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The Harney Program often hosts events, online or in person, that explore all aspects of citizenship, migration, and diversity with academics and researchers from around the world.

All events (unless otherwise stated) are open to the public and require pre-registration

The Harney Lecture Series

Sponsored by the R.F. Harney Program in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies and the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, the Harney Lecture Series brings prominent scholars and practitioners from around the world to explore cutting-edge topics in citizenship, migration, and diversity and to enrich the research community at the University of Toronto.

Upcoming Events

Check back often to register for upcoming events, or learn more about past events below.

Past Events

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Online & in-person  |  April 25, 2024 | 8:00AM - 3:00PM 

Please join us for a celebration of the Harney Program’s Director from 1991 to 2021, Professor Jeffrey Reitz! The morning will include an all-star panel featuring three of Jeff’s former doctoral students, Professors Rupa Banerjee, Emily Laxer, and Wendell Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey; a keynote address by Professor Richard Alba, and a short address by Professor Reitz. A lunch reception will follow.

Canadian Citizenship in Transition: Trends, Debates, and Challenges

April 8, 2024 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM

The event's topics will include (but not be limited to) the precipitous decline in Canada’s naturalization rate; the suitability of self-administered online naturalization ceremonies and citizenship oaths; concerns over citizenship acquisition through birth; impediments to new Canadians’ access to licensed professions and position of economic, social, and political power; conflicting ideas of what constitutes ‘good’ citizenship and Canadian national identity (as reflected in citizenship guides and courses, government pronouncements, and public discourse); and the consequences of changing immigration policies for newcomers’ access to citizenship.

One Word Shapes a Nation: Integration Politics in Germany

February 28, 2024 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Professor Johanna Schuster-Craig’s forthcoming book One Word Shapes a Nation demonstrates that integration politics limit how immigrants, refugees, and their descendants can participate in German society and how Germans imagine their national future.



February 12, 2024 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM 

With the arrival of large numbers of refugees from Syria and Ukraine to Germany, many German municipalities have signalled that they are experiencing difficulty integrating newcomers into their social infrastructure and stressed housing markets. Towns and cities have expressed that they feel abandoned by the federal government. This development points to a contradiction in migration governance: Whereas central governments are charged with admitting refugees and migrants, local administrations are left with the task of integrating them.


Behind the Headlines: Covering Canada’s Immigration Transformation

February 8, 2024 | 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Canada’s immigration policy is in flux, marked by record high levels of permanent resident entries, massively expanding numbers of temporary foreign workers and international students, and falling rates of citizenship acquisition by newcomers. Public opinion, which has long supported a robust immigration policy, has soured of late, driven by concerns over how immigration may be exacerbating the housing crisis. Drawing on the insights of Canada’s top journalists, this panel examines how these developments have been covered in Canada’s leading print media outlets and where Canada’s immigration policy may be heading in the future. 


November 29, 2023   2:00PM - 5:00PM 

Screening of the documentary film FROM HERE. This award-winning film interweaves the deeply personal stories of four immigrants as they navigate the challenges of identity and belonging

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November 24, 2023   4:00PM - 6:00PM

Lecture by Mireille Paquet, Associate Professor of Politics, Political Science, Concordia University Research Chair on the Politics of Immigration, Concordia University.

Higher Education Access for Precarious Status Ontario Students Gateways and Obstacles

November 23, 2023 | 6:00PM - 8:00PM 

External Event

Where Sex is Work: the Global Migration-Sex Work Nexus

November 17, 2023 | 2:00PM - 7:00PM

Lecture by Rhacel Parreñas, Florence Everline Professor of Sociology and Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Southern California and Visiting Professor, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Sociology, Princeton University.

Yasuko Takezawa

November 16, 2023   4:00PM - 6:00PM (EST)

Lecture by Yasuko Takezawa from Intercultural Research Institute, Kansai Gaidai University and Professor Emeritus at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, Kyoto University.

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October 27, 2023   5:00PM - 7:00PM (EST)

Book launch of Randall Hansen, Canada Research Chair in Global Migration, Department of Political Science & Director, Global Migration Lab, Munk School.


October 18, 2023   4:00PM - 6:00PM (EST)

Lecture by Tristan Ivory, Assistant Professor, Department of Global Labor and Work, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University.

Care Activism

September 20, 2023

4:00PM - 6:00PM (EST)

This event will take place in-person in Seminar Room 108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON.

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April 27, 2023

4:10 - 6:00 pm (EST)

Keynote lecture by Prof. Naika Foroutan, Humboldt-University, Berlin.

Discussants:  Prof. Harald Bauder, Toronto Metropolitan University and Mr. Doug Saunders, The Globe and Mail

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March 29, 2023

4:00-6:00 PM (EST)

Lecture by Jennifer Elrick, Associate Professor of Sociology at McGill University


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February 10, 2023 

3.00-5.00 pm (EST)

Book Panel Celebrating the Publication of Rhacel Salazar Parreñas's Unfree: Migrant Domestic Work in Arab States

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January 26, 2023

12:00-2:00 PM (EST)

Lecture by Martijn Stronks, Assistant Professor of Migration Law, Amsterdam Centre of Migration and Refugee Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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November 17, 2022

The Pearson Marfleet Lecture in Political Science by Paul Sniderman, Fairleigh Dickinson Jr. Professor of Public Policy at Stanford University


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October 28, 2022

The Cadario Visiting Lecture in Public Policy Graduate Seminar


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October 27, 2022

Cadario Lecture by Michèle Lamont, Professor of Sociology and African and African American Studies, Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies, Harvard University

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September 15, 2022

Lecture by Ming Hsu Chen, Professor of Law & Director of the Race, Immigration, Citizenship and Equality Program, UC Hastings


Borders, territory and rights: Changing legal cartographies of migration and mobility

June 30-July 1, 2022

Lectures by Ayelet Shachar, R. F. Harney Professor and Director of the Ethnic, Immigration, University of Toronto & Seyla Benhabib, Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, Yale University 

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June 29, 2022

Lecture by Seyla Benhabib, Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy, Yale University 

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April 11, 2022

Lecture by Dur-e-Aden, Harney Graduate Research Fellows

A colourful selection of cartoon drawings with words of support for refugees and minorities

March 31, 2022

Lecture by Miriam Ticktin, Associate Professor of Anthropology, CUNY’s Graduate Center

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March 10, 2022

Lecture by Justin Gest, Associate Professor of Policy and Government, Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University

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February 17, 2022

Lecture by Elizabeth F. Cohen Professor of Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

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January 27, 2022

Lecture by Olúf́mi O. Táíwò, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Georgetown University

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November 18, 2021

Lecture by Emine Fidan Elcioglu, Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Toronto

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October 21, 2021

Lecture by Douglas Sanderson, Prichard Wilson Chair in Law & Public Policy, Decanal Advisor on Indigenous Issues, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

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How embedded interventions controlled contagion: Ideas, institutions and the first vaccine in China and India

March 25, 2021

Lecture by Prerna Singh, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Brown University


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The rise of authoritarianism and populism: Challenges to critical analyses of law

March 12, 2021

Panel with Professor Guenter Frankenberg, Goethe University, Frankfurt; Helena Alviar Garcia, Science Po Law School, Paris; Bojan Bugaric, University of Sheffield

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February 25, 2021

Lecture by Kieran Oberman, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Edinburgh and Tom Parr, Associate Professor, University of Warwick

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Racial borders

February 4, 2021

Lecture by E. Tendayi Achiume, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law / UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance

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January 21, 2021

Lecture by Noora Lori, Assistant Professor of International Relations, Pardee School, Boston University

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