Billy-Ray Belcourt, Red Utopia

On Monday, February 11th, the award-winning Cree theorist and poet Billy-Ray Belcourt will be giving a public lecture, hosted by the Centre for Comparative Literature, in collaboration with students from the Women and Gender Studies Institute.

Billy-Ray Belcourt is a writer and academic from the Driftpile Cree Nation. He is a Ph.D. candidate and 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta; he is at work on a creative-theoretical project called “The Conspiracy of NDN Joy.” He is also a 2016 Rhodes Scholar and holds an M.St. in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford and Wadham College. In the First Nations Youth category, Belcourt was awarded a 2019 Indspire Award, which is the highest honor the Indigenous community bestows on its own leaders.

His talk, titled “Red Utopia”, followed by a Q&A, will take place in Emmanuel College, room 119, from 4pm to 6pm.

Billy-Ray Belcourt poster