Oct. 16, 2017
For Immediate Release
Waterloo – Blackface minstrel shows had their heyday in the 19th and early 20th centuries, when white performers used makeup to impersonate black people and perpetuate racist stereotypes. However, blackface continues to exist today.
Wilfrid Laurier University will host a day of events called The Arts Against PostRacialism: Strengthening Resistance Against Contemporary Canadian Blackface on Oct. 27 at its Waterloo campus. Laurier is the third university to host the project, which is led by Professor Philip Howard of McGill University’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education and involves collaborators from Laurier, including Professor Jasmin Zine, Laura Mae Lindo, director of Laurier's Diversity and Equity Office, and Laurier’s Association of Black Students.
The project challenges blackface on Canadian campuses through art and dialogue. Events include:
For more detailed descriptions of events, times and locations, see the Arts Against PostRacialism website. All events are free and open to the public. The touring project is funded by a knowledge mobilization grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
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