Posted by: uawcc | February 27, 2008

“To be or not to be multicultural: Is this the question for universities?”

A presentation by Dr. Sherene Razack.

Considering contemporary responses to Muslims – especially the Sharia debate, responses in Quebec, and university based examples – in what ways is multiculturalism being taken up intellectually in Canada today and in universities?

Sherene Razack is Professor, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Her research and teaching interests lie in the area of race and gender issues in the law. Her most recent book Dark Threats and White Knights: The Somalia Affair, Peacekeeping and the New Imperialism (University of Toronto Press, 2004) is an examination of the violence of Canadian peacekeepers in Somalia and an exploration of the role of law in violence enacted on racialized bodies in the new world order. Previous books include an edited collection, Race, Space and the Law: Unmapping a White Settler Society (Toronto: Between the Lines, 2002), Looking White People in the Eye: Gender, Race, and Culture in Courtrooms and Classrooms (Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1998, 1999, 2000) and Canadian Feminism and the Law: The Women’s Legal and Education Fund and the Pursuit of Equality (Toronto: Second Story Press, 1991). She has also published articles on Canadian national mythologies and immigration policies of the 1990s, race, space and prostitution, and gendered racism. Dr. Razack teaches at the graduate level. Her courses include racism and the law, race and knowledge production, race, space and citizenship, and marginality and the politics of resistance. Before obtaining her Ph.D. in education she worked in the area of human rights, teaching trade unionists, community activists, legal practitioners, government employees, teachers and students on a variety of social justice issues.

Refreshments will be provided.

Date
Thursday February 28, 2008
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Location
North Campus: Humanities Centre Lecture Theatre 1

Contact Information
Ariana Barer
ariana.barer@ualberta.ca

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