What defines a healthy city in 2020?

Join the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for a series of expert panels to explore the many factors – from nature and housing to climate and art – that make a healthy city in 2020.

Healthy Cities – Imagining an Anti-Racist City
Tuesday, Oct 13, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Online, via Zoom


Dr. Xiaobei Chen (Sociology, Carleton University)

Xiaobei Chen is Professor of Sociology and Associate Chair in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University. She is President of the Canadian Sociological Association (2020-2021). Her research and teaching interests include: sociology of childhood and youth, governance and power, citizenship, racism, colonialism, citizenship, the Chinese diaspora, and Buddhist social thought. Her latest book is a co-edited volume The Sociology of Childhood and Youth in Canada. Her current research and community engagement are around anti-Chinese, anti-Asian racism associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Daniel McNeil (History, Carleton University)

Daniel McNeil is an award-winning writer and Professor. Following the success of his first book, Sex and Race in the Black Atlantic, he was appointed the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Visiting Professor of African and Black Diaspora Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. In 2014, he joined Carleton University as its strategic hire in Migration and Diaspora Studies. In 2015 and 2018, he received Research Awards for building sustained connections across Carleton and its local, national, and international partners. In 2018-19, McNeil was a Visiting Professor in the Department of the Humanities and Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas at York University in Canada. In 2019-20, he was the inaugural holder of the Public Humanities Faculty Fellowship at the University of Toronto. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of History where he is cross-appointed with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Institute of African Studies, and the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture. His most recent book is Migration and Stereotypes in Performance and Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).

Ottawa City Councillor Rawlson King (Rideau-Rockcliffe Ward)

Rawlson King was elected the first-ever Black City Councillor in a historic by-election held April 2019 for Rideau-Rockcliffe (Ward 13), in the City of Ottawa. He was previously the President of the Overbrook Community Association and the inaugural co-chair of the Ottawa Police Service Community Equity Council. In his first year in office, he was successful in securing funding for the City’s Anti-Racism Secretariat, an initiative that was requested by the community and spearheaded by the Councillor. Rawlson holds both a Bachelor of Journalism and Law, and a M.A. in Communication from Carleton University.

Moderator: Dr. Aboubakar Sanogo (Film Studies, Carleton University)

Aboubakar Sanogo is an Associate Professor in Film Studies at Carleton University. His writings have appeared in Cinema Journal, FrameworkMoving Image Review & Art JournalRethinking History, Journal of Film PreservationFilm Quarterly, Sight and Sound and Film Comment. He is currently completing two manuscripts on the history of documentary in Africa and on the cinema of Med Hondo and an anthology of the legendary director. His research interests include African cinema, Afro-diasporic cinema, documentary film theory, history and aesthetics, world cinema, film preservation and restoration, film archiving and film heritage, colonial cinema, film festivals, auteurism, postcolonialism, race and cinema and the relationship between film form, history, and theory.

Healthy Cities Recaps

Recaps of past Healthy Cities panels by undergraduate student Samphe Ballamingie:

  1. Fostering Urban Resilience for the Approaching Climate Crisis
  2. Appreciating the Benefits of Nature in the City
  3. Ensuring adequate, affordable housing in the City of Ottawa


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