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Monday, February 7, 2022 (all day) to Sunday, February 13, 2022 (all day)

Black History Month Week Two
In continuation of Black History Month, Waterloo Architecture continues to highlight affordable events which are available for its community members.

Black Lives, White (Sugar) Empires: Notes on Confinement and Care in the Wake of the Texas Prison System: Lecture (Free)
Monday, February 7th, 2022 at 5 PM ET
University of Virginia School of Architecture

Dr. Ashanté Reese presents Black Lives, White (Sugar) Empires: Notes on Confinement and Care in the Wake of the Texas Prison System. Few commodities have shaped and continue to haunt the lives of Black people across the diaspora as much as sugar. Yet, to only view Black people’s relationship to sugar through violent histories and presents is to miss a sweetness—belonging, intimacy, connection—that exceeds it. Simultaneously engaging violence and care as co-constitutive forces that structure Black life, this talk draws from archival research about carceral structures and sugar production alongside my own practice of baking in search of answers to the question: how might we map a distinction between sugar—a product of racial capitalism—and sweetness, a necessary component of Black life?
 

Identifying & Uprooting Internalized Racism - Student Workshop: Workshop (Free)
Tuesday, February 8th, 2022 at 1 PM ET
University of Waterloo

Who is Canadian? Why are racialized individuals constantly othered and made to feel we don’t belong? This workshop is for racialized students who are grieving the racism in the world while investigating our own internalized racism. We will detail our personal relationship to global colonialism, anti-Blackness and Indigenous colonization. We will question how mainstream Western culture assimilates us, socializes us into anti-immigrant sentiment, self-hate and losing connection to our heritages.
 

Black History Month: A Celebration of Honest Expression: Performance (Free)
Wednesday February 9th, 2022 at 12PM ET
On the Stoop

Dwayne has received both the African Canadian Achievement Award, and the Harry Jerome Award for Excellence in the Arts. Morgan is the winner of 3 Canadian Urban Music Awards (2001, 2003, 2005). In 1998, Morgan introduced regular poetry slams to Toronto, and has watched them blossom across the GTA and beyond ever since. He is a published author and runs workshops for children with various school boards in the GTA.
 

Ujima Black History Month: research and learning: Lecture (Free)
Thursday February 10th, 2022 at 12PM ET
University of Waterloo

Hosted by Akua Asare-Anim, international recruitment, Registrars’ Office, with talks by Nancy Reeves, associate director, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-racism on equity and social work, Dr. Clive Forrester, Department of English Language and Literature, on Caribbean language and culture in Canada, and Aaron Francis, PhD candidate in Global Governance on Vintage Black Canada.
 

Conversation: Black Land Consortium: Live sharing and workshop (Free)
Thursday February 10th, 2022 at 6PM ET
Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York

The Black Land Consortium is an ongoing dialogue, convened by Emanuel Admassu, Jerome Haferd, Curry Hackett, and Jennifer Newsom, to discuss how concerns of Blackness and Land relate to design and pedagogy today. In this live sharing and workshop session, the collaborators will connect urgent questions emerging in their practices and relative geographies to pedagogy and curricula. How can we disentangle architecture and urban design from property? How can we disassemble the exploitative regimes of speculation and displacement that anchor the built environment?
 

Justice Matters to US: Workshop (Free)
Thursday February 10th, 2022 at 6:30PM ET
LES Social Justice Working Group

Justice Matters to US is a series of curated events discussing the practice of social justice within our communities, as experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic and George Floyd uprisings. Each month will discuss 1 of the 4 principles of social justice framed around the theme of Covid-19, with community leaders, leading advocates, and creative artists. Along with conversations, there will be opportunities for interactive collaboration amongst attendees and facilitators through breakout groups.
 

Black Presence in Berlin walking tour starting at Kitchener Market: Waterloo Region Community Event ($25/person)
Saturday, February 12th, 2022 at 2:30PM ET
Stroll Walking Tours

A series of curated events discussing the practice of social justice within our communities, as experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic and George Floyd uprisings. Each month will discuss 1 of the 4 principles of social justice framed around the theme of Covid-19, with community leaders, leading advocates, and creative artists. Along with conversations, there will be opportunities for interactive collaboration amongst attendees and facilitators Many people think that Kitchener’s first Black residents only came here in the 1960s and 70s, but did you know that the first Black person actually arrived in Waterloo region in 1806? On this walk we will talk about Berlin’s connection to the early Black settlers of the Queens Bush settlement. Further, we will visit former sites where Black residents lived, had their businesses and schools in the 19thcentury and learn about their lives and contributions to our community. You will hear about black teachers, a black lawyer, and black domestic workers. One of Berlin’s black residents even ran for office! Come join us to find out who that was. As we recover and re-tell these histories you’ll look at this town differently and realize that Kitchener’s heritage is more colourful and richer than we thought. breakout groups.
 

Organized by: 
University of Virginia School of Architecture 
University of Waterloo
On the Stoop
Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York
LES Social Justice Working Group
Stroll Walking Tour

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