23. January 2018 - 19:00 till 21:00
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Hancock Lecture 2018 | Hart House | Tuesday, 23. January 2018

For many Black youth, being “Black and Educated” and widely liked by mainstream society has meant being “disconnected from” Africa’s indigenous knowledge systems, historic Black experiences, and wholesome calls for global justice. It has also meant being well-versed in European history, cultural norms, and ways of knowing while getting used to not seeing Africans, Black experiences, and perspectives equally centered within the curriculum and throughout public spaces.

Despite Western education’s historic promise of membership into the “modern and civilized” class, Western-educated Blacks are often reminded that they are different, and not equal to other races. Their Canadian higher education deprives them of the opportunity to learn in a way that upholds, nurtures and affirms their difference.

In this Hancock Lecture, Chizoba Imoka will share her experiences navigating the Canadian higher education system, as a Nigerian woman, and how she overcame numerous challenges along the way. She will also share reflections from her research on decolonial educational change in Nigeria and her journey toward creating inclusive spaces and disrupting mainstream narratives associated with being Black and “Educated.”

In imagining a more just future for all, Chizoba will make a case for an alternative vision of education, community building, and global coalition that enables culturally relevant education and develops a new generation of social justice leaders.

Following her presentation, Chizoba will be joined by a Rhodes Scholar, Doctor of Philosophy in Politics, community activist and youth advocate, Kofi Hope for an onstage discussion.