IGNITE Book Club: Annahid Dashtgard in conversation with Shirin Eshghi

Join us for a special evening as we create joy and IGNITE change. IGNITE Book Club presents critically acclaimed author Annahid Dashtgard for an evening of discussion and connection.

IGNITE is an ongoing series of engagements with racialized authors at UBC’s Vancouver campus, Dashtgard will share insights into her works and finding joy amidst her experience of living as a racialized individual and author.

Hosted by Shirin Eshghi, Head of UBC Asian Library, this is an opportunity to hear one of Canada’s leading authors reflect on her lived experiences and signature works, including Breaking the Ocean: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Reconciliation.

Event recording

Due to conditions with the COVID-19 outbreak, this conversation proceeded as scheduled but without a public audience. The conversation was captured, regardless of this situation, in order for anyone interested to hear Dashtgard speak about her book, Breaking the Ocean: A Memoir of Race, Rebellion, and Reconciliation.

You can view this conversation here.


Annahid has over 25 years experience designing systemic change initiatives and coordinating programs at local, national and international levels, in government, education, non-profit and healthcare sectors. In her career, she has moved from organizing national political campaigns targeting broad scale change to studying the psychology of individual behaviour.  Her systems approach draws on both ends of this change spectrum to best leverage personal learning for collective growth.  A dynamic speaker, published writer and intuitive facilitator, Annahid is able to serve the highest potential of any client she has the privilege of working with. Her memoir Breaking the Ocean: Race, Rebellion and Reconciliation launched August 2019 to early rave reviews.  A few of her favourite things include: swimming in summer lakes, reading anything she can get her hands on, crafting cocktails and as many hugs as she can wrangle from her two little ones.

Designed to open up space and stimulate dialogue and discussion around race and leadership, IGNITE is one of several key initiatives this year to recognize and embrace the diversity of our faculty community, and provide an intentional space for racialized faculty to share their experiences. The IGNITE Book Club has been designed with and for racialized faculty to allow for the exploration and discussion of memoirs written by renowned racialized authors.



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