A Reading & Conversation with Jessica Hagedorn

When and Where

Saturday, March 23, 2019 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Nexus Lounge, 12th Floor
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)
252 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6


This two-day event brings together international scholars and critics to explore the complexity, dynamism, and significance of Manila within and beyond Asia. As a city that has experienced the multiple vestiges of empire, the disciplinary machinations of dictatorial rule, the effects of an infamous “war on drugs”, and the continued realities of uneven resource distribution, Manila serves as a productive physical and ideological space to explore the dialogic nature of beauty and brutality—as these concepts intertwine in the urban repertoires of the global south.

In her Toronto debut, award-winning Filipino American author Jessica Hagedorn will reflect on how the city, especially Manila, has influenced her artistry and craft. She will read from her past writing, as well as converse with Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at UCLA.


4:00 - 4:10 p.m. – Welcoming Remarks
4:10 - 4:30 p.m. – Performance by Patrick Salvani
4:30-  6:00 p.m. – Reading with Jessica Hagedorn and Conversation with Lucy Burns (UCLA)

On March 22, established and emerging scholars will reflect on how Manila influences their work as diasporic thinkers and critics.


New College Initiatives Fund, Women & Gender Studies Institute, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Munk School, School of Cities, Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies


252 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6