Pico Iyer: The Foreign Spell

February 12th, 2015

Pico Iyer 2014 number 1“To be a foreigner is to be perpetually detached, but it is also to be continually surprised.”

Pico Iyer, acclaimed essayist and travel writer, takes on the theme of “the foreigner” in a recent essay in a Lapham’s Quarterly special issue on Foreigners, reflecting on his own migrant experience and inviting us to explore the concept of the foreigner as a cultural and historical artefact in a world where diversity is rapidly eclipsing notions of the ‘other’:

“…the very notion of the foreign has been shifting in our age of constant movement, with more than fifty million refugees; every other Torontonian you meet today is what used to be called a foreigner, and the number of people living in lands they were not born to will surpass 300 million in the next generation. Soon there’ll be more foreigners on earth than there are Americans.”

Read the full article:   The Foreign Spell. By Pico Iyer In Lapham’s Quarterly (winter 2015).

See Pico Iyer’s TedTalk:   Where’s Home? (June 2013)

Save the date!  May 7, 2015

Registration is now open.

Pico Iyer joins us in Toronto for  the Inaugural Annual Lecture of the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX) at Ryerson University. GDX is excited to announce speaker Pico Iyer, travel writer, author, philosopher, and global citizen. Mr. Iyer, author of the acclaimed The Global Soul and The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere, will begin an annual tradition of exploring big ideas on diversity, prosperity and migration that matter to a world on the move.

For more information email: gdx@ryerson.ca

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