Fall 2017 Colloquium: Gary Geddes
“Medicine Unbundled: A Journey Through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care”
October 25, 2017
UMNATV Fall 2017 Colloquium
11:30 am – 12:30 pm, 307 Tier Building
Gary Geddes holds degrees in English and philosophy at the University of British Columbia, and his MA and PhD in English at the University of Toronto.In September 1998, he was appointed as the Distinguished Professor of Canadian Culture at Western Washington University and has had numerous appointments at the University of Alberta, Malaspina University College, University of Ottawa, and Green College at UBC. Geddes has performed and lectured extensively around the world and has published and edited more than 35 books of poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, criticism, translation and anthologies, along with launching several publishing companies.
After the publication of his critically acclaimed 2011 book Drink the Bitter Root: A Writer’s Search for Justice and Healing in Africa, Geddes interviewed Indigenous elders willing to share their experiences of segregated health care, including their treatment in the “Indian hospitals” that existed from coast to coast for over half a century. The memories recounted by these survivors―from gratuitous drug and surgical experiments to electroshock treatments intended to destroy the memory of sexual abuse―are truly harrowing, and resulted in “Medicine Unbundled” a book that will surely shatter any lingering illusions about the virtues or good intentions of Canada’s colonial past. The book is a testament to survival, perseverance, and the power of memory to keep history alive and promote the idea of a more open and just future.
“Gkendaasowin, Knowledge: The Breadth of Native Studies”
Department of Native Studies Fall 2017 Colloquium Series
University of Manitoba
Wednesdays, 11:30-12:30 pm (note NEW time!)
For more information contact Dr. Niigaan Sinclair, UMNATV Colloquium Coordinator at [email protected]
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