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Robyn Maynard to speak at Mount Allison

Robyn Maynard, author of Policing Black Lives: State violence in Canada from slavery to the present, will speak on the Mount Allison campus on Thursday, Jan. 24.
Robyn Maynard, author of Policing Black Lives: State violence in Canada from slavery to the present, will speak on the Mount Allison campus on Thursday, Jan. 24. - Contributed

The President’s Speakers Series to feature well-known author, activist

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Author, activist and writer Robyn Maynard will deliver a public lecture at Mount Allison University.

Her talk, Making Black lives matter in Canada: Reflections on race, gender, and social justice, will take place on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 at 7 p.m., in Brunton Auditorium (Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music), 134 Main St. It is open to the public.

Maynard has a long history of involvement in community activism and advocacy and has published pieces in major newspapers and publications across North America. Her writing on race, gender and discrimination is taught widely in universities across Canada and the United States.

“Robyn Maynard is a well-known author and advocate for many marginalized groups across North America,” says Mount Allison University president and vice-chancellor, Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau. “As a university, we are committed to diversity, inclusion and well-being on our campus. We are pleased to welcome her to campus and look forward to her presentation and the future conversations and learning opportunities it will bring to our community.”

Maynard has been a part of grassroots movements against racial profiling, police violence, detention and deportation for over a decade and has an extensive work history in harm reduction-based service provision.

Policing Black Lives: State violence in Canada from slavery to the present, published in 2017 is her first book. It is currently in its third printing, was named one of the best 100 books of 2017 by the Hill Times, and received the 2019 Errol Morris Book Award.

Maynard’s Mount Allison talk is co-sponsored by the Botsford Westmorland Fund. The President’s Speakers Series continues on Feb. 5 with Luke Anderson, founder of the StopGap Foundation and on March 5 with Stephen Lewis.

For more information and complete listings visit mta.ca/pss

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