Convocation, Alumni, GSWS, English
Dionne Brand to receive honourary degree and give Shadbolt Lecture
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences proudly welcomes Dionne Brand back to SFU. Brand, a former Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, will receive a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, during the morning convocation ceremony on Thursday, June 08, 2017.
Dionne Brand is a professor and research chair in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. A renowned poet, novelist and essayist, her writing is notable for the beauty of its language, and for its intense engagement with issues of social justice. She has won numerous awards for her writing, including the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Trillium Prize for Literature, the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize, and the Toronto Book Award. She was Poet Laureate of the City of Toronto 2009-2012, and received the Harbourfront Festival Prize for her contribution to the world of books and writing. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Brand has been described as a “cultural critic of uncompromising courage, an artist in language and ideas, and an intellectual conscience for her country.”
Brand will give the 2017 Shadbolt Lecture, “The Work of Words,” an onstage dialogue with cultural critic Christina Sharpe moderated by David Chariandy, on Friday, June 09th, 2017. All are welcome.