Exploring and Promoting Multiculturalism and Related Discourses

March 23, 2006

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Neville Scarfe Building, Room 310

Organized by Dr. Handel Kashope Wright through The David Lam Chair for Multicultural Education and the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education (CCIE) with the support of the Faculty of Education’s Network of Centres and Institutes in Education (NCIE).

This town hall served as an exploratory and planning meeting on multiculturalism and related discourses and brought together UBC faculty and graduate students from such research areas as multiculturalism, anti-racism, interculturalism, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, cultural studies, social cohesion and identity/identification politics. The purpose of the town hall was to share research projects and interests, plan activities, identify potential collaborators in multiculturalism and related discourses.

In addition to the general discussion that took place, the town hall featured three guest presenters:  Professor Peter Seixas, Canadian Research Chair and Director of the Centre for Study of Historical Consciousness, who spoke on his current SSHRC project, “Benchmarks of Historical Literacy.”  Karen Rolston and Jack Lee from the Centre for Intercultural Language Studies, who discussed “town/gown” work, and Yvonne Brown, who presented on “African and Diaspora Literature for Children Project.”