Rupi Kaur visits Ryerson!
On March 8th the Ryerson Sociology Students’ Union (RSSU) hosted artist and writer, Rupi Kaur, to speak to Ryerson students and the local community for International Women’s Day. The event was held in the Ted Rogers Building to a sold out audience of 500 people.
The evening started with a speech by Dr. Pam Sugiman, followed by speeches by President and Events Coordinator, Kristin Walcott-Dass and Anuja Jeeva. Rupi Kaur spoke on topics, such as love, healing and immigration. She also spent a portion of her presentation discussing prominent women’s issues and the importance of intersectional feminism.
Afterwards, Kaur discussed with RU Student Life that while growing up, she never felt well represented when she read books from her favourite authors and poets. As a woman of South Asian decent, she started to write to tell her own unique stories, but found it challenging finding a book publisher to publish these stories. Eventually, her critically acclaimed book, Milk & Honey, has been a major success, with Kaur travelling around the world to present her work to others. The evening ended with a meet and greet, with Kaur signing copies of her book and taking pictures with attendees. More of Rupi Kaur’s work can be found here.
The RSSU Executives are:
President – Kristin Walcott-Dass
Events Coordinator – Anuja Jeeva
Public Relations Officer – Stefanie Martin
Social Media Coordinator – Leizl Yance
Secretary – Leyan Saleh
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