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2016-17 Huron1Read welcomes Thomas King

January 11, 2017

After a successful inaugural year, Huron1Read welcomed the class of 2020 with this year’s selection, The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative by Thomas King. The 2016-17 Huron1Read series will conclude with a capstone event featuring a Q&A with Thomas King on Wednesday, January 11 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Kingsmill Room at Huron University College.

The Truth About Stories, which first took shape as the 2003 Massey Lectures, was awarded a 2003 Trillium Book Award. “Stories are wondrous things,” Thomas King declares in his 2003 CBC Massey Lectures. “And they are dangerous.” Mr. King begins with Indigenous oral narrative, moving through literature and history, religion and politics, popular culture and social protest, to actively deconstruct and re-present false notions of Indigeneity projected by White North America. The Truth About Stories demonstrates that stories are critical to human understanding, but so is active, engaged listening.

Incorporated into Orientation Week and select first-year classes, The Truth About Stories has provided students with the chance to discuss topical themes such as identity, borders, and narrative. It is also an opportunity for Huron to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action for post-secondary education, which identifies “building student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect” as a critical component of reconciliation.

Huron1Read was introduced in the summer of 2015 as a way to introduce first-year students to academic life and further foster a sense of community among students, faculty and staff at Huron. Now in its second year, the innovative program helps spark dialogue across disciplines.

Huron University College welcomes Thomas King, author of The Truth About Stories. This event is generously supported by Doug Raymond, BA 1985.

Wednesday, January 11th from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Huron University College, 1349 Western Road, Kingsmill Room