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Countering Violence, Exile, and Injustice (Edmonton)

When: Wednesday, February 24
Where: Stanley Milner Library, Program Room
Time: 7:00 pm

What: Join Marc Colbourne (Exiled for Love), Gary Garrison (Human on the Inside) and Fahim Hassan (Bangladeshi blogger) in a discussion about writing that speaks the truth of our human condition—writing that exposes our values, our vulnerabilities, and illuminates the balance (or lack there-of) of power in any given community.

Free. A Freedom to Read Week event.


Fahim Hassan

Fahim Hassan is passionate about using digital technology to explore social and cultural history in depth. He blogs about social innovation and human-computer interaction, sharing his ideas on using computational methods to understand and solve social problems. He was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he spent his schoolboy days learning all the non-essential life skills. He came to Canada for higher studies, received his Masters degree in economics from the University of Alberta and started working on multiple projects to document the cultural history of local communities in Edmonton. You can connect with him through his website at



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Gary Garrison

Gary Garrison came to Canada from the U.S. in 1970 as a draft dodger during the U.S. war in Viet Nam.  His nonfiction book Human on the Inside: Unlocking the Truth about Canada’s Prisons explores the struggle to be human in a world of violence and crime. His next nonfiction book is about grandparents who raise grandchildren orphaned by addiction, neglect, and abuse. Gary is also a poet, songwriter, musician and a grandfather of 5.




Marc Colbourne

Originally from Newfoundland, Marc Colbourne comes by his love of storytelling and tea honestly. His writing is often influenced by his time spent working in Cuba, Bolivia, and Guatemala. He has published in Alberta ViewsBriarpatchOther Voices and Queering the Way. Most recently, Colbourne co-authored Exiled for Love: The Journey of an Iranian Queer Activist (Roseway Publishing, April 2015).


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