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Organized and curated by a collective of university and community partners,

Protests and Pedagogy's programming, along with the dialogue it activated,

is as timely and urgent today as ever. 


In 1969, West Indian students at Sir George Williams University – one of Concordia’s founding institutions – occupied the university’s computer centre from January 29 to February 11. It was one of the most significant student protests in Canadian history because it awakened people to the idea of discriminatory pedagogical practices and institutional failures to effectively address student complaints.


SCREENING Ninth Floor (Mina Shum, 2015) Screening with Cinema Politica. This NFB film reopens the file on the infamous Sir George Williams Riot - a watershed moment in Canadian race relations and one of the most contested episodes in the nation's history. Wednesday 30 January 1pm to 3pm


Black Montréal Round Table. 

Panelists will speak to their experiences and adversities in the city of Montreal, and will be in conversation with the audience.

Wednesday 30



WORKSHOP Oral History Stéphane Martelly and Stephen High present this two-hour bilingual workshop will provide introductory training in oral history. Thursday 31 January 10am to 12pm
WORKSHOP Black Canadian Education Tools This workshop with Dorothy Williams introduces The ABCs of Canadian Black History - a pedagogical tool for educators. Thursday 31 January 1pm to 3pm
SCREENING An(other) Antilles (Imara Ajani Rolston, 2013)

A screening with Cinema Politica. This film explores the stories of and experiences of Black Caribbean immigrants that arrived in Montreal in the 1960’s. 

Thursday 31 January 4pm to 6pm
WORKSHOP Printmaking as an Activist Tool Two-hour printmaking workshop with artist Charmaine Lurch focusing on printmaking as an activist tool. Friday 1 February 12pm to 2pm
TALK A Visual Record of  Events Unfolding A talk with Charmaine Lurch explores the theme of textual and visual representations of the Sir George Williams Affair, connecting student protests and revolutionary events transnationally.

Friday 1 February 4pm to 6pm
BY INVITATION Black Experience in STEM This convsersation considers the black Experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and is by invitation only. Saturday 2 February 1pm to 3pm
SCREENING ’70 Remembering a Revolution (Elizabeth Topp & Alex Devertuil, 2011) A screening co-hosted with Cinema Politica. A film on the legendary Black Power revolution in Trinidad, linked to the mishandling of the Sir George Williams Affair. Monday 4 February 1pm to 3pm
ROUNDTABLE Protest and Gender Activism This roundtable will explore relatively “absent” narratives of gender in student protests. Monday 4 February 4pm to 6pm
ROUNDTABLE Multidimensionality of Black Experiences: Round Table This bilingual round-table showcases the research and creative work of affiliates of Concordia’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling. Tuesday 5 February 12pm to 2pm
  Telling Stories: Black Montréal Oral History Course Come join this history department course for a day as we explore the history of Black Montreal. Wednesday 6 February 10:15am to 1pm
WORKSHOP Beaded Prayers Workshop You are invited to explore the intricacies between spiritual healing, your own experiences and the SGW historical affair.  Wednesday 6 February 4pm to 6pm

Play The Devil (Maria Govan, 2016)

Following the film, particiapate a discussion on queer Black/Caribbean community building with Massimadi Montréal. Wednesday 6 February 6pm to 8pm
ROUNDTABLE Decolonizing Knowledge Across the English and French Caribbean A discussion with the writers Raphaël Confiant and Nigel Thomas on the role of literature in decolonization. Thursday 7 February 1pm to 3pm
READINGS   Join us for a series of literary readings by writers featuring Afua Cooper, H. Nigel Thomas, Clarence Bayne, and Stephane Martelly. Friday 8 February 6pm to 8pm
PANEL Crisis on the Ninth Floor A panel discussion about the Ninth Floor chaired by Beverly Bain, University of Toronto and including speakers Leslie Sanders, York University and Rinaldo Walcott, University of Torono. Saturday 9 February 8:45am to 10:15am
PRESENTATION Groundings: The Way Forward, Towards a Reparative Framework  How do we think through reparations and reparative work (in a practical, implementable sense, where past traumas and inequities are addressed and material restitution is made) in light of 1969? Monday 11 February 1pm to 3pm




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Michael Farkas

Claire Anse St-Éloi



Steven High

Stéphane Martelly



Louise Burns



Svetla Turnin

Ezra Winton



Liz Charles

Myriam Dimanche



Dr. Clarence Bayne

Kevin Gould

Kola Magazine

Logos Reading Series

Doug Miller

Jason Selman

H.Nigel Thomas

Caribbean In/Securities



Anthony Mclachlan 

Mitchell Cousineau



Nalini Mohabir

Kaie Kellough

Ronald Cummings

Christiana Abraham 

Steven High 

Magella Skerritt

David Austin

Oceane Jasor 

John Bentley 

Amanda Perry

Angela Kross

Kimberley Manning 

Quentin Vercetty

Hannah Louisy

Mikayla Harris

Katie Obeda

Devon Ellis-Durity

Kiah Ellis-Durity

Lauren Laframboise



Morgan Stanley

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