We are pleased to announce that the 2024 Underhill Graduate Student Colloquium will feature two keynote presenters!

Our opening keynote speaker is our very own Audra A. Diptée. Audra is Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Carleton University.  She has been awarded research and writing fellowships at The Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy and Yale University’s Gilder Lehrman Centre for the Study of Slavery.  She has also held the post of Invited Professor at the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3.  Her current SSHRC-funded research project is entitled Operation Legacy in the Caribbean.  It explores the relationship between power and historical production in the 20th century colonial Caribbean.  She was born in Trinidad & Tobago.  For more about her work, please visit https://www.audradiptee.com/. 

Our closing keynote speaker is Charlie Foran. Charlie was born and raised in Toronto. He holds degrees from the University of Toronto and the University College, Dublin, and has taught in China, Hong Kong, and Canada. He has published twelve books, including five novels, and has won many awards for his fiction, non-fiction, and journalism. His book Mordecai: The Life and Times was awarded the Charles Taylor Prize, the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, and the Governor General’s Award for English-language non-fiction. Charlie has also written and presented radio and TV documentaries. A past president of PEN Canada, he is a senior fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto, and a member of the Order of Canada. Charlie Foran was CEO of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) from 2015-2018 and the Executive Director of Writers’ Trust of Canada from 2018-2023. He divides his time between Toronto and Port Hope.

We are honoured to have Audra and Charlie present at this year’s Colloquium and are excited to hear their presentations!