Howard Adelman Lecture Series

The Annual CRS  Howard Adelman Lectures were inaugurated in 2008 and are one of the major highlights of the Centre’s academic year. This  lecture series is intended not only to honour our founding Director, Howard Adelman, one of the pioneers of the field of refugee and forced migration studies and one of its foremost authorities, but, to provide an opportunity for outstanding and accomplished scholars/practitioners/advocates in the field to address a significant issue and concern that impacts directly on refugees and other forced migrants, affecting their human rights and human dignity as people.

Previous Lectures


April 10 2008 “Does Research on Refugees Help Refugees?” inaugural lecture with guest speaker Howard Adelman
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November 26 2009 “SINGH V MEI – An Expectation Fulfilled? Reflections on the 1985 Singh Decision”
with guest speaker Barbara Jackman
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November 22 2010 “A View from Guantanamo Bay: Omar Khadr and Canada’s Commitment to Human Rights”
with guest speaker Alex Neve
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November 1, 2011 “An Italian Renaissance: Jewish Refugees in Postwar Europe” with guest speaker Robert Rubinstein
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November 15, 2012 “From Singh to C-31: What…happened?” with guest speaker Peter Showler
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November 19, 2013 “One Step Forward Two Steps Back: Ezokola and the State of Exclusions in Canadian Refugee Law” with guest speaker Catherine Dauvergne
May 4, 2015 “The Need to Help: The Domestic Arts of International Humanitarianism: with guest speaker Liisa Malkki
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May 10, 2016 ‘Unaccompanied Minors, Separated Children, Children on the Move, What Next? The Need for a New Paradigm for Distress Child Migration’ with guest speaker Jacqueline Bhabha
May 12, 2017 ‘Cities Of Refuge: Humanitarian Remaking of Urban Spaces’ with guest speaker Romola Sanyal
October 2, 2018
‘Canada as safe haven? Documenting two generations of US war resister migrations ’ with guest speaker Alison Mountz
September 23, 2019 “Migration as Decolonization” with guest speaker Tendayi Achiume