Rehearsals for Living: A Conversation with Robyn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Images (left to right): Robyn Maynard, photo: Stacy Lee Photography. Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, photo: Zahra Siddiqui.

Art Creates Change: The Kym Pruesse Speaker Series

Rehearsals for Living
Robyn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

January 27, 2023, 7pm
OCAD University, Toronto

“When the world entered pandemic lockdown in spring 2020, Robyn Maynard, influential author of Policing Black Lives, and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, renowned artist, musician, and author of Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies, began writing each other letters—a gesture sparked by a desire for kinship and connection in a world shattering under the intersecting crises of pandemic, police killings, and climate catastrophe. These letters soon grew into a powerful exchange about where we go from here.”

ROBYN MAYNARD is an author and scholar based in Toronto, where she holds the position of Assistant Professor of Black Feminisms in Canada at the University of Toronto-Scarborough in the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies. She is the author of Policing Black Lives: State violence in Canada from slavery to the present (Fernwood 2017), a national bestseller.

LEANNE BETASAMOSAKE SIMPSON is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg scholar, writer, musician, and member of Alderville First Nation. She is the author of seven books, including the recent non-fiction A Short History of the Blockade, and the acclaimed novel Noopiming: A Cure for White Ladies.

Robyn Maynard and Leanne Betasamosake Simpson authors of Rehearsals for Living in conversation with Suzanne Morrissette and Alia Fortune Weston

OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street
Friday, January 27, 7pm. Reception to follow

Through a format of deep relational reciprocity and mutual care, Robyn and Leanne weave a conversation across Indigenous and Black experiences, unfurling parallel apocalyptic histories, and offering possibilities for building an abolitionist world renewed.

Co-hosted with: Relationships, Reciprocity, Exchange Collective; Indigenous Visual Culture (INVC); CREATIVE WRITING, Faculty of Arts and Science

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