Charmaine's News

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021:
"A Hidden History: Slavery in Canada" hosted by the McMichael Canadian Collection, Kleinburg, Ontario: 6pm (EST)

Friday, March 12th, 2021:
"Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery," CTV News Atlantic, Morning Live

Monday, March 1st, 2021:
"Where Art Meets Public Engagement on Lost History," The Coast

Monday, March 1st, 2021:
"Slavery in Canada," Sirus - Mornings on Canada Talks

Saturday, February 20th, 2021 at 3pm (EST):
" 'Ran away from her Master…a Negroe Girl named Thursday': Examining Evidence of Punishment, Isolation, Trauma, and Illness in Nova Scotia and Quebec Fugitive Slave Advertisements," Embodiment: Art, Space, and Society, CUJAH Conference,
Keynote Lecture
Conference Website

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021: 
"Canadian Slavery and the Diversity of Blackness,"

February 2021:
Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery, NSCAD University, Halifax, Canada
Black History Month Fundraising Appeal
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February 2021:
Black History Month Lectures
Lecture Links

Sunday, January 31st, 2021:
"What a family photo from 1901 tells us about Canadian history," All in a Weekend with Ainslie MacLellan, CBC Quebec

Friday, January 22nd, 2021, 4pm (EST):
Art History Speakers Series, University of Toronto
"Black Body Politics and Self-Care: Slave Dress as Resistance in Caribbean and Canadian Slavery"

Thursday, december 17th, 2020:
"Behind #BlacksinThe Ivory:Exposing Anti-Black Racism in Academia,"

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020:
"Dr. Charmaine Nelson on researching the history of slavery in Canada," Mainstreet PEI, CBC Listen

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020:
"Slavery ads help put historical art in context, professor says," CBC PEI

Friday, December  4th, 2020 (12pm TO 1pm EST):
McGill University, Geography Department, GeoSpectives Lecture Series
"Black Refugees and the Canadian Myth of Racial Tolerance: The Politics and Geographies of Slave Escape on the Canada-USA Border"

Poster and Zoom Link

"Samuel L. Jackson's 'Enslaved' and the Lost History of Canadian Slavery," CBC, 17 October 2020

Thursday, October 15th, 2020 (1:30pm to 3:30pm PDT):
Keynote I: “ 'He…has the ends of both his great toes frozen off': Enslaved and Free Black Presence, Experience, and Representation in the Quebec Winter," UAAC Annual Conference
Join Lecture

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020:
"10 out of 1726: Confronting McGill's colonial past and racist present," The McGill Tribune

Friday, October 9th, 2020:
"New Institute is first in the country dedicated to the study of Canadian Slavery," Global News Radio 980 CFPL

Monday, October 5th, 2020: 
"New Institute to Shine Spotlight on Canadas little-known history of Slavery," Globe and Mail

Monday, October 5th, 2020:
"Un institut pour mettre en lumière l’histoire de l’esclavage au Canada," La Presse

Thursday, October 1st, 2020:
"McGill promises to hire more Black Professors, But the statue of its founder will stay," CBC

Thursday, October 1st, 2020:
"Our Unspoken Discomfort with Interracial Relationships: Canada's history of slavery has had a profound impact on how we view cross racial couples," The Walrus

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020:
"Identité: Charmaine Nelson et la mémoire de l’esclavage," Le Devoir

Friday, August 7th, 2020:
"Research into Acadian Slave Owners shows just how pervasive slavery was in N.S., says scholar," CBC Nova Scotia Radio

MonDay, August 3rd, 2020:
"Dr. Charmaine Nelson demands that McGill examines historical ties to slavery and do something about it," Montreal Community Contact 

Saturday, August 1st, 2020:
" 'So much to learn': The Untold Stories of Slavery in Canada," CTV

Thursday, July 30th, 2020:
"Is there systemic racism at McGill? 'Of course,' says one of only 10 black professors," Montreal Gazette

Wednesday, July 29Th, 2020:
"James McGill, Slavery, and Colonialism," CBC Radio Noon

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020:
"It is time to acknowledge James McGill's troubling past and improve it for the future," CJAD Talk Radio, Natasha Hall Show

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020:
"McGill Students uncover school's racist and colonial history," City News

Monday, July 27th, 2020:
"Students combat McGill's history with slavery in new report," CBC News Network with Carole MacNeil

Monday, July 27Th, 2020:
"James McGill and Slavery,"CBC Montreal, Let's Go

Monday, July 27th, 2020:
"McGill pressured to address colonial history," CBC National News at 10pm

Monday, July 27Th, 2020:
"McGill professor, students call on university to examine school's links to slavery,"

Wednesday, july 22nd, 2020:
"Charmaine Nelson leading the Creation of the Institute for the Study of Canadian Slavery,"

Friday, July 17th, 2020:
"Global protests spurs removal of monuments to racism," The Nation

Thursday, June 25th, 2020:
"The Floyd Effect," Gallerieswest

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020:
"Brownstein: James McGill gets his reckoning - over 200 years later," Montreal Gazette

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020: 
"NSCAD Announces Chair in Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art and Community Engagement," Canadian Art

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020: 
Nataleah Hunter-Young and Sarah Mason-Case, "Thoughts of Liberation," Canadian Art

Monday, June 15TH, 2020:
Sandra E. Garcia, "Where did BIPOC come from?," The New York Times

Sunday, Jjune 14th, 2020:
Claire Loewen, "Taking down statue of James McGill is only one step in fighting systemic racism, students say," CBC

gFriday, June 12tH, 2020:
Alison Brunette, "Learning from the past while tackling the history of colonialism," Breakaway,  CBC Radio, Quebec City

Friday, June 12th, 2020: 
Chris Dela Torre, "How do cities and communities deal with monuments linked to racist  and colonial histories?" Afternoon Drive, CBC Radio, Windsor

Friday, June 12th, 2020: 
Adrienne Pan, "Monuments Down," Radio Active, CBC Radio, Edmonton

Thursday, June 11th, 2020:
Andrew Nichols, "Debate over problematic Monuments," CBC News Network

Thursday, June 11th,, 2020:
Suzanne Rent, "Portrait of Slavery in Canada," Halifax Examiner

Thursday, June 11th, 2020:
Jonathan Forani, " 'Systemic Silence': Canada's Ignored History of Slavery,"

Thursday, December 5th, 2019:
Noah Leve, He Should Have Known Better
*regarding Justin Trudeau brownface and blackface scandal

November 2019: 
"There's Something about You!," Blue Metropolis Contest for Anglophone Students

Thursday, November 14th, 2019:
"Forum explores the brutality of Slavery,"Share

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019: 3:30pm (Eastern Daylight time)
"The Stream," Al Jazeera

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019: 12:00pm to 1:00PM
"Blackface: People who did it too," CBC, Ontario Today

Friday, September 20th, 2019:
" 'It never went away': Canada's Troubling History with Blackface," The Globe and Mail

Friday, September 20th, 2019:
"How Justin Trudeau's blackface scandal may hurt his re-election - or not," ABC News

Thursday, September 19th, 2019:
"Many Photos albums in the basement likely fneatureblackface pics - says McGill professor," CTV Montreal - 5pm News

ThursDay, September 19Th, 2019:
"Trudeau Apologies for brownface image," Daybreak Montreal with Ainslie MacLellan

Thursday, September 2019:
"Justin Trudeau's Painful blackface past a teachable moment: observers," CFJC Today, The Canadian Press

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Lecture: "Fugitive Slave Advertisements and/as Portraiture in Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Canada"
Bard Graduate Center, NYC, USA
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall


Wednesday, August 7, 2019:
Media: "The Growing Field of Black Canadian Studies," University Affairs

Tuesday, July 9 to Friday, July 12, 2019:
Conference Paper: "he has the ends of both his great toes frozen off': Enslaved Fugitives in the Canadian Winter" Arctic Voices Conference, Riddu Riddu Festival, Norway

Wednesday, June 25, 2019:
Media: "Students from Davis Academy issue list of demands to the MFA," Boston Globe

Friday, April 26, 2019:
Podcast: Episode 3.27 "Killjoy Survival Kits," Secret Feminist Agenda

Wednesday, April 10, 2019:
Media: "Canadian Slavery" CBC Quebec City
Audio Recording

Wednesday, April 10, 2019: 7:30pm
Lecture/Conversation with Webster: "Exploring Slavery through the Fugitive Slave Archive"

Wednesday, february 27th, 2019: 10:30am to 12:00pm
Lecture: " 'of a remarkably downcast Countenance, and a black and copper coloured mixt Complexion': Fugitive Slave Advertisements and/as Portraiture in late Eighteenth- and early Nineteenth-Century Canada," NGC Lecture Series 2018-2019,  National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

Thursday, February 14th, 2019: 10:00am
Media: "Canadian Slavery" CJAD News Talk Radio Montreal - Elias Makos Show
Audio Recording

Sunday, February 10th, 2019: 7:30pm
Lecture: "Exploring Canadian Slavery Through the Fugitive Slave Archive" Herr Lecture, Underhill Lecture Hall, McKinnin Centre, Burman University, Lacombe, Alberta

MOnday, February 4tH, 2019: 7pm
Lecture: " 'he...had meditated an attempt to get on board a ship...bound to Newfoundland': The Limits of the tern Refugees for Enslaved Africans in Canadian Fugitive Slave Advertisements" Moody-Hamilton Atlantic World Lecture Series, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Thursday, January 31st, 2019: 5:00pm
Book Launch: "Towards and African Canadian Art History: Art, Memory, Resistance" (Concord, On: Captus Press, 2019)
Paragraphe Bookstore, 2220 McGill College Blvd. (corner of Sherbrooke St. West), Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Monday, January 28th, 2019
"Edmonia Lewis," What's Her Name Podcast
Webpage with interview

Friday, january 25th, 2019
"Canadian Slavery Historian to Speak in Lacombe," Red Deer Express

Wednesday, february 27th, 2019: 10:30am to 12pm
Lecture: "Fugitive Slave Advertisements and/as Portraiture in Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Canada," 
National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa): NGC Lecture Series 2018-1019
NGC Lecture Series 2018-2019

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018
"Double Whodunnit," Fake or Fortune?, S07E04, BBC

Thursday, June 28th & Friday, June 29th, 2018: 9:00PM TO 10:00PM
Canada' Slavery Secret: The Whitewashing of 200 Years of Enslavement, CBC Radio One
Article with Links

Monday, May 28th, 2018
"Black Cemeteries Force Us to Re-Examine our History with Slavery," The Walrus 

Saturday, April 14th, 2018: 10:30am to 6:30pm
Symposium: "Like Life: Sculpture, Color and the Body"
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met

Saturday, April 7th, 2018: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
"Slavery, Race, and Representation: Charmaine A. Nelson and Andrew Hunter in Conversation"
Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Scarborough
Doris McCarthy Gallery

Thursday, April 5th, 2018: 4:00TO 6:00pm
"Enslaved Females in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Nova Scotia and Quebec:
Examining the Canadian Fugitive Slave Archive"
Robinson Hall Basement Seminar Room, 35 Quincy Street , Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Monday, March 12, 2018
Black Lives Rooted #3 - Podcast
Produced by Liz Ikiriko with Andrew Hunter


Thursday, February 15th, 2018
"Prof Teaching Harvard Students about Slavery in Canada," Share, 15 February, vol. 40,
no. 45

Monday, February 12th, 2018
"What does Art History Reveal about Racism Today?" Road to 200, McGill Alumni
Video and Article

Monday, February 5th, 2018
"Thinking Beyond Black History Month," Connecting with Society, Social Science and Humanities Research council of Canada

FebruarY 2018
"Should a University bear the name of a Slave Owner?" Blog Voice, HuffPost 

Sunday, December 10th, 2017
The Sunday Edition, with Michael Enright - CBC Radio, "A Little-Told History of Canadians as Slave Owners, not just slave rescuers"


Audio Recording

Fall 2017
"A Unique Record of Slavery," McGill News: Alumni Magazine

Friday, October 27, 2017
"Episode 3: The Secret Life of Birchtown," The Secret Life of Canada

Thursday, October 26th, 2017
"Speaker provides chilling reminder of Canadian Slave History," The Brock News

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
"Slavery in Canada," The Natasha Hall Show, CJAD 800 AM News - Talk Radio

Audio recording

Thursday, September 14, 2017
"15 Professors of the Year 2017," The Harvard Crimson

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
"Harvard research on Nova Scotia slavery ads aims to broaden understanding of history," CBC News Nova Scotia

Audio Recording

Thursday, September 7, 2017
News in Brief: "Unearthing the Visual Culture of Canadian Slavery," Canadian Art

Monday, September 4, 2017
"McGill Professor introducing Canada's Slave History at Harvard," The Montreal Gazette

Friday, September 1, 2017
"Undergrads at Harvard will study Canadian Slave History this fall thanks to a professor from McGill," University Affairs

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
"Bay Removes Jefferson David Plaque," CTV News Channel

Friday, July 21, 2017
"The Canadian Narrative about Slavery is Wrong," The Walrus

July 2017
Charmaine Nelson, Up Close: Young Black Women Making Canada Better, CBC Radio

Tuesday to Saturday, 13-17 June 2017
Collegium for African American Research (CAAR), Diasporic Encounters, Subjectivities in Transit: Race, Gender, Religion, and Sexualities in the African Diaspora; The University of Malaga, Facultad de Filosofa y Letras, Malaga, Spain
Conference Paper: Unfree (Im)mobility: Reading Travel as Resistance in Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Fugitive Slave Advertisements of Nova Scotia and Quebec
conference website
conference program

Monday, 24 April 2017
Book Review: Charmaine A. Nelson, "Slavery, Geography, and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Marine Landscapes of Montreal and Jamaica," London and New York: Routledge/Taylor Francis, 2016. 416 pp., 16 colour plates, 26 b/w illus. Cloth $149.9, ISBN: 9781409468912; reviewed by Renee Ater

Thursday, 25 May, 2017
"Charmaine Nelson to bring Black Canadian History to Harvard," McGill - Arts News

Sunday, 2 April 2017
"How Can Men Support Women Under the Trump Administration," POPSUGAR

Tuesday, 14 February 2017
"Roundtable: Cash's Bundle: Fugitive Slave Advertisements, Clothing, and Self-Care," The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History

Monday, 13 February 2017: 6:30pm
"The Untold Story of Slavey in Canada and Montreal," Roundtable Discussion, McGill University, Law Faculty, Moot Court, 3644 Peel Street, Montreal (entrance free)

Thursday, 9 February 2017
Jeff Tuxworth Interview with Prof. Charmaine A. Nelson, Vibe 105 FM