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Photo caption: Diversity Days 2019 keynote with Adora Nwofor
A University of Calgary speaker series that is part of ongoing awareness programs offered by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. It is designed to spark a national conversation around equity, race, systemic racism and anti-racism.
Debra Thompson is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Racial Inequality in Democratic Societies at McGill University.
She is a leading scholar on the comparative politics of race. Her award-winning book, The Schematic State: Race, Transnationalism, and the Politics of the Census (Cambridge University Press, 2016) is a study of the political development of racial classifications on the national censuses of the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.
Her next book, The Long Road Home: On Blackness and Belonging in North America, will be published by Simon and Schuster in September 2022.
Stolen People on Stolen Lands: Rethinking Blackness, Belonging, and Borders
Presented by Political Science And International Indigenous Studies
This presentation weaves together theoretical insights from Black political thought and critical Indigenous Studies with personal narrative to explore race, immigration, and the boundaries of racial belonging across the Canada/US border. It examines key, competing facets of Canadian and American ideas about race and racism, including the intersection of racial formations and settler colonialism, analyzes the transnational
dynamics and contours of the African diaspora in North America, and ultimately seeks to think through what it means to be in a place, but not be of that place. Tethering territorial and temporal boundaries to our contemporary understandings of race, I reconsider, recalibrate, and reimagine ideas of home, belonging diaspora, and the meaning of democracy.
Friday, January 21, 2022 | 12 to 1:30 p.m. (MT)
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Dr. Harvey Amani Whitfield is a Professor of Black North American History at the University of Calgary. His books include Blacks on the Border: The Black Refugees in British North America, 1815-1860 (2006), North to Bondage: Loyalist Slavery in the Maritimes (2016), and Black Slavery in the Maritimes: A History in Documents (2018). His most recent book, Biographical Dictionary of Enslaved Black People in the Maritimes, will be published by the University of Toronto Press in early 2022. He is also the author of numerous book chapters and articles, including “White Archives, Black Fragments: Problems and Possibilities in Telling the Lives of Enslaved Black People in the Maritimes,” in the Canadian Historical Review.
In his free time, Dr. Whitfield enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. He also enjoys exercising and exploring Alberta.
Biographies of Enslaved Black People in Canada
The Faculty of Arts and the Arts Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee presents the following virtual kick-off event in honour of Black History Month
This talk will discuss the lives of two enslaved Black people who came to the Maritimes after the American Revolution. Dr. Harvey Amani Whitfield will explore what we know about their lives in the American colonies and in Canada. He will place emphasis on the individual experiences of these two people, but also how their stories fit into the broader history of Black migration to Canada after 1783.
Monday, January 24, 2022 | 4 to 5:30 p.m. (MT)
Calendar of EDI year dates
Recognizing human rights, equity, diversity and inclusion
This calendar highlights days that raise awareness about creating a more equitable, inclusive and just society.
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January 1-30: Sexual Assault Awareness Month
January 4: World Braille Day
January 20-24: United Island Awareness Week
January 27: International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Feb 1: World Hijab Day
Feb 1: Chinese New Year
Feb 1-28: Black History Month
First full week in Feb: White Cane Week
Feb 11: International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Feb 12: Lunar New Year
Feb 14: Missing Women’s Memorial March
Feb 20: World Day of Social Justice
Feb 24: Pink Shirt Day
Mar 1: Self-harm Awareness Day
Mar 8: International Women’s Day
Mar 8-12: United Islam Awareness Week
Mar 13 - Apr 15: Deaf History Month
Mar 20: International Day of La Francophonie
Mar 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Mar 22: World Water Day
Mar 25: International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Mar 31: International Transgender Day of Visibility
First Tuesday of Apr: National Caregiver Day
Apr 2: World Autism Awareness Day
Apr 2 - May 1: (tentative) Ramadan
Apr 7: World Health Day
Apr 14: International Day of Pink
Apr 28: National Day of Mourning
Apr 30: Journey to Freedom Day
May 1-30: Asian Heritage Month
May 5: National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG)
May 17: International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
May 21: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development
May 25: Africa Day
June 1-30: Pride Month
June 1-30: National Indigenous History Month
June 2: International Sex Worker’s Day
June 15: International Day of Families
June 19: International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
June 20: World Refugee Day
June 21: National Indigenous Peoples Day
June 23: National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism
June 27: Canadian Multiculturalism Day
July 14: Mad Pride Day
July 14: International Non-Binary People’s Day
July 21: Drug Users Remembrance Day
Aug 1: Emancipation Day
Aug 9: International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
Aug 19: World Humanitarian Day
Aug 31: International Overdose Awareness Day
Sept 10: World Suicide Prevention Day
Sept 21: International Day of Peace
Sept 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation | Orange Shirt Day
Oct 1-31: Islamic History Month Canada
Oct 1-31: Women’s History Month
Oct 10: World Mental Health Day
Oct 11: National Coming Out Day
Oct 17: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Oct 20: International Pronouns Day
Oct 26: International Intersex Awareness Day
Nov 1-30: Indigenous Disability Awareness Month
Nov 8: Intersex Solidarity Day
Nov 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance
Nov 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Nov 25: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
Nov 28 - Dec 6: Hanukkah
Dec 1: World AIDS Day
Dec 3: International Day of Disabled Persons
Dec 6: The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
Dec 10: Human Rights Day
Dec 17: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Dec 26 - Jan 1: Kwanzaa
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