Black History Month opening ceremony with Prof. Wendy Greene

Monday, February 3, 2020 18:00to19:30
Chancellor Day Hall Maxwell Cohen Moot Court (NCDH 100), 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA
Free, but RSVP required.

The fourth annual celebration of Black History Month/Le Mois de l’Histoire des Noir.e.s at McGill will open with Ceremony at the Faculty of Law, with remarkable speakers and talented performers, including keynote speaker Professor Wendy Greene, Kline School of Law, Drexel University. The theme for Black History Month 2020 is Rooted, with a month of events exploring the rooted past, present, and future of Black history.

Register on EventBrite. Seating is limited so reserve your ticket ASAP. Childcare will be available and the venue is wheelchair accessible. 

For any questions or concerns, email Shanice Yarde, Equity Education Advisor (Anti-Oppression & Anti-Racism Education), at shanice.yarde [at] mcgill.ca.


  • 17:30 - 18:00 - Doors Open
  • 18:00 - 18:30 - Welcome & Acknowledgements
  • 18:30 - 19:30 - Keynote Address & Discussion
  • 19:30 - 21:30 - Cocktail

About the keynote speaker

Professor Wendy Greene’s principal interest is examining socio-legal constructions of identity and how they inform and constrain civil rights protections aimed to combat inequality. As one of a few U.S. legal scholars actively engaged in the study of comparative slavery and race relations in the Americas and Caribbean, Professor Greene’s work on race and racial inequality embodies a hemispheric perspective. Her scholarship primarily explores emerging forms of workplace discrimination at the intersection of race, color, gender, religion, and national origin.  She has coined two recognized terms in the field of labor and employment law - “misperception discrimination” and “grooming codes discrimination.” Her internationally recognized work in these areas has shaped the enforcement stance of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), administrative law judges, federal courts, and civil rights organizations in civil rights cases. Notably, the 11th Circuit and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have endorsed Professor Greene’s published definition of race as a legal authority on the social construction of race and as a practicable definition for constitutional decision-making respectively.

This year's Black History Month is co-organized by The Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic), the Black Students' Network of McGill, and the McGill African Students Society (MASS) with generous support from across the university and city.

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