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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Guest Speaker Overview
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FACT OR FICTION LITERARY LEADERSHIP SERIES
The Fact or Fiction Literary Leadership Series is a new initiative that will provide students with the
opportunity to engage in discussion on real-world issues, insights and experiences that are presented by
award-winning authors through their works. The anticipated audience for each event is 30—40 students.
This year, the Fact or Fiction Literary Leadership Series is pleased to present:
ANTHONY DE SA & PRISCILA UPPAL
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 Anthony De Sa grew up in Toronto’s Portuguese commu-
nity. His short fiction has been published in several North
American literary magazines. He attended The Humber
School for Writers and now heads the English department
and directs the creative writing program at a high school for
the arts. His debut short story collection, Barnacle Love, was a
shortlisted nominee for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Priscila Uppal is a Canadian poet and novelist. She was
one of three Canadian writers on the 2007 shortlist for the
prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize. She is the author of five
collections of poetry and the internationally acclaimed novel, The Divine Economy of Salvation. Uppal com-
pleted her Ph.D in English Literature at York University in Toronto, where she is a professor of English
Literature. The American Library Association named her a “Canadian Writer to Watch.”
Mr. De Sa and Ms. Uppal will be taking part in a facilitated discussion about the various challenges
(dating, relationships with parents and family, relationships at school, competing cultural expectations) that
arise from balancing two cultures: that of their parents, and that which they learn themselves growing up
and sharing a community with other Canadians.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 Denise Chong is a Chinese-Canadian economist and writer. She has
published two novels including The Concubine’s Children for which she
was acclaimed as a “renowned writer and commentator on Canadian his-
tory and on the family.” Her upcoming book, Egg on Mao, will be
released in September 2009. This book tells the story of a man who
humiliated a repressive regime in front of the entire world by defacing a
portrait of Mao Zedong during the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square.
Prior to her writing career, Denise worked in the Department of Finance, where she was employed
until 1980. She then worked for one year as a special advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office, dealing with
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issues pertaining to British Columbia. In 1981 she became a senior economic advisor and worked closely
with the late Pierre Elliot Trudeau until the end of his term in 1984.
In addition to continuing her career as a writer, Chong serves on the boards, task forces, and commit-
tees of several organizations including the ‘‘Task Force on the Participation of Visible Minorities in the
Federal Public Service,” the “National Advisory Board on Culture Online,” and the “McGill Institute for
the Study of Canada.”
Ms. Chong will be discussing the role of China in today’s world, as well as the developments in the
world’s newest superpower during and since the Tiananmen Square protest in 1989.
Thursday, January 14, 2010 Catherine Gildiner was born in 1948 in Lewiston, New York, and came to Canada
in 1970. After completing an M.A. and a Ph.D. in psychology, she established her
private practice, and has worked as a clinical psychologist for more than 25 years.
She also writes journalistic pieces for various newspapers and a monthly column
for Chatelaine magazine.
In 1999, Ms. Gildiner published her first book, a humorous memoir of her
childhood called Too Close to the Falls. The story is told through the eyes of young
Cathy McClure (Gildiner) who, at the age of four, is put to work assisting the
deliveryman who works for her father’s pharmacy, in order to curb what the local
pediatrician considers her hyperactivity. In her upcoming release, titled After the
Falls, Catherine Gildiner recounts her remarkable coming-of-age in the 1960s through the same charac-
ter—as a cheerleader, vandal, HoJo hostess, civil rights demonstrator—with the same wit, candor and
exhilarating storytelling that has made Too Close to the Falls a modern classic.
Ms. Gildiner’s extraordinary personal story will provide the backdrop for this Fact or Fiction event
focusing on youth and activism (particularly in the 1960s) and the role both play today.
Thursday, February 25, 2010 A former “Perspectives on Leadership” Lecturer, Wayson Choy is an award-winning
novelist, memoirist, short-story writer and social activist. Although he experienced
some success with his early short stories, Choy begin did not begin writing in
earnest until 1977. One of his short stories, The Jade Peony, was later expanded into
a full-length book, and was published as a novel in 1995. The Jade Peony is an inti-
mate portrait of an immigrant family living in Vancouver during WWII. After
spending six months on The Globe and Mail’s bestseller list, it won the 1996 City of
Vancouver Book Award. Mr. Choy also shared he 1996 Trillium Book Award with
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Following the success of his first novel, Choy published his second book, Paper Shadows: A Chinatown
Childhood, in 1999. Winner of the Edna Staebler Creative Non-Fiction Award in 2000, Choy's memoir was
also nominated for the Governor General’s Award, and was named as a 1999 notable book of the year by
The Globe & Mail. His third book, All That Matters, revisits the story of the Chen family, this time from the
eldest son's point of view. Kiam-Kim immigrates to Canada as a small boy, and grows up struggling to
contend with the intergenerational pressures and cultural anxieties that come with his new life in
Vancouver. All That Matters was awarded the Trillium Book Award for 2004, and was shortlisted for the
2004 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Choy’s fifth novel, Not Yet: A Memoir of Living and Almost Dying was released in Canada on March 31,
2009, and was the inspiration for his extraordinarily well-received “Perspectives on Leadership” Lecture in
March of 2009.
Mr. Choy will be returning to UTSC to discuss systemic racism, and the role that the youth of today
can play in the battle for equality.
Dialogues features presentations and discussions by experts, critics and commentators on topics and issues
affecting the local community, broader society and the world in general. This series will offer students the
opportunity to enhance their understanding of critical issues and to share their insights and experiences as
they relate to these issues. The objective of the series is to provide students the opportunity to learn new
perspectives, challenge their own assumptions and engage in expressive, respectful dialogue over potentially
contentious issues. Through discussion, it is our hope that students will work towards collective solutions
to macro- and micro-level challenges that affect us all everyday.
Each event will feature a 60-75 minute presentation by a respected authority on a particular issue, followed
by break out discussions (10-12 people in each) facilitated by student leaders and/or graduate students.
The anticipated audience for each event is 100-150 students.
Dialogues is featured as part of the Global and Community Leadership Series, which is dedicated to
examining contemporary issues that are sure to challenge young leaders as they move into the future. The
series aims to provide students with a deeper understanding of global and community issues and a way to
relate those issues to their own values and goals within an anti-oppressive framework.
This inaugural Dialogues Series will feature:
Thursday, October 15, 2009 Monia Mazigh was born and raised in Tunisia and immigrated to Canada in 1991.
She holds a Ph.D. in finance from McGill University and speaks Arabic, French and
English fluently. She has worked at the University of Ottawa and taught at
Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia.
On September 26, 2002, Maher Arar (Mazigh’s husband) boarded an American
Airlines plane bound for New York, returning early from vacation with his family
because of work commitments. Arar was detained by immigration officials at JFK ai