upcoming talks and book launches

Wednesday September 19 6:45 pm

Vancouver Public Library Central Branch
350 West Georgia Street

A panel discussion with short talks and discussion

Meet the editor and Vancouver contributors of  Omar Khadr, Oh Canada


 Janice Williamson (editor Omar Khadr, Oh Canada)

Robert Diab, author of Guantanamo North: Terrorism and the Administration of Justice

Gail Davidson,  Founder of Lawyers Rights Watch (Canada)

Alnoor Gova, UBC

Grace Woo, author of Ghost Dancing with Colonialism: Decolonization and Indiginous Rights at the Supreme Court of Canada

and Special Guest from Ottawa – Maher Arar , human rights activist, publisher of Prism-Magazine (via SKYPE at 7pm)


  • LITFEST, the only nonfiction writing festival in Canada, fall 2012.
  • University of Alberta Teach-In on Omar Khadr –   (date and location to be confirmed) a collaboration between Janice Williamson, English & Film Studies, and the Global Citizenship and Development group, Department of Educational Policy Studies, Education.
  • University of Calgary talk on Omar Khadr, Oh Canada, Janice Williamson at the Peace Consortium, Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Calgary, fall 2012, date and location to be confirmed. 

Past Events:

  • Wilfrid Laurier University, Kitchener, Ontario      Sunday 27 May 9 – 10:30a   Peters Building 1013 –
    • Canadian Society for the Study of Religion annual conference
    • confirmed speakers:  Sherene Razack, Janice Williamson, Jasmin Zine
    • Note: This is part of a  day long session co-sponsored by the Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America and the Wilfrid Laurier University Muslim Studies Option, will provide a forum for new developments in the field of Canadian Muslim studies. Three new books in the field will be launched: Omar Khadr, Oh Canada! (Janice Willamson, ed) , The Sharia Debate: Islam, Gender Politics, and Family Law Arbitration (Anna C. Kortweg & Jennifer A, Selby, eds) Islam in the Hinterlands: Muslim Cultural Politics in Canada (J.Zine ed). These books provide critical interventions by top Canadian scholars into timely issues such as the Omar Khadr case, the debates over shariah law in Canada and how the specific challenges related to Muslim women, public policy, media and education have impacted and been responded to by Muslim communities in Canada. The book editors and many authors contributing to these volumes will be on hand to discuss these projects and the implications of this work in a post 9/11 context. Related to this is a roundtable with Muslim studies scholars reflecting on writing and serving as public intellectuals in Canada to dialogically engage some of the politics, challenges and possibilities of “writing while Muslim” in the aftermath of 9/11 and the ongoing “war on terror.”
  • Toronto book launch     Tuesday 29 May 6-8p
    • Location: Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street, Toronto 416 361 0032
    • Toronto-area contributors include Marina Nemat, Charles Foran, Kim Echlin, Lola Lemire Tostevin, Sherene Razack, Jasmin Zine, George Elliott Clarke, Audrey Macklin, Rick Salutin, Craig Kielburger, Judith Thompson
  • Ottawa book launch Wednesday 30 May 7-9pm
    • Location: Under One Roof (New Octopus Books)
    • 251 Bank Street at Cooper
    • (note this is not the Octopus Books in the Glebe)Ottawa-area contributors: Monia Mazigh, Maher Arar, Sheema Khan, Deborah Gorham, Gar Pardy. Hasnain Khan, Romeo Dallaire, Nathalie des Rosiers
  • Wednesday 13 June     4:30p – 6:30pEdmonton book launchLocation: University of Alberta Student Lounge (Arts 232) Arts and Convocation Hall Building
    • coordinated with the Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference and Centennial Celebration at the University of Alberta
    • Speakers include:  Gail Davicson, Dennis Edney, Andy Knight, John McCoy, Sheila Pratt, and editor Janice Williamson
    • Thanks to Audreys Books for providing books for this event.
  •  Sunday, June 3, 5–7 p”Writing & Human Rights”2 short talks and readings by Kim Echlin and Janice Williamson On writing human rights. Explore writing and witness, dissent, and advocacy.
    Room 2-922, Enterprise Square, 10230 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton (Free and open to the public) 

    • Kim Echlin (Giller Prize nominee for her novel The Disappeared (Penguin), translated into 27 languages and set in Montreal and Cambodia.
    • Janice Williamson (English Dept., U of A) editor of the anthology Omar Khadr, Oh Canada (McGill Queen’s 2012)
  • Vigo, Spain  26 June, 2012 talk Canada and Beyond II: From Sea to Sea Conference.“Canada’s Post 9/11 Out Island – Guantanamo Bay, Cuba – and the Canadian Citizen Omar Khadr Tortured, Imprisoned and Exiled There 2002-2012” Janice Williamson. (U. of Alberta)

Maher Arar , human rights activist, publisher of Prism-MagazineCraig Kielburger, child labour activist and co-founder of “Free the Children” foundation; George Elliott Clarke, poet, novelist, librettist, scholar, Professor, U of Toronto; Luc Côté and Patricio Henriquez, makers  of  YOU DON’T LIKE THE TRUTH – 4 days inside Guantánamo”; LGen the Hon. Roméo A. Dallaire, Senator, author; Gail Davidson, Executive Director, Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada; Nathalie des Rosiers, General Counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties; Robert Diab, lawyer and author  Alnoor Gova, broadcaster, writer,  PhD student UBC;  Shadia Drury, CRC in Social Justice, U of Regina; Kim Echlin, novelist, essayist, film producer; Dennis Edney, former lawyer for Omar Khadr; Charles Foran biographer, novelist; Deborah Gorham Professor Emeritus, History, Carleton University; Yasmin Jiwani,  Assoc. Professor of Communication Studies, Concordia University; Hasnain Khan, graduate student, University of Toronto; Sheema Khan, columnist and author; Andy Knight & John McCoy, Political Scientists, University of Alberta; Audrey Macklin, professor of Law, University of Toronto; Monia Mazigh, author and human rights activist;  Marina Nemat, human rights activist and  author of Prisoner of Tehran; Gar Pardy former diplomat, journalist; Sheila Pratt, journalist and author; Sherene Razack, Professor, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, OISE, University of Toronto; Rick Salutin, writer and columnist; Heather Spears, poet and artist Judith Thompson, playwright; Lola Lemire Tostevin, poet and novelist; Janice Williamson, Professor, English and Film Studies, Uof Alberta, Richard J. Wilson, Professor of Law, American University’s Washington College of Law; Grace Li Xiu Woo,  legal scholar, Jasmin Zine, Assoc. Professor, Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier U; Rachel Zolf, poet, Assistant Professor, UofCalgary. (see contributors page for full bios)