A children of air india reading with commentary from the following:
Melanie Fahlman-Reid is a Vancouver native and longtime member of the English Department at Capilano University. She has worked with English as Additional Language learners and presented at conferences in Ontario, British Columbia, California and New York, and coauthored a text on working with this learning community. Her particular literary interests include medieval and apocalyptic literature; her interest in the long poem stretches from Beowulf to children of air india. She believes that the literary responses to the Air India bombing, its impact on the construct of what it means to be Canadian and the ongoing responses to that tragedy by the Canadian government and press open a profoundly moving and important dialogue with us all. She has been a story teller with RainCity Chronicles and is an enthusiastic supporter of the storytelling.
Eduard M. Lavalle teaches International Relations, International Law and Political Studies at Capilano University, including courses in the European Union. He has substantial background in the Middle East and South Asia. He is a former director of programs with the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute and has lived and worked in India.
Reg Johanson, a member of the English/ Creative Writing department at Capilano University is a practicing poet with multiple publications as the co-author of N 49 19. 47 – W 123 8. 11 (PILLS, 2008), a collection of his work titled Courage, My Love (Line Books, 2006), critical work on, and an interview with, Marie Annharte Baker has appeared in the anthology Antiphonies (The Gig, 2008) and in The Capilano Review 3 / 10. Reg’s work on Standard English as a classist and racializing disciplinary practice, and on the political economy of “cheating” and plagiarism,and on on “the radical” in poetry, on representations of missing women, global urbanization, and radical pedagogy have appeared in many publications.
Date and Time: April 22, from 7pm to 8:45pm
Location: McGill Public Library, 4595 Albert St., Burnaby