Return: On Blackness and Belonging in North America

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020 | 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

McGill University professor Debra Thompson, an expert on race and ethnic politics, will explore the complex experience of Black people in North America, juxtaposing her deep, ancestral links to the United States with a parallel but at times competing national affinity with the land to which many enslaved Black Americans once fled: Canada. Thompson uses personal narrative to explore the boundaries of racial belonging; to identify key facets of Canadian ideas about race and racism, including the intersection of racial formations and settler colonialism; to analyze the transnational nuances and contours of the African diaspora in North America; and ultimately, to think through what it means to be in a place, but not be of that place.

Hosted by: Canadian Studies Program at UC Berkeley

RSVP by emailing canada@berkeley.edu by September 14.

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