Fifty Years Later: The Sir George Williams Affair by Louis Rastelli (ARCMTL)

Montreal, QC - Concordia University - Webster Library (LB-322)

Saturday, February 23rd
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Webster Library, Multifunction room, LB-322
Concordia University, J.W. McConnell Building
1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W, Montreal
FREE Admission

Exactly fifty years ago this month, at what later became Concordia, where this talk is being held, Canada’s most dramatic and important student occupation of the 1960s took place. When a group of students, primarily of Caribbean descent, filed a protest against a teacher who appeared to grade them differently than the white students, a review panel sided with the teacher against the students, and a series of occupations were held. While our neighbours to the south had seen many protests and riots through 1967 and 1968, it was what became known as the Sir George Affair or the Computer Riots in Montreal in February 1969 that gave Canadians their first such experience. Rastelli will draw on documents, research and first-hand interviews with students of the time to revisit the impact this protest had on the city and its Caribbean communities.

Louis Rastelli is the director of ARCMTL, a non-profit organization that both promotes and preserves the independent arts in Montreal through exhibits, fairs, art vending machines, and an archive centre. He’s also a local cultural historian and author.

SpokenWeb presents this event in collaboration with The Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network (QAHN). This talk is part of a series presented by QAHN. For the full 2019 Heritage Talks program, please visit or follow the series on facebook @qahnheritagetalks.

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