November 1, 2012
An Evening with Doug Saunders
Thursday, 15 November 2012
Doug Saunders, a Canadian born world-renown journalist and author, comes to us from London, England, where he has been the Globe and Mail’s European Bureau Chief. Mr. Saunders’ journalism has won the National Newspaper Award on four occasions and he has also received international recognition for his investigative reporting on the state of the middle class around the world.
His most recent book, "The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten the West?" (2012), examines the reality of immigrants from Muslim countries as they assimilate into the West. As he documents their real lives, the myth that they are fundamentally different and pose a dangerous threat is debunked. He draws haunting historical parallels showing how the same myths stuck to earlier groups, such as Jews and Roman Catholics. He challenges every conception and his work will become invaluable as society moves forward.
His award winning, "Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History is Reshaping our World" (2011), in which he visited 20 locations on five continents to study the effects of the final wave of rural-urban migration on the cities of the world, was the winner of the Donner Prize along with being one of the five finalists for the 2011 Lionel Gelber Prize and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. It has been called one of the most valuable and lucid works on public police published anywhere in years.
The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten the West?
Cogent and timely. . . . Saunders sets out to correct the rumors and misinformation that plague the world's second largest religious group. . . . Saunders proceeds to systematically denounce numerous alleged ‘facts’ or perceived trends (e.g., the rate of Muslim immigration will increase; Muslims are guided by an ideology rather than a faith; terrorism is inherent in fundamentalist Islam; etc.), and then offers some solutions.
Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History is Reshaping our World
Provocative . . . Arrival City addresses the great neglected trend of the 21st century: urbanization. Traveling across the globe, from Rio de Janeiro’s favelas to Nairobi’s slums and Berlin’s Turkish enclave, Saunders weaves the tales of individual migrants through his vast story, that of the current, final great human movement – involving a third of our species – from the countryside to the city . . . A powerful work . . . But Arrival City is above all a warning. Migration is changing our world, and Saunders believes our reaction to it now will determine whether it can help eliminate poverty or whether it will cause catastrophe.
—Rosamund Urwin, The Evening Standard
Event hosted by The Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy, Friends of the Lethbridge Public Library, Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs (SACPA) and The University of Lethbridge.