Public Lecture and Panel: Nuances of Blackness and the Academy

Join Dr. Malinda Smith, Professor, Department of Political Science and Provost Fellow, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Policy at the University of Alberta for a public lecture and panel discussion with members of Memorial's School of Social Work. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm with a reception following the discussion
PE-2001, Physical Education Building
St. John’s Campus, Memorial University
Free parking available in lot 1A

Nuances of Blackness and the Academy will explore the complexities, nuance and richness of Black scholarship across Canada and including Newfoundland and Labrador. This Black History Month event features Dr. Malinda Smith, renowned scholar on equity, diversity and inclusion in the academy.

Following the keynote address, panelists Dr. Paul Banahene Adjei, Dr. Sulaimon Giwa and Dr. Delores Mullings of Memorial’s School of Social Work will offer an insightful discussion of their experiences of Blackness, anti-Blackness and racial (in)justice in academe.

About Dr. Malinda Smith

Dr. Malinda Smith is a full professor in the Department of Political Science , a 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and a Provost Fellow in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Policy in the Office of the Provost at the University of Alberta. She is also the President of the International Studies Association (ISA)-Canada, and Chair of the Research Committee for the Academic Women's Association-University of Alberta.

Dr. Smith's research and engaged scholarship draws on critical theoretical perspectives in the social sciences and the humanities to explore questions of equity, human rights and social justice, African political economy and security studies, and diversity and decoloniality in higher education. Her recent published research traverses four main areas: first, diversity in theory and practice; second, critical African security studies including the temporality and spatiality of terrorism; third, global poverty and inequality, and, fourth, gender, critical race and intersectionality in higher education.

She is the author or co-author of journal articles such as, "Race, racialization and Indigeneity in Canadian universities" in Race, Ethnicity and Education, 20, 3 (2017); book chapters such as, "Diversity in Theory, Practice, and Policy" in Contemporary Inequalities and Social Justice in Canada, edited by J. Brodie (University of Toronto Press, 2018); and founder of The Diversity Gap series (e.g.): "Leadership Diversity Gap in U15 Universities" (June 2019), "Towards Closing the Diversity Gap in Research Chairs" (May 2019), "The Indigenous Diversity Gap" (Academic Matters, Spring 2019); "Equity at Canadian Universities: National, Disaggregated, and Intersectional Data" (June 2018); and "The Gender Gap in Canada Research Chairs by Tier and Granting Agency at U15 Institutions" (August 2016).

Dr. Smith's full biography is available here


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