Elliott Clarke, ed. Jon Paul Fiorentino (2008), and two landmark volumes of literary criticism, Odysseys Home: Mapping African-Canadian Literature (2002) and Directions Home: Approaches to African-Canadian Literature. His poetry books have been translated into Romanian, Chinese, and Italian. In 2012, Prof. Joseph Pivato edited Africadian Atlantic: Essays on George Elliott Clarke. Clarke is currently drafting The Canticles, an epic poem on Negrophobia and the enslavement of Africans.Part I will appear in 2014.