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HRG 2021-2022



           OCTOBER 25, 2021,  - HUMANITIES WEEK                             

                           4:00pm @ ALUMNI AUDITORIUM (2nd floor of CAW)

                                     OPENING RECEPTION


Humanites week opens optmisically with an outdoor in person reception at the David Wilson Commons. Come join us for a warm beverage and hear welcoming messages from President Gordon, and the Dean of FAHSS, Cheryl Collier. Shawn Micallef give a brief talk about cites post-Covid to start Humanities Week and will return in November for a full lecture.

We will also be featuring last year’s Why Humanites Contest winner, Mina Wiebe from the Department of English and Creative Writing who will present her winning submission



         OCTOBER 26, 2021 - HUMANITIES WEEK

Charmaine Nelson

"Canadian Slavery"

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Charmaine A. Nelson is a Professor of Art History and a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art and Community Engagement at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) University in Halifax, CANADA where she is also the founding director of the Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery. Prior to this appointment she worked at McGill University (Montreal) for seventeen years. Nelson has made ground-breaking contributions to the fields of the Visual Culture of Slavery, Race and Representation, and Black Canadian Studies. She has published seven books including The Color of Stone: Sculpting the Black Female Subject in Nineteenth-Century America (2007), Slavery, Geography, and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Marine Landscapes of Montreal and Jamaica (2016), and Towards an African Canadian Art History: Art, Memory, and Resistance (2018). She has given over 260 lectures, papers, and talks across Canada, and the USA, and in Mexico, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain, the UK, Central America, and the Caribbean. She is actively engaged with lay audiences through her media work including ABC, CBC, CTV, and City TV News, The Boston Globe, BBC One “Fake or Fortune,” and PBS “Finding your Roots”. She blogs for the Huffington Post Canada and writes for The Walrus. In 2017, she was the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University.

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Julie Young

           “I just crossed the border, I didn’t make a crime”:

            Building a counter-archive of the Canada-US border

Dr. Julie Young is Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Critical Border Studies and Assistant Professor in Geography and Environment at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Much of her research to date has focused on how migrants and advocates in Canada-US and Mexico-Guatemala border communities interact with and challenge those borders. Her current collaborative project with Grace Wu and Johanna Reynolds is entitled, Remembering Refuge: Between Sanctuary and Solidarity, an open access counter-archive of the Canada-US border as told through the oral histories of Central American and Caribbean migrants and migrant justice advocates working in the Windsor-Detroit and Plattsburgh-Lacolle border regions. Julie is co-editor, with Dr. Susan McGrath, of the open-access book, Mobilizing Global Knowledge: Refugee Research in an Age of Displacement (University of Calgary Press, 2019).




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Thursday, October 28, 1:00pm

"If We Were Birds"

University Players is staging If We Were Birds by Erin Shields from October 22-31. Erin will join HRG for an interactive discussion on how she adapts classical texts for a modern audience.

If We Were Birds is a shocking, uncompromising examination of the horrors of war, giving voice to a woman long ago forced into silence, and placing a spotlight on millions of female vic ms who have been silenced through violence. Erin Shields’ award-winning play is an un inching commentary on contemporary war and its aftermath delivered through the lens of Greek Tragedy.

Erin Shields

Erin Shields is a Canadian playwright, actor and educator based in Montreal. Most of her work highlights the negation or misrepresentation of women in classical texts by adapting these sto- ries through an intersectional feminist lens for a contemporary audience. She likes making large plays for large stages. Her work has played across Canada and beyond.

“The writing is both poetic and muscular, the images are vivid, breathtaking and heart-squeezing ... pulsing with life and emotions.”

                                                                                              — Lynn Slotkin, CBC Radio

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OCTOBER 29, 2021 @ 12:30pm


Compete in a Humanities-based Kahoot for the chance to win a $25 giftcard to either Starbucks or the Campus Bookstore

More details are found on our social media pages

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NOVEMBER 30, 2021 

Shawn Micallef


Shawn Micallef is the author of Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness, Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto and The Trouble With Brunch: Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure. He’s a weekly columnist at the Toronto Star, and a senior editor and co-owner of the independent, Jane Jacobs Prize–winning magazine Spacing.  Shawn teaches at the University of Toronto and was a 2011-2012 Canadian Journalism Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College. In 2002, while a resident at the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab, he co-founded [murmur], the location-based mobile phone documentary project that has spread to over 25 cities globally. 


January 25, 2022

Robert Weir


Robert was born in Edinburgh and was raised by itinerant, academic parents in a variety of places before settling down in Canada (i.e. Scotland, Switzerland, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Scotland again, Ohio, Ontario, then British Columbia). Between high school and university, a gap year of working for the Cypriot Department of Antiquities convinced him to seek a career in Mediterranean archaeology rather than astronomy. So, he enrolled in the Honours Classics program at UBC and earned his BA from there in 1990. He then went to Princeton University and earned both an MA and a PhD there in Classical Archaeology (1993 and 1998). After a few years of limited-term contracts in Ontario and British Columbia, he came to the University of Windsor in 2002. He has been interested in ancient coins since 1983, and in most summers since 1999 has been working on excavations in Greece or Cyprus to identify and publish their numismatic finds. Researching the provenances of old (i.e. mostly 16th–18th century) books has been a hobby of his for about a dozen years now and uses many of the same skills that archaeology does.


FEBRUARY 22, 2022

Andrea Sullivan-Clarke (fellow)

"Ways of Being in the World: An Introduction to the Indigenous Philosophy of Turtle Island"

Andrea Sullivan-Clarke is a member of the wind clan of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma. She is a first-generation college student and holds a PhD (2015) and MA (2009) in Philosophy from the University of Washington—and a BA (1999) from Oklahoma State University. Andrea is the chairperson of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Native American and Indigenous Philosophers and she is currently working on a textbook about Indigenous Philosophy, Ways of Being in the World






MARCH 22, 2022

Virginia Postrel

"Fabric of Civilization"

Picture and Bio coming soon!