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Arts and Humanities Colloquium Series:Hogan’s Alley Remixed: Learning Through Wayde Compton’s Poetics.

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Friday, November 25th, 2016
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Hogan's Alley was a neighbourhood in downtown Vancouver. It was home to many immigrant communities, but it is best remembered for the African-Canadian population that had established itself by 1923. In 1967 the City of Vancouver began leveling the western half of the neighbourhood to make way for a freeway. Over time the black community was displaced. In a 2004 collection of poems entitled Performance Bond, Vancouver-born poet, essayist, DJ, and historian Wayde Compton investigated the destruction of Hogan's Alley.


Using spoken poetry, written poetry, reproduced photographs, excerpts from oral-history transcriptions, a playlet, even a news paper clipping, Compton examines power, identity, and history. Compton’s work will be the subject of this presentation by Paul Watkins, a VIU faculty member from the English Department. His talk will mix images, sound, and text, and he will be joined on stage by bassist and student Darin Nicolle, who will provide some bass accompaniment during the presentation. It is part of the popular Arts & Humanities Colloquium Series.


https://www2.viu.ca/artsandhumanities/Arts_Humanities_Colloquium.asp

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