Dr. Wanda Thomas Bernard was in residence from January to March 2013 as the Harrison McCain Visiting Scholar, her visit co-sponsored by ACSED and Women's and Gender Studies. A renowned researcher and leading expert on the lives of African Nova Scotians, Dr. Bernard has published extensively in the areas of race, racism, violence, and the health of Black families and communities. Dr. Bernard spoke to classes, participated in panel discussions, and held small group and individual meetings with students. Her presence on campus inspired many in our community to work for a more inclusive and just society here in Nova Scotia, where some of the legacies of racism still persist.
In February 2012, as part of Black History Month, Governor General’s Award–winning author and teacher George Elliot Clarke gave a public presentation on “The Black Refugees to Nova Scotia from the War of 1812.” Dr. Clarke was joined by spoken word artist El Jones. The event was sponsored by ACSED, Sociology, English and Theatre, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
ACSED-affiliated faculty members hosted "Teaching and Race: A Colloquium for Faculty" in Spring 2009.
ACSED-sponsored visiting scholar Dr. Ruth Amir gave a talk on "Jerusalem: Problems Issues Solutions" in October 2008. Dr. Amir is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel. Her recent research concerns collective identity and memory, theories of multiculturalism, and ethnocultural diversity in Israel.
From March 20-22, 2008 a number of events were hosted on the Acadia campus to highlight International Day for the Elimination of Racism. Key events included:
- screening of the powerful NFB film Race is a Four Letter Word by Halifax director Sobaz Benjamin, who discussed issues raised by the film with the audience.
- Corporal Craig Smith spoke about his recent book You Had Better Be White by Six a.m. which documents his experience as an African-Canadian in the RCMP.
In March 2008 ACSED together with the Confederacy of Mainland Mi'kmaq sponsored a presentation by Gerald Gloade, artist and educator currently working on the Mi'kmawey Debert Project. Mr. Gloade illustrated connections between places and stories in the Legends of Kluskap and the geology of the areas, and also what these connections reveal about the early culture of the Mi'kmaq people.
ACSED and the Valley African Nova Scotian Development Association sponsored an interactive presentation in April 2007 by Underground Railroad historian Drakeford Levi. Mr. Levi’s presentation featured the results of his research into records and other evidence left by Quaker Elias Hicks, a Conductor on the Underground Railroad and by Elizkim Levi, leader of the first free Black community in Guinea Woods, Long Island and an ancestor of Mr. Levi. The support of Heritage Canada in making this presentation possible is gratefully acknowledged.