Dr. Arlette Zinck, teacher to Omar Khadr, will deliver the 37th annual Nash Memorial Lecture, Discerning a Path Toward Hope: A Liberal Arts University’s Journey with Omar Khadr, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Education Auditorium, University of Regina (main campus).
In her lecture, Dr. Zinck will relay the story that took members of The King’s University community to Guantanamo Bay, and into a series of Canadian prisons. What began as an effort to teach King’s students, and ended with Omar Khadr becoming a King’s student. In September of 2008 students and faculty at The King’s University, Edmonton were introduced to the Omar Khadr case. In the seven years that followed, the community at King’s wrestled with that hopelessness and learned a few lessons in the process. This is a story about how a university community learned how to connect their faith to their learning and their theory to their practice in a way that directed them toward hope.
Zinck is an Associate Professor of English, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at The King’s University, Edmonton. Her areas of teaching and research include 17th century literature, focusing on the works of John Bunyan. Beginning in September of 2008, she served as Faculty Advisor to a group of students who became advocates for justice in the Omar Khadr case. She also coordinated a team of volunteer academics who devised and delivered curriculum for Khadr both when he was in Guantanamo Bay prison and during his incarceration in Canada. She and her colleagues continue to volunteer their services to The Correctional Services of Canada where they teach a small group of inmates at the maximum-security prison, The Edmonton Institution. In 2012, Zinck was awarded The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her work with Omar Khadr.
The Nash Memorial Lecture series was established in 1979 to honour the first president of Campion College at the University of Regina, Dr. E. Peter W. Nash, S.J., Ph.D., (1913-1997). The lectures are presented annually by a distinguished scholar in the areas of scholarship fostered by Fr. Nash.
Campion College was founded in 1917 as the Catholic College of Regina. The college originally began as a secondary school for boys, and later offered undergraduate Arts courses as a junior college of the University of Saskatchewan. In 1965, Campion College became a federated college of the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, which is now the University of Regina. Campion is the only Jesuit undergraduate college in Canada, and a center of educational excellence offering academic programs and services in partnership with the University of Regina, Luther College, and First Nations University of Canada.