Scholar Strike

SCHOLAR STRIKE: Sept. 9-10, 2020

 In keeping with our statement of solidarity against anti-black violence, the Department of English Language and Literatures expresses its full support of the goals of the Scholar Strike taking place on September 9 and 10, 2020.


What is the Scholar Strike?

“The Scholar Strike originated in the U.S from a tweet by Dr. Anthea Butler who, inspired by the striking WNBA and NBA players, put out a call for a similar labour action from academics.  The Canadian action is aligned with the one in the U.S., in its call for racial justice, an end to anti-Black police violence and it adds a specific focus on anti-Indigenous, colonial violence. Organized by Beverly Bain and Min Sook Lee.

Scholar Strike is a labour action/teach-in/social justice advocacy happening on September 9-10, 2020. September 9 and 10 were chosen as the dates of the Scholar Strike in Canada because, for many of us, the academic year begins on these dates. These days were also chosen because of their proximity to Labour Day.”

The program of public digital teach-ins through September 9 and 10 and other resources are available at

Your professors may choose to express support for the strike by cancelling classes in order to attend, or to accommodate students attending, public events. Alternatively, your professors might make a space in your classes for field specific discussions on building racial justice or for sharing materials on how to address these topics.

Please be sure to check your Canvas course sites and your email for updates regarding the strike from your professors.