UBC Okanagan hosts webinar series on systemic racism

How can universities address anti-Black racism? Upcoming webinar examines the potential for Black studies programs in Canada

What: Anti-Black racism and the potential for Black studies programs in Canada
Who: Speakers include Associate Professor Andrea A. Davis of York University and Professor Handel Kashope Wright of UBC Vancouver
When: Friday, October 23, 11 a.m.
Where: Online event ok.ubc.ca/festival-of-ideas/black-studies

How can anti-Black racism be addressed in our society? One way is through education.

This upcoming webinar will discuss the current context of continued racial stereotyping and chronic under-representation of Black populations in academia.

Two leading Canadian Black scholars will also discuss the potential for Black studies programs as a solution to this issue. A moderated question and answer period will follow.

Andrea A. Davis is an associate professor in the department of humanities and a special advisor on anti-Black racism strategy in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University. Her talk—Building Black Studies in Canada: Moving beyond Anti-Racism Courseschallenges the trend toward anti-racism courses and training, and illustrates that Black life, history and culture are remarkable and deserving of study.

Handel Kashope Wright is a professor in the Faculty of Education and director for the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education at UBC. His talk—Did someone say Black British Columbia? Rough autobiographical notes on Blackness and the prospects of Black studies at UBC—will concentrate on conditions necessary to facilitate Black studies programs.

The public are invited to attend the free online event, but pre-registration is required. To register, visit: ok.ubc.ca/festival-of-ideas/black-studies

About UBC's Okanagan campus

UBC’s Okanagan campus is an innovative hub for research and learning founded in 2005 in partnership with local Indigenous peoples, the Syilx Okanagan Nation, in whose territory the campus resides. As part of UBC—ranked among the world’s top 20 public universities—the Okanagan campus combines a globally recognized UBC education with a tight-knit and entrepreneurial community that welcomes students and faculty from around the world in British Columbia’s stunning Okanagan Valley.

To find out more, visit: ok.ubc.ca