Join us for this year's Silver Medal Award ceremony and lecture! Guest speaker, Dr. Bonnie McElhinny (Principal of New College at the University of Toronto, and Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies) will be presenting a lecture titled:
SORRY IS AS SORRY DOES: Apologies and Beyond, in an Era of Reconciliation, Redress and Resurgence
Political scientists have recently noted that we live in an “age of apologies” for historical wrongs (typically, war-crimes and racialized harms). Canadian governments have made about 11 major apologies, quasi-apologies or statements of reconciliation since the mid-1980s, mostly for wrongful actions against Indigenous or racialized groups, but also most recently for homophobic exclusions. This talk considers what these apologies are and do, with an eye to thinking about what form of redress apologies are, and are not, as well as why they are arising now, at the same time and alongside policies of trade liberalization, economic deregulation and state transformation.
Bonnie McElhinny grew up at the confluence of Connoquenessing and Glade Run Creeks in Western Pennsylvania, on Lenape and Seneca Territory. She lives in Toronto, the 9 rivers city, in the watershed of niigaani-gichigami, or chi’nibiish, also known as Lake Ontario, on the territories of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee.
She is Principal of New College at the University of Toronto, and Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies. Her books include Words, Worlds and Material Girls (2007), Filipinos in Canada (2012)(edited with Roland Coloma, Ethel Tungohan, J.P.Catungal and Lisa Davidson) and Language, Capitalism, Colonialism: Toward a Critical History (2017)(with Monica Heller). She is the founding editor of the journal Gender and Language and formerly served as Director of the Women and Gender Studies program.
She teaches courses on unsettling settler colonialism, critical perspectives on multiculturalism, living on the water in Toronto, and water and social justice; language is central to all of her work. She directs Great Lakes Waterworks @ New College, an initiative that focuses on decolonial, feminist, queer and anti-racist approaches to environmental justice and water. Its projects include designing courses on the Great Lakes and research and teaching collaborations with community partners.
Guest lecture is free to attend. Parking is available in C Lot ($5) or M Lot ($6), payable by coin or credit card.