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Anti-Black Racism, Gender, and Class: Through the Arts

April 4, 2024 at 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Location:376 Nideyinàn

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Department of English Language and Literature, Institute of African Studies, and Feminist Institute of Transformation Studies in partnership with the Ottawa Catholic School Board invite you to this year’s presentation of Anti-Black Racism, Gender, and Class: Through the Arts. This presentation is the result of the hard work of third year Carleton undergraduate students who had the unique opportunity to work alongside OCSB high school students to create an artistic social justice project that addresses social oppression. Four or five student written forum theatre pieces will be performed. Audience members will participate as “spect-actors” who have the chance to intervene in the scenes and advocate for better social outcomes. Characters in this are fictional, and not based upon, and do not seek to represent, any real person(s). These characters were created for the purpose of creating discomfort within viewers in efforts to provoke self reflection. These characters do not in any way represent the students or faculty in Ottawa Catholic District School Board or at Carleton University.*Trigger Warning*
The plays contains subject matter intended for a mature audience. It may not be suitable for those 13 years or younger. Please be advised that some of the content may potentially be offensive, challenging and/or upsetting. There will be an opportunity for Q and A and discussion following the presentations.

What To Expect 

Watch and interact with student plays. Engage in a discussion.  

Important Event Information 

  • This event is open to everyone including current Carleton Community members (students, staff, and faculty) and community members (high school students, OCSB students, staff, and faculty, and youth led or- serving organizations). 
  • Registration is required to attend this event. 
  • If you indicated that you require accommodations to attend the event online, our team will be in touch with you in the next 72 hours.

Presentation Information 

Four to Five Student Developed Plays that assess the intersections of anti-Black racism, gender, and class. The audience will be encouraged to “spect-act” by interacting with the student’s scenes and suggesting ways to de-escalate or transform the social situations. Please note that the plays contain mature subject matter and may not be suitable for all audiences. 

Available Supports 

The plays depict content that may be upsetting or triggering for some individuals. Support staff will be on site to connect individuals with appropriate well-being resources and support if needed. Information about how to access additional support services will be provided to those who request it during the screening. 


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