Art and Academia

What does it mean to be an artist working within the rigours of a university? Join Juliane Okot Bitek, Robyn Maynard, and Lindsay Nixon for a conversation about how research and study inform their creative work (and vice versa), the problems of academic gatekeeping, and the urgency of using poetry, art, and essay-writing to break through these gates and share knowledge and discoveries beyond the white-male-dominated walls of the academy. Moderated by Emily Riddle.

Event Type: Panel
Native Education College
Date: Sunday, March 10, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2019


Juliane Okot Bitek is a poet. She lives on the unceded, ancestral and the traditional lands of the Musqueam, the Squamish and the Tsleil Waututh people.

Robyn Maynard is the award-winning and bestselling author of Policing Black Lives: State violence in Canada from slavery to the present.


Lindsay Nixon is a Cree-Métis-Saulteaux curator, award-nominated editor, award-nominated writer, and McGill Art History PhD student. They currently hold the position of Editor-at-Large for Canadian Art. Nixon has previously edited mâmawi­-âcimowak, an independent art, art criticism, and literature journal, and their writing has appeared in Malahat Review, Room, GUTS, MICE, esse, Inuit Art Quarterly, Teen Vogue, and other publications. nîtisânak is their first book.


Emily Riddle is nehiyaw from the Alexander First Nation in Treaty 6. She is a researcher/writer/policy analyst. She has been published in the Globe and Mail, Teen Vogue, Canadian Art, and others.

Update: Unfortunately, Triny Finlay is no longer able to appear at this event.

Room would like to thank the SFU Writer in Residence program for sponsoring this event in support of Robyn Maynard.