Kitty Lundy Memorial Lecturer 2014: George Elliott Clarke

Kitty Lundy 2014: George Elliott Clarke Banner

Kitty Lundy Memorial Lecturer 2014: George Elliott Clarke

The Kitty Lundy Memorial Lecture is pleased to present George Elliott Clarke, Poet Laureate of Toronto: “Poles Apart? The ‘Great Black North’ in Canada & Sweden.” The lecture will take place at Tribute Communitites Recital Hall, Accolade East on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 1pm. Reception and book signing to follow.

Nova-Scotian born George Elliott Clarke is a renowned Canadian literary writer and a highly-respected academic specialist of African-Canadian studies. As a creative writer, he has distinguished himself in the fields of poetry, drama and fiction. Toronto’s Poet Laureate since December 2012, Dr. Clarke is currently the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Associate Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University. As well, Clarke is the E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto. Recognitions of Clarke’s work include the Portia White Prize for Artistic Achievement (1988), the Governor-General’s Award for Poetry (2001), a National Magazine Gold Medal for Poetry (2001), the National Magazine Gold Medal for Poetry (2001), the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award (2004), the prestigious Trudeau Fellow Prize (2005), appointment to the Order of Canada (2008), and multiple honorary doctorates.

The Kitty Lundy Memorial Lecture

The annual Kitty Lundy Memorial Lecture honours the late Kitty Lundy, an admired educator of sociology who was associated with York’s former Atkinson Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies from 1986 to 1989. Wide-ranging in her accomplishments and interests, Ms. Lundy felt particular concern for the fields of education, occupations and women’s studies, and demonstrated a keen commitment to students pursuing their studies on a part-time basis. To honour her memory, the Lundy family established the Kitty Lundy Memorial Fund, which supports the annual lecture. In identifying the annual Kitty Lundy Memorial Lecturer, the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies seeks out an individual whose scholarship and creativity address principles to which Kitty Lundy exhibited commitment: engaged learning, equity and social justice, interdisciplinary exchange, and the dissemination and exchange of ideas and knowledge with communities residing within and outside of York University.

Please register for the lecture if you would like to attend.

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