Syrus Marcus Ware is an assistant professor at the School of the Arts, McMaster University. He is a Vanier Scholar, visual artist, community activist, youth advocate and educator. Syrus’ interdisciplinary practice explores social justice frameworks and Black activist culture, and he is shown widely in galleries and festivals across Canada. He is a core team member of Black Lives Matter–Toronto, co-founder of Black Lives Matter–Canada, a part of the Performance Disability Art Collective, and an ABD PhD candidate at York University in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. His ongoing curatorial work includes That’s So Gay (Gladstone Hotel, 2016-2019; online, 2020), and BlacknessYes!/Blockorama. He is the co-editor of the best-selling Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada (URP, 2020) and is a co-editor of two publications produced by the Marvellous Grounds Collective, Marvellous Grounds: Queer of Colour Histories in Toronto (Between the Lines, 2018) and Queering Urban Justice: Queer of Colour Formations in Toronto (U of T Press, 2018).

This virtual discussion is free to attend and accessible to the public. The talk is hosted on Zoom and is a secure space where audience members will only be able to listen without video and type questions in the chat.


The research cluster Memory Activism: Collaborative Processes of Counter-Memorialization, consisting of faculty and students from the University of King’s College and NSCAD University, are facilitating a free online speaker series on the topics of memory activism between March 15 and May 5, 2021.