Hosted by the Hart House Debates & Dialogue Committee jointly with the Diaspora and Transnational Studies Union and Amnesty International UofT, “Beyond Borders” brings together a panel of experts who aim to bring the discussion on borders to a new depth. In this period of high political tension between diverse countries and communities, there is an increased prominence of borders in our mainstream conversations, with media bringing the discussion of national borders to the forefront of public attention.
Borders, a historical institution designed to help the state manage and control the nation, is deeply influential in the lives of many. While it may be a minor inconvenience for some as they cross into a new country or board a plane, they also have immense impacts on many other dimensions of the world. Their influence varies from the exclusion of refugees, to the intrusion on indigenous nations, to the consequences on global climate action. This discussion seeks to move beyond the political dimensions of borders and pushes the mainstream conceptualization of it beyond what it is now to gain a deeper understanding of their consequences on the current world and implications for the future.
Prior to the event, we invite you to consider these questions: What are the times in which you have faced problems at a border and from where does this problem stem from? Will others in your life face the same problems, or different? Internationally, which groups have the strongest or weakest borders, and for what reasons? And finally, do you believe that borders are necessary for forwarding the goals of communities?
=== Speakers ===
Dr. Usha George | Director of Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement | Leading SSHRC Insight Grant on Citizenship Experiences of Racialized Women project | Leading SSHRC Partnership Development Grant on Syrian Newcomers project | Leading Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada funded study on Entrepreneurial Behaviour of Newcomers to Ontario project
Dr. Stephen Scharper | Associate Professor at the School of the Environment and the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, and at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Mississauga | Associate Faculty with the Toronto School of Theology | Leading scholar, researcher, and author in the areas of environmental ethics, worldviews and ecology, and the ethics of violence and non-violence
Mr. El-Farouk Khaki | Refugee and Immigration Lawyer | Lawyer at El-Farouk Khaki Law Office | Co-Founder and Coordinator Imam of El-Tawhid Juma Circle Unity Mosques
Moderated by Kevin Lewis O’Neill | Director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies | Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion at UTSG
=== Run of Show ===
6:30pm: Doors open
7:00pm: Opening remarks
7:15pm: Moderated panel discussion
8:15pm: Q&A Period
8:45pm: Closing remarks
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