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Black History Month at the Max Bell School

Black History Month is a celebration of Black history, arts and culture on a national and international level. Throughout February, the Max Bell School of Public Policy is committed to honouring the contributions of the Black community to all sectors of society.

McGill University is celebrating its 6th Annual Celebration of Black History Month (BHM). The University has several events planned over the month, notably the Opening Ceremony featuring a keynote address delivered by Dr. James Jones, Trustees' Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Black American Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Diversity at the University of Delaware. His keynote is entitled, Diversity within Psychology. Register for this event here.

Reconciling Decolonization and Public Policy

February 25, 2022 9 - 10 a.m. EST. | Watch the recording

Reconciling Decolonization and Public Policy

This panel aims to unpack decolonization as a conceptual framework in terms of its capacity to disrupt mainstream approaches to public policy, applied especially to areas of constitutionalism and the South African experience. Reflections on historical and the renewed contemporary movements of decolonization in the global South and lessons learned for multicultural states: can public policy, operating in ‘classic’ state structures and international law paradigms, truly be influenced by decolonization? What are the competing or complementary dimensions of public policy and decolonization? 

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Terri GivensTerri Givens

Professor Givens is the CEO and Founder of Brighter Professional Development. She is also a political scientist with more than 30 years of success in higher education, politics, international affairs, and non-profits. She is an accomplished speaker and uses her platform to develop leaders with an understanding of the importance of diversity and encourages personal growth through empathy. Terri has held leadership positions as Vice Provost at University of Texas at Austin and Provost of Menlo College (first African American and woman); professorships at University of Texas at Austin, and University of Washington. She was the founding director at the Center for European Studies at the University of Texas and led the university’s efforts in Mexico and Latin America as Vice Provost for International Activities. At Menlo College she has led faculty and staff in developing programs for first generation students, updating curriculum and infrastructure for evidence-based assessment. Terri is the author/editor of books and articles on immigration policy, European politics and security. Her most recent book is the memoir, Radical Empathy: Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides.

Recommended Readings

  1. Givens, T. (2021). Radical empathy: Finding a path to bridging racial divides. Bristol: Policy Press. LINK TO BOOK 

  2. Givens, T. E., Navarre, R. and Mohanty, P. (2020). Immigration in the 21st century: The comparative politics of immigration policy. Florence: Taylor & Francis Group.  LINK TO PDF 

  3. Boerzel, T. and Risse, T. (2015). ‘Regional governance of migration policy.’ Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism. The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism. 

  4. Givens, T. (2014). ‘The Impact of the European Union’s racial Equality Directive on Anti-discrimination Policy and Black People in France.’ Visible Invisible Minority: Confronting Afrophobia and Advancing Equality for People of African Descent and Black Europeans in Europe. European Network Against Racism. 

  5. Givens, T. E. and Case, R. E. (2014). Legislating equality: The politics of antidiscrimination policy in Europe. 1st ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. LINK TO BOOK  

  6. Givens, T. E. (2014). ‘Nationalism versus multiculturalism: European identity and the impact of the radical right on antidiscrimination policy in Europe.’ Europe's Contending Identities: Supranationalism, Ethnoregionalism, Religion, and New Nationalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 203–218. 

  7. Givens, T. E., Freeman, G. P. and Leal, D. L. (2009). Immigration policy and security: U.S., European, and commonwealth perspectives. New York: Routledge. LINK TO BOOK 

Other media (podcasts/ videos/news article) 

  1. Regular columnist, Inside Higher Ed, including articles on academic administration, and career management. July 2009 – present ( 

  1. “From Jews to Syrians, America’s Long History of Rejecting Refugees” H-Diplo/ISSF Policy Roundtable on Immigration and Refugee Policy in Donald Trump’s America. Published on 22 April 2017 |

  1. “How the Left Can Right Itself” World Policy Journal, 2017, Volume 34, Number 1: 26-29. 

  1. “Immigration Politics: Voting, Public Opinion and Party Politics” Inaugural edition of Migration and Citizenship Newsletter of American Political Science Association Organized Section on Migration and Citizenship, Winter 2012/2013 

  1. “Political Science in the 21st Century: Report of the Task Force on Political Science in the 21st Century” written with former APSA president Dianne Pinderhughes and Luis Fraga, September 2011. 





Tshepo MadlingoziTshepo Madlingozi

Tshepo Madlingozi is Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at Wits University. He has master’s degrees in both Law and Sociology, and he received his PhD degree from Birkbeck, University of London. He is a Research Associate at the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education at Nelson Mandela University. He is the co-editor of the South African Journal on Human Rights. He is a co-editor of Symbol or Substance: Socio-economic Rights in South Africa (Cambridge UP) and a co-editor of Introduction to Law and Legal Skills in South Africa, 2nd Edition (Oxford UP South Africa). He sits on the boards of the following civil society organizations:; Centre for Human Rights, University of Free State; the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution; the Rural Democracy Trust; and the Mining-Affected Communities United in Action/Women-Affected by Mining Action. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA), and a member of the advisory board of the Health Justice Initiative. For thirteen years (2015-2018) he worked with and for Khulumani Support Group, a 120 000-strong social movement of victims and survivors of Apartheid as National Advocacy Coordinator & later the Chairperson.

Recommended Readings and Media

  1. Madlingozi, T. (2007). Post-apartheid social movements and the quest for the elusive ‘new’ South Africa. Journal of Law and Society 34(1), pp. 77-98.  

  2. Madlingozi, T. (2017). Social justice in a time of neo-apartheid constitutionalism: Critiquing the anti-black economy of recognition, incorporation and distribution. Stellenbosch Law Review 28(1).  

  3. Madlingozi, T. (2014). ‘Post-apartheid social movements and legal mobilisation.’ Socio-economic rights in South Africa: Symbols or substance? Cambridge University Press. LINK TO BOOK 

  4. Madlingozi, T. (2018). Mayibuye iAfrika?: Disjunctive inclusions and black strivings for constitution and belonging in 'South Africa.’ Birkbeck University of London.  

  5. Kenyon, K.H. & Madlingozi, T. (2022). ‘Rainbow is not the new black’: #FeesMustFall and the demythication of South Africa’s liberation narrative. Third World Quarterly.  

  6. Madlingozi, T. (2018). South Africa’s first black lawyers, amaRespectables and the birth of evolutionary constitution – a review of Tembeka Ngcukaitobi’s The land is ours: South Africa’s first black lawyers and the birth of constitutionalism. South African Journal on Human Rights 34(3).  

  7. Madlingozi, T. & Tissington, K. (2014). Rights-compromised or rights-savvy? The use of rights-based strategies to advance socio-economic struggles by Abahlali baseMjondolo, the South African shack-dwellers’ movement. Social and Economic Rights in Theory and Practice: Critical Inquiries.  LINK TO PDF 

  8. Madlingozi, T. (2015). Taking stock of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission 20 years later: No truth, no reconciliation and no justice.  LINK TO PDF 

  9. Langford, M., Derman, B. & Madlingozi, T. (2013). ‘South Africa: from struggle to idealism and back again.’ Human Rights, Power and Civic Action. Routledge.  

  10. Madlingozi, T. (2009). ‘Hayi bo! Refusing the Plan - Acting, Thinking and Revolting by Post-Apartheid Movements and Organizations.’ Refusal, Transition and Post-apartheid Law. African Sun Media.  LINK TO BOOK 

  11. Podcasts 

  12. “There Is Neither Truth nor Reconciliation in South Africa.” The Funambulist Podcast. Episode 127. 2019.  

  13. “Law and Life Matters.” SABWiL. Season 1 Episode 3. 2021.  

  14. “Interview with Tshepo Madlingozi: The missing piece in South Africa's transitional justice process.” The Critical Take with Nompumelelo. 2020.  

  15. “The Futures of the Constitution (Part 1).” The Wiser Podcast. 2021.  

  16. “Institutional racism.” Commonwealth Voices. 2019.  

  17. Articles 

  18. Eligon, J. “After Ex-President’s Arrest, South Africa’s Governing A.N.C. Is More Fractured.” New York Times.  

  19. Prof. Madlingozi contributed to this article.  

  20. “Tshepo Madlingozi | Social movements and the 'decolonial turn' in constitutional theory.” CriSHET Nelson Mandela University.  

  21. Videos 

  22. “Tshepo Madlingozi | Social movements and the 'decolonial turn' in constitutional theory.” CriSHET Nelson Mandela University.  


Pearl EliadisPearl Eliadis

Professor Eliadis is a 'pracademic,' spending half her time with the School and half in her law practice, where she specializes in human rights, national institutions and democratic governance. At Max Bell, she is the inaugural chair of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and serves as a First Responder In the School. Pearl also has more than a decade of public policy experience in government, including as Director of Policy and Education at the Ontario Human Rights Commission and Senior Director at the Policy Research Initiative (Privy Council Office) in Ottawa. From 2000-2003, she served on several UN missions to Rwanda to establish the National Human Rights Commission and the Unity and Reconciliation Commission in that country. Pearl has written extensively on human rights, public policy and evaluation in the social justice context and Is deeply engaged with civil society organizations in Canada and internationally. She has served in leadership roles with many human rights NGOs and is a recipient of several awards for this work, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal. She was named a Human Rights Change Maker in 2017 by Equitas.

Munesuishe (Mune) MafusireMunesuishe (Mune) Mafusire

Mune is a Zimbabwean national and has lived in over six countries. This diverse experience has made him more adept at working with and across different cultural contexts. Mune's experience in policy advocacy has strengthened his research and communications skills, while fostering an entrepreneurial mindset. As a recent graduate from McGill University's Political Science program, he has developed a keen interest in the complexities of the policy process for African countries, whether in local or global contexts. Mune hopes to gain deeper insights into the continent's geopolitical issues and how to address them from a policy perspective.

Jennifer WelshJennifer Welsh

Jennifer M. Welsh is the Canada 150 Research Chair in Global Governance and Security at McGill University. She was previously Professor and Chair in International Relations at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and Professor in International Relations at the University of Oxford, where she co-founded the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict. From 2013-2016, she served as the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, on the Responsibility to Protect.


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