Handel Kashope Wright

Interview: To understand B.C.’s Black history, connect past and present in Canada, Handel Wright

Interview: To understand B.C.’s Black history, connect past and present in Canada, Handel Wright

“If you don’t know much about Black history in British Columbia, you’re not alone. “The general level of awareness of Black history in BC is really low,” says Dr. Handel Kashope Wright. A cultural studies scholar at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Wright is the co-editor of the forthcoming book, Black British Columbia: Past and Present.” […]

Video: Putting Black British Columbia History to Work, Prof. Handel Wright

Video: Putting Black British Columbia History to Work, Prof. Handel Wright

Black History Month event on February 7, 2021 hosted by BC Black History Awareness Society. Guest Speaker: Prof. Handel Kashope Wright, Director, Centre for Culture, Identity & Education, UBC.

Disputed Monuments, Honorees, and Symbols on Campus

Disputed Monuments, Honorees, and Symbols on Campus

Thursday, February 10, 2022 1:00 – 2:00 pm PST  |  4:00 – 5:00 pm EST   Event Description: Since 2015, students, faculty, and staff have openly expressed their displeasure with controversial memorials on campus. In South Africa student defacement of the statue of Cecil Rhodes at University of Cape Town sparked the national “Fallist” (#Rhodes […]

Making Space for Africa and Approaches to Diversity, Representation and Social Justice: Starting with a Book Collection

Making Space for Africa and Approaches to Diversity, Representation and Social Justice: Starting with a Book Collection

December 9, 2021 This event marks the generous donation of the joint library of Kogila Adam-Moodley (Prof. Emerita, Educational Studies, UBC) and Heribert Adam (Prof. Emeritus, Sociology & Anthropology, SFU) to the CCIE and UBC Library.

The Urgency of Black Studies and the Insufficiency of Anti-Racism

The Urgency of Black Studies and the Insufficiency of Anti-Racism

Professor Handel Kashope Wright delivers the keynote at the Virtual Symposium: Activism and Solidarity Post-Script to the “Scholar Strike Canada” on October 29, 2020. Keynote Title: “The Urgency of Black Studies and the Insufficiency of Anti-Racism”.

Metro Vancouver Forums on Systemic Racism

Metro Vancouver Forums on Systemic Racism

Recent events have brought the issue of systemic racism to the forefront prompting all orders of government and organizations to take a much closer look at racial discrimination and develop strategies to address this long standing issue.

In response, Metro Vancouver is hosting a series of forums on systemic racism for elected officials in the region featuring Dr. Handel Wright and a panel of storytellers, with discussion moderated by Kathryn Gretsinger, an award-winning CBC broadcaster. Storytellers include Neila Miled, recent PhD graduate of the Faculty of Education.

Anti-Blackness, Imperfect Allyship & Being Antiracist

Anti-Blackness, Imperfect Allyship & Being Antiracist

Handel Wright, Professor- Educational Studies, participated on a one hour moderated discussion (webinar) organized by Fraser Health in October 2020 on the topic “Anti-Blackness, Imperfect Allyship & Being Antiracist.”    

Cities as Sites for Transformative Change: How and Why Universities can Contribute

Cities as Sites for Transformative Change: How and Why Universities can Contribute

Date: December 1, 2020

Time: 11:00am – Noon
The presenters recent and SSHRC-funded project, entitled “Transforming city governments in response to disruptive change: meeting the challenges of colonization, inequity, and climate change,” is an example of collaborative efforts between UBC and municipal governments that seeks to understand how Canadian cities can transform as they address the complex challenges of colonization, inequity and climate change. Preliminary insights indicate that city staff are under pressure to deliver on set priorities and timelines with little time and resources to reflect on the theories, paradigms and worldviews that inform their decision-making. Through a learning journey, city staff, community partners and researchers will work to unearth the structures within which cities operate and test alternative ways of defining and solving problems. This collective journey will explore questions such as: What histories have shaped our institutions? What processes have led to the erasure of ethno-cultural groups such as Black communities? How can we decolonize our practices? What collaborations are needed for shared decision-making? And what are the enabling conditions for transformative change?

The potential for Black Studies programs in Canada

The potential for Black Studies programs in Canada

Provost’s Speaker Series on Systemic Racism
Date: October 23, 2020

Building Black Studies in Canada: Moving beyond Anti-Racism Courses
Andrea A. Davis, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities, and Special Advisor on Anti-Black Racism Strategy, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University

Did Someone Say Black British Columbia? Rough Autobiographical Notes on Blackness and the Prospects of Black Studies at UBC
Handel Kashope Wright, Professor, Faculty of Education, and Director, Centre for Culture, Identity and Education, UBC Vancouver

Positioning Blackness, Necessarily, Awkwardly, in the Canadian Academy

Positioning Blackness, Necessarily, Awkwardly, in the Canadian Academy

Positioning Blackness, Necessarily, Awkwardly, in the Canadian Academy Tuesday, September 3, 2019 Guest blog by Handel Kashope Wright, Professor and Director of Centre for Culture, Identity and Education, The University of British Columbia https://www.ideas-idees.ca/blog/positioning-blackness-necessarily-awkwardly-canadian-academy