Faculty book launch to be held at RDC Library

Date posted: 
Fri, 10/06/2017
RDC Faculty Book Launch

Red Deer College is celebrating the release of three books written by faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences and published this year.

The book launch event, titled “Confluence of Voices: Social Work Ethics, Metis Pioneers and Margaret Laurence” will feature Dr. Laura Davis (English instructor), Elaine Spencer (Social Work instructor) and Dr. Doris MacKinnon (History instructor). The three authors will be available to discuss their work and share their insights with guests.

Confluence of Voices: Social Work Ethics, Metis Pioneers and Margaret Laurence
Thursday, October 12 | 11 a.m.
Red Deer College Library Information Common | North Nook (see map)
Free, public event | Light refreshments provided

Background information
Margaret Laurence Writes Africa and Canada (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2017), by Laura K. Davis, English instructor, is the first book to examine how Laurence addresses decolonization and nation building in 1950s Somalia and Ghana and in 1960s and 1970s English Canada. Focusing on Laurence’s published works as well as unpublished letters not yet discussed by critics, the book articulates how Laurence and her characters are poised between African colonies of occupation during decolonization and the settler-colony of English Canada during the implementation of Canadian multiculturalism.

Dr. Laura K. Davis teaches and researches in the areas of Canadian literature, contemporary women’s literature, postcolonial literature and writing studies. She has a B.A. from the University of British Columbia, an M.A. from the University of Victoria and a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta. She teaches courses on modern and contemporary Canadian literature, life writing, postcolonial literature, and composition and rhetoric.

Elaine Spencer, Social Work instructor, is a co-editor of Social Work Ethics: Progressive, Practical, and Relational Approaches (Oxford University Press, 2017). This text provides a current overview of the contexts in which social work happens, the ethical challenges that social workers face across Canada, and future directions of the field.

Elaine Spencer is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and Approved Clinical Supervisor with over 30 years’ experience in social work. Elaine has an extensive background in rural, clinical, and insider social work practice and ethics, and she has lectured and written extensively on the topic. Research interests include social work abuse and excellence, reparations and restoration in social work practice (particularly with regard to Settler/Newcomer/Indigenous reconciliation), social work ethics, ethics and technology, insider social work practice, and organizational ethics and worker rights.

Metis Pioneers: Marie Rose Delorme Smith and Isabella Clark Hardisty Lougheed (University of Alberta Press, 2017), by Doris MacKinnon, History instructor, explores the lives of two Metis women who settled in southern Alberta as the fur trade transitioned to a sedentary agricultural economy. The book is scheduled for release in December 2017.

Dr. Doris MacKinnon is the author of numerous articles and the books The Identities of Marie Rose Delorme Smith: Portrait of a Metis Woman, 1861-1960 (2012) and Metis Pioneers: Marie Rose Delorme Smith and Isabella Hardisty Lougheed (2017). She has a Ph.D. in Canadian history, focusing on Indigenous and women’s history, and she is a program coordinator and history instructor at Red Deer College.

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Photo caption (l-r): Elaine Spencer, Dr. Laura Davis and Dr. Doris MacKinnon.

For additional information contact:

Shelley Newman
Communications Strategist – Corporate