Black Canadian Studies Association 2015 Conference – Halifax, NS – May 21-24, 2015
Under the Auspices of the James R. Johnston Chair, Dr. Afua Cooper Conference Agenda:
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To be held at Dalhousie University, world-leading academics and community leaders from outside academia will come together to promote dialogue, critical reflection and nuanced perspectives on the past, present and future of Black leadership in Canada.
Announcing our Honourary Patron, Mayann E. Francis
Mayann Elizabeth Francis has blazed a trail far and wide from her birth in the working-class community of Sydney, Whitney Pier on Cape Breton Island. The daughter of immigrant parents, in 2006 Ms. Francis became the 31st Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, the first African-Nova Scotian to hold the position. Ms. Francis has degrees from Saint Mary’s University and New York University as well as certificates from Cornell University, Long Island University and the Atlantic School of Theology. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees.
Building on increasingly senior positions in the United States and Canada, she became Dalhousie University’s first employment equity officer and director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. She was also Nova Scotia’s Ombudsman. She was the first woman to hold this post. Prior to assuming the role of the Vice-Regal representative, Ms. Francis penned a regular column for The Chronicle Herald.
Since the conclusion of her tenure as Lieutenant Governor in 2012, Ms. Francis continues to be busy with numerous speaking engagements, fundraising, consulting, volunteering, writing, organizing motivational talks for the “Circle of Women” and she is Eucharistic Minister in the Parish of the Cathedral Church of All Saints in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The 6 Conference Keynotes will be announced over the course of March and April, with this page being updated after each announcement!