Lectures, Papers & Presentations

  • Access to Legal Education. Panel Presentation. Access to Legal Education Group National Conference. Université de Montréal, February 1994.
  • Acercamiento a la presencia del negro dentro del teatro español del Siglo de Oro: !El resplandor de la sombra! M.A. Thesis, Université de Montréal, 1990.
  • Address to the Transition Year Programme Graduating Class of ‘97. Halifax: Dalhousie University, April 18, 1997.
  • Affirmative Action in Faculty Hiring: Challenge of Commitment for Responsible and Objective Decision-Makers. Consciousness-raising Seminar, Carleton University, Ottawa, January 1989.
  • Africana Studies – 39 Years Later: A Case for Calibrating Institutional Responsibility. Keynote Address to Africana 2000. McGill Black Students’ Network Conference. McGill University, Montreal, January 2000.
  • An African Canadian Open Letter to the United Nations CERD Members Examining Canada’s 13th and 14, Reports. Formal submission to the United Nations Committee examining Canada’s 13, & 14, periodic reports of compliance with the International Convention for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Geneva, United Nations, August 2002. Halifax, Nova Scotia, June 20, 2002.
  • Anniversary Tribute to Kay Livingstone and the Negro Women’s Association. Hamilton, Ontario, September 1990.
  • Arap Petra velikogo and Black Identity in Pushkin. Paper co-presented with John Barnstead at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Slavists. Congress 2005. University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, May 2005.
  • August 9th Solidarity Message with South African Women. Public Address. Parliament Hill, Ottawa, August 9, 1987.
  • Arming Our Women Warriors. Panel Presentation to Annual Meeting of Chinese Canadian National Council (CCNC). Ottawa, Ontario, 1990.
  • Bâtir les coalitions… aux frais de qui? Workshop Presentation. Ottawa, March 1990.
  • Battle-scarred Lessons from the Canadian Front: Racial Hostility to Curriculum Change in the Academy. National Council for Black Studies Thirtieth Annual Conference. San Diego, March 17, 2007.
  • Be Prepared! Keynote Address. Dawson College Black and Third World Graduation. Montreal, May 1982.
  • Black Community Perception of the Quebec Human Rights Commission: A Brief Sketch. November 1983.
  • Black Identity in Pushkin: Key to New Thinking in Black and Russia Studies, Temple University, College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Lecture. Philadelphia, April 11, 2007.
  • Black Peoples Living with the Canadian Justice System: So Seldom for Us, So Often Against Us. Public Lecture. Kuumba African Heritage Events. Harbourfront Centre. Toronto, February 1993.
  • Black Women: The Missing Pages from Canadian Women’s Studies. WMNS 390/1. 3 credit university course, Institut Simone de Beauvoir, Concordia University, Montreal, Summer 1983; Fall 1988.
  • Black Women: The Nexus of Race and Gender. Lecture on Racism and Law. Opening Annie Macdonald Langstaff Workshop. McGill University, Faculty of Law. Montreal, October 1989.
  • Black Women in Canada: Embattled and Battling for Empowerment. Workshop Presentation to the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. Atlanta, Georgia, June 1987.
  • Black Women in the Americas: Black Women in Canada… Resisting. Visiting Professor Lecture at Hamilton College. Clinton, New York, April 1991.
  • Black Women in the Struggle for Justice and Freedom: “Life for Me Ain’t Been No Crystal Stair”. Plenary Address, March 8th Solidarity with Working Women. Medgar Evers College, City University of New York. March 1983.
  • Blacks and Technology. Opening Presentation delivered to the National Council of Black Educators of Quebec (NCBEC). Hotel du Parc, Montreal, Quebec, September 1998.
  • Blacks in Canada: The Material Reality of Racism. Presentation to First European Meeting of Africans /African Descendants. Vienna, Austria, April 28, 2001.
  • Blacks in Canada. Annual Fund-raising Banquet Keynote Speaker. Congress of Black Women of Canada. Manitoba, October 1989; Edmonton, November 1990.
  • Blacks in The Americas: Fact and Fiction. Inaugural Keynote Address to launch 1997 Commemoration of February Black History Month. University of Western Ontario, London, February 1997.
  • Blacks in the Americas – What A Story! February Black History Month, Public Lecture. North Branch Library, Halifax, Nova Scotia, February 1995.
  • Blacks, Science, Information Technology and the New millennium: On-Line, or Side-Lined? Plenary presentation to Prince Charles’ Commonwealth Study Group. Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, 1988.
  • Brief on Multiculturalism to the Consultative Committee on Multiculturalism. Montreal. March 1978; Brief on Bill C-18 to the Parliamentary Legislative Committee, December 1989.
  • Challenges Facing Today’s Black Women. Mothers’ Day Tea Keynote Address. Focus on Black Women. Ottawa, May 1986.
  • Checking The Impedimenta of ‘Race’. Academic Public Lecture. Dalhousie University, Halifax,1995.
  • Comment mieux refléter le multiculturalisme dans ma pratique de nursing? Keynote Professional Development Lecture. Education permanente, Université de Montréal and the Montreal General Hospital. Montreal, February 1992.
  • Comment mieux refléter le multiculturalisme dans ma pratique de Commissaire? Consciousness-raising Keynote Lecture. Quebec Parole Board, Montreal, December 1992.
  • Connecting Communities. Honorary Doctor of Laws Acceptance Remarks and Convocation Address to the 1997 Arts & Science Graduates. Montreal, Quebec: Concordia University, June 1997.
  • Connecting Communities. Keynote Address. Black Law Students Association of Canada (BLSAC) Annual Conference. Vancouver, 1997.
  • Critical Issues for the 80’s. Report to Quebec Board of Black Educators on the National Black Coalition of Canada Conference. Nova Scotia, November 1979.
  • Cultural Minorities in the School: Some Thought-sharing and Mind-S-T-R-E-T-C-H-I-N-G. Quebec Association for Intercultural Education. Montreal, March 1984.
  • Deficits Corrected… or Created?: Assessing the Impact of Law on Blacks in Canada. Keynote Lecture to inaugurate the 3rd Black Diaspora International Scholars’ Conference entitled, ‘Engaging North America: Illuminating Black Canada’. Convened by the Institute of African American Research. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, April 2003.
  • Deficits Corrected… or Created?: ‘Race’ and the Use, Misuse, and Abuse of Multicultural Policy and Practice in Canada. David Lam Chair in Multicultural Education 2004 Lecture Series. UBC Faculty of Education. Vancouver, March 2004.
  • Dimension historique de la discrimination raciale à Montréal à travers le vécu du Negro Citizenship Association. Critical Study and Policy Paper for the Quebec Human Rights Commission’s Inquiry into Allegations of Racial Discrimination in the Taxi Industry. Montreal, May 1983.
  • Diversity—A Challenge for Continuous Learning. Opening and Closing Plenary Addresses to the National Parole Board of Canada. Montreal, Quebec: May-June 1998.
  • Doing Equity… For Show, or For Sure? Keynote Opening Address to the Canadian Association of University Teachers’ (CAUT) Status of Women Committee’s Annual Conference. Halifax, October 1996.
  • Double regard sur le droit à la loupe du sexe et de la race. Initiation Week Workshop. Faculty of Law (Common Law) University of Ottawa, September 1994.
  • Education – Key to Fulfillment and Collective Affirmation. Keynote Address to the Black Canadian Scholarship Foundation Annual Fund-raising Dinner. Ottawa: October 1997.
  • Eightieth Anniversary Commemorative Address. Union United Church. Montreal, September 1987.
  • Eighty-fifth Anniversary Commemorative Address. Coloured Women’s Club of Montreal May 1987.
  • ¡El resplandor de la sombra! Paper presented to l’Association canadienne française pour l’avancement des sciences (ACFAS). Montréal, Université du Quebéc à Montréal, 1982.
  • Empowerment Through Confrontation and Collaboration. Workshop. Third International Feminist Book Fair. Montréal, June 1988.
  • Equality—It’s Our Right! Keynote Luncheon Address. National Council of Barbadian Associations. Montreal, May 1989.
  • Ethical Lawyering: A Must in the Matter of Colour. 8, Annual Wickwire Memorial Lecture on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Dalhousie Law School, Halifax, Nova Scotia 1998.
  • Ethics in the Legal Profession: The Issue of Access. CALT (Canadian Association of Law Teachers) National Conference on the Legal Profession and Ethics. Learned Societies of Canada, Calgary. June 1994.
  • Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know But Were Afraid… Seminar Presentation to Law Students. Kingston: Queen’s University Faculty of Law, March 1998.
  • Facing Reality: Black Women in the 80’s. Keynote Address to 7, Biennial Meeting of Congress of Black Women of Canada. Toronto, Ontario, 1982.
  • Facing The Factor of “Race”. Keynote Plenary Presentation to the Annual Educational Meeting of the Crown Prosecutors of Nova Scotia. Cape Breton Island, September 1996.
  • Feminism At the Dawn of the 21st Century. Address of the Closing Plenary Panel, Women’s Movement: International & Forward-looking Perspectives to the International Conference of the National Association of Women and Law. Hotel Bonaventure, Montreal, February 1989.
  • Fiftieth (50,) Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Plenary Presentation to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission Commemorative Symposium for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. December, 1998.
  • Finding A Place in Time. Lessons for the Classroom. Panel Presentation. Annual Conference, Provincial Association of Social Sciences Teachers. Montreal, McGill University, May 1994.
  • Focus on Racism. Workshop of Canadian Association of Human Rights Agencies (CASHRA), Edmonton, May 1985.
  • Giving Back, Reaching Forward: A Decade of Pursuit,Progress, Perseverance. Banquet Keynote Address to 10th Anniversary Annual Conference of Black Law Students’ Association of Canada BLSAC). University of Ottawa, February 15th –18th 2001.
  • History of Black Women in Canada. Inaugural Lecture for Women of Colour Series. Calgary Status of Women Action Committee. Calgary, September 1986.
  • History of Blacks in Canada—What A Story! AKAX February Black History Month Public Lecture. Concordia University, Montreal, February 1992.
  • Home: The Art of Preston. Inaugural address for the first major collective exhibit from the African Nova Scotian Community hosted by the Dalhousie Art Gallery. Halifax, May 16, 2000.
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws Acceptance Remarks. New York: City University fo New York (CUNY), December 1996.
  • How Complicit? Law As Valet Masking Old Empire in New Canadian Trappings. Paper presented at Panel #45 of Law’s Empire Annual Conference of the Canadian Law & Society, Harrison’s Hot Springs, BC: June 2005.
  • Human Rights Challenges for the Caribbean. Guest Lecture at the Hugh Wooding School of Law, St Augustine Campus. St. Augustine, Port of Spain, Trinidad: University of the West Indies, February 2005.
  • Human Rights Charters: Efficacious Tools for Access to Equality? Keynote Opening Address for B’Nai Brith Human Rights League Conference. Montreal, May 1984.
  • I Came. Poem and Prayer of Atonement Inspired by “The Door of No Return” of the slave-holding fortresses, Cape Coast and Elmina Castles. Accra, Ghana, 1974.
  • Immigration and the Cultural Context of Resistance and Survival: Europe and the Americas. Moderator Panel Presentation. Wellesley College International Symposium “Global Perspectives on the Black Women: Race and Gender in the Age of Globalization”, to commemorate 3rd UN World Conference World Conference Against Racism. Wellesley, Massachusetts, November 29, – December 2nd 2000.
  • International Human Rights Law: Facing “Race” As A Factor’. Visiting Public Lecture at University of the West Indies Faculty of Law Cave Hill Campus. Bridgetown, Barbados, October, 2002.
  • Is There A Human Rights Backlash? Panel Presentation to the International conference of Members of the Judiciary. Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ). Halifax, September 1996.
  • James Robinson Johnston Portrait Unveiling Inaugural Address. Law Courts of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia. February 20, 2009.
  • La Chaire James Robinson Johnston d’études noires canadiennes. Keynote Luncheon Address to l’Association des juristes francophones de la Nouvelle- Écosse ( AJEFNÉ), Halifax, September 1996.
  • La ‘race’ et la loi s’affrontent: qui en sera l’arbitre. Paper delivered to the CALT Annual Conference. UBC, Vancouver, BC, June 2005.
  • La relève enseignante: relever le défi d’une société multiculturelle. Paper to FAC (Federation autonome du collégial). November 1994.
  • La Mosaïque : une force en Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Keynote Address. CEGEP de Chicoutimi. June 1990.
  • Last Hired, First Fired: Is Discrimination Obsolete? Keynote Address to Zonta International. March 8, 1985.
  • Le défi de l’Équité (The Challenge of Equity). Plenary Lecture delivered to the Colloque 2003 des Femmes acadiennes. Halifax, May 2003.
  • Le féminisme à l’aube de l’an 2000. Plenary Address. Fédération des femmes du Québec National Summit. College du Vieux Montréal, 1992.
  • Le multiculturalisme dans la publicité. Paper to the Canadian Consumers Association. Montreal, June 1982.
  • Learning to Fly With Ease: Teaching Research Methods Without Misery. Presentation to the Home Economics Group, chaired by MSVU, at the 2003 gathering of The Learned Societies. Halifax: Dalhousie University, May 2003.
  • L’histoire de la population noire du Québec. Lecture. UQAM, Sociology Department, April 1985.
  • Life and Legacy of Robert Sutherland: Lessons for Now: Inaugural Keynote Lecture of the Robert Sutherland Visiting Lectureship. Queen’s University, Ontario, Kingston 1998.
  • Lifting As You Climb. Keynote Tribute to the Coloured Women’s Club of Montreal. Montreal, 1987.
  • Linking Local to Global: Strategies for Change. Opening Keynote Address to the 2nd African Canadian National Preparatory Conference for the 3rd UN World Conference Against Racism. Toronto, African Canadian Legal Clinic, July 27, 2001.
  • Litigating Race and Gender. Workshop Presentation. Black Law Students of Canada (BLSAC) National Conference. Halifax, February 1992.
  • Making the Links—Racism and Apartheid: Racism and Law in Canada. Paper to Law and Apartheid International Conference.University of Ottawa, February 1989.
  • March 8, Women and the Law Seminar Presentation. Halifax, Nova Scotia: Dalhousie Law School, March 1997.
  • March 21st Media Event. Montreal, March 21, 1994.
  • Marie-Joseph-Angélique. Keynote Address, Black Women’s Collective. Dawson College, Montreal, June 1992.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.—Thirty Years Later! The Legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Presentation for the Halifax Regional municipality North Branch Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Halifax North Branch Library, Halifax, January 1998.
  • May Day Public Address for the Vienna May Day Celebrations. Vienna, Austria: May 1st 2001.
  • Minority Women and the Law. Visiting Lecture to the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor. Windsor, Ontario, November 1986.
  • More Visible Partnerships: Formula for a New Intercultural Order of Education. Multicultural Conference Workshop Presentation. Toronto, November 1984.
  • Multiculturalism. Panel Presentation to the 25, Anniversary of Multiculturalism Round Table. Government House, Halifax, Nova Scotia, October 1996.
  • New Directions in Human Rights. Plenary Panel Presentation presented to the International Human Rights Conference “Bringing it Home” convened at City University of New York (CUNY). New York:, June 1998.
  • New Voices Across the Curriculum. University Faculty Retreat Sensitization Training Workshop for Weber State University. Salt Lake City, Utah 1990.
  • Open Dialogue on Racism. Opening Remarks. Town Hall Meeting held in East Preston, Nova Scotia, February 10th 2001.
  • Open Hearing on Racism To Invoke Memory and Confirm Voices of Experience. Opening Statement by the Johnston Chair UN 3rd World Conference Public Forum convened at the Lord Nelson Hotel. Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 21st 2001.
  • Opening Remarks. Opening Plenary Address and Remarks to the delegates of the International Cross Cultural Black Women’s Studies Institute’s 8, World Conference. Johannesburg, South Africa, August 1998.
  • Opening Up Windows. National Judicial Institute Judicial Education Workshop. Inaugural Presentation. Prince George Hotel, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1998.
  • Our Black Mothers Who Fathered Us. Keynote Address to Annual Mother’s Day Tea. Annual Conference of the Jamaica Association of Montreal. Montreal, May 1985
  • Pay and Employment Equity: Exploding the Myths. Workshop Presentation at the Pay and Employment Equity Coalition Conference. Calgary, 1990.
  • Petition of the Arwuit People of Acanada to the United Nations Security Council for the Right to Self -Determination and Secession. A University of San Diego Summer School Abroad International Human Rights Plausible Hypothesis. Paris, France, 1981.
  • Property and Appropriation. Paper. National Conference on “New Scholarship on Race, Culture and Law”. Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT) Learned Societies of Canada. Charlottetown, P.E.I., June 1992.
  • ‘Race’ and Law. Delivery, in French, of a Black History Month Seminar presentation to French Immersion students of St. Patrick’s High School. February 2003.
  • ‘Race’ Literacy and the Legal Profession: An Ethical Imperative for Cap, Bar and Bench. McGill University Annie McDonald Langstaff Lecture. Delivered in my capacity as first First O’Brien Fellow in Residence. McGill Centre for Human rights and Legal Pluralism. McGill University, Montreal, November 9, 2012.
  • ‘Race’, Research & Your Health”. Opening Address to the Community Forum. James Robinson Johnston Eminent Speakers’ Series March 21st Lecture Programme’s African Nova Scotian Community Health Forum. Halifax, Cornwallis Street Baptist Church, March 2000.
  • Racism and Canadian Legal Culture. Plenary Paper presented at the Critical Legal Theory and the Canadian Justice System Conference. Learned Societies of Canada., Queen’s University, June 1988.
  • Racism and Law in A Global Context. Panel presentation as a participant of the Legal Work Group at the founding Meeting of the Global Afrikan Congress (GAC), first Post Durban international gathering of Peoples of African Descent. Bridgetown Barbados, October 2002.
  • Racism and the Law. Guest Lecture to Queen’s Law School; and Faculty Training Workshop on the 1979 Moliere Theard case and police brutality. Queen’s University, March 1989.
  • Re-visioning Pushkin Re-Thinking Pushkinology Paper co-presented with John Barnstead to the Dalhousie University Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning. Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 2005.
  • Role-Modeling Workshop Presentation delivered to the participants of the Black Educators’ Association (BEA) Math Camp. Halifax, Nova Scotia, July 1997.
  • Scripta Manent. 1996 Open Letter to the Quebec Human Rights Court. Halifax, Nova Scotia, December 1996.
  • Significance of the African Renaissance for Peoples of African Descent. Opening Presentation for Johnston Chair February Black History Month Public Lecture, The African Renaissance and its Implications for Research in the New Millennium, delivered by Dr. Malegapuru Makgoba. Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia, February 15, 2001.
  • Singled Out By Law for Unequal Treatment. Opening Address. Racism and Law Public Legal Education Seminar. Co-sponsored by Congress of Black Women of Canada and the Chinese Canadian National Council. Montreal, December 1990.
  • So Seldom for Us, So Often Against Us: Blacks and Law in Canada, “African Liberation/The Brutality of Enslavement Lecture Series”, African American Museum of Philadelphia. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 18, 2006.
  • So Seldom For Us, So Often Against Us: Blacks Living with the Canadian Justice System. Plenary Address to the IX National Biennial Conference of the