PETERBOROUGH – Canada’s rich history as a place for second chances will be put into a new perspective at a speech at Trent University on Thursday night.
Human rights law professor Dr. Audrey Macklin will debate whether Canada is facing the end of immigration as a tool for nation building at the annual Margaret Laurence Lecture at 7:30 p.m. at Market Hall.
Historically, Canada’s immigration policies have embodied and promoted a narrative of Canada as “nation of immigrants” through emphasis on permanent immigration and valorization of family unity, however, immigration policy has changed dramatically in the last 10 years. Professor Macklin’s lecture will explore how it has changed, and the implications for those changes on Canada’s national character.
“Unsettling Canada: The End of Immigration as Nation Building?” addresses themes of social justice related to author Margaret Laurence’s own intellectual and political passions, particularly women’s involvement in peace, ecology, literature and feminism.
“Over the years the Margaret Laurence Lecture has become a key annual event for Trent and the Peterborough community as it gives us a chance to recognize the role of women in the fight for social justice,” said Dr. Gillian Balfour, chair of Gender and Women Studies at Trent. “Audrey Macklin’s dedication to human rights continues the legacy of Margaret Laurence herself, Trent’s fourth Chancellor, prolific author, and peace activist.”
Prof. Macklin, who currently holds a chair in Human Rights Law at University of Toronto, teaches, researches and writes on gender-related persecution and refugee status, the securitization of citizenship and migration, the privatization of migration processes, the role of rights in migration law, and refugee status determination.
She served as a member of the Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board, and from 2007 to the present, she was involved in the case of Omar Khadr, a Canadian citizen detained by the United States at Guantànamo Bay. She was also an observer for Human Rights Watch at the Military Commission proceedings in Guantànamo Bay and represented Human Rights Watch as amicus before the Supreme Court of Canada in two Khadr appeals.
Prof. Macklin is the co-author of Immigration and Refugee Law: Cases, Materials and Commentary and has published articles in many peer reviewed journals, including the International Journal of Refugee Law, the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Human Rights Quarterly, Theoretical Inquiries in Law, Columbia Journal of Law and Human Rights, European Journal of Law and Migration, Law and Social Politics, and International Migration Review.
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