International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discimination. “The Foundation Is Indigenous, and the Avant-Garde Is Multicultural: How to Read the Anti-Racist Canada of the (Near) Future.” Surrey Conference Centre, Kwantlen Polytechnic University—Surrey, Surrey, BC, March 21, 2018.
The 50th Anniversary E.J. Pratt Lecture 2018. “The Quest for a ‘National’ Nationalism: E.J. Pratt’s Epic Ambition, ‘Race’ Consciousness, and the Contradictions of ‘Canadian’ Identity.” LSPU Hall, Memorial Universty of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL, March 8, 2018.
“Toward the Next Round of Constitutional Talks: Revising The Constitution Act, 1982.”
Centre for Constitutional Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, November 23, 2017.
“Opposing Plato: A Poet Proposes Constitutional Amendments for Canada's Monarchical ‘Republic.’" Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, The University of Brtish Columbia, Vancouver, BC, November 8, 2017.
“Reconciling First Nations and Afro-Metis: Discovering Troy B. Bailey’s The Pierre Bonga Loops: or the Truth Is in the History.” Encounters with Imaginaries and Transcultural Imaginaries in Canada and the Americas, Literature and Art from the 19th to the 21st Century. Convocation Hall, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB, September 30, 2018
“Poets Revisioning the Constitution: Duncan Campbell Scott, F.R. Scott, E. Pauline Johnson, and A.M. Klein.” Plenary Address. Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, May 28, 2017.
“Musings on the Poet as Public Intellectual.” Hayes-Jenkinson Memorial Lecture. Shingwauk Theatre, Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie (ON), March 29, 2017.
“Black Ice and Yellow Snow: On Digging Into Canadian Pulp Fictions.” 2017 Peter Lougheed Annual Lecture in Canadian Studies. University of Alberta (Campus Saint-Jean), Edmonton, AB, March 23, 2017.
“Poles Apart? The ‘Great Black North’ in Canada & Sweden.” Yukon College, Whitehorse, Yukon, January 19, 2017.
“Poles Apart? The ‘Great Black North’ in Canada & Sweden.” Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz, Germany, December 13, 2016.
“Pound’s Cantos and My Canticles.” Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt, Germany, December 8, 2016.
“’Race,’ Mental Health, and the Body Politic: Comments on Shakespeare’s Theatricalization of these Interlocking Concerns.” Sponsored by Shaar Shalom Synagogue. University of King’s College, Halifax, NS, Thursday, November 17, 2016.
“Leonard Cohen’s Beautiful Losers, Fifty Years On: Blasphemy as Treason, Passion as Revolution.” Harold Innis Lecture. Innis College, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, November 9, 2016.
“Respecting—No, Honouring—That Jones Man.” Journey Back to Birchtown 1st Anniversary Lecture Series. Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, Shelburne, NS, June 8, 2016.
“Epic Geography: The Vision of Place in Pound’s Cantos and in my ‘Canticles.’” Università di Pisa, Pisa, Italy, May 10, 2016.
“Black Ice and Yellow Snow: Digging Into Canadian Pulp Fictions.” W.L. Morton Lecture. Trent University, Peterborough, ON, November 26, 2015.
“On Entering the Echo Chamber of Epic: My “Canticles” vs. Pound’s Cantos.” 2015 Gustafson Distinguished Poet’s Lecture. Building 335, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC, October 22, 2015.
“White Judges, Black Hoods: Hangings-as-Lynchings in Three Canadian True-Crime Texts.” Canadian Association of Law Librarians. Delta Beauséjour, Moncton, NB, May 4, 2015.
“Alice Munro’s Black Bottom: Black Tints and Euro Hints in Lives of Girls and Women.” Keynote Address, The 13th Annual Concordia English Graduate Colloquium, Concordia University, Montreal (QC), February 28, 2015.
“The Originality of African-Canadian Thought.” United Black Students (Ryerson University). Best Western Primrose Hotel, Toronto, ON, November 15, 2014.
“Alice Munro’s Black Bottom: Black Tints and Euro Hints in Lives of Girls and Women.” Arts & Humanities Building, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, November 12, 2014.
“Why Not an ‘African-Canadian’ Epic? Lessons from Pound, Pratt, and Walcott.” Senior College, Faculty Club, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, September 24, 2014.
“African-Nova Scotian Folk Traditions.” Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Zion Lutheran Church, Lunenburg, NS, August 7, 2014.
“The Originality of Afro-Canadian Thought.” Cultural Politics Seminar, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, May 5, 2014.
“‘IItalicized’ Black Macho ‘Cool’ in Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Perry Henzell’s The Harder They Come, or the Intertext as Miscegenation.” “Obama and the Oscars: Lights, Camera, Nationalism! ASymposium About The ‘Obama Effect’ On Film Culture.” African & Black Diaspora Speakers Symposium. With Prof. Jasmine Nichole Cobb, Armond White, and Charles Coleman. Richardson Library, De Paul University, Chicago, Illinois, February 28, 2014.
Kitty Lundy Memorial Lecture. “Poles Apart? The ‘Great Black North’ in Canada & Sweden.” Tribute Communities, Recital Hall, Accolade East, York University, Toronto, ON. February 3, 2014.
“Why Not an ‘African-Canadian’ Epic? Lessons from Pound, Pratt, and Walcott.” Weatherhead Center For International Affairs Canada Program Seminar, Thompson Room, Barker Center, Departmentment of English, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, December 2, 2013.
“The Originality of African-Canadian Thought.” The Fifth International Unconventional Conference of Young Canadianists, North University Centre Baia Mare, Canadian Studies Center, Faculty of Humanities, Baia Mare, Romania, 20 September 2013.
“The Originality of African-Canadian Thought.” QSAA/AMS/QBAS Speaker series. Dunning Hall, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, February 12, 2013.
“Obama, Canada, and ‘Race.’” 7th Annual Hurtig Lecture on the Future of Canada. Presented by the Department of Political Science, at the Telus Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, September 27, 2012.
“The Roots of Anglo-Canadian Poetics.” Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Venice, Italy, April 18, 2012.
“Immigration and ‘National’ Identity.” The Making of Citizens: Beyond the Canadian Consensus on Immigration. The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation’s 8th Annual Conference on Public Policy, The Lord Nelson Hotel, Halifax, Nova Scotia, November 17-19, 2011.
“Irving Layton’s Seductive Invective and His Editors’ Counter Measures.” Plenary address. Ninth International Conference on the Book. University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto, Alumni Hall, Toronto, Ontario, October 15, 2011.
“Who Needs (Black) Canadian History?” President’s Lecture Series. Humber College, North Campus, Seventh Semester, Toronto Ontario, February 9, 2011.
“Anti-Social Tendencies in African-Canadian Literature.” Student Affairs Sector, Faculty of Education, Room B: Adminsitartion Building, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, December 16, 2010.
“The Perils of Pluralism: Anti-Social Tendencies in African-Canadian Literature.” Departemento Filologia Inglesia, Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain, December 10, 2010.
“Pierre Elliott Trudeau.” Later Life Learning. Town hall, Innis College, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, October 4, 2010.
“Hopkins’s African Sound.” 23rd Gerard Manley Hopkins International Festival. Newbridge College, Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland, July 29, 2010.
“Let us Compare Anthologies: Harmonizing the First Italian-Canadian and African-Canadian Anthologies.” Universita Ca’Foscari Venezia, Venice, Italy, May 19, 2010.
“Halifax, Hiroshima, and the Romance of Disaster.” Respondent: Dr. Herb Wylie “Shaping an Agenda for Atlantic Canada.” Royal Society of Canada. Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, March 26, 2010.
“Violence, Metissage, and African-Canadian Literature.” Research Seminar, Department of Political Science, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, March 24, 2010.
“John Thompson’s Shadowed Whiteness.” Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, NS, January 21, 2010.
“The Perils of Pluralism: Anti-Social Attitudes in African-Canadian Literature.” Research Seminar, Department of English, Turku University, Turku, Finland, January 26, 2010.
“Canada: The Invisible Empire?” Department of History, Turku University, Turku, Finland, January 26, 2010.
“The Perils of Pluralism: Anti-Social Attitudes in African-Canadian Literature.” Departement d’etudes anglaises, Universite de Montreal, Montreal, QC, November 27, 2009.
“Approaches to African-Canadian Literature.” Graduate Program in English, centro de Communicao e Expressao, Universidade Federale de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil, October 21, 2009.
“Approaches to African-Canadian Literature.” Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, Canadian Studies Center, Lecture Hall 0.51, University of Silesia, Sosnowiec, Poland, October 8, 2009.
“In Black Ink, Not Red: The Church Narrative. Introducing a Distinct Genre in African-Canadian Literature.” Organic Material: The Many Threads of Canadian Book History. German-Canadian Centre, North American Studies Program, and the Department of English, American, and Celtic Studies, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany, June 20, 2009.
“Canada: The Invisible Empire?” The Vigdis Finnbogadottir Institute of Foreign Languages. University of Iceland, Reyjkavik, Iceland, April 24, 2009.
“Why Not an African-Canadian Epic? Lessons from Pratt and Walcott.” Ogden Glass Lecture Series. Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, QC, March 26, 2009.
“Automatic Opera: Imagining a Trudeau ‘of Colour’ and a Rainbow Québec.” Department of Theatre, Academic Hall, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, December 3, 2008.
“Adaptation: Love or Cannibalism? Some (Personal) Operatic Observations.” University of Leeds, Leeds, England, November 20, 2008.”
“African-Canadian Literature: What Makes It Unique?” African and African American Studies & Canadian Studies Centre, Friedl Building, Duke University, Durham, NC, November 3, 2008.
“Canada: The Invisible Empire?” Keynote Lecture. The Canadian Mosaic in the Age of Transnationalism: An Interdisciplinary Conference. Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen, Germany, July 10, 2008.
“African / Black Canadian Literature: An ABC.” The 5th Pehr Kalm Lecture on North American Studies, Small Festival Hall, University Main Building, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, May 6, 2008.
“African-Canadian Literature: An Introduction.” Conversations of the Diaspora Lecture Series, African-American Studies Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, April 3, 2008.
“Reading African-Canadian Slavery.” Keynote address. The Legacy of Slavery in Canada Conference, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, November 21, 2007.
“Bring Da Noise: The Poetics of Performance, chez young and Joseph.” IX Congresso Internacional da Associaçao Brasileira de Estudos Canadenses. Universidade Federal de Bahia. Salvador—Bahia—Brasil. November 12, 2007.
“Is ‘Performance’ or ‘Spoken Word’ Poetry Just Noise?” Summer Literary Seminars. Herzen University, St. Petersburg, Russia, June 19, 2007.
“Does (Afro-) Caribbean-Canadian Literature Exist? In the Caribbean?” The Department of Language, Lingusitics and Literature, University of the West Indies—Cave Hill, Barbados, in collaboration with the Canadian High Commission (Barbados), University of the West Indies—Cave Hill, Barbados, February 8, 2007.
“Does (Afro-) Caribbean-Canadian Literature Exist? In the Caribbean?” The Department of Literature in English, University of the West Indies—Mona, Jamaica, in collaboration with the Canadian High Commission (Jamaica), University of the West Indies—Mona, Jamaica, February 5, 2007.
“Adaptation: Love or Cannibalism?” Visiting Speaker Series. Department of English, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, November 29, 2006.
“Adaptation: Love or Cannibalism?” Adaptation(s): Transfers and Society. 8th International Confernce of the Centre de recherché sur l’intermedialité. Pavillon Athanase-David, Université du Québec à Montréal, Montréal, QC, November 17, 2006.
“The Problem of Pluralism: Anti-Social Attitudes in African-Canadian Literature.” 2006 Luther Lecture. Luther College, University of Regina, Regina, SK, September 28, 2006.
“The Idea of Europe in African-Canadian Literature.” Institute of British and American Culture and Literature, University of Silesia, Sosnowiec, Poland, May 9, 2006.
“The Idea of Europe in African-Canadian Literature.” School of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England, May 3, 2006.
“Is ‘Black’ Just Another Hue of Red-White-and-Blue? Or, Reading Africana, or The Americanization of Africa and Its Diaspora.” Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, March 16, 2006.
“Imagining the City of Justice.” The 7th Annual Lafontaine-Baldwin Lecture. Hosted by John Ralston Saul and The Dominion Institute. Epcore Centre, Jack Singer Concert Hall, Calgary, AB, March 10, 2006.
“Frederick Ward: Writing As Jazz.” Public Lecture. Prairie Fire. University of Winnipeg, Eckhardt-Grammaté Hall, Centennial Hall, Winnipeg, MB. February 10, 2006.
“Let Us Compare Antholgies: Harmonizing the Founding African-Canadian and Italian-Canadian Anthologies.” Reddin Symposium XIX, “Belonging in Canada: Immigration and the Politics of Race and Ethnicity.” Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH. January 14, 2006.
“The Idea of Europe in African-Canadian Literature.” Department of English, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. November 24, 2005.
“Can Jazz Be Opera?: A Defence of Québécité.” Border Crossings: 2nd Annual Trent-Carleton Graduate Student Conference for Canadian Studies. Trent University, Peterborough, ON. November 4, 2005.
“Strategies for Legitimizing Difference: Mixed-Race Resistance in the Works of Andrea Thompson and Lorena Gale, Two African-Canadian Writers.” Nordic Association for Canadian Studies VIII Triennial Conference. Caribia Spa Hotel, Turku, Finland. August 18, 2005.
“Frederick Ward: Writing As Jazz.” Anne Szumigalski Memorial Lecture. League of Canadian Poets. Hart House. University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. June 11, 2005.
“Writing the Pax Canadiana: Terror Abroad, Torture at Home.” Keynote Address. “Building Liberty: Canada and World Peace, 1945-2005.” Association for Canadian Studies in the Netherlands. Roosevelt Academy. Middelburg, Holland. June 4, 2005.
“Towards a Pedagogy of African-Canadian Literature.” Plenary address. European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. Crowne Plaza Hotel. Sliema, Malta. March 22, 2005.
“Towards a Pedagogy of African-Canadian Literature.” Robert Sutherland Visiting Speaker. John Deutsch University Centre. Queen’s University, Kingston, ON. March 9, 2005.
“1997 and All That (Jazz): If This Year Was When ‘African-Canadian Literature’ Was Publicly Born, Is It Too Soon For Nostalgia?” Landsdowne Lecture. Department of English, University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C. March 5, 2005.
“Sounding John Thompson’s White Noise.” Visiting Scholar Lecture. Canadian Studies Department, Mount Allison University, Sackville, N.B. February 10, 2005.
“In Defence of Multiculturalism.” Martin Luther King Day Lecture. Gesellschaft für Kanadastudien. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Bonn, Germany. January 17, 2005.
“Identifying the Afro-Caribbean Heritage of African-Canadian Literature.” Department of English, University of Cologne [Universität Köln], Köln, Germany. January 13, 2005.
“Identifying the Afro-Caribbean Heritage of African-Canadian Literature.” John F. Kennedy-Institut. Berlin, Germany. January 11, 2005.
“Identifying the Afro-Caribbean Heritage of African-Canadian Literature.” Marburger Zentrum für Kanada-Studien. Philipps-Universität Marburg, Marburg, Germany. January 10, 2005.
“A.B. Walker and Anna Minerva Henderson: Two Afro-New Brunswick Responses to ‘The Black Atlantic.’” W. Stewart MacNutt Memorial Lecture. University of New Brunswick—Fredericton and Saint John, NB. November 17 & 18, 2004.
“Literature as Terror, Terror as Literature.” The Lahey Memorial Lecture. Concordia University. Montréal, QC. October 28, 2004.
“Anne Szumigalski and Eli Mandel: Two Blakean Poets.” The Caroline Heath Memorial Lecture. Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild 2004 Fall Conference. Park Town Hotel. Saskatoon, SK. October 15, 2004.
“The Idea of Europe in African-Canadian Literature.” Graduate Course in English. Home of Professor Maurice Wallace. Sponsored by African and African American Studies. Duke University, Durham, NC. September 24, 2004.
“Reading Anne Szumigalski.” Sage Hill Writing Experience. St. Michael’s Retreat, Lumsden, SK. July 28, 2004.
“The Idea of Europe in African-Canadian Literature.” Traverse: Writing Travel Graduate Student Conference. Department of English, University of Western Ontario, London, ON. April 30, 2004.
“Can Jazz Be Opera?: A Defence of Québécité.” The Print Culture Annual Speakers Series: New Directions in Print Culture: Image, Music, Text. Department of English, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC. April 8, 2004.
“Creating the Promised Land: African Nova Scotian Political Consciousness.” Transition Year Program and Black Student Advising Centre, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. March 18, 2004.
“Where Maxine Tynes Stands: Sites in Her Poetry.” Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS. March 1, 2004.
“Reading Europe in Contemporary African-Canadian Texts.” Gesellscaft für Kanada-Studien—25. Jahrestagung. Hotel am Badersee. Grainau, Germany. February 21, 2004.
“Embracing Beatrice Chancy.” University College 150th Anniversary Lecture Series. University College, University of Toronto. Toronto, ON. November 6, 2003.
Colloquium: Conflict and Cooperation: Wealth and Creativity. Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies and the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English. “Voluptuous Rapine: The Viscous Economy of Vice in the Caribbean/African-Canadian Short Fiction of H. Nigel Thomas and Althea Prince.” Other session participants were Prof. John Willinsky and Prof. Helen Tiffin. Chair: Prof. Diana Brydon. University of King’s College. Halifax, N.S. May 31, 2003.
Rooke Lecture Series. “On Writing Beatrice Chancy.” Department of English, Trent University. Peterborough Public Library, March 26, 2003.
Keynote Speaker. “In Defence of Multiculturalism.” Excellence Through Equity Conference. University of Toronto, March 21, 2003.
“Repatriating Arthur Nortje.” 2002-03 Colloquium Series Exploring “Cultural Appropriation.” Laurentian University. Sudbury, ON. February 28, 2003.
On African-Canadian Literature. Lecture Series. University of Northern Colorado. Greeley, Colorado. September 20, 2002.
“Reading the ‘Canadian’ Slave Narrative.” Victorian Studies Association of Ontario. Victoria University, University of Toronto. March 7, 2002.
“Repatriating Arthur Nortje.” Transculturalisms Canada Symposium. Green College, University of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC. February 23, 2002.
“Black Ex-Centrics vs. White Excluders: ‘Africadian Historians’ and Their Triumphalist Imaginary.” Imagining a Region: Constructing and De-Constructing Atlantic Canada. St. Francis Xavier University. Antigonish, Nova Scotia. August 25, 2001.
“Don’t Talk About What You Ain’t Thought About: The Need for Scholarship in African-Canadian Literature.” Transition Year Program, Dalhousie University. Halifax, Nova Scotia. February 28, 2001.
“Seeing Through Race: Surveillance of Black Males in Jessome; Surveying Black Masculinity in James.” Cyclops: Vision and Visuality into the 21st Century. University of King’s College Lecture Series. Halifax, Nova Scotia. November 23, 2000.
“Capital Offence?: Race and Executions in African-Canadian Literature.” Keynote Address. ‘Race’ into the Twenty-First Century: Canadian Texts and Contexts. Department of English, McMaster University. Hamilton, Ontario. November 17, 2000.
“First Printings: Examining the Texts of the First African-Canadian Novelists, Playwrights, and Poets.” History of the Book. Center for the Book. University of Toronto. November 1, 2000.
“Frederick Ward: Writing as Jazz.” Keynote Address. Improving the Future: Jazz in the Global community. The Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium. University of Guelph. Guelph, Ontario. September 7, 2000.
“Writing History.” History Graduate Students’s Conference. Dalhousie University. Halifax, Nova Scotia. March 26, 2000.
"Canadian Biraciality and Its Avant-Garde Poetics." Poetic Subjectivity. University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina. April 9, 1999.
“The Importance of Canadian Studies for Canadian Ethnicities.” Avancer. 3rd Annual Conference of Canadian Studies Students. McGill University. March 4, 1999.
"Treason of the Black Intellectuals?" Third Annual Seagram Lecture. McGill University. November 19, 1998.
"Unsettling Canadian Studies: Repatriating Britain." Canadian Studies and Catharine Parr Traill College. Trent University, Peterboro, Ontario. November 5, 1998.
"Treason of the Black Intellectuals?" Plenary Session (Co-lecture with Prof. Patricia Smart). Association for Canadian and Québécois Literature, Congress of Learned Societies. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario. May 30, 1998.
"Treason of the Black Intellectuals, or..." Munroe Beattie Lecture Series. Carleton University, Ottawa, ON. February 6, 1998.
"Contesting a Model Blackness: African-Canadian Readings of African-American Literature." Plenary Session (Co-lecture with Prof. Houston Baker). Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, Congress of Learned Societies. Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland. June 1, 1997.
"On Canadian Multiculturalism." U.S./Canadian Writers' Perspectives on the Multiculturalism Debate. With Bharati Mukherjee, et al. Department of English and American Literature and Language. Harvard University. Cambridge, MA. May 10, 1997.
"Eyeing the North Star: Perspectives of African-Canadian Literature." Ambassador's Lecture Series. Canadian Embassy/Ambassade du Canada. Washington, DC. February 18, 1997.
On Adapting Whylah Falls to the Stage. Department of English, Dalhousie University. Halifax, Nova Scotia. January 10, 1997.
"Must We Burn Haliburton?" Keynote Address. Thomas H. Raddall Symposium Series: A Thomas Chandler Haliburton Bi-centenary Conference. Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia. September 20, 1996.
"Historiography, Poetry, and the Question of 'Africadia.'" Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. March 11, 1996.
"Parallel Postcoloniality: Resistance and Mimicry in English-Canadian and African-American Poetry." Department of English, Duke University. Durham, North Carolina. February 1994.
"Black Culture, Black Arts, Black Education." National Council of Black Educators of Canada, 1994 National Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia. May 12, 1994.
"Against Marginality: Pan-American Traditions and Black Canadian Poetry." Canadian Studies Center, Duke University. April 1992.
"Africville and Africadian Literature: The Death and Resurrection of Africadian Cultural Nationalism." Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia and the Dartmouth Heritage Museum. February 1992.