Harney Lecture Series in Ethnicity

Sponsored by the R.F. Harney Program in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies and the Munk School of Global Affairs, the Harney Lecture Series brings prominent scholars and practitioners from around the world to enhance the research community at the University of Toronto.

All events (unless otherwise stated) will be held at the Munk School of Global Affairs Trinity Site (1 Devonshire Place) and are open to the public.

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2015-2016 Harney Lecture Series

Tuesday September 22, 2015, 2:00PM – 4:00PM, Campbell Conference Facilty
Special Panel Discussion (co-sponsored by the Munk School of Global Affairs)
Courting the “Ethnic Vote”: Immigration and Multiculturalism in the 2015 Federal Election

UPDATE: Registration for this event is now full. There will be an adjacent lounge with live-streaming of the event  to accommodate overflow. Please arrive in sufficient time to secure your seat even if you have pre-registered.

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What impact will Canada’s immigrant and ethnic minority populations have on the upcoming federal election? Will they affect the campaign? How will they vote? What are the implications for Canadian democracy? Immigrant and minority voters played a key role in 2011; will the same be true in 2015? The panel will discuss recent research, and the perspectives of media and community actors.



imageChris Cochrane, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
Chris’s research examines opinion formation, public opinion and political behaviour in Canada. His latest book is Left and Right: The Small World of Political Ideas.


JaneJane Hilderman, Samara Canada
Jane is the Executive Director of Samara Canada, a trusted, non-partisan champion of increased civic engagement through innovative research and educational programming.


RatnaRatna Omidvar, Global Diversity Exchange, Ryerson University
Ratna is the Executive Director of the Global Diversity Exchange, which provides analysis and leadership to strengthen the links between migration, diversity and prosperity.


Ranjit BhaskarRanjit Bhaskar, New Canadian Media
Ranjit is a freelance journalist and editor with the New Canadian Media website, which covers issues relevant to Canada and its immigrant communities.


tolley-erinErin Tolley, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
Erin’s research focuses on representation and diversity in Canadian politics. She is the author of Framed: Media and the Coverage of Race in Canadian Politics


Moderated by Jeffrey Reitz, Director, Harney Program in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies.



Thursday October 8, 2015. 2:00-4:00pm, Room 208M, Munk School of Global Affairs Trinity Site

Yasuko Takezawa (professor of anthropology at the Institute for Research in Humanities of Kyoto University, Japan)
Beyond the Transatlantic Paradigm of Racialization: (In)visibility in Asia and Its Parallels in Europe

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