Critical Conversation: Changing the System, Not the Subject: Black Lives Matter in 2022
September 29 at 7:30pm
Each day of the Festival, authors and industry experts will come together for candid, live conversations to examine a new facet of the culture and politics that shape the world around us and the books we read.
The call for systemic change was loud in 2020, but after two years, what do we hear – and what are we doing? How has the conversation moved on and where have the statements of action and equity gone? Does the re-assessment of our past offer future change for Canada? Our panel combines lived experience and academic expertise to explore these issues. Tajja Isen’s Some of My Best Friends: Essays on Lip Service is a fearless, comic essay collection about race and justice, which explores the gaps between what we say and what we do. Debra Thompson is a leading scholar on the politics of race; in The Long Road Home: On Blackness and Belonging, Thompson journeys across the continent, offering insight on what it is to be Black in North America. As a bilingual, biracial man, straddling Black and white, English and French Canada, Stephen Dorsey offers readers intimate and unfiltered access to his lived experience of anti-Black racism in Black and White: An Intimate, Multicultural Perspective on White Advantage and the Paths to Change.
Moderated by Angelyn Francis.