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December 10, 2016
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Laurier welcomes award-winning slam poet Carlos Andrés Gómez for International Day for the Elimination of Racism

Mar 13/14

Laurier will host award-winning spoken-word artist Carlos Andrés Gómez at its Waterloo campus March 20 and 21 to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racism. 

Gómez will perform at 7 p.m. on March 20 and then lead a workshop entitled “Portraits of Masculinity” with Jeff Perera, community engagement manager of the White Ribbon Campaign, at 10 a.m. on March 21. Both events will take place in The Turret and are free of charge and open to all. 

“Carlos engages and inspires audiences year after year at Laurier,” said Jasmin Zine, an associate professor of Sociology. “This is his eighth year coming to campus and it is popular student demand that brings him back to share his poetry and political voice.” 

Gómez, a native of New York City, has headlined spoken-word and literature festivals all over the world, and performed at more than 200 colleges and universities. He also appeared in Spike Lee’s 2006 film Inside Man and in 2012 authored the critically acclaimed coming-of-age memoir Man Up: Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood

A former social worker and inner-city school teacher, Gómez’s poetry features an anti-racism message and promotes social justice.  

The International Day for the Elimination of Racism was declared by the United Nations in 1966. It is celebrated March 21 to commemorate the day in 1960 when police killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid pass laws in South Africa.

The events are being organized by the Laurier Students’ Public Interest Research Group (LSPIRG), the Laurier Sociology Students Association (LSSA), the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of Arts Students Association. For more information, contact Jasmin Zine at 


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