Brown Bag Lunch: Speaker Series

MEET GEORGE ELLIOT CLARKE, 7TH POET LAUREATE OF PARLIAMENT AND UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO PROFESSOR WHO WILL PRESENT HIS PAPER - POLES APART?: THE 'GREAT BLACK NORTH' IN CANADA & SWEDEN.

In this paper Clarke examines the similar ways in which Sweden and Canada construct dark(er) skin pigmentation as alien to the North, despite the iconic--and ironic--presence of non-white, Indigenous peoples. Yet, 'black' cultures in Canada and Sweden are actually 'Nordic.' The paper will examine attendant ironies and contradictions in these perspectives.

The 4th Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15) and 7th Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-17), George Elliott Clarke is a revered poet.  He has invented the term Africadian and pioneered the study of African-Canadian literature.  He wrote the libretto for James Rolfe’s acclaimed opera, Beatrice Chancy (1998), and saw his play, Whylah Falls: The Play, translated into Italian and produced in Venezia, Italy (2002).  He is a noted artist in song, drama, fiction, screenplay, essays, and poetry.

Now teaching African-Canadian literature at the University of Toronto, Clarke has taught at Duke, McGill, the University of British Columbia, and Harvard.  He holds eight honorary doctorates, plus appointments to the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada.  His recognitions include the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Fellows Prize, the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry, the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry, the Premiul Poesis (Romania), the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction, the Eric Hoffer Book Award for Poetry (US), and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award.  Clarke’s work is the subject of Africadian Atlantic: Essays on George Elliott Clarke (2012), edited by Joseph Pivato.

George Elliot Clarke is in Whitehorse this week as part of the 2017 Northern Lights Writers' Conference (Jan. 20-22). Please visit the Conference website for information on speakers, workshops and exciting evening events.

 

THURS JAN 19
12-1
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