We are honoured to be hosting guest speaker Carol Off, host of CBC radio’s As It Happens, this Friday, March 2nd for Massey’s Annual Gala Dinner. This dinner is hosted by The Massey College Alumni Association, William Southam Journalism Fellowships, and the Quadrangle Society.
Off has been an outspoken advocate for women’s rights in the workplace. She will speak to how issues of sexual violence and harassment circulate within journalism circles, her experiences covering Parliament Hill, working overseas with the male-dominated Foreign Press Corp., and coping with institutional failure. As an intergenerational exchange, Off will discuss what her generation did, failed to do, and still need to address regarding the myriad of concerns about workplace safety kickstarted by the #MeToo movement.
With extensive experience in both Canadian and international current affairs, Off has covered conflicts in the Middle East, Haiti, the Balkans and the sub-continent, as well as events in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, the United States and Canada. She reported the fallout from 9/11 with news features and documentaries from New York, Washington, London, Cairo and Afghanistan. She has won numerous awards for her CBC television documentaries in Asia, Africa and Europe and is the author of four books, most recently, All We Leave Behind: A Reporter’s Journey into the Lives of Others, which was a finalist for the 2017 Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction a finalist for the 2017 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction and winner of the 2017 British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.