Global Citizen Dialogue Series

Shifting Architecture in Global Systems Event3: Middle Powers: Canada, South Africa, Saudi Arabia

In this Hart House dialogue series, experts from the University of Toronto, the business sector and the Canadian government will share their perspectives on current international issues. Student panelists on background researches will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the trends and currents regarding present hot-button issues around the globe.

When: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 6:30-9:30 pm
Where: Debates Room, Hart House
Cost: Free / Registration required


Prof. Wiseman:
Nelson Wiseman is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. A specialist in Canadian government and politics, his books include The Public Intellectual in Canada, Social Democracy in Manitoba, and In Search of Canadian Political Culture, designated by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title. He has appeared as an invited witness at a number of committees of the House of Commons and the Senate.

Dr. Levin:
Melissa Levin (PhD, Political Science) is the co-ordinator of the South-North dialogue project at the Jackman Humanities Institute. She also teaches African Studies at New College. Her most recent book is a co- edited volume (with Thembela Kepe and Bettina von Lieres), Domains of Freedom: Justice, Citizenship and Social Change in South Africa. Her current research focuses on the politics of street and place names in settler colonial cities. Before returning to university, Melissa worked as the research and strategy director for elections for the African National Congress, where she also wrote speeches for, among others, Nelson Mandela. She served on the national executive committee of the African National Congress Youth League and worked for both the National Union of Mineworkers and New Africa Investments Limited.

Dr. Sinanoglu:
Semuhi Sinanoglu is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of Toronto. He studies the political economy of authoritarianisms in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA). Previously, he was based at McGill University as a fellow of Jeanne Sauvé Foundation. He is the founding president of the Co-Opinion Network, a World Bank partner, that mobilizes more than 30 stakeholder institutions in 6 countries in the MENA to tackle youth unemployment in the region. He worked for two years as a social policy analyst at a London & Istanbul-based consultancy company. In 2016, he lived in Palestine and served as a researcher at one of the first human rights organizations in the region. He has been to Armenia, South Cyprus, and Iraq to contribute to peace-making and conflict resolution efforts. He completed an executive leadership program at Harvard University Kennedy School with a scholarship. He is also the co-founder of CityInclusive, a social-impact initiative dedicated to inclusive community engagement and youth participation in the design of smart cities.

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