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Prof. Constance Backhouse to speak on Viola Desmond

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University of Windsor Faculty of Law (Sunset & University)

Room 2102 (Left Wing)

Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4

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The Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice is pleased to present the 2017 Distinguished Lecture. Professor Constance Backhouse will speak about the history of race segregation in Canada, as depicted through the narrative of Viola Desmond.

All are welcome to this free lecture, but we ask that you please RSVP using the Register button on this page, or by sending an email confirming your attendance to WYAJ@uwindsor.ca.

Viola Desmond was a successful entrepreneur and community leader in Atlantic Canada. In November 1946, she declined to sit in a segregated area of a Nova Scotia cinema. She was convicted in a criminal charge arising from this episode. Viola Desmond will appear on the face of Canada's $10 note in a series of bills to be released in 2018.

Constance Backhouse is one of Canada’s foremost legal scholars (details below). Prof. Backhouse’s lecture will occur on Tuesday, October 3 from 4:30 PM to 6 PM, Location TBA. Prof. Backhouse will place Desmond’s legal battle and its aftermath into context, and show what Viola Desmond’s life and her case tell us about the history of human rights in Canada.

Dr. Constance Backhouse
A graduate of the University of Manitoba, Osgoode Hall Law School, and Harvard University, Professor Backhouse taught at the University of Western Ontario before moving to the University of Ottawa in 2000. She became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2004, a member of the Order of Canada in 2008, and a member of the Order of Ontario in 2010.

Dr. Backhouse is the Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa, Director of the University of Ottawa Common Law Exchange Program and a member of the Board of Directors of the Women's Education and Research Foundation of Ontario. Her books have received the Willard Hurst Prize in American Legal History, the Gustavus Myers Award, and the Joseph Brant Award. She is the recipient of the Bora Laskin National Fellowship in Human Rights, and is a member of the 2002 Law and Society Association International Prize committee.

Dr. Backhouse enjoys an international reputation, not only as one of Canada's finest legal historians, but also as an extremely talented multi-disciplinary scholar, a social activist and cultural critic par excellence. She has been a cutting-edge scholar in significant areas of contemporary policy formation, such as reproduction, family, sexual offences, the legal profession, equity within universities, and employment law.
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