Dr. Afua Cooper is a scholar, women’s advocate, poet, historian, author, and a social and cultural commentator. She holds a Ph.D. in African Canadian and African Diasporic studies from the University of Toronto. Her expertise includes African Canadian culture, Black women’s studies, Black Literature, gender, slavery, abolition, and freedom, and Black agency and political consciousness. She has conducted research on Black life and culture across Canada, and internationally in Jamaica, France, the United States, Britain, Senegal, and Ethiopia. Her co-authored publication, We’re Rooted Here and they Can’t Pull Us Up: Essays in African Canadian Women’s History, won the Joseph Brant prize for the best history book. Her ground-breaking book on Canadian slavery, The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Slavery in Canada and the Burning of Old Montreal, was nominated for the Governor General’s award. Dr. Cooper has been active in the women’s movement in Canada through political organizing and in helping to establish a shelter for abused women and their children. A leader in the dub poetry movement in Canada, Dr. Cooper has published five books of poetry including the acclaimed, Copper Woman and other Poems. Her recordings include “Worlds of Fire.” Dr. Afua Cooper is the current James Robinson Johnston Chair in Black Studies at Dalhousie University, Halifax. To learn more about her work please click here.