Department of Social Justice & Community Studies

Recent & Upcoming Events

 Upcoming Events


What unique contributions to history and community building have African Nova Scotians created in the Maritimes since the 17th century?  Examine these issues in SJCS 4739: The African Nova Scotian Experience, a Winter 2021 course with Dr. Rachel Zellars, Thursdays 4-6 pm.


Examine living histories of, and resistance to, capitalism and its intersections with empire, colonialism, and slavery, in SJCS 3811.2: Capitalism & Social Justice, a Winter 2021 course with Dr. Val Marie Johnson, Tues. & Thurs. 10-11:15am.

How are policing and regulation of the Other socially constructed in areas such as eugenics, prisons, and the profiling of Indigenous, Black, Muslim and racialized communities? Examine these issues in SJCS 3218.2: Racialization & Social Control, a Winter 2021 course with Dr. Benita Bunjun, Mondays 4-6:30pm.


Postponed until spring 2021

Who: Dr. Patricia Doyle-Bedwell, Dr. Yvonne Brown, and Ahrthyh Arumugam 

Recent Events 

What: Panel Discussion on Interrogating Whiteness
Who: Dr. Benita Bunjun, Dr. Vincent Simedoh, Patricia Doyle- Bedwell, Tonya Hoddinott, Brad Richards, and moderator Dr. Kevin Hewitt
When: Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 5:30-8:00 PM




What: Solidarity Teach-in
When: September 10, 2020, 2-4 PM

What: Solidarity Teach In For WET'SUWET'EN
Who: Department of Social Justice & Community Studies
When: February 13, 2020, 12:00 noon
Where: Saint Mary's University, Atrium

African Heritage Month 2020

What: A discussion of local history, archival material
Who: Dr. Rachel Zellars, Dr. Lynn Jones
When: February 5, 2020, 6:30- 9:00 p.m.
Where: North Branch Memorial Library (Community Room)
2285 Gottingen Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia 

Strategies For Dismantling Racial Fragility

What: Public Panel: "Strategies for Dismantling Racial Fragility within Public Institutions"

Who: The Panelists:

  • Ajay Parasram (Chair), Dalhousie University, International Development Studies and MacEachen Institute Fellow
  • Cristina Rojas, Carleton University, Political Science
  • Rachel Zellars, Saint Mary's University, Social Justice and Community Studies
  • Gaynor Watson-Creed, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health

When: Monday January 27th, 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Where: Dalhousie Student Union, Council Chambers, 6136 University Ave, second floor

Luther King Jr 

What: A discussion about what it means to create a space for peace and justice in a time of trouble
Who: Dr. Ashs Jeffers, Dr. Rachel Zellars, Dr. Tari Ajadi
When: Monday, January 20, 2020, 6:00- 8:00 p.m.
Where: DSU Council Chambers, Student Union Building, 2nd floor
             6136 University avenue, Halifax, NS


What: Investigating White Women's Colonizing Care in Residential Schools and the Potential of Community Collaboration

Who: Dr. Val Marie Johnson

When: Friday, November 22, 2019, Noon-1:00 pm.

Where: Room 2016 McCain Building, Dal Housie University 6135 University
K'jipuktuk, Mi'kma'ki 


What: A Discussion of Distorted Descent: White Claims to Indigenous Identity

When: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 12- 1pm

Where: Patrick Power Library, Library Classroom (LI 135)

What: Why Diversity, Decolonization and Intersectional Equity Matter in Canadian Universities

Who: Dr. Malinda Smith

When: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 6:30- 8:30pm

Where: Burke Theatre B

Saint Mary's University, K'jipuktuk, Mi'kma'ki



What: Book Launch, Darryl's leroux's Distorted Descent

When: Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 6:30pm

Where: Paul O'Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library

(5440 Spring Garden Rd)

SJCS released its new Department Poster, centering the inspiring work of artist Bria Miller & our students.

SJCS Poster 2019 

March29 SJCS Harris Lecture

What: Where are the Black female faculty?

When: Friday, March 29th, 2019. 2:00pm—3:30pm

Where: Atrium 101

Saint Mary’s University

K’jipuktuk, Halifax

CIRFS 2019

What: International Students in the Universities

When: Saturday, March 16, 2019- 9:00 am.- 4:30 pm

Where: Dalhousie University, Marion McCain, Arts and Social Sciences Building (Auditorium)

Treaty TEACH Flyer

What: Treaty TEACH- IN Mi'Kma'ki

When: Monday, March 11, 2019 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.

Where: Saint Mary's University Sobey Building, Scotiabank, Halifax, K'jipuktuk, Nova Scotia - Mi'kma'ki


Speak It! From the Heart of Black Nova Scotia

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Where: Saint Mary's University, Scotiabank Theatre (Sobey Building)

What: Film Screening about a group of black students who face racism in their high school


Racial Apartheid & Black Freedom

What: An exhibit of Nova Scotian and South African materials

When: February 4th-28th, 2019

Where: Patrick Power Library, 1st floor

Saint Mary’s University, 923 Robie St., Halifax

Film Screening about the People of Kattawapiskak River

When: Monday, October 29, 2018, 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Where:Loyola Academic(LA) 186, Saint Mary's University

What: Film Screening about the People of Kattawapiskak River


The CCDA's struggle for land justice in Guatemala


When: Monday, November 5@ 7 p.m.
Where: Weldon Law Building, 204 6061 University Ave. Dalhousie University
What: Indigenous Land in Guatemala Event


CIRFS 2020


What: Call For Abstracts
Deadline: Monday, February 17, 2020