Wednesday, January 16, 2008
J. Edward Chamberlin
J. Edward Chamberlin was born in Vancouver and educated at U.B.C., Oxford, and the University of Toronto. Since 1970, he has been on the faculty of U. of T. where he is now Professor of English and Comparative Literature. His interest in stories and songs has taken him around the world, to peoples as different as the hunters of the Kalahari and the herders of Mongolia (and then back to the farmers of Mulmur township north of Toronto, where he raised horses). He has worked on the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry and the Alaska Native Claims Commission, was Senior Research Associate with the Canadian Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, and has worked extensively on native land claims in Canada, the United States, Africa, and Australia. He is the former Poetry Editor for Saturday Night magazine, and has lectured widely on literary, historical and cultural issues.