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"To Do Our Share" will see the coming together of scholars, African Canadian descendants and community members, students, and the public, in the sharing of narratives from this little-known aspect of African Canadian history.
It is particularly appropriate that this unique - and uniquely important - symposium be hosted by Acadia University. The Reverend William White was Acadia's second Black graduate. An African American who came to Canada to seek higher education, he had a stellar record of public and community service, both during WWI and in his later life in Nova Scotia.
Public knowledge of the Reverend White's service and that of the men of the No. 2 Construction Battalion has been sadly neglected. This event seeks to provide a forum for the discussion and dissemination of new research regarding the African Canadian experience in WWI, gather historical material for future study, and for use as teaching materials in schools and universities across Canada, and to increase both public and scholarly knowledge of the significance of the No. 2 Construction Battalion, and the particular role of Reverend William White.
WHAT DOES YOUR REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDE?
Registration fees include participation in all sessions, keynote talks, coffee breaks Friday and Saturday, and meals on Saturday as well as the reception, research poster session and film screening on Friday evening.
A block of rooms at the Old Orchard Inn, 153 Greenwich Road South (Exit 11, Hwy 101) has been reserved at reduced symposium rates: $120/night plus 15% HST. All hotel reservations must be made directly with the Old Orchard Inn by October 7, 2016. They can be reached at
(902) 542-5751 or toll-free at 1-800-561-8090.
There is a limited number of bed and breakfasts in Wolfville in addition to the Old Orchard Inn as well.
SYMPOSIUM WEB SITE:
ALTERNATE REGISTRATION & PAYMENT:
If paying by cheque, please go to www.blackbattalion.com
Download and print your registration form and send it along with your cheque, made payable to Acadia University, noting “To Do Our Share Symposium”.
Department of Sociology
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6