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.

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2016-2017 Harney Lecture Series


thursday February 16, 2017 2:00-4:00pm 208N Munk School of Global Affairs Trinity Site (1 Devonshire Place, north hourse)

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Daniyal Zuberi
“The Immigrant Experience in Canada in the Context of Growing Inequality and Austerity”Zuberi Portrait Colour Sept 2015 (427x640)

Canada has an impressive historical track record of successful immigrant incorporation, and continues to serve as a global model in a time of growing anti-immigrant sentiment in other countries. Yet growing inequality and austerity have contributed to a changing context of settlement in Canada, and raises potential concerns. This talk will discuss these trends and present some case study evidence from research in Toronto and Vancouver as well as policy recommendations to address emerging challenges and improve outcomes.

Dr. Daniyal Zuberi is RBC Chair and Associate Professor of Social Policy at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto. Prior to his appointment at the University of Toronto, he was the William Lyon Mackenzie King Research Fellow at Harvard University and a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. In 2015, he was elected as a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. He is author of three books, Differences that Matter (Cornell University Press, 2006), Cleaning Up (Cornell University Press, 2013) and Schooling the Next Generation (University of Toronto Press, 2015) He is currently completing research projects on social policy and urban poverty, health policy, education, immigrant access to services and settlement experiences, and hospital employment.



Wednesday February 8, 2017 11:00am-1:00pm North Dining Hall, Hart House (7 Hart House Circle, 2nd floor, University of Toronto)

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Abdolmohammad Kazemipur
“Minority Report: A Sociological Account of Muslim Immigrants in Canada”

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Debates about Canadian Muslims have focussed on theology or culture; treated Muslims as a monolithic population; and paid little attention to the specificities of local contexts. As a result, they have oversimplified complex social realities and offered poor guides to policy. Professor Kazemipur overcomes these problems by employing a wide range of socio-economic data to argue for a sociologically grounded account of Muslims in Canada.

Professor Kazemipur’s The Muslim Question in Canada: A Story of Segmented Integration (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2014) won the John Porter Prize of the Canadian Sociological Association for the outstanding book in Canadian sociology, 2015. (Read the first chapter here)

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the SD Clark Chair, University of Toronto



Thursday September 29, 2016  2:00-4:00PM, Room 108N Munk School of Global Affairs Trinity Site (1 devonshire Place)


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Mark VanLandingham
“Culture and its Confounders: The Roots of Post-Disaster Resilience within an Immigrant Enclave”

The recovery of the Vietnamese American community in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina was much more robust than was the recovery of other communities that were similarly-affected. In my lecture I’ll explore several explanations for why that was, focusing on a potential role for culture. I’ll explain why many disaster researchers and other social scientists avoid explanations that invoke culture; discuss how culture is often conflated with other features of social structure that are more akin to privilege; review some recent developments in the study of culture; and apply some of this recent work towards an understanding of why the Vietnamese fared so well.

Mark VanLandingham, Ph.D., is a sociologist and demographer who focuses on a wide array of topics related to social science and public health. He currently leads projects focusing on the antecedents and consequences of largescale rural-to-urban migration within Southeast Asia; and acculturation, health, and well-being among Vietnamese immigrants in the United States. He co-leads a team of researchers from Tulane, Harvard, NYU, Brown, and Michigan investigating Health and Demographic Disparities in long term Recovery from Hurricane Katrina (HDDR-HD), funded by a new Program Award (P01) from NIH. He teaches Population Studies, Field Methods in Disaster Research, and Health Problems of Developing Societies.

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