12 responses to “Examining Whiteness: What’s at stake for Canada?”

  1. Dean Jorgensen

    I was wondering if you have a livestream of this talk that people can subscribe to. I am sure that I am not the only alumni that is not local at the moment, but would still love to be able to hear this discussion.

    1. zafira rajan

      Hi Dean! You can definitely watch this session by webcast – we have updated this page with the link. Enjoy!

  2. cindy chan piper

    Hello

    I am interested in attending this panel discussion, but unfortunately I will be recovering from surgery on that day. Will this discussion be recorded and uploaded to the web, or will it be recorded in any other medium so I can see/read/listen to the comments at a later date?

    I have been thinking (and talking) about this topic for many years now, and would love to include the outcomes of this discussion in my collected files for future reference. Please keep me in the loop on this topic.

    1. zafira rajan

      Hi Cindy! You can definitely watch this session by webcast – we have updated this page with the link. We hope you find the panel insightful!

  3. Amy

    Hi, similar question. Will this be uploaded to sound cloud like most of the other alumni conferences are? A live stream isn’t much use to me because I would be working with a 16 hour time difference.

    1. zafira rajan

      Hi Amy, great question! We will be sure to upload the recording of the event to our website and post it in the Facebook event discussion as well: https://www.facebook.com/events/647927625391754/

  4. Natalie Wong

    Will this be streamed?

    1. zafira rajan

      Hi Natalie! Yes, you can find the live webcast link above, or right here:

      https://mediasitemob1.mediagroup.ubc.ca/Mediasite/Play/dd68d605edb7479b902069b17ad87fe71d

  5. Alison Bailey

    This is an important and timely event. However, could I suggest that it might be good to include an Asian-Canadian perspective as well, given the demographics of UBC Vancouver and the history and continuation of anti-Asian racism here?

    1. zafira rajan

      Hi Alison,

      Thank you for your question! The original idea for this panel was marking the International Day of the Elimination of Racism emerged from the planning team observations of the issues, tensions and backlash occurring during the US election and in the first few weeks following the inauguration. From this lens, the planning team wanted to raise the question of ‘whiteness’ and this particularly problematic discourse of ‘whiteness’, how it was being asserted in a way that left it unquestioned, unexamined, privileged, and with the power to erase the experiences of others. We reflected on the Canadian trope that ‘it can’t happen here’ and the need to examine the smugness of this Canadian notion, particularly as we saw various racist and hate motivated events occurring across our country.

      The panel members will provide a range of analysis for this problematic category of ‘whiteness’, how it is constructed and maintained as a powerful identity and under which the panelists themselves have struggled. Through the panel discussion and community forum we will explore, critique and learn how political movements are impacting a particular construction of whiteness and the impact on those who are ‘not white’ including our students, staff, faculty and alumni.

      The contradiction that you identify is precisely the basis for this discussion and what UBC in part can contribute to the public discourse. Thank you for the inquiry. Monday will be a great evening.

  6. Anonymous

    Will there be a white person to counter-debate the racist nature of this talk? I’ve informed Rebel Media of this talk, and I have booked myself a ticket, I will allow someone from their team to go there and debate with you if you’re open to the diversity of opinions and ideas.

    1. zafira rajan

      Hello,

      The original idea for this panel was marking the International Day of the Elimination of Racism emerged from the planning team observations of the issues, tensions and backlash occurring during the US election and in the first few weeks following the inauguration. From this lens, the planning team wanted to raise the question of ‘whiteness’ and this particularly problematic discourse of ‘whiteness’, how it was being asserted in a way that left it unquestioned, unexamined, privileged, and with the power to erase the experiences of others. We reflected on the Canadian trope that ‘it can’t happen here’ and the need to examine the smugness of this Canadian notion, particularly as we saw various racist and hate motivated events occurring across our country.

      The panel members will provide a range of analysis for this problematic category of ‘whiteness’, how it is constructed and maintained as a powerful identity and under which the panelists themselves have struggled. Through the panel discussion and community forum we will explore, critique and learn how political movements are impacting a particular construction of whiteness and the impact on those who are ‘not white’ including our students, staff, faculty and alumni.

      The contradiction that you identify is precisely the basis for this discussion and what UBC in part can contribute to the public discourse. We welcome active debate this evening, and please feel free to join our Q & A either online via our webcast or in person tonight!

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