To celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial and Guelph’s 190th anniversary, Guelph Museums launches a unique lecture series to reflect on our collective history and the theme of nation building.
Building Canada Lectures, presented in partnership with the University of Guelph, is set for the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at Guelph Civic Museum. September 13, Lawrence Hill presents Faction: The merging of fiction and Canadian history.
Hill is the author of ten books including the novels The Book of Negroes and The Illegal, and the non-fiction books Blood: the Stuff of Life, and Dear Sir, I intend to Burn your Book: An Anatomy of a Book Burning. Hill is a winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book, and both CBC Radio’s Canada Reads and Radio-Canada’s Combat des livres.
Lawrence Hill is the son of American immigrants — a black father and a white mother — who came to Canada the day after they married in 1953 in Washington, D.C. Growing up in the predominantly white suburb of Don Mills, Ontario in the sixties, Hill was greatly influenced by his parents’ work in the human rights movement. Much of Hill’s writing touches on issues of identity and belonging.
October 11 Dennis Baker, Building Blocks of our Nation: Canada’s constitutional multiplicity
November 8 Why Research Matters panel discussion, Barcoding Canada: What does it mean for the future of biodiversity in Canada
December 13 James Raffan, Canada One Five Oh Em Gee: Celebration of nation and community in story and song
Funded in part by the Government of Canada
Financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada