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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Education
September 30, 2016
Canadian Excellence


31 Oct: Visiting Author

On October 31 and November 1, Wilfrid Laurier will host Yvonne Shorter Brown, author of Dead Woman Pickney, which is Jamaican creole for "child of a dead woman." In addition to speaking to classes in the Religion and Culture and Master in Education programs, Dr. Brown will present a public lecture on October 31 at 4 pm in the Senate and Board Chamber. Dead Woman Pickney was published in 2010 by Laurier Press in its life writing series. This memoir is a wonderful resource for teachers of history, social studies, cultural studies, and literature, and could be used as a starting point to discuss issues of diasporic identities, colonialism, racism, impact of slavery, and Western imperialism around the world. It is also an engaging read for those interested in memoir and life writing.
Dr. Brown's work is relevant across several social science and humanities disciplines as well as educational studies. In 2010-2011 she served as a Fellow at the Tubman Institute at York University where she developed a workshop on "African/Black people's auto/biographies as a teaching tool for understanding the nature of chattel slavery of Africans, individual and collective memory of the experience, and the descendants' contemporary struggle for citizenship."

Please join us for Dr. Brown’s lecture on Oct 31!