(From left) Kim Bolan, Robyn Maynard and Gina Starblanket take part in the President’s Lecture Series at UFV in Abbotsford on Friday, March 8.

Powerful panel trio at UFV for International Women’s Day

Lecture series features Kim Bolan, Robyn Maynard and Gina Starblanket

There will be some high-achieving women on hand at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford on Friday, March 8 for International Women’s Day.

Award-winning journalist and 2018 UFV honorary doctorate recipient Dr. Kim Bolan, award-winning author Robyn Maynard, and Indigenous political science professor Dr. Gina Starblanket will share their perspectives and personal and professional experiences.

This President’s Leadership Lecture Series event will take a panel format, with the united theme of Deconstructing Gender and Race.

The event starts at 4 p.m. in the campus lecture theatre. The public is welcome, and admission is free.

A student political science display on gender issues and refreshments will precede the lecture just outside of the lecture hall from 2 to 4 p.m.

Bolan is a newspaper veteran of 34 years and has written for the Vancouver Sun for the past three decades after getting her start at a community newspaper.

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She burst onto the national news scene while covering the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182. Her coverage garnered aggression from many connected to the case, leading to death threats and bullets fired at her house.

Starblanket is an Indigenous political science professor of Cree/Saulteaux heritage who is a member of the Star Blanket Cree Nation in Treaty 4 territory in Saskatchewan.

She holds her PhD and MA from the University of Victoria and a BA from the University of Regina.

She joined the political science department at the University of Calgary as an assistant professor in Indigenous Politics in 2018, with a research and teaching focus on the politics of decolonization in Canada.

Maynard is a Toronto-based writer and the author of Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present.

She has been a part of grassroots movements against racial profiling, police violence, detention and deportation for over a decade.

Maynard’s writing on race, gender, and discrimination is taught widely in universities across Canada and the United States.

Her expertise is regularly sought in local, national and international media outlets and she has spoken before Parliamentary subcommittees, the Human Rights Committee of the Senate, and the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.

She is currently working on completing a new book manuscript.

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