Black History Month Week 4

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Organized by:
Yale University Library in partnership with MIT Libraries
GSD Gund Hall Virtual Event Space
Ontario Black History Society
Niagara Parks - Black History Speaker Series
Ontario Heritage Trust
Waterloo Architecture
University of Waterloo
The Cooper Union Grant Program
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BIPOC in the Built Virtual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 2/22-2/26

Monday, February 22 - February 26, 3 PM EST

Yale University Library in partnership with MIT Libraries (free)

In this week-long virtual event participants will build community while creating new and edit existing Wikipedia pages of BIPOC designers, activists, planners and others whose work is connected to the built environment. After a short introduction held live via Zoom on Monday, February 22, 2021, stay for the kick-off of virtual Edit-a-thon where attendees will participate in training and begin editing Wikipedia pages of BIPOC figures who have left their mark on the fields of art, architecture, art history, activism, dance, graphic design, landscape architecture, urban planning, urban design, and more. The Edit-a-thon will have synchronous and asynchronous components so participants can edit in person and at their convenience. Live editing will take place via Zoom and support will be available by Slack.

No prior experience editing Wikipedia is required. Join us at any of the events or follow along on our dashboard and edit at your leisure!


Walter Hood, Senior Loeb Scholar Lecture

Tuesday, February 23, 7:30 PM EST

GSD Gund Hall Virtual Event Space (free)

The Senior Loeb Scholars program invites prominent individuals whose expertise is outside the typical disciplines of the GSD or whose practice displays a unique focus. Scholars are welcomed for a short term residency at the School, during which they present a public lecture, workshops, and other engagements. Since its inception, the program has offered the GSD community opportunities to learn from and engage with visionary designers, scholars, and thought leaders.

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Storytellers Sandra Whiting and Kesha Christie

Tuesday February 23, 7 PM EST

Ontario Black History Society (free)

During February 2021 join us virtually for our speaker series that will include three evenings of dynamic conversations with a phenomenal range of speakers including film maker Cheryl Foggo, author Lawrence Hill, a panel with Black Heritage sites, and storyteller Sandra Whiting.


Black History Speaker Series: Saladin Allah - The Power of Cultural Competence

Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 PM EST

Niagara Parks - Black History Speaker Series ($15)

What does it mean to be culturally competent and why is it important? How does cultural competence influence the way we perceive the world and interact with others? What does it look like in practice and how can we traverse cultural borders in today’s society? Explore these questions alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Achievement Award recipient Saladin Allah in this inspiring seminar.

About the speaker: Saladin Allah is a writer, radio personality, youth advocate and 2019 recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Achievement Award. Saladin currently serves as visitor experience specialist at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center and is a commissioner for the Human Rights Commission in Niagara Falls, New York. An educator and author, his commentary has been featured in various international publications as well as the six-part docuseries "Enslaved," executive produced by Samuel L. Jackson. Saladin is the third-great grandson of famed Underground Railroad freedom seeker Josiah Henson.

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The Ontario Heritage Trust presents Heritage Matters Live with Esi Edugyan

Thursday, February 25, 5 PM EST

Ontario Heritage Trust (free)

The Ontario Heritage Trust presents Heritage Matters Live with Esi Edugyan — a free virtual event featuring a lecture from award-winning author Esi Edugyan and a visit to Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site. Edugyan writes richly imagined and impeccably researched stories that illuminate complicated truths about race and belonging. In this pre-recorded lecture. The author will discuss her internationally acclaimed novel Washington Black, touching on themes of Black heritage, identity, belonging and displacement.

Registration is required.


Rooted in History: A Celebration of Black History as Canadian History

Friday, February 26, 1 PM EST

University of Waterloo

Join us as we take in a performance, a keynote address and a panel of some of our most formidable thinkers in celebration of Black History in Canada and those trailblazers making history right here at UWaterloo. 


Anti-Racism in Thesis Workshop

Saturday, February 27, 10 AM - 4 PM EST

The Cooper Union Grant Program (free)

As part of an ongoing effort at the Cooper Union’s school of architecture to decolonize the curriculum and advance anti-racist pedagogies, this workshop seeks to extend this work specifically to Thesis courses in architecture. How does decolonial and anti-racist pedagogy translate onto the Thesis syllabus, formats of conversation, and advising models? Considering the architecture design Thesis as a world-making exercise, how can the course advance an approach for “a world in which many worlds fit,” recognizing and working against the discipline’s biases and maintenance of white supremacy and other constructed hierarchies of peoples, cultures, and histories? Understanding that “every community practices the design of itself,” (Escobar, 2017), what might be some guiding principles for the architecture design Thesis curriculum to advance work that rethinks the communal and dismantles white supremacist and other racist or patriarchal power dynamics, not just through speculative design work, but also in the studio and other learning environments.

This event gathers student organizers and educators from around the country and the world to share insight, strategy, and experiences.

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