Black History Events at the University of Alberta
The U of A marks Black History Month
Throughout February, events will be held on University of Alberta campuses to celebrate the contributions of Black students, faculty, and staff at the U of A and help foster the conversation around the histories and legacies behind Black History Month:
Feb. 8 – Online Discussion Around Black Solidarity
Michael Bucknor of the U of A and Andrea Davis of York University will address the theme of Black solidarity in this event hosted by The Black Graduate Students’ Association. Noon, online
Feb. 16 – Screening of Black Lives in Alberta: Over a Century of Racial Injustice Continues This film by Bailey and Soda Films shares the story of five generations of Black Albertans – their experiences of discrimination and how their racial identities have shaped their lives in Alberta. Discussion to follow. Noon-1 p.m. Room 134, Telus Centre, 87 Ave. & 111 St.
Feb. 16 – Reconsidering the origin of creativity, a lunch and learn with Michael Omoge Michael Omoge, assistant professor of philosophy and Black studies at Augustana Campus, challenges evidence found across Europe that the brain’s capacity for creativity increased after homo sapiens migrated from Africa 80,000 years ago. Noon, Augustana Campus and online
Feb. 16-18 – Leveraging our Synergies: Cultural Resilience in Diaspora – Conference & Festival The Partnership for Research with African Newcomers (PRAN), part of the Pan-African Collaboration for Excellence (PACE), is hosting a conference and arts festival to address life in the diaspora, including migration, economic and social inequalities, and gender disparities.
– Conference: Feb. 16 & 17 in Senate Chambers, Old Arts Building, 113 St. & 91 Ave. – An African Performance Festival: Feb. 18, 7-8:30 p.m. Norquest College, 10215 108 St.
Art exhibits at Rutherford Galleria (Between Rutherford Library North and South) – Portraits of Resilience: Showcasing unsung heroes within Black Communities. All month – The Works of Elsa Robinson, a prominent Black artist from Edmonton. Feb. 1, 16 & 17
More information about Black History Month at the U of A can be found here.
Sarah Vernon | University of Alberta communications associate | firstname.lastname@example.org