Indigenous Knowledges Reading Series- A Minor Chorus - Billy Ray Belcourt (2022) (CTE7015)

Tuesday, April 4, 2023 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Location: Online, MS Teams

Facilitator: Leslie Wexler (Centre for Teaching Excellence)


Join Savannah Sloat (Manager, Indigenous Initiatives, Faculty of Science) and Leslie Wexler (Sr. Educational Developer, Indigenous Knowledges and Anti-Racist Pedagogies) for a discussion of Billy Ray Belcourt's latest novel and how indigenous experience impacts the educational journey in higher education.

Synopsis: An unnamed narrator abandons his unfinished thesis and returns to northern Alberta in search of what eludes him: the shape of the novel he yearns to write, an autobiography of his rural hometown, the answers to existential questions about family, love, and happiness.What ensues is a series of conversations, connections, and disconnections that reveals the texture of life in a town literature has left unexplored, where the friction between possibility and constraint provides an insistent background score.


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