Deborah Dundas talks On Class in Windsor

September 21, 2023 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Performance Hall, Armouries
37 University Ave E
Windsor, ON N9A 1E4
Deborah Dundas talks On Class in Windsor @ Performance Hall, Armouries | Windsor | Ontario | Canada

Deborah Dundas, author of On Class from our Field Notes series and Toronto Star books editor, will be a guest speaker for the Humanities Research Group (HRG) at the University of Windsor! Dundas’s book and talk considers what happens when we don’t talk about poverty or class—and what will happen when we do. The event will feature books for sale and an author book signing, as well as refreshments. Those who attend every HRG lecture will also be eligible for one of five HRG gift bags.

The lecture will take place on Thursday, September 21 at 5PM in the Performance Hall at the Armouries, and is free and open to the public.

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Growing up poor, Deborah Dundas knew what it meant to want, to be hungry, and to long for social and economic dignity; she understood the crushing weight of having nothing much expected of you. But even after overcoming many of the usual barriers faced by lower- and working-class people, she still felt anxious about her place, and even in relatively safe spaces reluctant to broach the subject of class. While new social movements have generated open conversation about gender and racism, discussions of class rarely include the voices of those most deeply affected: the working class and poor.

On Class is an exploration of the ways in which we talk about class: of who tells the stories, and who doesn’t, which ones tend to be repeated most often, and why this has to change. It asks the question: What don’t we talk about when we don’t talk about class? And what might happen if, finally, we did?


Deborah Dundas grew up poor in the west end of Toronto. She is now a writer and journalist, has worked as a television producer and is currently an editor at the Toronto Star. Her work has appeared in numerous publications in Canada, the UK and Ireland including Maclean’sThe Globe and MailThe National PostCanadian Notes and QueriesThe Belfast Telegraph and The Sunday Independent. She attended York University for English and Political Science and has an MFA in Creative Non-fiction from the University of King’s College. She lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter and their loving, grumpy cat Jumper.