How Can the European Left Deal with the Threat Posed by Xenophobia?

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Legacy Art Gallery & Cafe, 630 Yates Street
Doors Open at 7:00pm
Lecture Begins at 7:30pm

Speaker: Glyn Ford, of the Steering Committee of Unite Against Fascism and former member of the European Parliament

Part of the The City Talks, Spring 2015: Racism, Memory, and Politics in the European City, sponsored by the UVic Committee for Urban Studies and the European Union Centre of Excellence

There is a rising tide of Racism and Xenophobia sweeping across the EU, whose electoral face range across from the Fascist Right (Golden Dawn) and Fascist ‘Lite’ (Le Pen’s Front National) onto the Right Populists of Britain’s UKIP. Its public face is mainly, but not exclusively, urban as the horrors of terrorist attacks are utilised to promote Islamophobia, spiralling on to anti-semitism and the promotion of racial and religious hatred. Who are these people, who supports them and how can they be combatted?

Glyn Ford was a Labour Member of the European Parliament (1984-2009) who Chaired the EP’s Committee of Inquiry into the Growth of Racism and Fascism in Europe, the Rapporteur for the 2nd Committee of Inquiry into Racism and Xenophobia and served as the EP’s representative on the Council of Ministers Consultative Committee into Racism and Xenophobia. He was National Treasurer of the Anti-Nazi League and is a member of the Steering Committee of Unite Against Fascism and their European Officer.

This is a free public event at the Legacy Art Gallery ~ 630 Yates Street

Run by the Committee for Urban Studies at the University of Victoria, The City Talks is a free public lecture series featuring distinguished scholars drawn from the University of Victoria, across Canada, and beyond. Co-sponsored by the European Union Centre of Excellence, the theme for the Spring 2015 series is Racism, Memory, and Politics in the European City.

The lectures last an hour and a half, including a question and answer session with the speaker.

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