Leanne Betasamosake Simpson: "Theories of Water" (30th Annual Hopper Lecture)

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Scholar, writer and artist Leanne Betasamosake Simpson visits Emily Carr University to deliver the 30th annual Hopper Lecture: "Theories of Water: Using Michi Saagiig Nishnaabe consciousness to dismantle the present moment"


Jan 12, 2024 4:30pm – 6:00pm

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Reliance Theatre at Emily Carr University of Art + Design

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Presenting new work, in this talk Leanne uses Michi Saagiig Nishnaabe consciousness to dismantle the present moment. After three years of pandemic, amplified fascism, freedom convoys, extinct glaciers, police killings, children alone in cages at borders, the resurgence of fascist states, open air prisons for entire peoples, and a dying planet, she is asking herself, what does it mean to, as Rebecca Belmore asks us in her installation Wave Sound, to listen to water? What does it mean, as Dionne Brand writes through her diaspora consciousness and by inventorying the quotidian disasters of our time, in her epic poem Nomenclature, “to believe in water”?

How to attend: Please register for the Eventbrite here.

Reception event hosted by the Libby Leshgold Gallery + AGP to follow the lecture: more information here.

About Leanne Simpson

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer and artist, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. Her work breaks open the intersections between politics, story and song—bringing audiences into a rich and layered world of sound, light, and sovereign creativity.

Working for two decades as an independent scholar using Nishnaabeg intellectual practices, Leanne has lectured and taught extensively at universities across Canada and the United States and has over twenty years experience with Indigenous land-based education. She holds a PhD from the University of Manitoba and is member of Alderville First Nation.

About the Hopper Lecture Series

This 30th Anniversary Hopper Lecture is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in honour of its founding president, David Hopper (President 1970-1978). Each year, an eminent international thinker provides a free public lecture about critical current and future issues in international development at the University of Guelph and a second Canadian university. Learn more about the Hopper Lecture and its past speakers here.