Join us on November 6, 2012 to hear Scott Neigh speak about “Active Remembering and History From Below” as he launches two new books, Gender and Sexuality: Canadian History Through the Stories of Activists and Resisting the State: Canadian History Through the Stories of Activists.
Location: Brenda Wallace Reading Room, J.N. Demarais Library, Laurentian University
Sociology professor Gary Kinsman of Laurentian University, who wrote the Foreword for the books, will also be speaking.
This event is sponsored by the Centre for Humanities Research and Creativity, the Centre for Research in Social Justice and Policy, and Fernwood Publshing.
There will also be an evening launch event featuring Scott giving a talk entitled “Our Movements and Our Histories” at 7pm at Fromagerie Elgin (5 Cedar Street, entry off Elgin) in downtown Sudbury, sponsored by Fernwood Publshing.
To learn more about the books and the project of which they are a part, and to read and hear excerpts from the interviews around which the books are organized, visit here. To find these events on Facebook, you can go here.
From the book jackets:
We usually learn our history from the perspective of our rulers — from the top down. In these books we learn about our history from the perspectives of ordinary people — from the bottom up. Whatever liberty and justice that communities, workplaces and individuals in Canada enjoy are due to the many struggles and social movements in our country’s history. Yet the stories and histories of those movements to overcome racism, sexism, and poverty, for example, remain largely untold, thanks to the single, simplistic national story taught to us in school. Deftly combining history with accounts from participants in social movements, Neigh introduces us to the untold histories of activists, histories that encourage all of us to engage in struggles that will shape our shared tomorrow.
Gender and Sexuality unearths a diverse spectrum of struggle through the accounts of longstanding social movement participants. From indigenous women working against colonization and Christian women trying to end sexism and homophobia in their churches, to gay men opposing sexual oppression and women fighting against hostile employers and violence, this book reveals the ways that oppressions based on gender and sexuality — and the struggles against them — have shaped our society.
In Resisting the State, Neigh details the histories of a broad range of social movements and provides readers with a richer understanding of the Canadian state and why so many people — including military draftees, welfare recipients, workers, indigenous people, psychiatric survivors, immigrants and refugees — have struggled, and continue to struggle, for equality and justice for all members of society.
What people are saying about Gender and Sexuality and Resisting the State:
“Never doubt that a few committed people can change Canada (and the world) for the better. Scott Neigh’s oral histories show not only the power of committed idealism, but also how the history of our whole country has been shaped by brave Canadians who refuse to accept the misery and injustice that surrounds us. Read these books to learn how the history of social change organizing is indeed the history of Canada — and then go out and start making your own history.” — Jim Stanford, union economist and peace activist
“This work is a treasure that provides a portal to Canadian history, bringing it alive and urgent through the voices and profound insights of veteran social justice activists, an indispensable guide for present and future generations to carry on these struggles.” — Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, veteran activist and author
Scott Neigh is a writer, parent, and activist based in Sudbury, Ontario. He blogs regularly on political topics, and maintains a site devoted to these books and to the project of which they are a aprt.