Tessa & Sean McWatt February 01, 2023 44:53

"An Anatomy of Race and Belonging"

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Today marks the start of Black History Month and to celebrate Black contributions to anatomy we are excited to share this week's episode with Tessa McWatt and Sean McWatt. In this episode, we talk about storytelling, the anatomy of racial identity, and a sense of belonging in a fractured world. Tessa is the author of the book Shame on Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. Sean is a Professor of Anatomy at Western University and founding member of Black in Anatomy—and he's also Tessa's nephew!
Tessa McWatt

Tessa McWatt is the author of seven novels and two books for young people. Her fiction has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the City of Toronto Book Awards, and the OCM Bocas Prize. She is one of the winners of the Eccles British Library Award 2018 for her first non-fiction book, Shame On Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging, which won the 2020 Bocas Prize for Non-Fiction and was shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Prize 2020 and the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction. She co-edited, with Dionne Brand and Rabindranath Maharaj, Luminous Ink: Writers on Writing in Canada. Her latest novel, The Snow Line, was shortlisted for the Volcano Prize. She is also a librettist and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.


Sean McWatt

Sean McWatt, MSc, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Anatomy in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, at Western University in London, Ontario. He is also an Affiliate Member of the Institute of Health Sciences Education at McGill University and a Founding Member and Vice President of the Black in Anatomy Inc. Board of Directors. Sean completed his graduate degrees at the University of Guelph with a focus on human anatomy teaching and educational research. He currently teaches gross anatomy and neuroanatomy to students in the Bachelor of Medical Sciences program, and coordinates human anatomy laboratories for the Medicine, Dentistry, and Physical Therapy programs at Western University.

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