International Women’s Day may have passed, but it’s not too late to mark the occasion, with a presentation Wednesday, March 21, hosted by the Women’s and Gender Studies program.
“Words and Actions: a night of poetic resistance with El Jones” will give the campus community a chance to hear from Jones — a poet, activist, and professor at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, where she holds Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies.
The event is set for room 123, Odette Building, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Organizers are collecting donations of non-perishable food items and grocery gift cards to benefit the student food bank.
Jones will read from her poetry and discuss the context of the activism and politics which surrounds her work, focusing on social justice issues such as feminism, prison abolition, anti-racism, and decolonization.
Since 2016, Jones has co-hosted an educational program on the Dalhousie-based radio station CKDU-FM. The show, “Black Power Hour,” is aimed at incarcerated people, providing information on black history and culture. Her 2014 book, Live from the Afrikan Resistance! is a collection of poems about resisting white colonialism.