Presented by the Equity & Inclusion Office and supported by alumni UBC.
With the rise of populism in the U.S. and Europe, the time is right for a frank discussion on the realities of racism and critical reflection on white privilege in Canada. Recent events make it clear that it can and does happen here.
Join experts from UBC and the University of Alberta for this provocative panel discussion. This event is held in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in March.
Examining Whiteness: What’s at stake for Canada
Monday, March 20, 2017
Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
6163 University Boulevard, Jack Poole Hall, 2nd floor
Can’t make it in person? Watch the session via webcast.
Tea, coffee, and cookies will be served. Please note that registration opens at 6.00pm, and the event starts at 6.30pm. Please contact Bonnie Lee, Alumni Relations Coordinator at email@example.com or 604.827.2374 for inquiries.
Adjunct Professor, UBC Graduate School of Journalism;
Rogers Visiting Journalist, Ryerson School of Journalism.
He has been recognized by the Canadian Ethnic Media Association with an Innovation Award for developing curriculum on Indigenous issues. In 2011, he was awarded a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University, where he created an online guide for journalists called Reporting in Indigenous Communities . Before becoming a journalist, McCue studied English at the University of King’s College, then Law at UBC. He was called to the bar in British Columbia in 1998. McCue is Anishinaabe, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario.
Professor, Faculty of Arts, Department of Political Science, University of Alberta.
Malinda S. Smith is a Full Professor of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. Her research and engaged scholarship draw on critical theoretical perspectives in political science and the humanities to explore questions of equity, social justice, decolonization and social change. Her published research engages critical African political economy, the temporality and spatiality of terrorism, political economy of development, genealogy of poverty and inequality, and critical race and intersectionality.
In addition to scholarly articles and chapters, Dr. Smith is the editor of three books, including Securing Africa: Post-9/11 Discourses on Terrorism (Ashgate, 2010); ‘Beyond the African Tragedy’: Discourses on Development and the Global Economy (Ashgate, 2006); and Globalizing Africa (Africa World Press, 2003). She is also the co-editor of two books, including Critical Concepts: An Introduction to Politics (2013, with Janine Brodie and Sandra Rein); and States of Race: Critical Race Feminism for the 21st Century (2010, with Sherene Razack and Sunera Thobani). A recent Social Science and Humanities Research Council-funded project examined the representation and status of racialized and Indigenous scholars in the Canadian academy (with Frances Henry (PI), Ena Dua, Carl James, Audrey Kobayashi, Peter Li, and Howard Ramos), and the coauthored book, The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities, is forthcoming with the University of British Columbia Press.
For her engagement and community outreach to advance equity and social justice, Dr. Smith has been honored with several awards, including: CRAC’s Anti-Racism Award (2010), Academic Women’s Association’s ‘Academic Woman of the Year’ Award (2011), the Office of Safe Disclosure and Human Rights inaugural ‘Human Rights Education Recognition Award’ (2013), and the national ‘Equity Award’ from the Canadian Association of University Teachers (2015), and the HSBC Community Contributor of the Year Award (2016) from the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion.
“Ensuring every voice is heard: Malinda S. Smith is trying to reframe how we look at issues of equity,” by Caroline Barlott, Work of Arts (May 12, 2016).
Associate Professor, English and First Nations and Indigenous Studies;
Director, First Nations House of Learning;
Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs
Linc Kesler is an associate professor of First Nations and Indigenous Studies and English and currently the Director of the University of the First Nations House of Learning, a strategic planning and coordinating unit for Indigenous initiatives across UB. He is also Senior Advisor to the President on Aboriginal Affairs. Linc came to UBC after twenty years of teaching and working on American minority issues in the US to be the initial Director of the First Nations Studies Program (now First Nations and Indigenous Studies) in the Arts Faculty. He established the initial curriculum for the program, and was Director and then Chair until 2012. While in Oregon, he led initiatives founding an American Indian and three other minority education offices and the first Ethnic Studies department in Oregon.
At UBC, he was co-chair of a succession of committees resulting in the formation of the 2009 UBC Aboriginal Strategic Plan. Currently, he is working on the establishment of UBC’s Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, now under construction, and on the development of initiatives that network Aboriginal programs across sectors. Linc’s personal work is on the relationship of communications technology to conceptions of knowledge in the contexts of both Indigenous and early modern studies. In the 2008-2009 academic year, Linc was the recipient the UBC Dean of Arts Award, and in 2013 was the recipient of the Henry Roe Cloud Native Alumni Achievement Award at Yale University. His Indigenous ancestry is Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota.
Professor; Director of Centre for Culture, Identity & Education, University of British Columbia
Handel Kashope Wright has been variously Canada Research Chair of Comparative Cultural Studies, David Lam Chair of Multicultural Education and co-editor of the journal International Education and editorial board member of Cultural Studies. He is currently Full Professor and Director of the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education, University of British Columbia
He is co-editor of the book series African and Diasporic Cultural Studies (University of Toronto Press), associate editor of Critical Arts and serves on the editorial board of several cultural studies and education journals including the International Journal of Cultural Studies; the European Journal of Cultural Studies; the Canadian Journal of Education and Postcolonial Studies in Education. Professor Wright is Senior Research Associate, Department of Communication Studies, University of Johannesburg, South Africa and has published extensively on continental African cultural studies, cultural studies of education, critical multiculturalism, anti-racist education, qualitative research and post-reconceptualization curriculum theorizing.