This decade has brought us a global refugee crisis and a return to authoritarianism on scales not seen since the Second World War. Whether in Europe or North America, Asia or Australia, much of our political and economic discourse and/or subtext is dominated by a seemingly sudden awareness of skin colours, ethnic identities and religious affiliations.
Kamal Al-Solaylee is a journalist, university professor and national bestselling author. In his upcoming Milton K Wong Multiculturalism Lecture he makes a case for understanding the intersections of race and politics through the lens of brown skin and the emergence of brownness as a distinct racialised experience and demographic game changer.
From the emergence of brown workers as the source of cheap migrant labour around the world, to the colouralization of Islam as a brown menace, to the return of ethno-nationalism and the demonization of multiculturalism as a policy in Europe and North America, Al-Solaylee attempts to connect the dots that form the larger picture of anti-brownness. Why being brown matters and what that means for the future of liberal democracies and racial harmony are just two of the questions Al-Solaylee poses in the 2018 Milton K. Wong Multiculturalism Lecture. Wednesday June 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the BMO Theatre Centre, 162 W. 1st Avenue, Vancouver. Co-presented by The Laurier Institution, Simon Fraser University, and CBC Radio One “Ideas.”
Reception begins at 6:00 PM
BMO Theatre Centre
162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC
We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.