R.F. Harney Annual Graduate Research Conference in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies (Special 10th Anniversary Event)

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Thursday, January 26th, 2017 – Friday, January 27th, 2017

Thursday, January 26, 20179:00AM - 4:30PMBloor - 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, Munk School of Global Affairs
315 Bloor Street West
Friday, January 27, 20179:00AM - 3:30PMBloor - 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, Munk School of Global Affairs
315 Bloor Street West
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10th Annual Graduate Research Conference in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies will be held on January 26 and 27, 2017 at the Munk School of Global Affairs (Observatory Site, 315 Bloor Street West).

All sessions as well as the keynote lecture will take place in the boardroom (first floor). Open to the public.

Conference website:

Thursday January 26, 2017 (Registration starts at 8:45)
9:00-9:05am Opening remarks
9:05-10:35am Session 1 “Nationalism and Representation”
10:40am-12:00pm Session 2 “Religion and Integration”
1:00-3:00pm Keynote lecture by Senator Ratna Omidvar (see below)
3:10-4:40pm Session 3 “Temporary Workers and Precarious Labor”

Friday January 27, 2017
9:00-10:45 am Session 4 “Human Capital and Economic Integration”
10:50am-12:10pm Session 5 “Multiculturalism and Social Support”
1:00-2:00pm Session 6 “Counter-radicalization and Policy”
2:05-3:35pm Session 7 “International Crisis and Response”
3:40-5:00pm Special session “The Fire Next Door: The 1967 Detroit Uprising in the Canadian Imagination”

5:00-6:30pm Reception (Library)

Keynote speaker: The Honourable Ratna Omidvar, C.M., O. Ont. (Senator, The Senate of Canada, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Global Diversity Exchange (GDX) at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University)

Keynote Lecture Title: “Reflections on Belonging and Inclusion”

Ratna Omidvar is an internationally recognized expert on migration, diversity and inclusion. In April 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed Ratna to the Senate of Canada as an independent Senator representing Ontario.

Ratna is the founding Executive Director and currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX), Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. GDX is a think-and-do tank on diversity, migration and inclusion that connects local experience and ideas with global networks.

Ratna is a director at the Environics Institute, and Samara. She is the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s Chair Emerita and was formerly the Chair of Lifeline Syria.

Ratna is co-author of Flight and Freedom: Stories of Escape to Canada (2015), an Open Book Toronto best book of 2015 and one of the Toronto Star’s top five good reads from Word on the Street.


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