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 open to the public.

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2015-2016 Harney Lecture Series


Thursday April 21, 2016 1:30-3:00PM, Room 208N Munk School of Global Affairs Trinity Site (1 devonshire Place)

Matthew Light (associate professor, Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto).

Fragile Migration Rights: Freedom of movement in post-Soviet Russia


This is a special boolk launch and lecture for Professor Light’s new book Fragile Migration Rights:Freedom of movement in post-Soviet Russia. (March 2016, Series: Routledge Studies in Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship)

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Friday January 29, 2016 2:00-4:00PM, 1st Floor Boardroom, Munk School of Global Affairs Observatory Site (315 Bloor Street West)

Ayesha Chaudhry (Rita E. Hauser fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Associate Professor of Islamic studies and gender studies at the University of British Columbia)
(Im)Moral Scholarship: The Politics of Responsible Scholarship

cropped-Ayesha_LR1This event will also serve as the keynote lecture for the 9th Annual Ethnic and Pluralism Studies Graduate Research Conference (January 28-29, 2016, Room 208N, Munk School of Global Affairs, Trinity Site, 1 Devonshire Place)

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Thursday October 29, 2015 2:00-4:00Pm, Room 720, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (246 Bloor Street West)

Sule Tomkinson (postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Policy and Social Research at the University of Kansas)
At the Heart of Refugee Hearing: Adjudication of Refugee Status in Canada

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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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Tuesday September 22, 2015, 2:00PM – 4:00PM, Campbell Conference Facility

Special Panel Discussion (co-sponsored by the Munk School of Global Affairs)
Courting the “Ethnic Vote”: Immigration and Multiculturalism in the 2015 Federal Election

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.



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