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Chet Mitchell Memorial Lecture: Dr. Debra Thompson

November 3, 2021 at 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Location:This event will be hosted via Zoom. Registration is required.
Audience:Carleton Community, Current Students, Staff and Faculty

Lecture: Homegoing: On Blackness, Borders, and Belonging

Through an intimate exploration of the roots of Black identities in North America and the routes taken by we who have crisscrossed the world’s longest undefended border in search of freedom and belonging, this lecture journeys back and forth across the Canada/US border, and from coast to coast, combining memoir and analysis to highlight the tensions, contradictions, translations, and complications that anchor our varied understandings of race and racism. It seeks to trouble the idea that racial justice is possible within the confines of American democracy and reinvigorates the freedom dreams that have defined life in the African diaspora, emphasizing how the struggle for Black liberation has always defied national boundaries.

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About the Speaker

Dr. Debra Thompson is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Racial Inequality in Democratic Societies at McGill University. She is a leading scholar of the comparative politics of race, with teaching and research interests that focus on the relationships among race, the state, and inequality in democratic societies. She is the author of The Schematic State: Race, Transnationalism, and the Politics of the Census (2016) and the forthcoming book, The Long Road Home: On Blackness and Belonging in North America (Simon & Schuster, 2022).

About the Series

You can find out more about this series here series here: Chet Mitchell Memorial Lecture.