Is Race a Fiction?

(From L-R) Paul Kennedy, Priscila Uppal, Karina Vernon, Hayden King, Lawrence Hill

(From L-R) Paul Kennedy, Priscila Uppal, Karina Vernon, Hayden King, Lawrence Hill

Blood ties you to family, country and race. Should it? Watch a live panel discussion with Lawrence Hill, Priscila Uppal, Hayden King and Karina Vernon moderated by Ideas host Paul Kennedy.

What happens to personal identity when race is removed as a marker of who you are? What happens when we use the term "culture" to replace the idea of race?" The panelists explore these questions and more.

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Lawrence Hill is the author of Blood: The Stuff of Life, his ninth book. His earlier works include the novels Some Great Thing, and the memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada.

Hayden King is an Anishinaabe writer, student, teacher, researcher at Ryerson University, McMaster University and Beausoleil First Nation.

Karina Vernon is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and co-founder and editor of Commodore Books, the first black literary press in western Canada.

Priscila Uppal is a poet, novelist, playwright and York University Professor in the Department of English.

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