Bleeding geographies: Canada, public schooling, and institutional racism, with Rachel Zellars

This event is part of the Centre for Gender Advocacy's event series, Thick Skin: reflections on race, gender, & political resistance:

Bleeding geographies: Canada, public schooling, and institutional racism, with Rachel Zellars
Tuesday March 3rd, 6-8pm
Concordia University, SGW Campus
H-763, 1455 De Maisonneuve West

This presentation is an attempt to make sense of the bleeding
geographical racial line between the United States and Canada that
Canada has, historically, asserted itself as distinct from and also
simply, to theorize the ways that the past generates a linear pathway
to the present. The site of entry is the Canadian public schooling
system and its history of anti-Black racism–distinct in many ways
from the US, but akin to this neighbor with its fact of institutional
racism nonetheless. This presentation is also an attempt to connect
the past with the present and generate a wider conversation that
elongates this question: Where the past comes to bear on the present,
what are the responsibilities of those of us standing in the present?
And finally, in the context of institutional racism in public
schooling: What are the costs of failing to claim this history? This
final question aims to shot put a discussion of corrective justice
into the center of the field of Canadian critical race theory and set
the stage, eventually, for a much longer, separate discussion about
how wrongs may be made right against Black Canadians. It is my
greatest hope, as well, that this expanding conversation becomes
useful to other groups in Canada impacted by its history of white
settler colonialism.

Rachel Zellars is currently a PhD student in the Department of
Integrated Studies in Education at McGill. Her research focuses
on children in slavery in Canada, institutional racism in public
schooling, and critical race theory. She founded the first university
wide course on critical race theory in education, a course she
moderates every winter term in her department. She is also a single
mother to three beautiful children, Zora, Ade, and Sade. Six years
ago, she founded a private French Montessori preschool for her
children, focused on anti-racist and environmental education. She is
currently working on a project to expand her school, The Green School,
to a private elementary school focused anti-racist and anti-colonial
education. In another life, she worked as a litigator. Before law
school, she obtained a masters degree from Cornell University and
studied philosophy at Howard University and Georgetown University in
Washington, DC.

Wheelchair accessible. Childcare available with 48 hours notice. Whisper translation from English to French available.

March 03, 2015 at 6pm - 8pm
1455 De Maisonneuve West
Montreal, QC H3G 1M8
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